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  • How to Remember What You Hear – A Simple, Research-Based Tip

    Mission to Learn - Lifelong Learning Blog
    Jeff Cobb
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    Do you ever get frustrated because you listen to a story, presentation, or lecture, but later – sometimes as little as a few hours later – can recall little to nothing about it? Call it self awareness – or, perhaps more accurately, call it aging – but for whatever reason I have become increasingly conscious of the fact that I forget a tremendous amount of what I hear, even when I am listening with the intent of learning. As a result, I’ve been looking for solid, research-based tips on how to remember what you hear. One approach that seems both highly promising…
  • Why Is Voice Technology Suddenly Taking Off?

    The Expect Labs Blog
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:51 pm
    Understanding spoken natural language queries has been a common defining trait of “computers of the...
  • 22 Awesome Ways To Say: How Are You in Japanese

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    The Junkie
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:03 am
    Hello Junkies! How are… you? This is a very important question and is used every day in all conversations around the world. And more importantly, there are TONS of way to say it. Japanese is no difference. Here’s why you should learn the different ways to ask this question. You have a greater range of expression – sign of fluency. You sound more fluid and more natural. One version may be more applicable than another So in this lesson you will learn the 22 Ways to ask How Are You in Japanese. Ready? Let’s go. If you REALLY want to learn to Japanese with effective audio…
  • My Language Bucket List: Shannon Kennedy from Eurolinguiste

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    Kerstin Hammes
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:30 pm
    There is little in life that can motivate you better than a good bucket list. Write down your aspirations, imagine those situations that get you excited and share if you dare! In today's guest post, Shannon Kennedy from Eurolinguiste has taken the challenge of sharing her own language learning dreams. A short while back, Kerstin shared a “language bucket list” post from Angel Armstead. I thought it was a fun idea (plus I’m a huge fan of lists), so I started planning something similar in the back of mind. As fate would have it, Kerstin got in touch with me and kindly asked me if I’d be…
  • Mind your head

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    Victor Mair
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:23 pm
    For some reason, the expression xiǎoxīn 小心 (lit., "little heart" –> "[be] careful") often throws Chinese translators into a tailspin. "Crimes against English " (4/25/15) "Free souvenirs " (8/15/15) "Sandwiched in an escalator " (2/9/15) "Signs from Kashgar to Delhi " (10/11/13) and the classic, standard Chinglish "Slip carefully " (5/6/14) Perhaps more so than for any other short warning posted on signs around China, the following elicits an astonishing variety of Chinglish renditions: xiǎoxīn pèngtóu ("watch / mind your head") To help us understand how the translations go…
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  • Guest post: Big data and the linguistics of law - how to win cases and ... - Legal Business (blog)

    26 Aug 2015 | 1:57 am
    Guest post: Big data and the linguistics of law - how to win cases and Legal Business (blog)With the hue and cry about big data, artificial intelligence and law being accentuated by all the talk around Watson/Ross, I was interested to see this thoughtful, carefully carried out and documented piece of research into the qualities of brief
  • Modern languages 'sold short by REF' - Times Higher Education

    25 Aug 2015 | 11:22 pm
    Times Higher EducationModern languages 'sold short by REF'Times Higher EducationUnder new arrangements adopted for the 2014 REF, modern languages research was included alongside linguistics in subpanel 28, rather than being assessed separately in seven smaller subject units, as in the 2008 research assessment exercise (RAE).
  • Interest in borrowings is not mere linguistics - Times Higher Education (blog)

    19 Aug 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Times Higher Education (blog)Interest in borrowings is not mere linguisticsTimes Higher Education (blog)When the dictionary compilers meet to decide which new words to anoint at their annual shindig (and I like to imagine there is one), “Brexit” will surely be on the list for 2015. With the referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union looming and more »
  • Judges and 'corpus linguistics' - Washington Post

    17 Aug 2015 | 6:31 am
    Judges and 'corpus linguistics'Washington PostFor more on what “corpus linguistics” means, why some Utah Supreme Court justices disapproved of Justice Lee's use of this technique and what Justice Lee (and Chief Justice Durrant, who expressed openness to the use of corpus linguistics) said, see Prof.
  • Scientist Deciphers Mystery Words from Gulliver's Travels - Sci-News.com

    16 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    Sci-News.comScientist Deciphers Mystery Words from Gulliver's TravelsSci-News.comAccording to Prof Irving Rothman from the University of Houston, mystery words in Jonathan Swift's famous novel, Gulliver's Travels, are, in fact, variations of Hebrew. The King of Brobdingnag and Gulliver by James Gillray, 1803. Image credit and more »
 
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  • Turning breath into words: New device unveiled to give paralysis victims a voice

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:14 am
    A new device which transforms paralysis victims’ breath into words – believed to be the first invention of its kind – has been developed.
  • At the origin of language structure

    27 Aug 2015 | 5:35 am
    There are languages that place the verb between the subject and the object (SVO order--Subject/ Verb/ Object) while others place it at the end of the trio (SOV order). The order of these elements, far from being purely decorative, influences efficiency of expression. Scientists studied the mechanism that controls the transition from the SOV form, considered the "basic" order by scientists, to the SVO order while the language is evolving, demonstrating that when the computational load on the brain is lightened, humans choose more efficient systems of communication which encourage the use of…
  • Bilingualism and the brain: How language shapes our ability to process information

    24 Aug 2015 | 8:49 am
    In an increasingly globalised world, there are many practical benefits to speaking two languages rather than one. Even in the US, which is largely monolingual, more than 20 percent of the population is now thought to speak a second language.
  • Who will develop psychosis? Automated speech analysis may have the answer

    24 Aug 2015 | 8:08 am
    An automated speech analysis program correctly differentiated between at-risk young people who developed psychosis over a two-and-a-half year period and those who did not. In a proof-of-principle study, researchers found that the computerized analysis provided a more accurate classification than clinical ratings.
  • Worming our way to a new understanding of behavior

    21 Aug 2015 | 11:18 am
    The wriggling and writhing of worms may hold clues to the inner workings of our brains, according to scientists who have developed a pioneering tool to analyze a worm's posture as it wriggles, and will use the tool to investigate how exactly the worm's brain controls its movements.
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  • Language center in Dixon welcomes students to Spain - TheReporter.Com

    29 Aug 2015 | 7:19 pm
    Language center in Dixon welcomes students to SpainTheReporter.ComIf you hear the lively strains of flamenco music as you travel through Dixon, don't panic — it just means you're nearing Little Spain. Make that, the Dixon Language Center at 1150 North First St. Stark and unassuming on the outside, the school's
  • Campbell County School District votes to implement dual-language immersion program - Casper Star-Tribune Online

    29 Aug 2015 | 5:07 pm
    Campbell County School District votes to implement dual-language immersion programCasper Star-Tribune OnlineSchool officials also considered implementing a Mandarin dual-language program, similar to the program at Paradise Valley Elementary in Casper. But after surveying parents district officials discovered an overwhelming desire for a Spanish program.
  • Letter: Language departments help enrich students - Albany Times Union

    29 Aug 2015 | 10:01 am
    Albany Times UnionLetter: Language departments help enrich studentsAlbany Times UnionA multilingual person can more richly experience culture than people who only speak one language. This is why language education in our schools is so important. While the language department at Averill Park Central Schools doesn't have the resources it ...and more »
  • Spanish-Language Journalists Call Donald Trump 'Hitler,' 'Monkey' - Breitbart News

    29 Aug 2015 | 9:09 am
    Breitbart NewsSpanish-Language Journalists Call Donald Trump 'Hitler,' 'Monkey'Breitbart NewsAs the Trump campaign rolls onward, Spanish-language media in the U.S. are turning increasingly hostile with the real estate mogul, calling him everything from Hitler to a monkey. Tempers flared at a recent Trump press conference when activist and more »
  • Watch People Speak a Rare, Elaborate “Whistle Language” in the Remote Turkish ... - Slate Magazine

    29 Aug 2015 | 8:23 am
    Slate MagazineWatch People Speak a Rare, Elaborate “Whistle Language” in the Remote Turkish Slate MagazineIn the northeastern mountains of Turkey, residents separated by tree-packed slopes turned to an unusual communication method: whistling. Small villages adapted the language, known as whistled Turkish—which, as it sounds, is Turkish adapted into a and more »
 
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  • #136 Boletim: Almoço de sexta

    Alessandro Brandão
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Hi there! Mais um boletim está no ar! Todas as sextas-feiras o English Experts Team almoça junto, então todo mundo tem que desembolsar dinheiro! São as regras da casa, e quem quiser faltar, a gente diz: “You know, você decide, mas vai ter que pagar o almoço de todo mundo na próxima e nem adianta reclamar que está running out of money!“. E você, almoça às sextas com os colegas de trabalho? Conte suas regras nos nossos comentários. Como de costume, confira os tópicos em destaque no fórum: O que significa “You know”? Como dizer “Você decide” em…
  • 3 fatos sobre os EUA que todo Brasileiro deveria saber

    Camila Oliveira
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Hello, guys! What’s up? Estou de volta com mais uma aventura emocionante dessa turminha que adora aprontar de montão! #sóquenão Na semana passada eu escrevi a respeito das 15 curiosidades sobre os EUA que você deve saber antes de viajar, e recebi alguns (vários) e-mails pedindo mais informações sobre a cultura americana. Então, como sou uma pessoa muito convencida bacana, resolvi dar continuação e aprofundar mais no American Way of Life. Então prepara umas panquecas com bacon, coloca as crianças pra dormir para não dividir comida com ninguém, pegue um copo gigante de…
  • Como dizer “Sorriso amarelo” em inglês

    Donay Mendonça
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Antes de começarmos a falar sobre a expressão “sorriso amarelo” em inglês, vamos, primeiramente, saber o que ela significa e qual a sua origem. Observe. A origem da expressão popular “sorriso amarelo” deu-se por uma das mais naturais – e antigas – ações chinesas: O sorriso. Chineses sorriem muito. Sorriem por qualquer ação ou motivo. Sorriem até por brincadeiras que não entendem, não gostam ou não acham graça alguma. Por educação. É simplesmente a cultura chinesa. Etnicamente, os chineses são conhecidos por amarelos – assim como todo os outros asiáticos. Daí a…
  • #135 Boletim: O que é Uber?

    Alessandro Brandão
    21 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Hi there! Chegamos a mais uma sexta-feira e hoje é dia de boletim! Aqui a discussão da semana foi unânime: uber ou taxi? Que decisão difícil, gerou mais dúvida que entender a diferença entre string x rope, pitch x throw e até of x in, mas pelo menos sobre pronomes posso falar de boca cheia que sei o suficiente! Como de costume, confira os tópicos em destaque no fórum: Significado de über (uber)    Of x in: Como utilizar Como dizer “Falar de boca cheia (com orgulho)” em inglês Diferença de “String x Rope” Diferença entre “Pitch” e…
  • 15 curiosidades sobre os EUA que você deve saber antes de viajar!

    Camila Oliveira
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:41 am
    Viajar ou morar em outro país é sinônimo de conviver com a diferença. Na verdade, é como um Kinder Ovo: é uma delícia e sempre tem alguma surpresa! Conforme já falei no podcast, morei nos EUA para estudar na IIT – Illinois Institute of Technology e durante o tempo por lá aprendi muita coisa nova. Vendo um post no Buzzfeed lembrei-me de várias curiosidades interessantes que existem nos hábitos americanos que são diferentes aqui. Por isso resolvi escrever sobre o assunto aqui! Se você já conhece essas curiosidades sobre os EUA, faça aquela mesma cara de satisfeito quando…
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  • Cartoon: Segregated Train Carriages for Women

    Jeffrey Hill
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:57 am
    BACKGROUNDLabour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn has said he would consider women-only rail carriages to help stem a rise in assaults on public transport. Mr Corbyn told the Independent he would consult women on the suggestion. But the idea was attacked as outdated and unhelpful by his Labour leadership rivals Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham. And other critics, including Conservative women's minister Nicky Morgan, said it smacked of "segregation". It comes after British Transport Police (BTP) figures suggested sex offences on trains and at stations had risen by 25% to record…
  • Cartoon: Mac on Lion-killing Dentist Walter Palmer

    Jeffrey Hill
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:15 pm
    BACKGROUNDDr. Walter Palmer is nowhere to be found. The Minnesota dentist has gone underground in the onslaught of criticism after he killed a prized African lion named Cecil. It probably shouldn't come as a surprise; an angry horde of Cecil supporters is calling for his head to be mounted on a wall. Meanwhile, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the circumstances surrounding the lion's killing. "At this point in time, however, multiple efforts to contact Dr. Walter Palmer have been unsuccessful. We ask that Dr. Palmer or his representative contact us…
  • Ad of the Day: Introducing Windows 10

    Jeffrey Hill
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Here's an ad for Microsoft's new operating system Windows 10, which launches globally in 190 countries on 29 July 2015.  LESSON IDEAS 1. Although the ad is subtitled (yay!), teachers could always hide the subtitles and do some comprehension/gap-fill activities based on the transcript below. 2. Show the ad without the sound and hide the subtitles. Stop at 45s and get students to guess what the ad is for (it's not at all obvious!). 3. The voiceover contains a lot of useful language which teachers could study in more depth (future tense, passive, prepositions, etc.).4. Discuss…
  • Animated English - The Weekend

    Jeffrey Hill
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:28 pm
    Animated English is a series of animated video lessons for learners of English. Each lesson features a dialogue based on an everyday situation, a 'listen and repeat' activity, a listening comprehension text, and some personal questions. The accompanying PDF files contain transcripts, language notes, worksheets, crosswords and word search puzzles. In this lesson two work colleagues talk about what they did at the weekend. You can download the PDF for this lesson here. A similar PDF is available for each lesson. The complete set of ten lessons is available on several different…
  • Cartoon: Mac on the Royal Nazi Salute Controversy

    Jeffrey Hill
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:47 pm
    BACKGROUNDBuckingham Palace was last night braced for new embarrassment as turmoil continued over leaked footage showing the Queen performing a Nazi salute as a child. An explosive Channel 4 documentary is set to reveal details of how Prince Philip's sister met and admired Adolf Hitler, whom she described as a 'charming and seemingly modest man'. Three of his sisters were married to senior Nazi officers – one a colonel in the SS – and when Philip attended a family funeral in Germany in 1937 he was confronted by crowds giving the Heil Hitler salute. The documentary…
 
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  • The Learning Walk, Continued

    Jeff Cobb
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:07 am
    A while back I wrote a post called The Learning Walk: A Primer which proved to be quite a bit more popular than I expected. A recommend reading it – everything I say in it still holds true – but the main idea is that walking is a simple habit that can contribute significantly to learning. Since that time, I’ve come across any number of articles and studies that confirm the benefits of walking. For the purposes of this post, I thought I’d highlight two: one that addresses the mental health benefits of walking and one that highlights its impact on creativity. The Power…
  • The Future and Learning – Connecting the Dots

    Jeff Cobb
    4 May 2015 | 6:08 am
    The learning landscape continues to evolve in very interesting ways. I’ve noticed lately, for example, that artificial intelligence (AI) seems to finally be getting significant traction. Enough so that numerous notable figures like Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, and Elon Musk have expressed concern concerns about how it might run amok. On a more prosaic level, a recent report suggests that more than half of current jobs may be made redundant within 20 years, largely by the rise of AI. Jobs that can be categorized as “routine” have been disappearing for some time, and advances in AI…
  • How to Remember What You Hear – A Simple, Research-Based Tip

    Jeff Cobb
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    Do you ever get frustrated because you listen to a story, presentation, or lecture, but later – sometimes as little as a few hours later – can recall little to nothing about it? Call it self awareness – or, perhaps more accurately, call it aging – but for whatever reason I have become increasingly conscious of the fact that I forget a tremendous amount of what I hear, even when I am listening with the intent of learning. As a result, I’ve been looking for solid, research-based tips on how to remember what you hear. One approach that seems both highly promising…
  • New Study: Those Expecting to Teach Learn Better

    Jeff Cobb
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    It’s conventional wisdom that “the best way to learn something is to teach it,” but a new study suggests that the mere expectation of teaching may be enough to boost learning significantly. The study (full text here), which was recently published in the journal Memory & Cognition, is based on a set of experiments in which university students were asked to read and recall key ideas and details from two relatively length text passages. Participants in one group of students were told that they would be tested on the passages while participants in a second group were told…
  • Fish Really is Brain Food, New Study Confirms

    Jeff Cobb
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    Wondering how to beef up your brain, not only to boost your learning power but also to protect against the risk of age-related brain diseases like Alzheimer’s? Read on for the latest news about the powerful impact regular fish consumption may have. I write often about the relationship between diet and learning on Mission to Learn. If you want to be an effective learner, both day-to-day and over the long haul, you need to consistently eat in a way that supports both your physical and mental health. Among other things, that means making sure there is some good brain food in your diet.
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  • Trump on China

    Mark Liberman
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Great material for a unit on prosody, from Ben Craw:
  • More on various types of whatever(s)

    Mark Liberman
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:55 am
    Yesterday, we saw that in the publications indexed by Google Scholar, phrases like "two types of hypothesis|hypotheses" and "three kinds of question|questions" run about 75% plural; and a search in the Google ngram viewer supports the opinion of some people that there may be a tendency for Brits to prefer the singular and Americans the plural ("Various types of whatever(s)"). I took a few minutes this morning to compare some similar phrases as indexed by an American newspaper (the New York Times) and a British newspaper (the Guardian). In both cases, the plural preference is much greater,…
  • Mind your head

    Victor Mair
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:23 pm
    For some reason, the expression xiǎoxīn 小心 (lit., "little heart" –> "[be] careful") often throws Chinese translators into a tailspin. "Crimes against English " (4/25/15) "Free souvenirs " (8/15/15) "Sandwiched in an escalator " (2/9/15) "Signs from Kashgar to Delhi " (10/11/13) and the classic, standard Chinglish "Slip carefully " (5/6/14) Perhaps more so than for any other short warning posted on signs around China, the following elicits an astonishing variety of Chinglish renditions: xiǎoxīn pèngtóu ("watch / mind your head") To help us understand how the translations go…
  • Behind "The Humble Petition of WHO and WHICH"

    Mark Liberman
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:06 am
    A few days ago, I reprinted Richard Steele's "The Humble Petition of WHO and WHICH", where he voices their complaint that "We are descended of ancient families, and kept up our dignity and honour many years, till the jack-sprat THAT supplanted us". This item appeared in The Spectator for May 30, 1711, and Joan Maling emailed me to ask what we know about the relative frequency of various relative pronouns across time. A brief inquiry turned up Ariel Dirtani, "Historical Developments in the Marking of English Relative Clauses", Penn Linguistics Colloquium 2008, where I found this interesting…
  • More BS from George F. Will

    Mark Liberman
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:36 am
    George F. Will, "The havoc that Trump wreaks — on his own party", Washington Post 8/26/2015: Trump, who uses the first-person singular pronoun even more than the previous world-record holder (Obama), promises that constitutional arrangements need be no impediment to the leader’s savvy, “management” brilliance and iron will. As documented ad nauseam in earlier posts, Obama's rate of first-person singular usage is low relative to other recent presidents (see "Buzzfeed linguistics, presidential pronouns, and narcissism revisited", 10/21/2014). George F. Will has a long history of…
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  • 8/29/15 - cockalorum

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    1. A little man with an extraordinarily high opinion of himself, who 'crows' about himself a lot. 2. The 'crowing' of a cockalorum, COCKAMAMIE boasting, false self-praise.
  • 8/28/15 - condign

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    1. Earned, deserved, fitting, merited. 2. Deserving, worthy, equal to the reward or punishment given.
  • 8/27/15 - habiliment

    26 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Outfit, attire, apparel, dress, especially military attire and accoutrements.
  • 8/26/15 - scruffy

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    1. Shabby, dirty, slovenly, messy. 2. Flaky, scaly from a fungal infection, covered with scurf.
  • 8/25/15 - mellow

    24 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    1. Soft, ripe and pleasant, as 'mellow fruit'. 2. Mild, smooth, muted, not harsh, as 'a mellow wine' or 'a mellow song'. 3. Gentle and understanding, 'a mellow friend'.
 
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  • Let's Family! Let's Museum!

    Nancy Friedman
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:34 am
    Verbifying a noun is a popular (lazy) way for ad copywriters to say “Look at how creative and action packed we are!” Two current marketing efforts, from Tylenol and the Natural History Museumof Los Angeles County, perpetuate the trope. Tylenol’s campaign, from J. Walter Thompson New York, isn’t about headaches or pain relief: it’s about “a broader effort to to challenge conventional—that is to say, conservative—definitions of family,” according to the AdFreak blog—which adds, “Sure, the tagline is a little clunky.” #HowWeFamily The punctuation’s a little erratic,…
  • Word of the Week: Pee Wall

    Nancy Friedman
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:38 am
    Pee wall: An exterior wall in a public place that has been treated with urine-repellent paint. Also called anti-pee wall and pee-proof wall. In July, the city of San Francisco, where public urination is a rife and malodorous problem, coated nine walls with a special super-hydrophobic substance called Ultra-Ever Dry. “At a molecular level,” the San Francisco Chronicle informed its readers, “the coating creates a surface texture with geometric shapes with peaks, or high points, that repel most water-based and some oil-based liquid. That means the painted surfaces will spray urine right…
  • Name in the News: Addyi

    Nancy Friedman
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:11 am
    Earlier this week, Sprout Pharmaceuticals announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had granted approval of Addyi(pronounced “ADD-ee,” as though the “i” weren’t there), a once-daily, non-hormonal pill for the treatment of low sexual desire in premenopausal women. The prescription drug, whose generic name is flibanserin (fly-BAN-ser-in), will go on sale October 17, 2015. Other reporters have commented on the medical and business aspects of the announcement. Even The Onion, America’s finest news source, has weighed in. I’m here to talk about the Addyi name—its…
  • August Linkfest

    Nancy Friedman
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:48 am
    “Gen Z” is a lazy name, says the BridgeWorks consulting firm, which wants to replace it with “GenEdge.” You say Zomato, I say Zulily: The Name Inspector has been wondering about the Z-substitution trend in company naming. The Australian bird known as the Bell Miner doesn’t mine anything, and it doesn’t feed on bell-shaped substances. Spicks & Specks explores the fascinating false etymology. (Via Language Hat.) A track called “Worth It” from the girl group Fifth Harmony has been the summer’s surprise hit. Sonia Saraiya traces the cultural history of the “I’m worth…
  • Word of the Week: Cuckservative

    Nancy Friedman
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    Cuckservative: An insult used against a Republican who is perceived to be “too soft or disingenuous,” according to a story published August 13 in the New York Times. The lone definition posted on Urban Dictionary (dated July 29, 2015), is harsher: A cuckservative is a self-styled “conservative” who will cravenly sell out and undermine his home country’s people, culture, and national interest in order to win approval with parties hostile or indifferent to them. The word is a portmanteau, or blend, of cuckold—a man whose wife commits adultery—and conservative; it emerged from…
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  • Nupepa.

    languagehat
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Nupepa is: Another place to talk about Hawaiian-Language Newspapers! Please note that these are not translations, but if anything they are just works in progress. Hopefully the English gets across the overall intent of the articles. Please comment if you come across misreads or anything else you think is important! It’s lots of fun if you enjoy Hawaiian and/or old newspapers, and the comments are interesting too; this marriage announcement from 1913 got a response “Thank you for putting this up. Oscar Opiopio Apana was my grandfather’s (Frank L. Apana) brother.”
  • Harvard Sentences.

    languagehat
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:31 pm
    The Harvard Sentences are a set of phonetically balanced sentences used for testing audio circuits. If you’ve ever wanted to hear them spoken aloud, the Open Speech Repository has you covered: American English, British English. They also have files in Mandarin, French, and Hindi. (Thanks, Trevor!)
  • Bedridden.

    languagehat
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:09 pm
    My wife asks interesting questions about words, and the most recent was “Why do we say ‘bedridden’?” I opened my mouth, realized I didn’t have anything useful to say, and turned to the dictionary. The answer is simple but unpredictable, and since others may well be interested, I’m sharing it here. The Online Etymology Dictionary has a good summary: bedridden (adj.) also bed-ridden, mid-14c., from adjectival use of late Old English bæddrædæn “bedridden (man),” from bedrid, from Old English bedreda, literally “bedrider, bedridden…
  • The Barbarian Beard.

    languagehat
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:02 am
    Victor Mair has a post at the Log full of the kind of detailed historical/philological investigation I love. A correspondent wrote that “in Chinese the word for beard (胡子) has an archaic root meaning ‘foreign,’” and Mair, who had long “wondered if all of these expressions [húshuō(bādào) 胡说(八道) 'nonsense; ridiculous; bullshit,' húrén 胡人 'barbarian,' húzi 胡子 'beard,' húnào 胡闹 'act wild; be mischievous,' etc.] … had something to do with wild, bearded barbarians from the west,” decided to look into it. He says: … it…
  • Jabotinsky’s Hebrew.

    languagehat
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:01 pm
    I’ve started Halkin’s Jabotinsky: A Life, which is excellent (thanks, Paul!), and I thought this passage on language was worth posting: Jabotinsky also covered the congress for Odesskaya Novosti, in which he published four long dispatches. The first two dealt with caucuses he attended. One was held by the Mizrachi, the religiously Orthodox Zionist party; struck by its moderateness, he deemed it capable of collaborating with secular Zionists. The other was convened by a Hebraist faction that demanded Hebrew’s adoption as the official language of the Zionist movement and of a…
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  • How to Learn Vocabulary

    Zoran
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:31 pm
    This is a transcript of one of my YouTube Videos – To keep up with my latest thoughts on language learning, subscribe to my YouTube Channel. Hi. Language learning is one of the most enriching, rewarding, satisfying activities we can engage in. If you’re interested in this subject, please subscribe to my channel where I talk about my experience in learning 15 languages. The most important task in language learning, in my opinion, is the acquisition of vocabulary, words. If we have enough words, we can make sense of what we’re reading or listening to and we can somehow express…
  • Travel and Language Learning

    Zoran
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:07 pm
    This is a transcript of one of my YouTube Videos – To keep up with my latest thoughts on language learning, subscribe to my YouTube Channel. Hi there, Steve Kaufmann. Here I am in our little yard. We’re in Palm Springs, my wife and I, so I want to talk about travel and language learning. People have asked me to present my conclusions at the front so they don’t have to listen to my ramble. Three questions: 1. Is travel a major motivator for language learning? Yes, absolutely. 2. Is it necessary to travel to the country in order to learn a language? No. 3. If you travel to the…
  • Patience In Language Learning

    Zoran
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:01 pm
    This is a transcript of one of my YouTube Videos – To keep up with my latest thoughts on language learning, subscribe to my YouTube Channel. Hi there, Steve Kaufmann here. As you know, I like to talk about language learning. If you enjoy my channel, please subscribe. I try to put out a video at least once a week on tips or experience that I have had in learning up to 15 languages. Today, I’m going to talk about what I think is a very important quality in any language learner and that is patience. Patience and, unfortunately, most language learners don’t have patience, they want…
  • Meaningful Language Learning Goals

    Lykke
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:18 pm
    The goal of fluency in a foreign language can often seem vague and elusive. It is not always clear what fluency means. Those who have not experienced the feeling of achieving fluency in another language doubt they can get there, and doubt they would know if they did. Learners often feel they are not making progress in the language they are studying. These circumstances can make language learning a frustrating activity. How To Deal With Frustrations I deal with these frustrations in two ways. First of all,  I try to focus most of my language learning activity on enjoyable tasks. This means…
  • Learning Japanese Is Not Difficult

    Lykke
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:55 am
    This is a transcript of one of my YouTube Videos – To keep up with my latest thoughts on language learning, subscribe to my YouTube Channel. Hi there, Steve Kaufmann. Today, I want to give you a very brief introduction to Japanese. I was asked to do this in Chinese from one of my Chinese-speaking viewers, so I thought I would do it first in English just to see what I have to say on the subject. Japanese is perceived as difficult.  Japanese is not difficult. The biggest obstacle, to my mind, is the writing system. You, first of all, have to learn the two syllable-based writing systems…
 
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  • More Effort Means More Learning

    John Pasden
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:16 pm
    This answer seems obvious to me, but I’m still asked this question often enough that it’s worth a public answer. Q: What do you think about just downloading an HSK vocabulary deck for my flashcard app and learning vocabulary that way? A: That’s a pretty terrible way to learn Chinese, even if you can accept that it’s just mindless vocabulary acquisition and not really “learning Chinese.” Q: What? Why? A: I’m glad you asked… Unless you’re studying for the test, the HSK vocabulary list is not the vocabulary you need. It’s an arbitrary…
  • Upgrading Self-Introductions

    John Pasden
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Remember when you first started studying Chinese? The teacher always made you introduce yourself. It usually consisted of something like the following: Photo by zhengdzi on Flickr My name is _________. I am from _________. I am _________ years old. It’s all very cute and practical, and instinctively seems appropriate to both beginners in a language as well as three-year-old native speakers. This type of basic self-introduction is generally accepted as normal and necessary. Unfortunately, this self-introduction ( in Chinese) often goes un-updated for years on end. So you’ve been…
  • “True Detective” in Chinese is Sneaky

    John Pasden
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:35 pm
    I just finished Season 2 of the bleak HBO TV series True Detective, and enjoyed it (although it depressed me a bit). I’ve had a few discussions with Chinese friends about the show, and I realized that the Chinese name of the show is worth a mention. So the Chinese name of the show is . The word for “detective” in Chinese is . Notice that both are pronounced exactly the same: “zhēn tàn.” So if you’re hearing the name of this show in Chinese for the first time, you’d probably think it is just called “zhēntàn,” translating to “The…
  • Monkey King: Hero Is Back and Cultural Gaps

    John Pasden
    5 Aug 2015 | 7:55 pm
    I recently watched a Chinese movie called Monkey King: Hero Is Back in English, or (Da Sheng Guilai) in Chinese (full name: ). The name is short for , which is another name for , the “Monkey King” character from Journey to the West (). Have I lost you yet? This is actually a pretty good movie, with high-quality animation, but it’s written for a Chinese audience, and as such has a lot of cultural assumptions built in. Although I’m generally familiar with the story of Journey to the West (), it’s a classic that every native-born Chinese person is intimately…
  • Watermelon Man’s Secret

    John Pasden
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:46 pm
    I was tempted to use a title like, “You think this guy is just selling watermelons, but you won’t believe what he does next!“ Anyway, on my morning commute, I passed this dejected-looking vendor, eyes downcast, as he shirtlessly watched over his truckload of watermelons. He was staring at his scale, and I imagined he was thinking about how absurd it is that this electronic device determines his income. As I got closer, I saw what he was actually doing. Yeah, that’s an iPad. Watermelon guy was watching some kind of drama (but due to bad luck, the screen was black right…
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  • noodles

    lynneguist
    11 Aug 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Jane Setter recently asked me about noodles. Her take on them was that Americans can call spaghetti noodles and the British can't. My take, as ever, is: it's complicated.Let's start with the British. In my experience (and, I think, Jane's) noodle in the UK is associated with Asian food. This is indeed what my English (and American, she would tell you) 7-year-old means when she says that her favo(u)rite food is noodles (various types and dishes but especially pad see ew and yaki soba. I've come to reali{z/s}e that on some days I eat nothing that I ate as a child).Noodle is used for Asian types…
  • please find attached...

    lynneguist
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:23 pm
    I've been to two conferences in the past two weeks, presenting studies on British and American use of the word please. It was a blog post here that inspired this new research direction: three years ago I posted about whether one says please when ordering in restaurants (click that link for lots of discussion!). If you read the comments at that post, you'll see Americans saying things like Please winds up feeling impolite with people that you don't have the right to order around, ie anyone other than your childrenand British commenters saying things like not saying please makes it…
  • a 'foreign spelling' test for GloWBE corpus

    lynneguist
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:27 am
    In blogging, I rely a lot on the Global Web-Based English corpus, GloWBE, which has millions of words of internet data categori{z/s}ed by the country of the website. It's divided into excerpts from 'blogs' (which includes comments on blogs) and 'general', which includes all sorts of things, even some blogs. It's an invaluable tool for judging whether a word or phrasing is used in a particular place. But national borders are very weak on the internet, and commenters comment on all kinds of things from all kinds of places. And there are even people like me who are blogging in the 'wrong'…
  • known them (to) and help them (to)

    lynneguist
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Yesterday, The Syntactician was asking me questions about semantic terminology in relation to particular uses of the verb know, as one does. And so, as one does, I looked for know in the indices of various books about verbs that I have, hoping to find a term that would suit her particular purposes. In doing so, I came across something that was completely new to me in F. R. Palmer's A linguistic study of the English verb (1965):In case you can't read the photo, it says that you can 'help someone do something' or you can 'help someone to do something'.  So far, so familiar to me.But then…
  • talking about streets, roads, etc.

    lynneguist
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:49 am
    A while ago, I wrote about a difference in AmE and BrE use of streetand road, in that in BrE it's more natural to cross the roadand in AmE (certainly in a town or city) it's more common to cross the street. (I've also written about in/on the street, so see that post for more on that.) That's common-noun usage, but what about the proper names of vehicular paths?There's no question that some ways of designating paths are more common in one country or the other. I've never seen a road named [Something] Trail or [Something] Boulevard in the UK (though see the comments for some…
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  • 11 Aug 2015 | 9:58 pm

    11 Aug 2015 | 9:58 pm
    This was fun (well, for a language nerd, anyway). I spotted this eggcorn in an article about Wisconsin's education-destroying governor:  "... or who serve at the leisure of these appointees." I was really baffled because that only works as an eggcorn if you pronounce "leisure" to rhyme with "pleasure" - and what American does??? Surely an article about Scotty-boy Walker has to be written by an American? Then I scrolled up and noticed that it was in the US Edition of The Guardian. How funny that I went through that whole train of thought based on an assumption about the dialect of the…
  • Language Capital Project

    11 Aug 2015 | 5:52 am
    Some of the Wisconsin Englishes folks have talked off and on about doing maps of 'linguistic resources' in communities, figuring out where different languages are used in businesses and community organizations, for instance. Turns out that Tucson is ahead of Wisconsin ... the Language Capital Project has started mapping businesses where various languages from all around the world are spoken. Tucson is a great place to do this since it is not just a university town and a place with a large immigrant population, but it's also a place that has become home to significant numbers of…
  • LSA speaks up for tenure and academic freedom at the University of Wisconsin

    23 Jun 2015 | 7:21 am
    Subject line pretty much says it all. See here.
  • UW: Should I stay or should I go?

    19 Jun 2015 | 9:29 am
    There’s a lot of talk now about UW faculty being poached or just looking to flee the state. The following is a real letter from a senior faculty member at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. I have been saying that the first real question for faculty now is whether to run or to fight. Below is that person’s decision. With all the talk of people leaving under present circumstances, it’s a reminder that there’s another option.This faculty member had been repeatedly invited last year to apply for a position that was pretty much ideal for them, a situation with serious new resources…
  • Open attack on academic freedom and free speech

    16 Jun 2015 | 10:52 am
    Look at this clip of an interview with Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. The host, Mike Gousha, asks specifically about tenure, "why do changes need to be made?" Starting around 2:00, Fitzgerald responds with this:The idea that anybody should be protected from any kind of criticism when they make public comments or even the way they handle themselves on campus is just not sitting well with many of us. He shortly thereafter comes back around to talk about professors being "completely protected", in case you found "anybody" ambiguous.Now, tenure is not about criticism that I can see…
 
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  • 2208 – Real Life French : un été bouillant

    contact@dailyfrenchpod.com (Dailyfrenchpod)
    14 Aug 2015 | 10:40 pm
    Real life French Guide Welcome to your lesson of Real Life French. Each lesson we take a simple situation you may encounter in everyday life in France. Learn French now ! Listen to today’s lesson :~
  • 2207 – Mauvais moteur (Wrong engine)

    contact@dailyfrenchpod.com (Dailyfrenchpod)
    14 Aug 2015 | 10:39 pm
    Learning Guide | PDF Transcript Le régulateur de l’aviation taiwanaise a rendu publiques des données montrant que le pilote de l’avion … Learn French now ! Listen to today’s lesson :
  • 2206 – Jusqu’à ce que l’Etat islamique soit vaincu (Until IS removed)

    contact@dailyfrenchpod.com (Dailyfrenchpod)
    14 Aug 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Learning Guide | PDF Transcript L’Egypte a promis de débarrasser sa péninsule du Sinai des militants après des … Learn French now ! Listen to today’s lesson :
  • 2205 – Action urgente (Urgent action)

    contact@dailyfrenchpod.com (Dailyfrenchpod)
    14 Aug 2015 | 10:36 pm
    Learning Guide | PDF Transcript Le gouvernement a prévenu que le Royaume Uni devait agir rapidement pour se préparer à l’impact … Learn French now ! Listen to today’s lesson :
  • 2204 – Patients à Sydney (Sydney patients)

    contact@dailyfrenchpod.com (Dailyfrenchpod)
    14 Aug 2015 | 10:34 pm
    Learning Guide | PDF Transcript Selon les autorités de santé, des milliers de patients de dentistes à Sydney ont été exposés au VIH … Learn French now ! Listen to today’s lesson :
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  • Pakistan

    celine@nakedtranslations.com
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    After Iraq, Pakistan. Did you know that it's an acronym? It was coined in 1933 as Pakstan by Choudhry Rahmat Ali, a Pakistan Movement activist, who published it in his pamphlet Now or Never, using it as an acronym ("thirty million Muslim brethren who live in PAKSTAN") referring to the names of the five northern regions of the British Raj: Punjab, Afghania, Kashmir, Sindh, and Baluchistan". The letter i was incorporated to ease pronunciation and form the linguistically correct and meaningful name: it literally means "Land of the Pure" in Urdu and Persian. It comes from the word pāk,…
  • Irak or Iraq?

    celine@nakedtranslations.com
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Good question, which was raised during a discussion of Tony Blair’s legacy on Facebook, which, as it turns out, isn't only for watching cute kitten videos. In English, Iraq is far more used than Irak, which is the preferred spelling in French, most notably in publishing heavyweights such a Le Monde and Le Monde Diplomatique. I’m more used to the Irak spelling, so I wondered, why q? It turns out that the q is a Roman transliteration which indicates a different version of the phoneme /k/ in Arabic, which comes from far back in the throat (lingual-glottal). As neither language has a specific…
  • Invoicing US companies from the UK

    celine@nakedtranslations.com
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:37 am
    Hey, I have something useful (although not particularly riveting - it’s about tax) to share! I recently acquired a new American client, and they asked me to provide a US taxpayer identification number (TIN) and a completed W8-BEN-E form to prove that my company isn’t registered in the US. Failing that, they would have to deduct 30% non-resident withholding tax from my invoices. Yikes! The W8-BEN-E form is available on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website, and as I started struggling at question 5, I asked an accountant to help me out. Just in case you find yourself in the same…
  • Freelancers: should you be insured against loss of income?

    celine@nakedtranslations.com
    16 Jan 2014 | 4:24 am
    It’s sometimes tricky being a freelancer. You’re in charge of doing all the work, of getting yourself organised, of doing your accounts, sorting out your own technical support, but for me, the most difficult part is to plan for life’s mishaps in the absence of a benefits package which might include sickness or critical illness cover. When I started out 14 years ago, I was very concerned that an accident might stop me working and abruptly put an end to my income. You see, I’ve always played a lot of football, where one can easily dislocate or break something and lose some or all…
  • Jus de chaussette

    celine@nakedtranslations.com
    17 Dec 2013 | 4:36 am
    My mum’s coffee always felt dangerous. When I was at my parents’, I knew that coffee time was approaching when I started sweating spontaneously and my heart rate suddenly went nuclear for no apparent reason at all. I suggested a few times that it was so strong that it might one day kill me, but she always replied with an incredulous “Mais tu plaisantes ? C’est du jus de chaussette !” (Are you kidding? It’s sock juice!) I suspect my mum thought her coffee was weak because she compared it to her older sister’s, to which I owed several out-of-body experiences. We had this…
 
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  • Learn Maltese free by reading whatever you want

    travelinguist
    7 Aug 2015 | 6:19 am
    A sailboat anchored in the Blue Lagoon of Malta Berit Watkin https://www.flickr.com/photos/ben124/10112199305 The big idea: learn Maltese by reading texts that you choose Ever wanted to create your own Maltese learning palette by reading about things that you are interested in, not just whatever textbooks and Maltese educational materials dish out? Well, Readlang has what you need to do just that! Readlang allows you to learn by reading any text you want in Maltese. You can also easily and quickly use any of the preselected texts that exist in the Readlang database. It's up to you what kind…
  • Learn Norwegian free by reading whatever you want

    travelinguist
    7 Aug 2015 | 6:07 am
    A statue outside of the head office of Norwegian newspaper 'VG' in Oslo, Norway James Cridland https://www.flickr.com/photos/jamescridland/525090096 The big idea: learn Norwegian by reading texts that you choose Ever wanted to create your own Norwegian learning palette by reading about things that you are interested in, not just whatever textbooks and Norwegian educational materials dish out? Well, Readlang has what you need to do just that! Readlang allows you to learn by reading any text you want in Norwegian. You can also easily and quickly use any of the preselected texts that…
  • Learn Persian free by reading whatever you want

    travelinguist
    6 Aug 2015 | 12:21 am
    Reading Persian/Farsi newspapers in a park in Iran Hamed Saber https://www.flickr.com/photos/hamed/512309138/ The big idea: learn Persian by reading texts that you choose Ever wanted to create your own Persian learning palette by reading about things that you are interested in, not just whatever textbooks and Persian educational materials dish out? Well, Readlang has what you need to do just that! Readlang allows you to learn by reading any text you want in Persian. You can also easily and quickly use any of the preselected texts that exist in the Readlang database. It's up to you what kind…
  • Learn Polish free by reading whatever you want

    travelinguist
    5 Aug 2015 | 6:34 am
    Senior Airman Eric Coates of the Georgia National Guard reads at Powidz Air Base in Poland The National Guard https://www.flickr.com/photos/thenationalguard/15736127740/ The big idea: learn Polish by reading texts that you choose Ever wanted to create your own Polish learning palette by reading about things that you are interested in, not just whatever textbooks and Polish educational materials dish out? Well, Readlang has what you need to do just that! Readlang allows you to learn by reading any text you want in Polish. You can also easily and quickly use any of the preselected texts that…
  • Learn Portuguese free by reading whatever you want

    travelinguist
    5 Aug 2015 | 5:38 am
    An afternoon reading in the Ibirapuera Park in São Paulo, Brazil Joao Paulo de Vasconcelos https://www.flickr.com/photos/jonnypaulo/15085276157/ The big idea: learn Portuguese by reading texts that you choose Ever wanted to create your own Portuguese learning palette by reading about things that you are interested in, not just whatever textbooks and Portuguese educational materials dish out? Well, Readlang has what you need to do just that! Readlang allows you to learn by reading any text you want in Portuguese. You can also easily and quickly use any of the preselected texts that exist in…
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    Thoughts On Translation

  • Upcoming webinar: marketing to agencies

    Corinne McKay
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:03 pm
    On September 3, Steve Lank (Vice President for Translation at Cesco Linguistic Services) and I are presenting a webinar for ATA, on Effective Marketing to Translation Companies. We’ll offer advice for newbies and veterans alike, including how to write an attention-grabbing resume, how to break into the agency market if you have no experience, and […]
  • To break out of the low-rate market, change these three things

    Corinne McKay
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:20 pm
    Stop me if this sounds familiar: I really needed work, so I decided to take whatever came through the door. I decided that applying to mega-agencies/advertising on Fiverr/racing to the bottom on translation job boards was the fastest way to get full-time freelance work. But now I’m stuck; I have to translate 10-12 hours a […]
  • A translation partner: why you need one, where to find one

    Corinne McKay
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:18 pm
    OK…that’s not the only reason you need a translation partner, it’s just me learning how to use Canva, but worry-free vacations are a good reason to have a translation partner! I get this question a lot, so let’s talk about it. Why do you need a translation partner? Because it’s critical to have a truly […]
  • Beyond the Basics of Freelancing: starts Wednesday!

    Corinne McKay
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    The next session of my online course Beyond the Basics of Freelancing starts Wednesday (August 19) and I have two spots left. This is one of my full-featured, flagship courses (along with Getting Started as a Freelance Translator), and it runs for four weeks. It’s designed for experienced translators who want to earn more money, […]
  • OT: Mountain biking in southwestern Colorado

    Corinne McKay
    16 Aug 2015 | 9:59 pm
    The Thoughts on Translation household just returned from two glorious, computer-free weeks of vacation which we spent mountain biking in southwestern Colorado. If you have zero interest in mountain biking or the Colorado mountains, it’s OK to stop reading here, and be assured that the discussion will return to translation as of my next post! […]
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    Global by Design

  • Is .com worth changing your name?

    John Yunker
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:55 am
    Venture capitalist Paul Graham believes so. He notes: 100% of the top 20 YC companies by valuation have the .com of their name. 94% of the top 50 do. But only 66% of companies in the current batch have the .com of their name. Which suggests there are lessons ahead for most of the rest, one  … Read more
  • Global gateway icon: Globes gain traction

    John Yunker
    10 Aug 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Regular readers of this blog know well that I advocate for a global gateway icon on websites and apps — a visual element that lets users know, regardless of their language, where to find the global gateway menu. I recommend using a globe icon because it displays well in small sizes, can be made geographically neutral  … Read more
  • In search of a better translation icon

    John Yunker
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:54 pm
    A few years ago I wrote about the translation icon and its many variations at that point in time. I thought now would be a good time to revisit this icon. Let’s start with the Google Translate. This icon has not changed in substance over the years but it has been streamlined a great deal. Here is  … Read more
  • Global gateway fail: Qualcomm

    John Yunker
    13 Jul 2015 | 6:13 pm
    Qualcomm supports a mobile-friendly website but doesn’t (yet) support a global-friendly website. Particularly if you’re a visitor who does not speak English. The home page, shown here, includes no evidence of a global gateway. It does exist — you have to click the ellipses button at the bottom of the left column Tthen you are met with this  … Read more
  • On the importance of date display localization

    John Yunker
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:10 pm
    The proper display of dates for each locale has become relatively trivial with libraries such as Globalize and yet I still encounter websites that don’t get it right. Case in point, I recently visited a tech website looking for a firmware upgrade and I found a list of three downloads: I had to scan to list to  … Read more
 
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  • Gilbane Advisor 8-26-15 – Gilbane Program and ad-blocking update

    Frank Gilbane
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Gilbane Conference 2015 program published Join us in Boston December 1-3. See the program, workshops, schedule, venue and register. Maybe the backlash to intrusive web and mobile ads is finally coming. Maybe the combination of distraction, painfully slow page loads, and overly creepy tracking is about force a major change in how digital content is paid for. Then again, maybe most people will just put up with it — many may not even have noticed the gradual deterioration of the web experience. Either way, things are ramping up and this effects everybody. The use of ad-blocking is…
  • Gilbane Conference program and speakers posted

    Clea Durrell
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:09 pm
    This year’s Gilbane Conference program with speakers and session descriptions is now available at http://gilbaneconference.com/2015/program. Registration for the conference is also open. The Gilbane Conference helps marketers, IT, and business managers integrate content strategies and computing technologies to produce superior customer experiences for all stakeholders. A modern customer experience must be holistic and seamless. Holistic in that customer communications be consistent within the company and across all touch points and channels, and seamless so that transitions between…
  • Gilbane Conference 2015 schedule posted

    Clea Durrell
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:42 pm
    This year’s Gilbane Conference 2015, December 1 – 3, takes place in Boston at the Fairmont Copley Place. The three day schedule of workshops and conference sessions is now live at: http://gilbaneconference.com/2015/Schedule.       This post originally published on http://gilbane.com
  • Gilbane Advisor 7-21-15 – Why desktop apps are making a comeback

    Frank Gilbane
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Why desktop apps are making a comeback Well, they certainly still have a role to play, right tool and all… Most software products need an interface. That interface can come in different forms, but usually boils down to either an installed program, or a browser-based web application. For the desktop (mobile is another issue entirely), web apps seemed to have the upper hand, but successful newcomers — like Slack — and old timers — like Skype — indicate that the issue is still unresolved. As the founders of Front, an app helping companies manage grouped email…
  • Why web pages suck

    Frank Gilbane
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:38 am
    In Why Web Pages Suck Ben Thompson takes off on John Gruber’s complaint about fat slow websites, and basically argues that publishers don’t have a choice, and in effect, neither do advertisers. Ad exchanges and programmatic advertising work well enough (I know, except when they don’t) that advertisers can’t ignore them. Advertisers’ strong preference for programmatic advertising is why it’s so problematic to only discuss publishers and users when it comes to the state of ad-supported web pages: if advertisers are only spending money — and a lot of it — on…
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  • Summer sale!

    Jennifer Rodgers
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:57 am
    20% Off Orders at Web-Translations!* For a limited time only, we are offering 20% off all translation projects. If you’ve been thinking about translating any type of file, document or web content, get in touch with us today for a free, no-obligation quotation! What can we offer you? • A Dedicated Project Manager – one point of contact • CMS Expertise (EPiServer, WordPress, OpenCms, Drupal… & more) • Preferential translation rates • Flexible payment terms We’ve got a great track record working for clients in a wide range of industries. Please visit our…
  • Facebook and Twitter – how do they help?

    Jennifer Rodgers
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:49 am
    Many of our clients tell us they don’t see any benefit to tweeting or maintaining a facebook page. The perception is often that social media is better for B2C businesses than B2B, and for companies selling a product as opposed to service-based companies. In all honesty, the majority of our Web-Translations Twitter followers, and those who like us on facebook, are translators – our suppliers – and not customers. So if most people we connect with are not going to buy from us, and Google says the number of Twitter followers and facebook likes don’t affect SEO, why bother?
  • Is it a pain parisien or a baguette?

    Jennifer Rodgers
    7 Aug 2015 | 6:18 am
    Using little-known foreign words in advertising can make a product appeal to a certain clientele who understands the word or at least associates it with a particular culture. It can distinguish the brand as global and trend-setting. Languages incorporate ‘foreign words’ all the time. At first, the use of a new word may be only between speakers of the source language who know the word, but at some point they begin to use the word with those to whom the word was not previously known. To these speakers the word may sound ‘foreign’. At this stage, when most speakers do not…
  • Word of the day – bounce!

    Jennifer Rodgers
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    We all talk about bounce rates, but it seems that many people don’t fully understand what a bounce is. Simply put, a bounce is a one-page visit. It doesn’t matter which page it is, how long the visitor spends on the page they visit, or if they click on a link on that page which leads them to a different site. It doesn’t matter if they come to you via a search engine or type in your URL. What matters is that they only visit one page before the specified session-timeout occurs. If you’d like to learn more, Wikipedia has detailed formulas for calculating bounce rates, and…
  • Using a blog to attract international customers

    Jennifer Rodgers
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:24 am
    Now that you have a shiny new e-commerce website in a different language, how do you drive international traffic to it? One simple answer is: a translated blog. Blogs on eCommerce sites help to optimise a website in several ways: • Increasing the number of pages and content • Increasing the text to code ratio • Creating internal links back to the main website Obviously, a well optimised site means your site will rank better in the search engines, which means you will get more visitors. Plus, blogs are easier to update on a regular basis than product pages or other areas of a website…
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    Learn Thai Language & Culture

  • Translating Thai Song Lyrics: How I Do It, and You Can Too!

    Ann Norman
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Translating Thai Song Lyrics: How I Do It, and You Can Too!… Hi, It’s Ann Norman of CarabaoinEnglish.com. I’ve made it a project to translate as many Carabao คาราบาว and Aed Carabao แอ๊ด คาราบาว songs into English as I can before I die or get bored, whichever comes first. I’ve finished about 150 songs out 1,000+ existing songs (more are being written each week). I’m having lots of fun and I’ve decided to share my translating secrets with you, so you can have just as much fun translating your favorite Thai songs into English. Step 1A: Google…
  • Successful Thai Language Learner: Ann Norman

    Catherine Wentworth
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Interviewing Successful Thai Language Learners… Name: Ann Norman Nationality: American Age range: 50-60 Sex: Female Location: Pittsburgh Profession: Editor Website: CarabaoinEnglish.com What is your Thai level? Advanced Intermediate. Do you speak more street Thai, Issan Thai, or professional Thai? I learned to speak standard Thai while living in the Issan region, so I speak standard Thai but am not thrown by the word “bor” “บ่”. What were your reasons for learning Thai? Right after college, 30 years ago, I joined the organization Food for the Hungry and they sent me to work in…
  • Call for English Speakers Learning Thai: Junyawan’s Linguistics Research Project at Chula

    Catherine Wentworth
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Junyawan’s Research Project… If you are a native English speaker learning Thai, Junyawan Suwannarat, a PhD candidate at Chula, needs your help. Please take part in my research. Upon completion of the study, participants would receive a renumeration of THB 500, and a tentative evaluation report of your Thai language proficiency. The tasks consist of 4 sections: Be pared up to have a conversation in Thai [60 minutes]. Tell a story in Thai from a picture book [20 minutes]. Fill out the language history questionnaire. Translate 60 sentences in English into Thai [no time limit to complete…
  • Successful Thai Language Learner: Steve Stubbs

    Catherine Wentworth
    16 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Interviewing Successful Thai Language Learners… Name: Steve Stubbs Nationality: British Age range: 20-30 Sex: Male Location: London, UK Profession: Management Consultant / Teacher Twitter: @SteveAStubbs What is your Thai level? Upper Intermediate. Do you speak more street Thai, Issan Thai, or professional Thai? Street Thai. What were your reasons for learning Thai? To be able to speak with locals, to make people laugh and smile and so that I could read menus and signs! Wherever I ended up with my teaching abroad, I was always going to give the language a go. Do you live in Thailand? If so,…
 
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    Russian Language Blog

  • Expand Your Vocabulary: Verbs With Prefixes – Играть

    Maria
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:12 am
    A couple of weeks ago, we looked at combining prefixes and verb roots to expand your Russian vocabulary. One of the verbs that I was asked to cover was игра́ть. This is an excellent suggestion for a versatile and useful verb to have in your arsenal. The primary meaning of играть is, as you probably know “to play.” This can refer to: sports: играть в футбо́л (football/(US) soccer) music: играть на трубе́ (trumpet) board/party/children’s games: играть в домино́, играть в пря́тки, играть в…
  • Tetris: Not Just For Fun?

    Jenya
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Industrial Tetris by Anton Novoselov on flickr.com Which activity, if performed for three minutes, can reduce your cravings for sex, alcohol, drugs, food, and cigarettes? If you guessed playing Tetris, you’re correct! We’ve all heard about Tetris, many of us have played it, but few know much about it. Today’s post is all about Tetris and its potential benefits. Even if you aren’t one for playing games, you will be fascinated how this one can help change your life. Те́трис or Tetris was invented by Russian programmer, Alexey Pajitnov. While working as an…
  • It’s All Greek to Me: Greek References in Russian

    Maria
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:53 am
    Although words of Greek origin may not strike you as something you need to know in Russian, they come up in conversation with surprising frequency. Apart from the numerous Greek loanwords in the area of arts and sciences, there are many Greek references that have entered the Russian lexicon. People First of all, Greek mythology is often brought up in conversation. Greek gods and their Roman counterparts remain a popular trope. Some of the most recognizable ones are (Poseidon/Neptune; the sea is referred to as царство Нептуна́), (handsome and athletic men may be nicknamed…
  • Fact or Fiction: Secret Subway in Moscow

    Jenya
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Sortie de metro, Moscou on flickr.com Whenever we hear something like “The government will neither deny nor confirm the existence of……..” our ears perk up. We know that they are talking about some classified secret of sorts – often related to the military machine. In America you have Area 51, in the UK you have Porton Down, in China you have the Yulin Naval Base, and in Russia you have  secret installations as well. Actually there are quite a few and today I will touch upon Metro-2 or Moscow Metro 2. Some of you have heard about the famous and beautiful subway beneath…
  • Navigating Libraries in Russian

    Maria
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:19 am
    The goal of this post is two-fold — it should both help visitors to Russia use a Russian library and librarians outside Russia speak with Russian patrons. It will concentrate on some key vocabulary, although it is not a substitute for a beginner Russian class if you want to have a coherent conversation with your Russophone patrons. For those who cannot read Cyrillic, I recommend taking the online alphabet course, or you could also copy and paste the Russian words into Google Translator and click the speaker icon to hear the words pronounced. Membership In order to use a library…
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    Polish Language Blog

  • Great Polish libraries

    Kasia
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:24 pm
    Many predict that the digital age will wipe public bookshelves clean, and permanently end the centuries-old era of libraries. As libraries’ relevance comes into question, librarians face an existential crisis at a time when students need them the most. Despite their perceived obsolescence in the digital age, both libraries and librarians are irreplaceable for many reasons. Not Everything is Available on the Internet (Nie wszystko jest dostępne w Internecie): The amazing amount of useful information on the web has, for some, engendered the false assumption everything can be found…
  • What international festivals in Poland would you like to see?

    Kasia
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Poland is a place where many cultural events happen, no doubt about that! Throughout the years big Polish cities organized a bunch of festivals. Their range vary from smoky jazz sessions and students days to serious classical music performances. There are also all kinds of folklore and sailor festivals. Here are some of these great festivals One of the oldest is Wratislavia Cantans (Check this website out for more details) an international music and fine arts festival organized in Wrocław since 1966. It’s creator was a conductor, director of Philharmonic and composer Andrzej Markowski.
  • Jaka dziś pogoda? What’s today’s weather?

    Kasia
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:08 pm
    From the scorching summer days spent sipping piwo (beer) in the park, to the leg deep, powder snow of Poland’s winter ski resorts, the eerie thick mists that smothers Kraków’s spires in autumn, the Baltic winds that crash against its coast, and the crashing rain that sporadically punctuates the colder months, when it comes to weather (pogoda) Poland has something of a mixed bag. The word most meteorologists will use to sum Poland up is, ‘unpredictability’. With potentially scorching summers, and equally as superlative winters, there’s little room for guessing…
  • Everything about childhood in Polish!

    Kasia
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:28 pm
    What are your favorite childhood memories? Everyone has some of these…i remember playing with my brothers and cousins “the city”…We barely had any neighbors, because our land was stretching as far as you could see. We grew fruit, mostly apples. My parents, my grandparents, my aunts and uncles, we all had huge fruit farms! And we had hundreds of wooden boxes (I guess you can call them bushels) to store fruit…So we used those boxes to build a town! Each one of us, cousins, had our own house. And what’s better to use for building a house, if not wooden boxes?
  • Crime in today’s world – crime vocabulary in Polish

    Kasia
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:02 pm
    In today’s world people aren’t like they use to be. The crime rate has tripled year after year, people you see everyday: murders, thieves and cheaters. I remember when everything was nice and quiet and never got to out of hand. When everybody knew each other and trusted one another. But that’s not how it is in today’s world. Here is some useful crime vocabulary in Polish. Hopefully you will never have to use it:) arson – podpalenie assault – napad attempted murder  – usiłowanie zabójstwa to beat sb unconscious – pobić kogoś do nieprzytomności…
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    Ingls na Ponta da Lngua

  • Como dizer mandão em inglês?

    Denilso de Lima
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Em algum momento, você já teve aquela vontade danada de descrever alguém como mandão ou mandona em inglês, mas ficou sem saber a palavra certa? Se já passou por essa situação, chegou a hora de resolver o problema. Nesta dica você vai aprender como dizer mandão em inglês. Portanto, continue lendo! O termo mais comum para descrever uma pessoa que gosta de dar ordens a todo mundo é bossy. De acordo com os melhores dicionário de inglês, o termo bossy é tido como informal e é sempre usado em to de desaprovação. Ou seja, é usado para descrever aquela pessoa realmente chata cuja…
  • Como usar this e that em inglês?

    Denilso de Lima
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Pode até parecer bobeira, mas muitos estudantes de inglês se enrolam nesse negócio de como usar this e that em inglês. Claro que isso não se refere ao uso básico, mas sim há outros casos que você aprenderá lendo esta dica. Mas, antes vamos falar um pouco do básico. Assim, você vai entrando no clima. Quando encontramos as palavras this e that pela primeira vez, aprendemos que elas devem ser usadas para indicar objetos ou pessoas que estejam perto ou longe de quem fala. Isso é mais ou menos assim: this (e o plural these) » objetos ou pessoas que estejam perto (isto, este, esta)…
  • Como saber se o verbo é regular ou irregular em inglês?

    Denilso de Lima
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:45 am
    Como saber se o verbo é regular ou irregular em inglês? Você em algum momento já teve essa dúvida? Se teve e nunca encontrou a resposta, chegou a hora de aprender. Vou tentar simplificar a resposta para deixar tudo bem claro! Caso você ainda tenha alguma dúvida, é só deixar um comentário lá embaixo! Vamos lá! Você sabe que ao estudarmos inglês, chega um momento no qual somos introduzidos aos tais verbos irregulares. Geralmente, somos apresentados a uma lista de verbos irregulares. Lista essa que se não decorarmos podemos levar bomba na prova, no vestibular, no concurso, no…
  • 10 Gírias Britânicas Que Você Tem de Saber

    Denilso de Lima
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:22 am
    Se você curte aprender o inglês britânico, certamente gostará desta dica. Afinal, nela encontram-se 10 gírias britânicas que você tem de saber. Depois de ler esta dica, leia também Gírias do Inglês Britânico e Expressões Comuns no Inglês Britânico, para continuar com seu Inglês na Ponta da Língua. Be gutted “Gut” como verbo significa “destruir o interior” (isso referindo-se a uma construção). Assim a gíria “be gutted” significa “estar arrasado”, “estar acabado”, “estar na pior”, “estar na fossa”. Por exemplo, Sheila broke up with him last night.
  • Expressões Idiomáticas dos Esportes em Inglês

    Denilso de Lima
    16 Aug 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Dias atrás publiquei a dica Expressões idiomáticas em Inglês com Origem nos Esportes e como dito lá, há inúmeras expressões idiomáticas em inglês com origem no mundo esportivo. Portanto, nesta nova dica você aprenderá mais algumas expressões para ter sempre na ponta da língua. Então, vamos a elas! go to bat for someone » defender alguém, apoiar alguém, ajudar alguém, dar uma força a alguém (No beisebol, quando você se posiciona para rebater a bola com o taco – bat, em inglês –, você está defendendo seu time; portanto, nada de muito complicado nisso. Lembre-se…
 
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    Babel's Dawn

  • Found: A Universal Law of Syntax

    Blair
    10 Aug 2015 | 2:32 pm
    If you want to see how far linguistics lags behind physics in scientific understanding, turn to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences for a paper by Richard Futrell, Kyle Mahowald, and Edward Gibson, titled “Large scale evidence of dependency length minimalization in 37 languages.” Imagine that Newton had not announced his law of gravity, but trumpeted instead the finding that apples fall to earth every time. Chance alone suggests that half the apples tossed from my bed should fall up, but way fewer than that do so. That level of understanding is where the…
  • An Important Breakthrough (Yawn)

    Blair
    7 Aug 2015 | 9:39 am
    Thomas Aquinas was a big believer in the importance of distinguishing between necessary and sufficient conditions. If you want to know how language began, you had better have some idea of what distinguishes language from all the other behaviors that can be found in the animal kingdom. On this blog, we are looking at how people gained the ability to tell one another about whatever random topic interests them. If I were a disciple of Noam Chomsky, I would be looking into the rise of recursive thinking. A pragmatics scholar would want to know about the ability to share an…
  • Ideas v. Perceptions

    Blair
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:56 pm
    Whale anatomy shows flippers evolved from hands. Likewise modern abstract sentences have the anatomy of perceptual statements. My last post discussed the main thesis of my paper, “The Evolution of a Hierarchy of Attention,” included in the book Attention and Meaning. A secondary theme in the paper concerns the problem of whether language was based originally on perception or mentalese, Steven Pinker’s term for innate concepts built into the brain. Presumably, these concepts take the form of brain circuits. Defenders of the mentalese-origin like to point out that we can speak in purely…
  • The Evolution of Attention

    Blair
    26 Jul 2015 | 5:56 pm
    You don't have to be a mathematician to love symbols. As I was saying, this year began with the publication of a series of essays joined under the title Attention and Meaning and they explore the relationship between attention and language. One of the book’s essays, titled “The Evolution of a Hierarchy of Attention,” was authored by yours truly. Many of the things I say in the paper will be familiar to regular readers of this blog, but I was at last forced to work out the different capacities of attention required to get us from a generic great ape to modern speakers. I had had the…
  • The Elephant is Paying Attention

    Blair
    4 May 2015 | 1:31 pm
    We all know the story of the blind philosophers and the elephant—how one got hold of the tail, another the trunk, another an ear, another a leg, and another the body, and how their different empirical findings led to radically different definitions. I often see references to that story when people talk about the nature of language. Pragmatists define language one way, syntacticians another, but we should not let the elephant parable blind us to the fact that an elephant can be understood as a whole, and I am confident that language too will eventually be understood whole. Every science…
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    Macmillan

  • Language and words in the news – 29th August, 2015

    Liz Potter
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    This post contains a selection of links related to language and words in the news. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English, language change, education in general, and language learning and teaching in particular. Feel free to contact us if you would like to submit a link […] [This is a content excerpt only. Visit our blog for the full post].
  • From belfie to twitterhoea: new words from social media

    Henry Firth
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    All this month, we’re celebrating the fact that the Open Dictionary has now been integrated with the main Dictionary in search results. A major source of new words these days is of course social media. And with that in mind, I’ve scoured the Open Dictionary archives to find the best contributions the worlds of Facebook […] [This is a content excerpt only. Visit our blog for the full post].
  • Language tip of the week: deceive

    Liz Potter
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of  language tips we look at how metaphor is used to express some common concepts in English. This week’s tip looks at metaphors used to talk about deceiving people: Deceiving someone is like sending or […] [This is a content excerpt only. Visit our blog for the full post].
  • Language and words in the news – 21st August, 2015

    Liz Potter
    21 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    This post contains a selection of links related to language and words in the news. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English, language change, education in general, and language learning and teaching in particular. Feel free to contact us if you would like to submit a link […] [This is a content excerpt only. Visit our blog for the full post].
  • Language tip of the week: relationship

    Liz Potter
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:02 am
    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of  language tips we look at how metaphor is used to express some common concepts in English. This week’s tip looks at metaphors used to talk about relationships: Relationships between people or groups are like... [This is a content excerpt only. Visit our blog for the full post].
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    Globalization Partners International - Blog

  • 5 Safe Ways to Get Quality Links in a World Full of Penalties!

    26 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Link gaining is an important piece of digital marketing strategies. Having quality links can be very valuable in terms of search engine ranking, but having bad links can be detrimental to your website's traffic. When it comes to links, quality is much, much better than quantity. Search engines, like Google, are constantly evolving their guidelines and practices to ensure they are delivering relevant, credible information to their searchers. So it can be challenging to safely build links and avoid penalties. Earning links naturally by creating great content is always the preferred method. In…
  • Arabic Language Translation eBook

    25 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    As part of its enhanced eBook collection (Translation eBooks), Globalization Partners International (GPI) has published its latest educational eBook entitled "Quick Facts: The Arabic Language."   The Language and Locale Quick Fact eBooks series contains a collection of Translation eBooks covering and curating information on languages, locales, cultures, writing systems and translation services by country.   In Quick Facts: The Arabic Language eBook you can learn:   Arabic Language Tips and Facts The Arabic Writing System Middle East Languages and Locales: Essential Facts Useful…
  • SEO for Blog Posts

    20 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Creating content marketing strategies to provide relevant information to your audiences in the form of easy to read blog posts is an effective way to attract more qualified website traffic. But what do you do to make sure your blogs are receiving traffic from your audiences? You create search engine optimized, data-driven blog posts.   Optimizing your blog posts so search engines can find your content and deliver it to your target audiences is necessary to gain traffic. In this blog, I will detail some best practices for optimizing your blog posts. SEO Best Practices for Blogs Research…
  • China: Culture and Tradition

    19 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    China, with it's large population and booming economy, is an attractive market for many global businesses. But China has a very different culture than many western countries. It is as important to be familiar with the culture and customs as it is to be familiar with the language and economy when considering expanding into the Chinese market. Chinese Culture   China has more than one billion people representing 56 ethnic minorities groups. According to the Asia Society, some of the groups are: Han Chinese, Tibetans, Mongols, Manchus, Naxi and Hezhen. The Han Chinese are the largest group…
  • Content Marketing World 2015 is Almost Here!

    17 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The Content Marketing World conference brings about 3,000 marketers from around the world to the Cleveland Convention Center September 8th to the 11th.   I spoke with a marketing company owner recently at a networking event and I asked him how much of his business for clients is digital. He considered it and said 30%. I asked him how much they were doing five years ago. He said zero. He clearly understands that five years from now digital will be his business.   Digital marketing will be the overwhelming focus of CMW. In total, there will be 150+ sessions. The first day will be a…
 
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    PhraseMix.com Daily English Lessons

  • "See those tracks? A herd of deer came through here."

    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    You're hiking in the woods with a friend. You notice animal prints in the wet mud next to a creek. You point them out to your friend. See those tracks? A herd of deer came through here.
  • "I thought it was a really original take on the story."

    26 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    You went to see a performance of a Shakespeare play at a theater with your friend. This performance was different that other performances you have seen in the past, but you liked it. After watching the play, you say this while discussing it with your friend. I thought it was a really original take on the story.
  • "This is not just a black and white, open and shut issue."

    25 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    You are debating with a friend about whether it's right or wrong to hunt animals. Your friend is strongly against hunting, but you're not so sure about your opinion. This is not just a black and white, open and shut issue.
  • "Go easy on me!"

    24 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    You're playing ping-pong against a friend. Your friend is very good at the game but you're not. You don't want to lose really badly, so you ask your friend not to play hard. Go easy on me!
  • "Better safe than sorry."

    21 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    You just got a bicycle. You're trying to decide whether to buy a helmet to wear when you ride it. You think this to yourself. Better safe than sorry.
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    » Lexiophiles

  • Dyslexia and foreign language learning

    Benedetta
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:01 am
    «Then, all I wanted and needed, when I learned so painstakingly to read and then to write, was to find a way to be less alone. Which is, of course, what spoken and written language is really all about.» (Philip Schultz)   When I think about language, I think about communication. If once the majority of people needed to master only their native language, nowadays the situation is totally different (for non-native English speakers at least). We are not only required to know a second language, but also to be able to study and ultimately work with it. But… What happens to people who have…
  • Dislessia e apprendimento di una lingua straniera

    Benedetta
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    «Then, all I wanted and needed, when I learned so painstakingly to read and then to write, was to find a way to be less alone. Which is, of course, what spoken and written language is really all about.» (Philip Schultz) «Allora, tutto quello che volevo e di cui avevo bisogno, quando tra ogni difficoltà ho imparato a leggere e scrivere, era trovare un modo di essere meno solo. Il che è, ovviamente, la vera essenza del linguaggio – sia esso scritto che parlato.» (Philip Schultz)   La globalizzazione ci impone non solo di conoscere una lingua straniera, ma anche di essere in grado…
  • You will never know if you never try…

    Yanika
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:01 am
    What could possibly go wrong when you are abroad alone? Getting lost? Do not get what they say? Or falling in love? Like they said, life is short. Getting lost in paradise (on earth) or maybe, in love once in a life time might not be a bad idea. Bangkok, Thailand Before catching the flight here, I was super excited for my new journey as I knew that the world was waiting for me to explore. However, it is always challenging, no matter how many times I have been outside Thailand, the land where you can get anything you want without handing your entire wallet! This time, I have not only been…
  • คุณจะไม่เคยรู้ ถ้าคุณไม่เคยลอง…

    Yanika
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    “การตื่นขึ้นมาคนเดียวในเมืองที่แปลกประหลาด คือหนึ่งในความตื่นเต้นที่น่าพอใจที่สุดในโลก” – Freya Stark [English]
  • Swedish fika for dummies

    Louise
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:01 am
    The word fika is probably one of the first words that tourists hear when visiting Sweden and it is one of the few words that Swedes prefer not to translate. If you translate fika directly it often says “coffee break” and is a break where you can drink coffee and eat pastries or treating yourself to something sweet to go with your coffee. But fika is so much more than that – it is a social phenomenon where people take a break and appreciate the good things in life, often together with good company.   A fika can be enjoyed alone or in company and at any time of day, but…
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    Foreign Exchange Translations

  • Wasting Time or Saving Lives? ePRO Methods that Improve Outcomes

    Paul Canton
    6 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Electronic patient-reported outcome (e-PRO) data collection promises to streamline the data collection process and improve data quality in healthcare. But how do you navigate this changing landscape, so you aren’t wasting time but rather improving outcomes with ePRO assessment? Are there pitfalls to be aware of such as integrity and reliability issues? Join Dr. Patti Peeples as she discusses recent uses of ePRO technologies and methods that improve outcomes. http://bit.ly/1SIqYKs
  • Recording and Translating Audio for e-Learning

    Paul Canton
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:16 pm
    With trainings being mostly done over intranets or the Internet, developing material for e-learning has become an important skill. In this paper, we will look specifically at preparing audio material (i.e., narrated material without video) for online courses. The steps involved are: • Prep of pronunciation guides, scripts, character lists, casting • Recording • Postproduction of the audio file • File naming • Audio integration and syncing with visuals, if needed For more information about Recording and Translation Audio for e-learning, please download our white paper.
  • How to Respond (Safely) to Off-Label Requests

    Paul Canton
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:27 am
    Do you know what to do when someone asks for information about unapproved or uncleared indications or conditions of use (off-label information) for one of your products? If you work for a human or animal drug or device company, you need to be familiar with the regulations before you reply. Providing appropriate responses to these types of requests is known to provide value to public health. However, careful planning is required when crafting the response, particularly in a public setting where other responders may not have access to accurate and complete information. The FDA issued a draft…
  • How to Assemble an Effective Localization Kit

    Paul Canton
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:56 am
    Most people would agree that the successful communication of project expectations and deliverables significantly impacts the final quality of a localized product. Software engineers, web designers, technical writers, and product managers all have vast amounts of knowledge about their products that can easily get lost in the transfer to the localization vendor. For more information, download our white paper How to Assemble an Effective Localization Kit
  • Writing an IFU that Meets the Needs of Patients, End Users and Regulators

    Paul Canton
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:17 am
    The purpose of medical device labeling is to help make device documentation understandable and usable for clinicians, patients (or family members or other lay persons caring for patients). Clear and accurate labeling is essential to ensure safe and effective use of medical devices. Labeling is applied to all devices, therapeutic, restorative, diagnostic, or cosmetic, and it is vital that labeling, brochures, patient leaflets, user manuals, and videotapes are consistent with the instructions for use (IFU). Proper labeling is about communication and involves the processes of decoding and…
 
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    JLPT Boot Camp - The Ultimate Study Guide to passing the Japanese Language Proficiency Test

  • July 2015 JLPT Results

    Clayton MacKnight
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Another Summer JLPT has come and gone.  The test was held on July 5th, a little less than 2 months ago, and the results are starting to come in for those that registered online.  I sat this one out because I have been simply way too busy to prep for it, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to hear from you all about your results. First things first, I get a flood of questions about the particulars of where and how to get results, so here is a basic run down of how you can find out how you scored and if you passed or not. If you registered online in Japan via the JEES website, you…
  • Learning Japanese Kana Fast

    Clayton MacKnight
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:52 am
    Japanese kana is one of the first things you need to learn in order to start using Japanese. And even though it might sound intimidating to have to learn 54 characters and their sounds for hiragana and then katakana, it is really quite simple. Some have even managed to master the whole set in a week, and it could probably be done in a day with a lot of hard work. You just need a few tools to help it all lock in for you. The important thing is that you need to kill romaji ASAP. Kill it before it sets in like the plague because it will only bring you pain in misery in the future if you cling on…
  • Studying Japanese Kanji Effectively with Kanji City

    Clayton MacKnight
    12 Aug 2015 | 6:35 am
    Welcome to Kanji City, an entire city full of kanji. I’ll be your guide through the many nooks and crannies that we call home here. Feel free to pick up kanji on your way around. You will most likely need them in the future, so that you can read and understand Japanese better. But, first let me explain the method to all this madness. This city was designed in order to help everyone lock in the kanji they need. A lot of memory techniques used by some of the great memory champions have been employed to help you remember kanji as effortlessly as possible. Mnemonics are normally used to…
  • Unicom N5 Yomu – Preparatory Course for the JLPT N5

    Clayton MacKnight
    5 Aug 2015 | 5:43 am
    There aren’t a lot of books specifically designed for the N5 test. It is a level of the test that sometimes gets ignored. You can get plenty of vocabulary resources like the Memrise N5 course, but it can tough to find a book that gives a good list of exactly what you need for the test in terms of grammar, and kanji. And the prep book from Unicom, strangely named N5 Yomu (it doesn’t actually have reading practice in it), does a decent job of listing all the vocabulary, kanji, grammar, and phrases you need in one place.  Keep in mind that this is mostly a reference book that you…
  • JLPT BC 165 | Speaking Practice with FluentU

    Clayton MacKnight
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:41 pm
    I’ve always found summer to be a more active time. Despite the oppressive heat and humidity we have here in Japan, I still think the increased sunlight and ability to walk around the house in a lot less clothes just makes me do something more than keeping my nose in a book. People always ask me what my favorite season in Japan is. And I have to say that while I’m working, I love the winter. But when I’m off, I love the summer. I guess if I could wear shorts and a sports shirt to all my teaching gigs, I think I would feel a little differently. Who ever invented…
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    Macmillan

  • Language and words in the news – 29th August, 2015

    Liz Potter
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    This post contains a selection of links related to language and words in the news. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English, language change, education in general, and language learning and teaching in particular. Feel free to contact us if you would like to submit a link for us to include, or just add a comment to the post, with the link(s) you’d like to share. Global English Hi … hey … hello … Dear reader, how do you start an email? It’s one of life’s little conundrums many of us are forced to confront…
  • From belfie to twitterhoea: new words from social media

    Henry Firth
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    All this month, we’re celebrating the fact that the Open Dictionary has now been integrated with the main Dictionary in search results. A major source of new words these days is of course social media. And with that in mind, I’ve scoured the Open Dictionary archives to find the best contributions the worlds of Facebook and Twitter have made to our vocabulary. So, study the top 10 below and then join in the fun by adding your suggestions in the comments or in the Open Dictionary itself! #1: twinterview Ever sat glued to Twitter as your favourite sports star, singer or author gets grilled…
  • Language tip of the week: deceive

    Liz Potter
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of  language tips we look at how metaphor is used to express some common concepts in English. This week’s tip looks at metaphors used to talk about deceiving people: Deceiving someone is like sending or taking them on a journey in the wrong direction. I’m very sorry, I never intended to mislead anyone. He was led astray by the other boys. I found out I’d been taken for a ride. Ann was furious when she discovered she’d been led up/down the garden path. Do…
  • Language and words in the news – 21st August, 2015

    Liz Potter
    21 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    This post contains a selection of links related to language and words in the news. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English, language change, education in general, and language learning and teaching in particular. Feel free to contact us if you would like to submit a link for us to include, or just add a comment to the post, with the link(s) you’d like to share. Global English Deep impact The reality is that, to a deeper extent than commonly realised, German is changing under constant influence from English. Language change and…
  • Language tip of the week: relationship

    Liz Potter
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:02 am
    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of  language tips we look at how metaphor is used to express some common concepts in English. This week’s tip looks at metaphors used to talk about relationships: Relationships between people or groups are like physical connections. Having a good relationship is like being joined to the other person or group, and ending a relationship is like breaking this connection. We have been close friends since we were five. We were inseparable as children. The very first…
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    The Mezzofanti Guild

  • 40 Excellent Arabic Listening Resources In All Dialects

    Donovan Nagel
    11 Aug 2015 | 4:01 pm
    I often say that the hardest part about learning a language like Arabic is not the speaking. Speaking can be picked up pretty quickly believe it or not (made even easier by amazing sites like italki that connect you with Arabic speakers). The hardest part about Arabic is actually learning to listen – training your ears to grasp what you’re hearing. What sucks is that this is the one part of language learning where there are no shortcuts. To become better at listening you just need time and lots of exposure to Arabic. You need to listen constantly. Surround yourself with Arabic…
  • How To Survive Any Situation In Mandarin Chinese

    Donovan Nagel
    9 Aug 2015 | 3:59 am
    I’ve traveled to so many new places around the world over the last 12 years (including many parts of China). If I don’t know the local language already, I try to at least learn as much as I can in the weeks leading up to the trip to get the most out of it. This makes everything so much more fun and memorable. Even just being able to order a meal in a restaurant properly for example makes a massive difference to the whole experience. There’s nothing worse when traveling to be the typical tourist resorting to English all the time. Not only is it more enjoyable speaking the…
  • Why I Won’t Learn Esperanto

    Donovan Nagel
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:40 pm
    From time to time people ask me about Esperanto. Is it worth learning? What are the benefits of being able to speak it? Will it help me learn another language? Well… I’ve decided to answer these questions finally. I’ve gone into quite a bit of detail on the main reasons why I have absolutely zero interest in ever learning it and why I would not recommend it to anybody inquiring about its ‘benefits’. Now, I know this will probably stir up a beehive (I wish I could say I’m sorry but facts don’t care about hurt feelings) though I do want to make it clear…
  • Skype For Language Learning – Why You Need Less Of It

    Donovan Nagel
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:01 am
    Do you really want to immerse yourself in a foreign language but travelling and being ‘location-independent’ isn’t a viable option for you? Most people aren’t really able to travel around on a whim to learn languages due to work and family commitments. Just about anybody who lives in a foreign language context is bound to pick up a decent amount of the language with a little motivation, but doing the same thing when you’re stuck in your own country is where the real challenge is. I do notice a certain level of frustration from people on popular language blogs…
  • So Yeah… This Just Happened

    Donovan Nagel
    9 Jul 2015 | 6:13 pm
    I don’t often share too much about my life outside of travel and language learning here. But I do know that a lot of you have been following my adventures for years now so I want to share this big news with you. I’m engaged. Yep – changing pronouns officially (me -> we). I’ve just been exploring and enjoying northern California with my fiancée and her family the last few weeks. We trekked to the top of a peak overlooking Lake Tahoe – weather and the view couldn’t have been more perfect – and I popped the question. Which she of course said yes to. So…
 
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    EVS Translations Blog

  • Whirling Dervish – Word of the day

    EVS Blog
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    While for most of us the chance to achieve some enlightening through dancing routines might only work out as a result of serious alcohol consumption and that before we even dear hit the dance floor. And as a result of the intoxication our movements would be anything but harmonic, for Sufis (followers of the inner […] The post Whirling Dervish – Word of the day appeared first on EVS Translations Blog. Related posts: Badminton – Word of the day Bacteria – Word of the day Becquerel – Word of the day
  • Elixir – Word of the day

    EVS Blog
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Elixir is definitely not a word which we use on a daily-basis. But every time when we come across it, the associations are as fancy as can be. A regular liquid can be named an elixir only by creative marketers, but for those of us not working in marketing departments, the word brings images of […] The post Elixir – Word of the day appeared first on EVS Translations Blog. Related posts: Corgi – Word of the day Atlas – Word of the day Airline – Word of the day
  • Delicatessen – Word of the day

    EVS Blog
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Not everyone knows that the word delicatessen has a fairly different meaning in Europe and the United States. In the US, a delicatessen store, also known as simply a deli, is a synthesis of a grocery store and a fast-food restaurant which offers fresh food. At a deli one can find a variety of salads, […] The post Delicatessen – Word of the day appeared first on EVS Translations Blog. Related posts: Balaclava – Word of the day Abseil – Word of the day Asap – Word of the day
  • Finding the Right Partner for Your Pharmaceutical and Medical Translations

    evs2
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:19 pm
    Alongside user manuals and safety instructions from the mechanical engineering sector, translation services in the medical industry involve the most sensitive texts that must therefore be translated with the utmost care. When it comes to engaging a language service provider for your pharmaceutical and medical translations, make sure that the provider uses only specialist translators […] The post Finding the Right Partner for Your Pharmaceutical and Medical Translations appeared first on EVS Translations Blog. Related posts: Language translation and localisation challenges for the…
  • Kiss – Word of the day

    EVS Blog
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The kiss has been around for a long time, but in English print, at least, it hasn’t been around for as long as you might think. Kiss as a noun turns up in English manuscripts dating right back to the 11th century and the verb to kiss predates this by a century. Back then, however, […] The post Kiss – Word of the day appeared first on EVS Translations Blog. Related posts: Hobson’s choice – Word of the day Karaoke – Word of the day Hashtag – Word of the day
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  • 13 Back to School Tips by Spanish Teachers

    Jared Romey
    15 Aug 2015 | 7:52 pm
    These tips collected from Spanish teachers will keep your students engaged, enjoying Spanish and will keep them coming back to learn more Spanish. Read More >The post 13 Back to School Tips by Spanish Teachers appeared first on Speaking Latino.
  • Gritty Spanish Listening and Reading Comprehension Audio Program Review and Coupon Code

    Diana Caballero
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:31 am
    This is the review of the Gritty Spanish audio program to improve listening and reading comprehension. Download a free episode and get a discount. Read More >The post Gritty Spanish Listening and Reading Comprehension Audio Program Review and Coupon Code appeared first on Speaking Latino.
  • Video Interview With Eldon Mirjah, Creator of Gritty Spanish Audio Program

    Diana Caballero
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:51 am
    Speaking Latino interviews Eldon Mirjah, creator of Gritty Spanish audio program. Read More >The post Video Interview With Eldon Mirjah, Creator of Gritty Spanish Audio Program appeared first on Speaking Latino.
  • 11 Reasons italki will Help Your Child Learn Spanish Online

    Diana Caballero
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:49 am
    Our tips on how italki can help your child learn Spanish online, many of which are things that are not possible in a traditional classroom setting. Read More >The post 11 Reasons italki will Help Your Child Learn Spanish Online appeared first on Speaking Latino.
  • 10 Things to Keep in Mind When Selecting an italki Teacher

    Jared Romey
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:51 pm
    These are tips to select an italki teacher I learned from taking one-on-one, online italki classes to improve my language skills. Read More >The post 10 Things to Keep in Mind When Selecting an italki Teacher appeared first on Speaking Latino.
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  • My Language Bucket List: Shannon Kennedy from Eurolinguiste

    Kerstin Hammes
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:30 pm
    There is little in life that can motivate you better than a good bucket list. Write down your aspirations, imagine those situations that get you excited and share if you dare! In today's guest post, Shannon Kennedy from Eurolinguiste has taken the challenge of sharing her own language learning dreams. A short while back, Kerstin shared a “language bucket list” post from Angel Armstead. I thought it was a fun idea (plus I’m a huge fan of lists), so I started planning something similar in the back of mind. As fate would have it, Kerstin got in touch with me and kindly asked me if I’d be…
  • New Podcast - Episode 22: Travel and Tutor Hunting Tips

    Kerstin Hammes
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:08 pm
    This episode features two core themes of discussion: travel and tutor tips. "I buy everyone a little lollipop in my lessons" (Lindsay's Teaching Secret) Firstly, we talked about all the ways language learning works when you travel. We also deviated to talk about historic language learning books!± Should you study pronunciation first or just go all in with vocabulary? (hint: whatever you like) When is it too late to learn? (hint: never) What do you need to buy before you set off? (hint: nothing) In the article discussion of this episode, we took apart the step-by-step process of finding a…
  • The Miraculous Benefits of Keeping a Language Notebook

    Kerstin Hammes
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:31 am
    Are you an electric language fiend, armed with Flashcard apps and podcasts? Or going it old-school with pen and paper? In today’s article, I want to introduce you to some of the tricks I use to get the most out of my language learning routine without adding to my screen time. My absolute language learning essential is a notebook. Flashcards are great for vocabulary lists, but notebooks are for everything. The first thing I do with a new word is write it down in a notebook, maybe with an example and pronunciation note.Why write on paper?Working with a paper notebook can bring many excellent…
  • Introducing Speak German like a Native - the Ultimate Pronunciation Course

    Kerstin Hammes
    13 Aug 2015 | 3:10 am
    Are you a German learner dreaming of that fluent conversation?Then you know that it's not always as simple as learning all the words and putting them together in the right way.It's often awkward and embarrassing to be faced with a native speaker, ready to talk. What if they laugh? What if you sound like an idiot?You feel frustrated because just don't even know if you're saying the words correctly. If you know that feeling in your German studies, then I have got fantastic news for you: Speak German like a Native is finally launching.As an experienced German tutor, I know how you…
  • New Podcast: Episode 21 - Why Your Language Learning Goal Sucks and What to Do About It

    Kerstin Hammes
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:01 am
    In episode 21 of the podcast, I'm flying solo! This episode is a shorter version of our usual podcast. A snack size, so to say. I've been so busy creating, promoting and talking about Speak German like a Native that there was little time to do anything else. But Wait! Here's What I Just Had to Tell You You language learners and your goals.You all say you're going to be efficient and effective and committed, and then I ask you what your goals are in the Summer Giveaway and 150 people say get fluent.Me language learner and my goal!When I was asked about my short-term language learning goal…
 
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    Always Spanish – Unconventional Spanish tips and tricks for the lazy learner

  • My Tryst With Spanish: What Worked And What Didn’t

    Amit Schandillia
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:25 pm
    Do you know how many languages are spoken in India? Well over a hundred! Needless to say, most Indians are bilingual, or even trilingual. And yet when it comes to foreign languages, we mostly wind up with the short end of the stick. So how did I manage to not only choose Spanish but also follow through on that choice? This is my story of how I began my journey with Spanish? There are countless stories of how people around the world have achieved their big and small language learning dreams; this one is mine. I wouldn’t stake a claim to fame for this feat but it certainly does feel good to…
  • 5 Steps To Turning Facebook Into A Spanish Learning Machine

    Amit Schandillia
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:32 am
    Facebook – don’t we just love to claim how much we hate it and how it’s ruining our daily routine? Feel free to rant but we both know who’s having the last laugh. With close to a billion users and counting, this phenomena is not going anywhere anytime soon. So you have two options: Either use it to share breakfast and cat pictures and make zero positive impact to your life; or turn the tables and make every minute you spend on it count. What do they say about life, lemons, and lemonade? Yes, it’s more than possible to turn Facebook into a solid Spanish-learning machine and make your…
  • 6 Spanish Words That Don’t Have A Direct English Translation

    Amit Schandillia
    22 Aug 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Every language has a certain character and that character is what defines it uniquely. What this terribly abstract blabber means is that every language has a portion of its vocabulary that just cannot, perhaps should not, be translated to another language – not word-for-word at least. Try translating spam or serendipity into a language other than English. This is not a defect; rather, if anything, this is what makes every language unique. So, I thought it would be fun to share with you this aspect of the language we’re all here for. And fun it was! By the end of this post, you’ll be…
  • Busuu Vs. Lang-8: The Brief Showdown

    Amit Schandillia
    22 Aug 2015 | 6:27 am
    Learning Spanish is just one of those endeavors that become several times more fun and inspiring when done with friends. Learning anything, let alone a foreign tongue, is not something one would find terribly engaging if done in isolation. Luckily for our generation, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to collaborative learning. With the social media becoming as integral to our lives as breakfast and TV, it’s impossible for even the most hopeless of loners to stay isolated these days. Here, we’re going to review two services that mix social networking and language learning to bring you…
  • Start Making Sense Of Spanish TV In 45 Days!

    Amit Schandillia
    21 Aug 2015 | 11:44 am
    Learning Spanish can have a whole bunch of fun reasons one of which is being able to make sense of those oh-so-contrived telenovelas from Mexico and the rest of Latin America. Now imagine being able to do so in a space of one and a half month. Now, wouldn’t that be something! This might sound like black magic or science fiction depending on which way you sway but it’s actually neither. All it takes is a strategy, the tools, and the oil of your elbow. Oh, did I forget money? No, I didn’t. What we’re going to learn today is as expensive as the air you breathe. So, stop worrying about…
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    Spanish Obsessed

  • Spanish from scratch 14

    Rob
    11 Aug 2015 | 2:27 pm
    We look at two ways of referring to the future, without even using the future tense! Notes for this podcast coming soon. The post Spanish from scratch 14 appeared first on Spanish Obsessed.
  • Spanish from Scratch 13

    Rob
    10 Aug 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Learn how to talk about “obligation” in Spanish – telling someone what to do! We look at two ways of doing this, exploring the constructions “tener que” and “hay que”. Initial dialogue Rob: Hola Liz, ¿qué tal? Liz: Hola Rob, ¿cómo estás? Rob: Muy bien, muy bien, gracias, como siempre. Liz: ¿Disfrutando el verano? Log in Remember Me Lost your password? OR Sign up Enter your desired password twice. Must be at least 8 characters long.  The post Spanish from Scratch 13 appeared first on Spanish Obsessed.
  • Intermediate 24: Glastonbury Festival (part two)

    Rob
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Lis continues telling us of her time in Glastonbury Festival. Transcription ▼ Rob: Si fueras otra vez, ¿Qué harías diferente? O sea qu’e no te gusto, es otra pregunta, que no te gusto de Glastonbury y que a lo mejor harías diferente si fueras otra vez? Lis: eee ir con…, con Rob. Jajaja risas Rob: Mm bueno sí Log in or sign up to see the rest of this transcription Log in Remember Me Lost your password? OR Sign up Enter your desired password twice. Must be at least 8 characters long.  The post Intermediate 24: Glastonbury Festival (part two) appeared first on Spanish Obsessed.
  • Intermediate 23: Glastonbury Festival (part one)

    Rob
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Lis tells us of her experience in Glastonbury Festival this June, one of the largest and best known music festivals in the world! Part two follows. Transcription ▼ Rob: Hola Lis, que tal, ¿cómo estás? Lis: Hola Rob, ¿cómo estás? (risas), canté así como tu voz, risas, el ritmo de tu voz… hola Lisss… hola Rob Rob: Pues yo estoy muy bien, gracias y ¿tú? Lis: Bien, muy bien, gracias Log in or sign up to see the rest of this transcription Log in Remember Me Lost your password? OR Sign up Enter your desired password twice. Must be at least 8 characters long.  The post…
  • Beginners 16: Are you a morning or evening person?

    Rob
    10 Jun 2015 | 2:15 am
    One thing that we’ve noticed since living together is how different we feel about mornings and evenings. Liz is a morning person, and Rob is definitely not… Notes ▼ Initial dialogue Rob: Hola Liz. ¿Que tal? Liz: Hola Rob Rob: ¿Cansada? Liz: Sí, ya con mucho sueño Rob: Yo estoy perfectamente Liz: Pareces un buho Rob: Un buho!   Log in or sign up to see the rest of these notes Log in Remember Me Lost your password? OR Sign up Enter your desired password twice. Must be at least 8 characters long.  The post Beginners 16: Are you a morning or evening person? appeared first on…
 
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    Business English Ace

  • BEAR030: Business English Ace Radio [Podcast]

    BizAceSite
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    (00:14:58) Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Subscribe via RSS Join my Mailing List + Get 3 Instant Bonuses Improve your English today! Powered by the Simple Podcast Press Player Welcome to Ace Radio Episode 30 for career success. Improve your English excellence with every episode for career success.   In today’s lesson, you learn the following: Erroneous English [...] The post BEAR030: Business English Ace Radio [Podcast] appeared first on Business English Ace.
  • BEAR029: Business English Ace Radio [Podcast]

    BizAceSite
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:09 am
    (00:13:48) Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Subscribe via RSS Join my Mailing List + Get 3 Instant Bonuses Improve your English today! Powered by the Simple Podcast Press Player Welcome to Ace Radio Episode 29 for career success. Rev up your professional opportunities with each weekly episode devoted to your English excellence.   In today’s lesson, you learn the following: Erroneous [...] The post BEAR029: Business English Ace Radio [Podcast] appeared first on Business English Ace.
  • BEAR028: Business English Ace Radio [Podcast]

    BizAceSite
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    (00:14:17) Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Subscribe via RSS Join my Mailing List + Get 3 Instant Bonuses Improve your English today! Powered by the Simple Podcast Press Player Welcome to Ace Radio Episode 28 to accelerate your success. Improve your career chances with each weekly episode devoted to your English excellence. Make sure to visit the Resource [...] The post BEAR028: Business English Ace Radio [Podcast] appeared first on Business English Ace.
  • Erroneous English Question 28 – If I were/was

    BizAceSite
    19 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Erroneous English Question #28 tests you on using If I were and If I was. Even native English speakers confuse the two choices. Check out the grammar question below. Do you know the correct English answer? Find out in Episode 28 of the  Business English Ace Radio podcast on Tuesday. Enhance your ability to use English grammar every week and learn [...] The post Erroneous English Question 28 – If I were/was appeared first on Business English Ace.
  • Learn Collocations to Build Your English Fluency

    BizAceSite
    16 Jul 2015 | 10:43 am
    Learning collocations is an essential step to improving your English fluency. These chunks of language help you use the language more effectively whether speaking or writing. When you study English, you should be learning groups of words, not one word at a time. These words that often are found together are called collocations. Watch the [...] The post Learn Collocations to Build Your English Fluency appeared first on Business English Ace.
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    LinguaJunkie.com

  • 22 Awesome Ways To Say: How Are You in Japanese

    The Junkie
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:03 am
    Hello Junkies! How are… you? This is a very important question and is used every day in all conversations around the world. And more importantly, there are TONS of way to say it. Japanese is no difference. Here’s why you should learn the different ways to ask this question. You have a greater range of expression – sign of fluency. You sound more fluid and more natural. One version may be more applicable than another So in this lesson you will learn the 22 Ways to ask How Are You in Japanese. Ready? Let’s go. If you REALLY want to learn to Japanese with effective audio…
  • For Learners: The Top 10 German Learning Strategies

    The Junkie
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:17 am
    Hey Junkies! Let’s talk about German learning strategies. There is one great strategy that you’ll see here again and again. It’s reviewing. And it comes in many forms. So, today, you’re going to learn the top 10 German learning strategies (be sure to add your own in the comments so we can make this a top 20 list!). These will help you speak, read, and understand German better. Now, reading advice is one thing. Any dummy can do that. Putting it to use is another. So let’s get to it. You’ll learn German learning strategies. You’ll learn how to read…
  • For Learners: The Top 10 Hebrew Learning Strategies

    The Junkie
    23 Aug 2015 | 8:55 am
    Hey Junkies! Let’s talk about Hebrew learning strategies. There is one great strategy that you’ll see here again and again. It’s reviewing. And it comes in many forms. So, today, you’re going to learn the top 10 Hebrew learning strategies (be sure to add your own in the comments so we can make this a top 20 list!). These will help you speak, read, and understand Hebrew better. Now, reading advice is one thing. Any dummy can do that. Putting it to use is another. So let’s get to it. You’ll learn Hebrew learning strategies. You’ll learn how to read…
  • For Learners: The Top 10 Russian Learning Strategies

    The Junkie
    23 Aug 2015 | 8:47 am
    Hey Junkies! Let’s talk about Russian learning strategies. There is one great strategy that you’ll see here again and again. It’s reviewing. And it comes in many forms. So, today, you’re going to learn the top 10 Russian learning strategies (be sure to add your own in the comments so we can make this a top 20 list!). These will help you speak, read, and understand Russian better. Now, reading advice is one thing. Any dummy can do that. Putting it to use is another. So let’s get to it. You’ll learn Russian learning strategies. You’ll learn how to read…
  • For Learners: The Top 10 Korean Learning Strategies

    The Junkie
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:57 pm
    Hey Junkies! Let’s talk about Korean learning strategies. There is one great  strategy that you’ll see here again and again. It’s reviewing. And it comes in many forms. So, today, you’re going to learn the top 10 Korean learning strategies (be sure to add your own in the comments so we can make this a top 20 list!). These will help you speak, read, and understand Korean better. Now, reading advice is one thing. Any dummy can do that. Putting it to use is another. So let’s get to it. You’ll learn Korean learning strategies. You’ll learn how to read…
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