Top 100 Language Lovers and Top 25 Language Professionals Blogs, 2011: we’re well chuffed!

“Words to good effect” is one of the winning blogs (we came 3rd!!!) in the Top 25 Language Professionals Blogs 2011 competition organised by LexioPhiles and Bab.La. We came 30th overall in the Top 100 Language Lovers category. We’re totally chuffed!

A big Thank You to everyone who voted for us!

Top 25 Language Professionals Blogs 2011


By Marian Dougan

Published by Marian Dougan

Marian is a translator and editor (specialising in web content) currently based in Glasgow, Scotland. Marian previously lived in Italy for over 20 years, working as a language teacher, translator and policy analyst with the British Embassy in Rome. A qualified member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI) and its Italian-language and ITI Scotnet networks, she is currently Scotnet's Convenor and Deputy Webmaster. From 2003 to 2006 Marian taught translation skills at the Italian Department of Glasgow University and now gives Master Classes as part of the new Masters in Translation Studies course. She also conducts web-writing and usability workshops to help people improve their websites and communicate more effectively with their readers, users and customers. In September 2014 Marian obtained User Experience Certification, with specialisation in Web Design, from the Nielsen Norman Group. She loves language, especially English, and is convinced that learning languages opens up people’s minds and horizons (and increases their brainpower!). To share her enthusiasm, she advises schools and educational authorities on language skills and enterprise. She gives talks to pupils on how to combine language studies with other subjects and so enhance their potential and increase their career options. Marian is an active member of organisations such as: Scottish Council Development and Industry (SCDI); Association of Scottish Businesswomen; Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Scotland. She also loves architecture, design, fashion (British Vogue!), cities and chocolate. She’s a great fan of Twitter and you can also find her on Linkedin.

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    1. Thank you! I’ve commented on your blog to this not-at-all deserved accolade (if for no other reason — I’m anything but sweet). I’ll follow up your post — am thinking furiously about those random facts. I’ll have no problem finding seven irrestistible blogs — the problem will be to narrow the selection down.

      1. If it makes it easier, the original instructions said 15 blogs, but I wanted to make it a bit more exclusive and focused on the ladies.

  1. Congratulations, Marian. 🙂 Very proud of you — your blog is awesome. Fantastic to meet you in Stirling. I’ve just realized — and I am mortified — that we had not previously linked to your blog from our blogroll. That’s now been corrected. Keep up the great work!

    1. Thanks, Judy, the feelings are reciprocated. I hadn’t linked to your blog either, but have now done so. I’ve been urging colleagues to catch your workshop if they get a chance — so much great advice!

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