Questions concerning the language (e.g., English, French, German, Chinese) of academic publications, presentations, transcripts, or other documents. For questions on style, use 'writing-style' instead.

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Choosing appropriate words for lay summary of a health research project

The lay summary of a research proposal is often needed to secure grants and get wide public support and engagement, especially in health research. I understand that the more a scientist understands ...
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There is a language/cultural barrier between me and my supervisor, what can I do to improve this situation?

I am a PhD candidate at a university in Germany. My supervisor, along with all of my colleagues, are German. I am a native English speaker, hired for a position that does not require German. However, ...
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How do Universities deal with applicants from high schools that don't offer other languages [closed]

After reading my local paper - there was an article stating more funding cuts for some local public high schools in the district that I live in. There have been budget cuts almost every year for the ...
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Is it normal that journals strongly suggest a professional English editing service?

It is quite common for me to receive emails from the editors of a journal asking me, before or after the referees have given their approval, to review and improve my English. Then, the editor suggests ...
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Would having some flaws in a perfect English SOP be bad?

I have my native friend who is willing to check my SOP. I just have added a part to present the reasons why I want to pursue in department X. Unfortunately my friend is on their vacation and I don't ...
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Non-English language papers submitted to REF for evaluation?

So this is a little U.K. specific - I'm just curious whether any of you have seen or heard about such submissions. Now I'm completely aware that in many disciplines this seems unlikely, but how about ...
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Can I, as a reviewer, tell authors to get a native English speaker to proofread their paper?

I am reviewing a paper for possible publication in a respected journal. The English in the paper is very poor. The authors are clearly not native English speakers. I want to write something to the ...
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The advantages of Latin when studying mathematics and logic?

I'm starting university soon and I'm going to major in math, and minor, at least, in philosophy. I'm also going to start a new language (I'm Finnish and I'm fluent in English), and the languages I've ...
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Postdoctoral (or tenure-track) positions at ETH and knowledge of local language

At ETH Zurich only undergraduate courses are held in German (graduate courses are in English). There both postdoctoral positions and assistant professorships require a certain teaching load. The job ...
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Should I translate experimental materials for my thesis?

For my Ph.D. thesis, I developed a new usability method which focuses on a survey. The main contribution is a description for practitioners how to conduct such a survey. For this, I could not develop ...
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How recent should the English language certificate be to apply for Master thesis?

When applying for Master in an European country, English certificates such as CAE, CPE, TOEFL, IELTS are required. Is there a limit about the "age" of the certificate? I got CPE 5 or 6 years ago. Is ...
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Isn't English the common academic language?

In a question about university ranking, many people mentioned that language is a privilege for better ranking of English speaking countries. Isn't a decent fluency in English the requirement for ...
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Can I submit the same article, which is written in two different languages, to two different journals simultaneously?

I have written an article in Persian and then translated it into English. Is it possible to send them to two different journals (one in Iran and the other one in Belgium)?
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What are the pros and cons to writing the same paper in two languages?

I am a bilingual student and soon starting on thesis. I will be writing it in English although my native language is French and I am considering writing it in both languages so that the people closer ...
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Should I write my master's thesis in English, as a non-native speaker?

I'm currently enrolled in a Master's degree Program in Statistics in Italy. I just started working on my thesis and my advisor asked me if I wanted to write it in Italian or in English. Apparently, ...
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How should I handle poor English in reviewing an article that claims to be proofread by two native English speakers?

I was asked to review an article written by non-native English speakers. I had never seen this before, but the manuscript includes a link to a certificate from a website called Textcheck that says: ...
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Do PhD courses in engineering fields in European non-English speaking countries require knowledge of the native language?

Can a Ph.D. student who only knows how to speak English study in a European non-English speaking country (e.g., Austria, Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, etc.) without any problems? Does applying to ...
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Is it appropriate to use active and passive voice together in abstract?

I am writing an abstract for my manuscript (with my mentor), and the abstract includes active and passive voices together, as below: "In the present paper, we have proved theorems dealing with matrix ...
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Names in my language used in publications are inconsistant. Should I worry about it?

In my language, names have different order to Western names, and they have a lot of diacritics. To make it less confused and easier to use for international work, we usually "transliterate" it to a ...
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How to cite titles in Latin-based languages that use many diacritics?

Diacritics, or tone marks (at least in my language), are symbols added to letters to change their sound. For example, diacritics for the letter a in my language can be ă, â, à, á, ả, ã, ạ, ắ, ẳ, etc. ...
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How to cite sources written in a different language than English?

Assume one wants to cite a paper written in a different language than the article citing said paper (e.g., ones own article is written in English, but the source is French). How to properly handle ...
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Strategies for reviewing a paper that has non-English references

I am reviewing a paper that quite heavily builds upon work that has only been published in Russian and Romanian, which are languages I (unfortunately) do no speak. Therefore it is quite difficult for ...
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Should I change “colour” to “color” when incorporating a Canadian article into an American book?

I’m working on a book, written in American English for an American market. I’ve asked a Canadian author to contribute an article which will be included in its entirety in the book and attributed to ...
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How to quote a non-English quotation in dissertation?

I am writing my math PhD in Berlin (Germany) in the English language. I would like to cite a German quotation from a famous mathematician as a start of my first chapter. Should I quote it in the ...
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Google Scholar - how to make English profile name show same citations as Cyrillic alphabet search results?

I am helping an academic client from Russia with his publications in English language and have created a profile for him in Google Scholar. He already has pages and pages of citations when you look ...
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Listing languages in CV

I study in a field that is not related to languages. Should I put languages that I can speak into my CV? Other than English, I can speak my native language, and two other languages that I've learned ...
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What should I do if, after choosing a Master Thesis topic, I find an existing thesis on it in another language?

I picked a very unique topic for my Masters Thesis, only to find out that there is a Dissertation on the same topic, from 2008, in French. No other books have been published on this topic. Ugh... I ...
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Must bibliography entries match the original title's German orthography?

I am writing a book, and in its bibliography I would like to include a paper whose title has the German word "Über" printed as "Ueber". As far as I know, this is an equivalent way of writing the word, ...
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Do I have to translate primary and secondary sources into English for a dissertation?

I am writing a dissertation for my PhD in Romance Languages. I focus on Spanish literature and use primary sources all in Spanish and secondary sources in Spanish and English, but I am writing in ...
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Possible causes of confusion and mistakes in technical terminology in bilingual settings [closed]

Disclaimer: This question is probably on the brink of off-topicness; maybe, it is also opinion-based and I don't exclude it is way too broad. Nonetheless, I'm asking this out of curiosity: so, if you ...
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Professor/supervisor switches from writing emails in his native and local language to English - how to react?

A professor of mine, who's native language is German and who is teaching a class in English in a German speaking country, suddenly answered an e-mail which I wrote in German (I'm a native German ...
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How to highlight language abilities in cover letter for a scientific research position?

I'm applying for a scientific research position at a Welsh university and one of the desirable skills is to demonstrate an understanding of the bilingual nature of the University. As I am fluent in ...
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Write a computer science thesis in native language or English?

I'm a computer science student, currently at the Bachelor level. I'm also not a native English speaker. My native language is Dutch. This year, I have to write a thesis. I've always been told at my ...
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Is it possible to study in China without knowing Chinese?

Is it possible to enroll into and complete a graduate school in China while having only English language skills, without speaking Chinese at all? In particular, I am interested in (theoretical) ...
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What to write in application letter to address poor grades in Greek and Latin for classical archeology masters application?

I am planning on applying to a Masters program in classical archaeology. BUT I have a B average in Greek and Latin combined. However, I feel confident in my abilities and that because I had to work ...
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How can I politely explain to my students that the texts in my course are all in English and it is their duty to read it nonetheless?

Eventually I grew tired of having to explain over and over why all my class material is in English. It's a mandatory course in Art History. I want to put some warning in my syllabus to minimize any ...
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Practice for publications in foreign language

I'm an assistant professor in a non-English country. I work in control system and signal processing. I write publications in my native language. But I want to get experience in publications in ...
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Professors who use their own idiosyncratic names for things

I sometimes have professors who use their own names for things. For example in lecture one kept referring to the "perfect marriage algorithm" but after talking with him I'm fairly certain he was ...
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Is it ever appropriate to correct a non-native teacher's English?

Four of my Japanese teachers are, as you would expect, Japanese, and they all speak English fluently. But now and then, there will of course be slip ups: I often see small grammatical errors in one ...
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Is it a good idea for a nonnative English speaker to have native speakers help make the English in statement of purpose perfect?

I am applying to doctoral programs in the US. Since I am not an English native speaker, I am wondering if it is okay to have native speakers help make my English perfect in my statement of purpose? ...
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How to minimise student's discomfort when suggesting they need to improve his/her English?

The standard of English grammar, spelling and syntax is abysmal in my country. High school students generally learn such things by studying a foreign language. As a result, the written work I ...
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How to answer a professor asking “what your masters work is about?” when my thesis is not in English?

I have contacted a professor, looking for a PhD position. He replied that my field is so near to his research field, and to consider my application; he needs to know more about my masters thesis. ...
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How does the author's native language impact the likelihood of having his publication accepted in an English-speaking venue?

I've heard a few authors whose native language wasn't English complain that they are put at a disadvantage with respect to authors who are English native speakers, when it comes to publication ...
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Is there any software to regularize British vs. American spelling in a text?

This is a minor but ongoing annoyance that takes up more time than I would like, and I am wondering if anybody knows of a solution. I often write papers with foreign collaborators, and we tend to end ...
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How to find book titles in other languages?

I received a major task from my professor and I was wondering what approach is academic custom to take in such a case. My supervisor wrote an article on a certain topic (I prepared already some ...
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How to prove that papers were presented when conference programs are not in English?

In preparing my application to PhD programs I have the following question: I have presented papers in two distinct large-scale local conferences. However, I am not sure how to list these on my CV in ...
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Is there a standard dictionary for referencing English words?

I am working on a paper in which we need to reference the meaning of english words as foundation for the analysis in the paper (we are categorizing situations using these words, and there is no method ...
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Teaching a very small class when the students have very uneven proficiency levels

How should a teacher and student cope with a situation like this. I've been studying spanish for about a year and enrolled in a successive course. However, the course starts really early and there is ...
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Choosing languages for research [duplicate]

I am doing a research and reporting the results using a systematic review. The articles I've included in this review are written in English and Portuguese (my native tongue) only. Is there a good ...
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Do non-English papers/publications have value in a CV which is going to be sent to an English company/university?

Some of the students are doing research in another language than English because they are living and studying in a non-English speaking country; they may be doing research in their mother-tongue ...