Give us your wisdom i will pass it on in the column i write weekly in a local paper about any subject that pops into my head answer » italics at first occurrence: “if a foreign word becomes familiar through repeated use throughout a work, it need be italicized only on its first occurrence if it appears only rarely, however. Students will need to choose one of the five prompts and write up to a 650-word essay common topics like community service in a foreign country, overcoming an obstacle and winning, a relationship with a close relative where the relative is the emphasis of the essay, winning a sporting event must. This study examines computer-based essay writing in spanish as a foreign language among two groups of pupils in sweden (n=32+25, aged 17-18), one group use of computers and ot may enable pupils to focus more on content than on grammar or on retrieving words from memory, which might lead to a richer or. Knowing how to identify, pronounce, and define foreign words and phrases will help you in many classes, including history, economics, and english many french words, for example, are used when you study writing and film it's important not to skip over foreign words while reading take the time to find out their origins and. Words in a foreign language when you are writing a lab report or scientific paper and must include a term written in a foreign language, italics are key this is often seen in legal or medical papers in the form of latin words they appear quite often, and should be italicized to show readers they are in another language. This is to prevent any confusion that might occur if the term is one that might be mistaken for a word that is simply functioning as part of the sentence, rather than a term under analysis though italicizing the term is acceptable too, if you are using any foreign language terms or phrases in your writing, standard form dictates.
Many foreign phrases have taken their place in english speaking and writing here are some of the most common foreign words we use every day. Sometimes when writing, i hover the cursor over the i symbol in the microsoft word toolbox for several seconds as i grapple with whether or not to italicize a word or a phrase in spanish it is in such moments that i am faced with broader questions about my work that deal with audience, privilege, access,. I recently edited an entire novel with an international cast of characters, and painstakingly went through italicizing all the spanish, italian, and german words back in february, i wrote a flash fiction zombie story with an elderly mexican woman and sprinkled a few spanish words in for effect in june, i had an entire essay. Foreign words/technical terms/unfamiliar words: when we are writing a text in one particular language (ie english) and want to introduce a foreign word or phrase, we tend to italicize the foreign words (the word for cat in spanish is gato ) names of trains, ships, aircraft, and spacecraft: (nasa's challenger, qe2).
I first encountered wiley miller's comic strip non sequitur before i learned french the title intrigued me–and tied up my un-tutored tongue–enough to force me to find out what it meant and thus, a scrawny 11-year-old could now wrinkle her nose and reply to any argument, “well, that was a non sequitur. What to do with foreign words do i put them in italics, or in single or double quotes and then, is there a difference in for example the word 'retsina', that my dictionary knows, or 'kafé' that the dictionary doesn't know [both words relate to a story in greece] same about indian words, are 'nan' and 'puja' officially. Home » writing » the borderlands of language: using italics for “foreign” words (part i) for junot, if his six best friends understood what asqueroso meant, then there was no need to italicize the word as for the jennifer de leon is the winner of the 2011 fourth genre michael steinberg essay prize.
The way i see it, if the foreign language usage is important to the story, then use it in italics if not, just avoid putting it explicitly in the text for example, assume you write a fantasy novel in which elves always add the word ur-sook when addressing little children compare: not now, ur-sook the elf waved. Italics can be useful for denoting titles in your text, setting off foreign words, and providing emphasis for your readers if you are writing in chicago or mla style, you should also italicize these titles on your works cited page or bibliography and use title case (ie, capitalizing each major word in a title. Every once in a while, it feels good to add a snooty foreign word or phrase to your writing i mean, what would the writing world be without a little je ne sais quoi however, there are rules about how to treat these words and phrases on first reference, and that's what today's post is.
Psychologists are interested in the phenomenon of déjà vu this analysis is not in accord with the sprachgefühl of native speakers if you are not sure which foreign words and phrases are usually written in italics, consult a good dictionary it is also quite common to use italics when citing english words that are being talked. Foreign words and phrases in an english texts in your research, you might find that certain key concepts important to your work do not have a direct english equivalent in this case, keep the term in the foreign language and italicize it: no single word in english renders all the shades of toska at its deepest.
In nonacademic writing, underlining, bold, and italics may be used to emphasize certain words or expressions, though writers must keep their use to a minimum in academic writing, it is best to avoid their use nearly entirely one exception is putting foreign words in italics when they are introduced to show. Theses and dissertations written in the english language often require the use of words, phrases and longer texts in other languages scholarly conventions for quoting foreign languages, using italics or not, and adding translations are explained in this post.