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  • Scratch That

    Nancy Friedman
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:27 am
    This month Scratch Magazine, an online publication “about the intersection of writing and money,” celebrates its first anniversary. In “Scratch,” founder and publisher Jane Friedman (to whom I’m not related) nailed the perfect dual-meaning title: scratch has been an informal synonym for write since at least the early 19th century, and it’s been a slang term for “money” (especially paper currency) in the U.S. since the early 20th century. Scratch: Writing + Money + Life. And speaking of “nailed it”: This Scratch is a British “forum for nail professionals.” The title…
  • change / shift gears

    separated by a common language
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:45 am
    @arnoldgoldman has just suggested shift gears versus change gears for today's Twitter Difference of the Day. I've noticed this one before without being able to put my finger on which one belonged to which dialect. It turns out there's good reason for my confusion--you hear both in both dialects. So what's the story? Is one 'an Americanism'?Looking in the Corpus of Global Web-Based English, I found more of both in American and more of shift in both dialects.  change shift American 98 153 British 42 53 Using a web-based corpus is possibly a bit funny for this, since authorship isn't known…
  • Expressões dos Seriados: Rub it in

    English Experts
    Alessandro Brandão
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Hi everyone! A expressão de hoje é “Rub it in”. Ela significa “jogar algo na cara de alguém, jogar sal na ferida”. Confira abaixo os exemplos com áudio. I know I did something wrong. You don’t need to rub it in. [ Sei que fiz algo errado. Não precisa ficar jogando na minha cara. ] Even though the minister had resigned, the press rubbed it in by publishing more details of the scandal. [ Embora o ministro tenha pedido demissão, a imprensa jogou sal na ferida ao publicar mais detalhes do escândalo. ] Ouça o áudio:…
  • Concentrating on word sounds helps reading instruction and intervention

    Language Acquisition News -- ScienceDaily
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:14 am
    A neuroimaging study by psychologist suggests that phonics shouldn't be overlooked in favor of a whole-language technique, a finding that could help improve treatment and diagnosis of common reading disorders.
  • Why Bad Translations of Hotel Documents Are Bad for Your Business

    Inbox Translation (London, UK)
    Alina Cincan
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:24 am
    Globalisation and advances in transport technology have brought something new to the table for all service providers: millions and millions of foreign potential customers. The hotel business is one of the most competitive markets where the battle for customers is in full swing all the time. Nowadays, hotels need to really fight for their foreign […] The post Why Bad Translations of Hotel Documents Are Bad for Your Business appeared first on Inbox Translation (London, UK).
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  • Annual Review of Linguistics Debuts -

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:06 pm
    Annual Review of Linguistics DebutsInfoToday.comMark Liberman, the journal's co-editor, says coverage will also include “all scientific approaches to the study of speech, language, and communication, as well as significant applications of linguistics in technology, medicine, law, education, and
  • GUSA creates petition for greater transparency in the Foreign Language and ... - The Georgetown Voice (blog)

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:08 am
    The Georgetown Voice (blog)GUSA creates petition for greater transparency in the Foreign Language and The Georgetown Voice (blog)In yesterday's weekly GUSA email, they included a petition to have greater transparency regarding doctoral candidates teaching classes within the Foreign Language and Linguistics Department (FLL). The petition was authored by GUSA Senator At-Large ...
  • Lecturer In Linguistics - The Conversation AU

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Lecturer In LinguisticsThe Conversation AUThe Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University is one of the largest and most diverse linguistics departments in Australia. In the recent ERA quality assurance in research exercise, the Department was assessed as 'above world standard'. It has and more »
  • Linguists are like, 'Get used to it!' - Boston Globe

    25 Jan 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Linguists are like, 'Get used to it!'Boston GlobeAt the Linguistics Society of America's annual meeting this month, researchers Janneke Van Hofwegen of Stanford and Charlie Farrington of the University of Oregon presented a paper that found that “be like” is now so widely used it accounted for 20 and more »
  • Linguistics: Tonal languages need humid climates - Science Codex

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    Science CodexLinguistics: Tonal languages need humid climatesScience CodexThe researchers investigated the correlation between humidity and the significance of tone pitch in over 3,750 languages from different linguistic families. This indicates that tonal languages are significantly rarer in dry regions. In relatively dry and more »
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    Language Acquisition News -- ScienceDaily

  • Concentrating on word sounds helps reading instruction and intervention

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:14 am
    A neuroimaging study by psychologist suggests that phonics shouldn't be overlooked in favor of a whole-language technique, a finding that could help improve treatment and diagnosis of common reading disorders.
  • Cochlear implant users can hear, feel the beat in music

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:24 am
    People who use cochlear implants for profound hearing loss do respond to certain aspects of music, contrary to common beliefs and limited scientific research, says a research team. The scientists say exposure to the beat in music, such as drums, can improve the emotional and social quality-of-life of cochlear implant users and may even help improve their understanding and use of spoken language.
  • Early English exposure prepares Spanish-speaking children for academic success

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:17 am
    Family members, teachers and peers can play different roles in shaping Spanish-speaking children's school readiness and English skills that are vital to children's academic success, research confirms.
  • Climate affects development of human speech

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    A correlation between climate and the evolution of language has been uncovered by researchers. To find a relationship between the climate and the evolution of language, one needs to discover an association between the environment and vocal sounds that is consistent throughout the world and present in different languages. And that is precisely what a group of researchers has done.
  • Mothers don't speak so clearly to their babies

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    People have a distinctive way of talking to babies and small children: We speak more slowly, using a sing-song voice, and tend to use cutesy words like "tummy". While we might be inclined to think that we talk this way because it is easier for children to understand, new research suggests that, surprisingly, mothers may actually speak less clearly to their infants than they do to adults.
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    LANGUAGE NEWS - Google News

  • New Gunner Paulista is looking very good in any language -

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:29 pm Gunner Paulista is looking very good in any"It is the biggest language barrier I have faced with a new player but it is not a gamble," said Wenger. "He doesn't speak much Spanish but at least he can communicate the minimum. "At the moment he does not speak a word of English and that can cost Arsenal wary of using Gabriel Paulista before language barrier is overcomeThe Times (subscription)all 768 news articles »
  • Kurdish Poet Battles to Defend Language, Culture - Voice of America

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Voice of AmericaKurdish Poet Battles to Defend Language, CultureVoice of America"They were really not aware of the role of the language in forming and combining society," he said. "They were so late. The PKK leader, Mr. Abdullah Ocalan, in 1995 said if we achieve this revolution, maybe for 50 more years we will be speaking in
  • White House grapples with fraught terrorism language - U.S. News & World Report

    30 Jan 2015 | 1:30 pm
    U.S. News & World ReportWhite House grapples with fraught terrorism languageU.S. News & World ReportTwice this month, the White House has publicly grappled with the politically fraught language of terrorism. In the days after a deadly terror spree in Paris, President Barack Obama was criticized for purposely avoiding calling the attacks an example of and more »
  • What Languages Will We Speak In The Future? Ask Your Questions Now - io9

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    What Languages Will We Speak In The Future? Ask Your Questions Nowio9What languages might go extinct in the future, and how can we expect the surviving ones to change? Linguist John McWhorter is here to answer our questions! Top Image: Language Tree by Minna Sundberg / SSSScomic. McWhorter teaches linguistics ...and more »
  • This Tree Beautifully Reveals The Relationships Between Languages - Business Insider

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:29 am
    This Tree Beautifully Reveals The Relationships Between LanguagesBusiness InsiderFor reasons both poetic and pragmatic, the tree has historically been the designer's go-to inspiration for mapping relationships. In the graphic below, Finish-Swedish illustrator Minna Sundberg artfully uses this format to trace the world's largest and more »
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    English Experts

  • Expressões dos Seriados: Rub it in

    Alessandro Brandão
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Hi everyone! A expressão de hoje é “Rub it in”. Ela significa “jogar algo na cara de alguém, jogar sal na ferida”. Confira abaixo os exemplos com áudio. I know I did something wrong. You don’t need to rub it in. [ Sei que fiz algo errado. Não precisa ficar jogando na minha cara. ] Even though the minister had resigned, the press rubbed it in by publishing more details of the scandal. [ Embora o ministro tenha pedido demissão, a imprensa jogou sal na ferida ao publicar mais detalhes do escândalo. ] Ouça o áudio:…
  • Como utilizar a expressão Make Use of

    Donay Mendonça
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Acredito que aqueles que já tiveram algum contato com o inglês devem ter se deparado com a expressão “make use of” (fazer uso de). Hoje eu vou ensinar como utilizar essa expressão e suas variações mais comuns. Então, acompanhe conosco. Como acabei de dizer, esta expressão possui variações, e estas variações podem ser muito úteis tanto na conversação quanto na escrita. Veja a seguir algumas delas com a respectiva tradução. Make good use of: usar bem, fazer bom uso, aproveitar bem Make better use of: usar melhor, fazer melhor uso, aproveitar melhor Make bad use…
  • Expressões dos Seriados: Sit-down

    Alessandro Brandão
    6 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Hi everyone! A expressão de hoje é “Sit-down”. Ela significa “reunião, conversa”. Confira abaixo os exemplos com áudio. Let’s have a sit-down and decide what we are going to do. [ Vamos nos reunir e decider o que vamos fazer. ] Father and son had a quick sit-down to set the record straight. [ Pai e filho se sentaram para conversar e resolver as coisas. ] Ouça o áudio: // Baixe o mp3 I hope you like it! Referência Ebook Gírias & Expressões dos Seriados III (com áudio). Adir Ferreira e Tim…
  • Como dizer “escapar por pouco” em inglês

    Donay Mendonça
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Vamos começar a dica de hoje com um breve diálogo, acompanhe. Mike: What happened, Betty? Why are you so nervous? Betty: I just saw [acabei de ver] something scary [assustador]. That’s why. Mike: Come on, tell me what you saw. I’m curious to know. Betty: A man narrowly escaped an accident over there. He was crossing [atravessando] the street when a car ran a red light [avançou o sinal vermelho] and almost hit [atingiu] him. After that, the car crashed into [bateu em] a post. No diálogo acima utilizamos a expressão “narrowly escaped”, que significa ”escapou por…
  • Balanço Geral de 2014

    Alessandro Brandão
    31 Dec 2014 | 3:57 am
    O balanço geral é uma tradição aqui no English Experts. Todo ano eu publico aqui as minhas principais realizações e as metas para o ano que se inicia. Como de costume, eu convido você a fazer essa reflexão comigo. Este ano foi sem dúvida aquele em que encarei os maiores desafios aqui no EE. Hoje, no último dia de 2014, a olho para a minha Todo List completa, veja só: melhoria no sistema de reputação, escrevi um livro, criamos a área Premium, desenvolvemos o aplicativo do EE para Android e iOS entre outras realizações. Escrever sobre nossos objetivos é algo muito poderoso. No…
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    The English Blog

  • 20 Ways to Improve Your English

    Jeffrey Hill
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    Here's a presentation I did for the new intake of FC (= Continuing Education) students at the EM Normandie, some of whom will be taking the e-learning version of our Master's Degree. Click on the logos and screenshots for more information. You can download the PowerPoint version here. 20 Ways to Improve Your English from Jeffrey Hill
  • Cartoon: Rebuilding The Wall

    Jeffrey Hill
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:06 am
    BACKGROUNDGermans are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. German Chancellor Angela Merkel led several events Sunday, including the placing of a rose in one of the few remaining sections of the Wall to commemorate the 138 people killed in Berlin alone as they tried to flee the Soviet-allied state. In a speech at the main memorial site for the Wall, Merkel said that "the fall of the Wall has shown us that dreams can come true." She called the Wall a "symbol of state abuse cast in concrete" that "took millions of people to the limits of…
  • Tenth Anniversary Competition - Win A Collins English Dictionary!

    Jeffrey Hill
    4 Nov 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Today The English Blog is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Yes, it's exactly ten years to the day since I wrote that first post! Anyway, to mark the occasion I thought I would organize a little competition. It's very simple. All you have to do is send me an email giving the total number of posts (including this one) there have been on The English Blog since the beginning. The winner will be the reader who gets closest to that figure. In the unlikely event of a tie, the entry received first will be the winner. And the prize? A copy of the brand new Collins English…
  • Keep Calm, It's Our Tenth Anniversary

    Jeffrey Hill
    4 Nov 2014 | 3:08 pm
  • From the Archive #10: EM Normandie Launches iTunes U Site (2013)

    Jeffrey Hill
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    The project that has taken up most of my time over the past couple of years (apart from the blogging) is the EM Normandie's iTunes U site, which was officially launched in September 2103. There are now 20 video lessons in the Learn English With Photos collections on iTunes U. You can also view the videos on YouTube, but you won't get the transcripts, glossaries or word puzzles. I'm pleased to announce that the EM Normandie is now present on iTunes U. I've been working on this project for over two years, so I'm glad it's finally seen the light of day! Although…
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  • 書き起こしは話の整理に最適

    7 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
  • 社員の力を引き出す人材管理ならサイダス【CYDAS】へ

    19 May 2013 | 11:00 pm
    そういった、企業における人材の配置計画や個人の持っている能力をふるにアップさせていくシステムを提供できるのが、人と組織の才能を引き出すサイダス【CYDAS】のPerformanceCloudです。 サイダス【CYDAS】をご紹介できるサイトは、こちらです。→こちら
  • 効率よく利益を上げる人材管理

    2 May 2013 | 11:00 pm
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    Language Log

  • mark.liberman.121 is not me

    Mark Liberman
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:29 pm
    Earlier today, someone set up a Facebook account, with a version of my FB profile picture, and began communicating with people as if they were me. My actual FB page is, which I don't use much except to look at things that people tell me about. This is apparently a phishing enterprise. The imposter asks people for their phone number and email address and postal address — at least one person gave them this much information — and eventually gets around to money. There are two interesting things about…
  • Attachment ambiguity of the day

    Mark Liberman
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Prepositional phrase attachment is one of the hardest things for English parsers to get right: if I hit a man with a bag of groceries, was that bag of groceries the instrument of my action, or was it just something the guy was carrying when I attacked him? And PP-attachment ambiguity is especially common in English-language headlines, since omitted forms of to be add additional ambiguous attachment points. For example, Alex Barker, "EU reforms to break up big banks at risk", Financial Times 1/29/2015: Are the reforms at risk, or are the reforms on track to break up banks that are at…
  • The manuscript they would have written

    Geoffrey K. Pullum
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Here's a very nice case of modern sex-neutral pronoun-choice style, with the unusual feature that the antecedent for the two occurrences of singular they (which prescriptivsts hate so much) is not only a definite noun phrase, but a definite noun phrase denoting a unique individual. The sentence comes from a Buzzfeed listicle drawn from "Shit Academics Say" (@AcademicsSay) on Twitter. I underline the antecedent and the two pronouns: We wish to thank Reviewer 2 for their critical feedback & sincerely apologize for not having written the manuscript they would have written. The special…
  • John McWhorter responds

    John McWhorter
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:48 am
    Some clarifications about my Wall Street Journal article, which seems to have led to some misunderstandings among Language Log’s readers (as well as over at Languagehat). Since the readers here are the most well-informed audience that piece will ever reach outside of professional linguists, I thought it’d be useful to clarify what I based the observations in that piece on. Contact and simplification It is unfortunate if I seemed to be making the rather absurd point that language contact guarantees simplification. I could not be someone who thinks of Sally Thomason’s monograph on…
  • Everywhere, anywhere

    Victor Mair
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    From Duncan Smith, by way of William Gibson on Twitter (ultimately from Lee Unkrich): Don't laugh at the English.  Except for the use of the word "poo", it's not bad, though I must admit that the notion of pooing and peeing everywhere is a bit odd. Strange as it may seem, this type of public notice is fairly common in China.  Indeed, we've had a whole series of such signs on Language Log: "Please pee in the pool" (8/4/14) "Greater and lesser conveniences" (6/25/14) (with links to additional posts) Today's post is about a subgenre of the type, viz., those that include the adverbial phrase…
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  • 1/28/15 - apocryphal

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    1. Related to the Apocrypha, books of the Old Testament not accepted in the Jewish or Protestant versions of the Bible. 2. Probably untrue, but accepted widely as true; of questionable authenticity.
  • 1/27/15 - caucus

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    1. A closed political meeting that determines policy or selects candidates for office. 2. (Britain) A committee within a political party that determines party policies.
  • 1/26/15 - zany

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    1. A ludicrous buffoon, a person who stupidly tries to be funny. 2. Ludicrously buffoonish, idiotically clownish. 3. Outrageously funny, off the wall.
  • 1/25/15 - potshot

    24 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    1. An easy shot. 2. A random shot at an unknown target. 3. A criticism made without thought or substantiation, aimed at someone who happens to be an easy and obvious target, a cheap shot.
  • 1/24/15 - caliginous

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Dark, foggy, murky, dim, obscure, gloomy.
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  • Scratch That

    Nancy Friedman
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:27 am
    This month Scratch Magazine, an online publication “about the intersection of writing and money,” celebrates its first anniversary. In “Scratch,” founder and publisher Jane Friedman (to whom I’m not related) nailed the perfect dual-meaning title: scratch has been an informal synonym for write since at least the early 19th century, and it’s been a slang term for “money” (especially paper currency) in the U.S. since the early 20th century. Scratch: Writing + Money + Life. And speaking of “nailed it”: This Scratch is a British “forum for nail professionals.” The title…
  • On the Visual Thesaurus: Get "Smart"

    Nancy Friedman
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    My January column for the Visual Thesaurus looks at how smart came to be attached to so many inanimate objects, from phones to skin lotion, from bombs to highways, from quotation marks to fabric. Along the way, I consider the multiple senses of this very old word, which can mean “stylish,” “cheeky,” or “to cause pain,” as well as “witty” or “intelligent.” No subscription needed to view the column this month (not always the case!). Here’s a taste: The sense of smart = shrewd extends to the slangy smart-ass, which first appeared in print in 1951 in an American detective…
  • Word of the Week: Ork

    Nancy Friedman
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:09 am
    Ork: Slang (via truncation) for “orchestra,” popularized by entertainment-industry publications in the 1930s. I discovered ork in The B-Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song, Ben Yagoda’s lively and informative new history of the American popular-music industry. The word appears in a chapter titled “What Happened to the Music?”, in a quote from the February 14, 1948, issue of Billboard, the American music magazine: Cornell University, in addition to asking for the slow dance music proviso, forced an agency to include a clause which would…
  • Cover Girls

    Nancy Friedman
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Spotted sharing a bookshelf in the fiction section at Powell’s City of Books in Portland, Oregon: four titles that, when read in sequence, form a set of instructions. How to Build a Girl, by Caitlin Moran. Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham (whose series for HBO is, of course, Girls) Clown Girl, by Monica Drake Ugly Girls, by Lindsay Hunter Elsewhere in the store: A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, by Eimear McBride; Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell, and Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. In another bookstore closer to home (Walden Pond Books, Oakland) I found #Girlboss, by Sophia Amoruso; The Shining…
  • New on the Strong Language Blog: Its Sofa King Famous!

    Nancy Friedman
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:37 pm
    My latest post for Strong Language (“a sweary blog about swearing”) is about Sofa King: “a real brand, a parody brand, a tribute brand, a song title, the subject of a Saturday Night Live skit, and the punchline to a joke.” SNL may have popularized Sofa King, but there had already been a furniture store by that name in the UK for six years before the skit aired. (Tagline: “Our prices are Sofa King low!”) And the joke had been circulating online for at least a year before that. Read “It’s Sofa King Famous!” And while you’re there, read my previous posts about naughty…
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  • Reports of the Death of Irish Have Been Exaggerated.

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:36 pm
    Or so says Nicholas Wolf, who teaches courses in Irish history at New York University, in this piece for the Irish Times; it starts off with some irrelevant stuff about how “speakers of Irish well into the nineteenth century held that the language possessed such a tremendous antiquity that it had been spoken by Adam and Eve,” but gets down to actual evidence: As long ago as 1970, the late professor Breandán Ó Buachalla republished the text of a public speech delivered in Irish by a Meath scholar named Robert King in 1843 in favour of the Repeal movement and its moves to restore…
  • Language vs. Genetics.

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:19 pm
    I’m inherently skeptical of attempts to link linguistic history with genetic history, so I was glad to see this piece (thanks, Paul!) by Cathleen O’Grady reporting on Nicole Creanza, Merritt Ruhlen, Trevor J. Pemberton, Noah A. Rosenberg, Marcus W. Feldman, and Sohini Ramachandran, “A comparison of worldwide phonemic and genetic variation in human populations,” PNAS, whose abstract says: Linguistic data are often combined with genetic data to frame inferences about human population history. However, little is known about whether human demographic history generates…
  • Some Links.

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Once again links are piling up faster than I can post ‘em, so here are several: 1) U-M helps open more than 25,000 early English books to public: The U-M Library, the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries and ProQuest have made public more than 25,000 manually transcribed texts from 1473-1700 — the first 200 years of the printed book. The texts represent a significant portion of the estimated total output of English-language work published during the first two centuries of printing in England. (If you’re wondering why the texts are manually transcribed, they explain…
  • Simplification Isn’t Simple.

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Victor Mair has a post at the Log about John McWhorter’s Wall Street Journal article “What the World Will Speak in 2115: A century from now, expect fewer but simpler languages on every continent.” After a fair amount of chitchat, the thread gets quite interesting; I agree with the commenters who say that no matter how much global power China accumulates it’s unlikely Mandarin will replace English as the world’s main language. What leads me to post is a brilliant comment by Sally Thomason (January 27, 2015 @ 5:15 pm), which I will take the liberty of reproducing…
  • 15 Unique German Illnesses.

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:43 pm
    An enjoyable list from Arika Okrent; alongside the usual suspects like Ostalgie (nostalgia for the old way of life in East Germany) and Weltschmerz (you probably know what Weltschmerz is), there are such piquant entries as Kevinismus (“a strange propensity to give their kids wholly un-German, American-sounding names like Justin, Mandy, Dennis, Cindy, and Kevin”) and Ichschmerz (“like Weltschmerz, but it is dissatisfaction with the self rather than the world”). A few others: 3. KREISLAUFZUSAMMENBRUCH Kreislaufzusammenbruch, or “circulatory collapse,” sounds deathly…
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    A Way with Words

  • Now hiring a development associate

    Grant Barrett
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Public Radio Nonprofit Development Associate Summary Wayword, Inc., the nonprofit entity producing the nationwide public radio program A Way with Words, seeks an experienced development and fundraising associate to maximize our growing revenue potential by securing financial support through traditional and nontraditional approaches. The right individual will capitalize on our years of growth to find individuals, foundations, and corporations who believe in Wayword’s mission and want to join its current and future success. This is a full-time position. General Description Primary…
  • Monkey’s Wedding

    Grant Barrett
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:12 am
    It’s the art of constructive feedback: If you’re a teacher with a mountain of papers to grade, you may find yourself puzzling over which kinds of notes in the margins work best. Martha and Grant discuss strategies for effective paper-grading. And when your inbox is full of spam and LinkedIn requests, even a bad emailed joke starts to look good. Martha shares one, along with some riddles from Portuguese and Spanish. And that slithering reptile in the garage — is it a garden snake, a gardener snake, or a garter snake? Plus, creek vs. crick, the origins of shank, rhubarb, and…
  • Writerly Insults

    Grant Barrett
    17 Jan 2015 | 8:52 am
    Sure, it’s scary to send your writing to a literary agent. But pity the poor agent who must wade through hundreds of terrible query letters a week! One of them shares excerpts from those hilariously bad query letters on a blog called SlushPile Hell. And get ready for some colorful conversation: Purple cows do exist–only they’re made with grape soda and ice cream. And yes, Virginia, there IS an English word that rhymes with “orange”!  Plus, catawampus, mesmerize, all’s I’m saying, plus messing and gauming. This episode first aired October 18, 2013.
  • Mr. Can’t Died

    Grant Barrett
    10 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    You pick up what you think a glass of water and take a sip, but it turns out to be Sprite. What’s the word for that sensation when you’re expecting one thing and taste something else? Also, slang from college campuses, like ratchet and dime piece. And the story of a writer who published her first novel at age 73, then went on to win a National Book Award. Plus, the origins of bluebloods, Melungeons, Calcutta bets, Vermont Cree-mees, and the phrase used to buck someone up, “can’t died in a cornfield.” This episode first aired October 11, 2013. Download the MP3.
  • Drop a Dime

    Grant Barrett
    3 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    Why call it a doggy bag when it’s really for your husband? Grant and Martha talk about the language of leftovers and why we eat beef and not cow. And how old is the typical public-library patron? Plus, in Afghanistan, proverbs are part of everyday conversation — like the one about how every proud porcupine coos to its baby, “Oh, my child of velvet!” Also, the origin of the word khaki, the cycling term Fred, and how to pronounce calliope and kyarn. This episode first aired October 5, 2013. Download the MP3.  Poetic Afghan GraffitiIn Afghanistan, proverbs and poetry…
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    Sinosplice » Life

  • Kaiser’s “Dude System” of Tones

    John Pasden
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Let’s face it, learning the tones of Mandarin Chinese is a challenging endeavor, and the stereotypical “mā má mǎ mà” example isn’t super helpful. Of all the alternate systems to help learners develop a feeling for the tones, my favorite is the “dude system,” originally developed by Kaiser Kuo for The Beijinger. He recently reposted it in Quora, and I’ve gotten his permission to share it here (with a little audio addition of my own): The Dude System: First Tone: Dūde, the disapproving tone, as to the clumsy roommate who’s just knocked over your…
  • Practicing Chinese Tone Changes

    John Pasden
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:13 pm
    Wow, looks like I started off the year with a two-week blogging break! I’m not finished blogging, by any means, but I’ve been busy finishing off AllSet Learning’s new products, dealing with a sick household, and preparing for a new baby (due next week!). The AllSet Learning Store now has 8 downloadable products, and the latest 3 products are entirely related to tone changes. Tone change rules (referred to in linguistics as “tone sandhi,” or in Chinese pedagogy) are an important concept for learners to master, but you’re never ready for it right after you…
  • “Open” IP in China

    John Pasden
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:01 pm
    An interesting article hit Hacker News the other day, relating to the Chinese model for innovation among hardware startups: From Gongkai to Open Source. The article uses the Chinese words gongkai (), meaning “open,” and kaiyuan (), meaning “open source.” Here’s how it starts: Photo by Ars Electronica on Flickr About a year and a half ago, I wrote about a $12 “Gongkai” cell phone… that I stumbled across in the markets of Shenzhen, China. My most striking impression was that Chinese entrepreneurs had relatively unfettered access to cutting-edge…
  • Kaiser on North Korea and China

    John Pasden
    28 Dec 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Kaiser Kuo answered a question on the relationship between China and Korea which included an analogy that was too good to pass up (I love a good analogy): Question: What impression does the average Chinese person have of North Korea? Is it similar to the rest of the world or do they have a different view considering the relation of their government with North Korea? Photo by ~~Yuna~~ on Flickr Kaiser’s Answer: I’m not sure about the “average” Chinese person, but nearly all the Chinese people I know feel a range of emotions toward North Korea that would include…
  • Shallow Deep

    John Pasden
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Apparently (literally, “shallow deep”) is a bathhouse in Shanghai. I’ve only ever seen it from the outside; I just like the design of the sign. Light posting these days as I’m down with a bad cold and Christmas sneaks up on me!
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    separated by a common language

  • change / shift gears

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:45 am
    @arnoldgoldman has just suggested shift gears versus change gears for today's Twitter Difference of the Day. I've noticed this one before without being able to put my finger on which one belonged to which dialect. It turns out there's good reason for my confusion--you hear both in both dialects. So what's the story? Is one 'an Americanism'?Looking in the Corpus of Global Web-Based English, I found more of both in American and more of shift in both dialects.  change shift American 98 153 British 42 53 Using a web-based corpus is possibly a bit funny for this, since authorship isn't known…
  • cucumbers

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Have been very taken up with marking/grading/marking/grading/marking/grading/marking/grading/marking/grading...yes, it seems interminable to me too. Not finished yet, so just dipping my toe back into Tuesday night blogging with a short one.Liz B in the UK emailed to ask me how to interpret English cucumber in an American recipe. And I replied with something like (but I've edited it now):an English cucumber is just the kind you'd buy normally in a British supermarket as 'a cucumber'. They differ from the ones usually sold in the US, which are shorter, thicker- and smoother-skinned, and have…
  • Word of the Year round-up

    1 Jan 2015 | 9:22 pm
    Since I presented four Words of the Year in four posts, I thought it might be useful to have one post that lists all four. Then I thought: why not have a look at all of the US-to-UK and UK-to-US Words of the Year since I started doing them in the first year of the blog?  Yeah, why not?  So here's a (orig. AmE) round-up of the words to date, followed by some reflection/critique of my picks to date. From US to UK I've declared these Words of the Year (click on them to be taken to the original post):2006: muffin-top 2007: cookie2008: meh2009: staycation2010: shellacking2011: for the…
  • 2014 UK-to-US Co-Word of the Year: gap year

    29 Dec 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Finally, the last of my Words of the Year. I declared two US-to-UK words this year because both (awesome and bake-off) seemed very much 'of 2014'. In the case of the UK-to-US words, I also gave up on deciding between two excellent nominations, though the case for '2014ness' is not quite as strong. We've been seeing a lot more Britishisms in the US for some years now.  The other UK-to-US Word of the Year (dodgy) and today's have been nominated before. (I'm grateful to Nancy Friedman for making both these apt and informative nominations.) They are worming their way in rather than making a…
  • 2014 US-to-UK Co-Word of the Year: 'bake-off'

    27 Dec 2014 | 11:14 am
    As we've already established, this was an indecisive year for me, and I've already announced two Words of the Year, both adjectives:  US-to-UK awesomeand UK-to-US dodgy. Of course, many words go back and forth between the two countries each year, and these have been building up usage in their non-native lands for years, but they felt 'of 2014' for various reasons discussed in their posts.Another word with American origins was bigger than ever in the UK in 2014, and a UK-to-US noun had a very good case made for it for timeliness. So to the adjectives we add the Nouns of the Year. First…
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    Mr. Verb

  • Who Cares?

    20 Jan 2015 | 5:59 pm
    My dad has had to listen to me talk about linguistics for over 30 years now, but the other night he asked me what linguists say when people ask why it's important to maintain, revitalize, and reclaim languages.  It was probably on his mind because of McWhorter's recent column on the topic.  I told Mr. Verb about the conversation and he said I should post something about it.  I certainly don't pretend that my answer is anything new - lots of people have said this - but it's worth repeating.So first, there's the linguistcentric reason: if all these languages die, what the heck…
  • LSA 'Foundation Members' from Wisconsin

    20 Jan 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Somebody just told me about looking through the lists of original members of the Linguistic Society of America — they'd talked to someone at another university who'd actually investigated this in detail for their institution. The list of original members is published in the first issue of Language, 1925, and includes everyone who had joined before the end of March of that year. I thought, "oh, great, I'll write a little quiz post asking who can guess the Wisconsin foundation members". Well, I checked out the list and the Wisconsin folks are probably not familiar to a lot of people, even…
  • Chicago Dialect Project

    19 Jan 2015 | 1:46 pm
    There's a great new project on the development of English in Chicago. It's the Chicago Dialect Project. Check it out on Facebook here. And here's a link to the blog associated with it, which doesn't have much on it yet but will.Say what you will about the Bears and the Cubs, they have a pretty interesting dialect down there in that part of Flatlandia.
  • Sociolinguistic Events Calendar

    5 Jan 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Ever start something that becomes so successful you can't manage it at some point? Welcome to the lives of the people who started the Sociolinguistic Events Calendar. Dave Sayers just posted this to the Variationist List (go here to subscribe). Help these folks out if you can and become a calendariser (calendarizer?).Hello one and all, and happy new year!The Sociolinguistic Events Calendar ( is now bustling with events across the world, and has also been linked to by a number of event organisers, including NWAV:…
  • LSA special session on the Publishing Process

    3 Jan 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Pass the word ...Next Thursday afternoon at the Portland meeting of the LSA, there will be a special session on the Publishing Process, cosponsored by the Committee of Editors of Linguistics Journals and the Committee on Student Issues and Concerns (Troy Messick, Chair). There will be brief remarks by a set of editors, but most of the event will be a chance to ask questions about publishing in linguistics journals. Whether you can be there or not, you can participate … via comments on the LSA's facebook page or via twitter with the hashtag #LSApubs.  Materials…
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    Learn French with daily podcasts

  • 2078 – Real Life French : un jambon beurre (Dailyfrenchpod)
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:43 am
    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 :~
  • 2077 – Accès aux ordinateurs (Access to computers) (Dailyfrenchpod)
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:41 am
    Learning Guide | PDF Transcript Selon une étude sur l’enfance de nos jours, les parents utilisent l’accès aux ordinateurs comme … Learn French now ! Listen to today’s lesson :
  • 2076 – Page trois (Page three) (Dailyfrenchpod)
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:39 am
    Learning Guide | PDF Transcript Le Sun a publié une photo d’une femme seins nus sur la page trois et a moqué les medias qui disaient … Learn French now ! Listen to today’s lesson :
  • 2075 – Kim Dotcom (Kim Dotcom) (Dailyfrenchpod)
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:37 am
    Learning Guide | PDF Transcript L’entrepreneur internet Kim Dotcom a sorti un service de chat crypté, appelé MegaChat… Learn French now ! Listen to today’s lesson :
  • 2074 – Courants des océans (Ocean currents) (Dailyfrenchpod)
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:35 am
    Learning Guide | PDF Transcript Selon une étude traçant les animaux, les méduses peuvent sentir le courant des océans et nager … Learn French now ! Listen to today’s lesson :
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    Brave New Words

  • World Lit for Children

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Many people have told me that children are essentially conservative readers and that they don’t want to read about people from other countries. That definitely hasn’t been my experience. In fact, I think children are curious and interested in the world beyond their homes and their countries.Here’s a family reading children’s lit from around the world in 2015. It will be fun to see what they read and to follow their progress.What world lit would you recommend for young readers?
  • Crowdfunding Translations

    24 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Crowdfunding and sponsoring are major trends these days. They seem to be ways of avoiding big companies, or minimizing stress, or trying out more unusual or avant-garde projects, or to help pay for things that otherwise wouldn’t get paid for. I’ve helped sponsor a book, for example, and I’ve heard of crowdfunding for clothing lines, films, performance art, and even funerals.I was recently told about sponsoring translations. What do you think of that idea?Here’s the information I was given about this particular project:“Haute Culture Books, publisher of limited edition volumes is…
  • SELTA Blog

    19 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    SELTA is the Swedish-English Literary Translators’ Association, of which I’m a member. SELTA has recently updated its website, adding more material, including a blog.
  • Break

    24 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Time for a break from blogging. Have a lovely holiday season and happy new year! See you back here in 2015!
  • A Round-Up of Articles

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Here’s a load of reading/viewing for the holiday season. It’ll keep you busy if you get tired of all the eating and shopping and spending time with relatives!TED talks can be quite interesting. Here’s a TED blog post about learning languages.This infographic is on second languages.Here’s an article about translating Ibsen. The book I edited most recently also has an article on that.  A piece on translating Chekhov has the headline “Any English-language version of Chekhov is doomed. The nature of translation means that to think otherwise is folly.” What do you think?This…
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    Free Language

  • Linguee: A Free Multilingual Dictionary with Translations in Context (English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, more)

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:47 pm
    More Than Your Average Multilingual Editorial Online Dictionary Linguee is a free multilingual editorial dictionary enhanced by a large database of real translations. What does that mean? Well, you can see your dictionary search result alongside examples of how it has been translated in context. Why is this dictionary unique and helpful? Linguee provides real context for the words you look up, rather than just a translation. This gives you instant access to alternate meanings and wider range of use for any word you need help with. What languages are available? read more
  • HiNative App Makes it Easy to Ask Native Speakers Your Language and Culture Questions for Free!

    15 Jan 2015 | 8:19 pm
    A Simple and Free Language Learning App with a very Powerful and Useful Concept HiNative is a free iOS app and web service for language learners with a simple but very powerful concept: ask real native speakers questions about the language(s) you are learning and the cultures in which they are spoken. You can also help answer questions from other users and build community. Who is behind HiNative? HiNative Intro Video From Get answers from real people all over the world. It's free. HiNative is a global Q&A platform where you can ask native speakers any language and culture…
  • Learn 10 Languages for Free Using Local News, Vocabulary Training & Android/iOS Apps with

    14 Jan 2015 | 10:24 pm
    A Unique Free Web Service with Apps for Learning Languages is a free service for learning languages based on reading local news (and any other content online) in the target language to acquire new vocabulary. This service is great if you are already somewhat proficient in the target language as it has a lot of great tools for practicing the vocabulary that you amass while reading on as well as across the Web (via their Chrome browser extension). It is not suitable for total beginners as an introduction to a new language. From Put away your textbooks! Collect new…
  • Language Translation Course Online (Extensive & Free!)

    14 Jan 2015 | 9:32 pm
    Want to be a translator but not sure what it really takes? Well, lucky for you there is an amazing language translation course online for free from the good folks at LOGOS. This course covers much more than the basics, getting into the nitty gritty of translation as a profession including standards, process, perception, theory, models, production, adaptation, translation loss, tools and more. Some of the more fine details include compensation and explicitation, metatextual rendering, wordplay, imitation, phraseologisms, dubbing, subtitling, translating for theater and much more. I simply…
  • Free Online Turkish Verb Conjugation and Learning Conjugator

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Conjugate Turkish Verbs Online for Free The Logos Turkish Verb Conjugator is a handy and free website for conjugating a variety of Turkish verbs for free online. Also available is an Turkish learning conjugator for students first learning Turkish verbs. Why do I need an Turkish verb conjugator? read more
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    Thoughts On Translation

  • Video: translating for individual clients

    Corinne McKay
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:11 am
    I do a pretty brisk business translating for individual clients (anything from birth certificates through self-published books). It’s a niche that many agencies and freelancers avoid, so it can be a good niche to address if you’re interested. In this six-minute video, I give you some thoughts on what’s appealing about the individual-client market and […]
  • ATA56: the call for proposals is open!

    Corinne McKay
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:43 pm
    I’m excited to announce that ATA is now accepting session proposals for our 56th annual conference, to be held in Miami in November, 2015. Yes, you read that correctly: Miami in November…we’re expecting a large crowd! ATA depends on volunteer presenters for the bulk of the conference sessions. You can submit a proposal for a […]
  • Warm e-mail marketing: a success story

    Corinne McKay
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    In 2014, I listened to two episodes of Tess Whitty’s podcast Marketing Tips for Translators that got me thinking about the whole “warm e-mail marketing” idea. Tess interviewed Joanne Archambault about marketing to direct clients that you can’t meet in person and then interviewed Ed Gandia about his warm e-mail marketing system, including his online […]
  • Video: the why and how of finding a translation partner

    Corinne McKay
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:48 am
    A new video! I felt more like talking than writing today… Lots of people ask why a freelance translator needs a partner, and how to find the right person. Here’s part I, in which I briefly answer those questions; in part II, Eve Bodeux and I will talk about how we work together.
  • A simple but lifesaving tech tip: recovering an unsaved attachment

    Corinne McKay
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:50 am
    I’m pretty meticulous about my IT procedures, and luckily I’ve never had a major IT catastrophe. But here’s a minor IT annoyance that has heretofore sucked up an inordinate amount of my time: unsaved Gmail attachments. And now, there’s a solution! As I’ve written about before, I use Gmail with my own domain name, to […]
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    Global by Design

  • Global Gateway Fail: Yandex

    John Yunker
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:25 pm
    Yandex is Russia’s leading search engine and, following in Google’s footsteps, is eager to take over much of Russia’s Internet, which naturally includes the web browser. Yandex is also in the process of expanding its reach beyond Russia. But when I visited the web browser download web page I couldn’t help but notice a few problems with the global […] The post Global Gateway Fail: Yandex appeared first on Global by Design.
  • Domain name registrations surpass 280 million

    John Yunker
    5 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    According to Verisign’s domain name industry brief, TLD registrations hit 280 million in the second quarter of 2014. Here’s a list of the leading domains overall: Note that the .TK ccTLD is technically a country code but is marketed as a generic TLD, and quite successfully it seems. So Germany is effectively the leading ccTLD. […] The post Domain name registrations surpass 280 million appeared first on Global by Design.
  • Most popular posts of 2014

    John Yunker
    1 Jan 2015 | 8:12 am
    Looking over traffic logs, here are some of the most-visited blog posts of 2014: Wikipedia and the Internet language chasm The top 25 global websites from the 2014 Web Globalization Report Card The worst global websites of the 2014 Web Globalization Report Card Gmail to be first major platform to support non-Latin email addresses Google […] The post Most popular posts of 2014 appeared first on Global by Design.
  • Have you registered your Cuba domain?

    John Yunker
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    Cuba has long had its own country code: .CU. But most companies didn’t view this domain as a priority. Until now. But be aware that this domain isn’t cheap. I’ve seen prices ranging from $800 to $1,100, so only larger companies will see this is an impulse buy. But if you can get it, I think […] The post Have you registered your Cuba domain? appeared first on Global by Design.
  • WordPress now at 70 languages, and counting

    John Yunker
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:32 am
    This blog has been hosted on WordPress since 2002. Since then, WordPress has grown into one of the dominant publishing platforms on the Internet. And one of the most multilingual as well, with strong support for 53 locales and limited support for an additional 20 or so locales. Languages supported include Russian, Arabic, Hebrew, Icelandic, […] The post WordPress now at 70 languages, and counting appeared first on Global by Design.
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  • Gilbane Conference Advisor 1.20.15

    Frank Gilbane
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:26 am
    Don’t Try to Be a Publisher and a Platform at the Same Time Or at least think it through very carefully. Also, do you really want to be called a “platisher”? Making these hybrids work over the long term is difficult, because their incentives work against each other. Toward the end of last year, one of the first platishers, Say Media, announced it was selling off its publishing properties to focus on its technological platform. CEO Matt Sanchez explained the decision to jettison its publisher properties as an inability to do both tech and content at the same time: The conclusion…
  • Gilbane Conference 2014 resources

    Clea Durrell
    4 Jan 2015 | 8:26 am
      Below are some posts about the Gilbane Conference 2014. You can also access conference presentations, video recordings, and speaker spotlights. If you see any we are missing please let us know. 5 Questions With… Raimund Gross of SAP 5 Questions with… Frank Gilbane CMS Myth Gilbane 2014: Day One Best Bets Gilbane 2014: Day Two Best Bets Thoughts & Laughs from Gilbane Boston 2014 $10,000 in free CMS consulting that could save your next project CMS Wire When Marketing Automation Meets Salesforce Has Personalization Hit a Dead End in CX? The…
  • How to Manage Multichannel Content Marketing

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:38 am
    Content is certainly the unifying element of a brands’ marketing across physical as well as digital channels. Once you have created your killer content how do you maximize its reach? How do you push out your content beyond your own channels in ways that are manageable? This session includes presentations by two organizations that have built marketing strategies based on the centrality of content and the power of effective distribution. C4. How to Manage Multichannel Content Marketing Join us Wednesday, December, 3: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at the Gilbane Conference to learn more.
  • Marketing Technologists on Multichannel and Enterprise Integration

    Clea Durrell
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Marketing technologists are no longer rare birds, though they are often found in unfamiliar environments with less than obvious plumage. There are marketing technologists in many of our sessions this year, but we have selected a few to look at the two toughest challenges they, and their organizations, face in building modern digital strategies: support for consistent current and future multichannel experiences, and the necessary integration of data from multiple enterprise systems. Join us Tuesday, December, 2: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Gilbane Conference to learn more. T1. Track…
  • Harvard Business Review and WGBH transforming digital engagement

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:44 am
    Engaging customers and online audiences requires the right mix of technology, content, and tools, orchestrated in a way that leverages deep customer knowledge to deliver the right content at the right time in the right fashion. That’s a tall order, yet it is a “do or die” imperative for organizations that use content to make a living. In this session, you’ll learn how to transform and optimize customer digital engagement from presentations by two leading-edge organizations that are paving the way to the future using a blend of customer-centric design, dynamic and targeted content, big…
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    Web-Translations » Blog Posts

  • Will 2015 be the Year of Instant Translation?

    Jasmine Wastnidge
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:54 am
    Back in November 2014, Skype launched a preview of Skype Translator, which will aim to provide real-time translation of conversations in over 40 languages. Hot on its heels, Google has now updated its own app to include an instant interpreting function using voice recognition, as well as an impressive translation feature which utilises a phone’s camera to automatically translate text viewed through the lens. Long gone are the days of trying to decipher the unusual looking dishes on foreign menus – now all you have to do is hover your phone above the page and receive an instant…
  • Why use CAT tools?

    Jennifer Rodgers
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:02 am
    Last year, a Proz poll indicated that 88% of professional translators use a CAT tool. For the 12% of you who don’t, here are some reasons why we think CAT tools are essential: Speed Already translated something similar? If you have it in a TM (translation memory), you can efficiently deal with repetitive text. CAT tools indicate if a segment is the same as what you have translated previously, either in your current document (repetition) or in your translation memory (100% or exact match), or if there are ‘fuzzy’ or ‘partial’ matches where the new source text is similar. The previous…
  • Watch out when using Google translate!

    Cassandra Oliver
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    While using Google translate to double check my understanding of an email I’d received in German, I noticed that all was not as it should be. My German is a little rusty, and so I often use free online translation tools as a backup, to verify my understanding. I know the limitations of machine translation, and as I was only using it to double-check my understanding of the message, I wasn’t so bothered about the incorrect word order and questionable grammar in the translation Google produced: However, the incorrect translation of “Donnerstag” as “Friday”…
  • International SEO: Is server location important?

    Jennifer Rodgers
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:07 am
    Managing a successful international web strategy would be much simpler if one hosting company could host multiple local domains on local servers through a single control panel. Unfortunately, this is not the case. If you have purchased unique domains for the different languages of your website, you can: host all of your languages/domains in one country OR host individual languages/domains in the target countries Where should you host a multilingual website? It’s a question our customers have been asking us for years. Back in 2011, our MD, Daniel Rajkumar, blogged about server location…
  • 6 resources every translator should use

    Jennifer Rodgers
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:53 am
    Contrary to what some may think, not all translators sit alone in a dark room, typing furiously, using only a dusty old dictionary for reference. Translation has moved on! It is more than just one opinion, one draft, one dog-eared dictionary. Translators, like lawyers, refer to myriad sources to select the best terminology, cite examples of similar contexts, delve into background information, and so on. Six resources you should be using Your Internet Browser Everyone has their favourite web browser – learn how to use yours to its fullest, as you probably use it regularly. In Internet…
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    Learn Thai Language & Culture

  • Adam and Ben Bradshaw: Farang Rian Thai ฝรั่งเรียนไทย

    Catherine Wentworth
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:20 am
    Adam and Ben Bradshaw: Farang Rian Thai… Being a fan of Adam Bradshaw for years, I finally interviewed him in 2011. When it comes to speaking Thai, Adam is one of the best out of the many talented expats I’ve come across. Since breaking into the business, Adam has been involved in many projects involving the English and Thai languages. His most recent (and my favs) are The Breakdown and Talking Thailand. Both are quality shows (and I believe Adam’s drive for perfectionism has something to do with it). When Adam’s brother Ben (also talented in languages) showed up in…
  • Kru CAN: Going Beyond Basic Thai

    Catherine Wentworth
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:44 pm
    Kru CAN: For those who want to go beyond the basics… Kru CAN is a Thai Skype teacher with three years experience under his belt. And while I do promote Thai teachers on WLT (one-on-one and Skype) that’s not why I’m sharing his site. I’m doing so because of his growing collection of posts to help students learn how to read Thai. The posts on Kru CAN’s site teaches Thai from Level 1 (beginner) to Level 5 (advanced). The subject matter is: Thai Vocabulary, Grammar Usage, Easy Story in Thai, Easy-to-read Articles in Thai, Easy-to-read Articles in Thai with Audio,…
  • It’s Cherry Blossom Time in Khun Chang Khian, Chiang mai

    Catherine Wentworth
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:59 pm
    Cherry trees are blooming in Thailand – hurry if you can… Depending upon traffic, an hour from Chiang mai is the Khun Chang Kian Highland Agriculture Research Center. Around this time of year (Jan/Feb) visitors squeeze up a hairy one lane road to see the Center’s cherry trees in bloom. Siam and Beyond: The variety of sakura growing in Thailand is the Wild Himalayan cherry (Prunus cerasoides). Its name in Thai is นางพญาเสือโคร่ง /naang phá-yaa sǔea-khrông/, which means “Tiger Queen.” Thailand isn’t exactly known for its cherry trees, but…
  • Interview: Jeff is Getting By in Thai

    Catherine Wentworth
    9 Jan 2015 | 12:24 am
    Interview: Jeff is getting by in Thai… Name: Jeff 
Nationality: USA
 Age range: 30
 Sex: Male 
Location: Bangkok What is your Thai level? Hard to say. It depends on the subject matter being discussed, but for regular day-to-day dealings, I would put myself squarely in “intermediate.” What percentage of conversational Thai do you understand? I’d say I can at least get the gist of at least 70% of what’s being said. Do you speak more street Thai, Issan Thai, professional Thai, or a mix? I speak polite Thai with some working knowledge of slang and Isan. What were your reasons…
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    Russian Language Blog

  • Russian Outback?

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Verkhoyansk Mountains, Siberia What do you call the area of Russia that stretches between the Ural Mountains and the Pacific Ocean from east to west? It reaches as far south as northern Kazakhstan and as far north as the Arctic Ocean. It also borders with Mongolia and China and makes up about 77 percent of Russia’s total landmass. Ironically, with regards to Russia’s total population, this part only accounts for about 40 million people or 27 percent of the total. Bandy, which is Russia’s national sport, is even more popular here than in European Russia. In case you…
  • How Dare You Speak a Foreign Language!

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Dinner Party Lets imagine that you get invited to dinner at the home of a Russian couple and you don’t speak Russian. Would you find it rude if they occasionally spoke Russian in front of you? How about if they translated it so you could understand it? We all know what it feels like to be around people speaking a language we don’t understand. This is what today’s post will be about: is it rude to speak a foreign language in front of those that do not speak it? When my mother and I first came to America, she knew approximately 50-70 words in English. I, on the other hand, had…
  • Bags and Shoes — Russian Words for Everyday Items

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:55 pm
    Image by Gabrielle on When I taught Russian, I noticed many learners without much exposure to the language would often get confused when choosing the right word for the most mundane objects. Perhaps textbooks are partly to blame, if they simply list the native/English word and its “equivalent” in Russian without defining or describing the Russian word in detail. In any case, here is a collection of very simple words that tend to give beginners trouble. Bag The English word “bag” is very versatile. Just look at these examples from the Corpus of Contemporary…
  • Top Five Russian Pasta Dishes

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Vareniki by Pavlo Boyko on Last weekend I asked my husband and son to help me prepare a Russian dish for dinner. After I told them that the process was going to take about four hours, the genuine desire to help they might have had up to that point went right out the window. Nevertheless, I persevered; I proceeded to explain that the upside of such a lengthy process is the fact that you end up with enough food for 4 meals. I also added a few beers to the experience, let my son have his favorite snacks and before you know it, the lengthiest dinner in the history of the Banks family…
  • Information Equals Power?

    19 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Russian Newsboy It was reported a while ago in the Business Insider that in America, six corporations control about 90 percent of everything Americans read, watch, and listen to. The news they get from television, radio, and print all come through these six corporation. Even movies and music that they love pass through the six giants. These corporations, while not owned by the government, are owned by shareholders. Many of the majority shareholders definitely have a political bias which shape the opinions they present, however, they are not owned by the government. This got me thinking about…
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    Polish Language Blog

  • Don’t leave me on the ice…Polish poem “Poślizg”

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:20 pm
    The winter isn’t coming, winter is already here. Whether you like it or not there is nothing you can do about it. It seems that the best thing for all of us will be if we just enjoy all the attractions winter gives us. It could be skiing, ice skating, sliding, building a snowman:) All of this should be fun…but remember: whatever you do, don’t leave your friends on the ice! (“Nie zostawiaj przyjaciół na lodzie”). Image by Thomas Hawk on “Poślizg” Autor: Zosiak “Silp” Author: Zosiak Nie zostawiaj mnie zimą na lodzie, skoro…
  • 12 great Polish posts for beginners!

    25 Jan 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Here, at Transparent Language Polish blog site, I try to share with you all kinds of different informations about Poland and Polish language. I include current Polish news, grammar, useful phrases, songs, books, places to visit, where to eat, history…Today I put a list of 12 blogs, that I think will be super helpful to all beginners, and not only… 1. Any time you need help, just ask…simple…Kto pyta, nie błądzi (Who asks, does not wander). How can I help you? post will come pretty handy here:) Image by Erwan bazin on 2. Books, maps, magazines…all…
  • Tasty Polish coffee during long winter…

    19 Jan 2015 | 11:27 am
    Coffee is one of my favorite beverages! I love it any time and anywhere:) But of course, especially on a cold winter day…. Most Poles seem hooked on strong coffee and they cannot carry on without a cup a day, or two or more. Many still brew it the Polish way by putting a spoonful or two of ground coffee into a glass and filling the vessel up with boiling water. My aunt makes it super strong…Almost half of the glass/cup is a filled with coffee grounds!!! The average Pole consumes about 107 litres of coffee per year, which gives the country the 12th position in Europe, according to…
  • How to survive cold winter – useful Polish vocabulary

    8 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Winter ( zima) is back, and it’s colder than ever. Coupled with snow (śnieg), dry air (suche powietrze), sickness (choroba), and everything else that comes with winter, it’s shaping up to be pretty rough. Here are different ways to keep yourself sane during this bleak season. Image by Mikael Colville-Andersen on 1. Stay active, even in the cold! Bądź aktywny, nawet na mrozie! Most of us tend to hole ourselves up in the winter, which means lots more couch potato-ing—especially if you’re used to exercising outside. That means to stay fit and healthy, you…
  • Happy New Year!

    31 Dec 2014 | 2:58 pm
    New Year’s Eve is a festive occasion that is celebrated in Poland on December 31. It is the day before New Year’s Day, which is the first day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. Fireworks are lit and seen in the skies above many cities in Poland around midnight between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Many people toast drinks to farewell to the old year and welcome the New Year at this moment. It is also customary to wish friends and family a Happy New Year. Image by Atheist_Lenses on Other popular activities include sleigh rides, bonfires, dances, balls, parties and…
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  • O que significa drop the ball?

    Denilso de Lima
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:39 pm
    O que significa drop the ball?  Drop the ball, em português, significa algo como “pisar na bola“, “dar uma mancada“, “dar um furo“, “vacilar“, “dar mole“, “dar uma bola fora“, “deixar a peteca cair“. Essa expressão é geralmente usada para dizer que alguém não cumpriu com o que foi combinado ou por alguma razão muito boba (falta de atenção, preguiça, desleixo etc.) falhou em cumprir com o que era esperado por parte dela. Veja os exemplos: Everything was going fine in the election until my campaign…
  • Qual o melhor método para aprender inglês?

    Denilso de Lima
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Confesso a você que quando alguém me pergunta qual o melhor método para aprender inglês, eu travo. Não que eu não entenda de métodos de ensino e aprendizado de inglês. O problema é que essa pergunta é um tanto quanto complicada para responder. Para ajudar você com isso, vou antes desfazer algumas confusões (crenças erradas) que muita gente – estudantes e até mesmo professores – tem sobre essa coisa de método. Vamos lá! O que é método? Para começar a entender isso, deixe-me dizer o que não é método: Método não é um escola de idiomas. Na verdade, toda escola de…
  • Como Aprender Inglês Sozinho?

    Denilso de Lima
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Eu conheço várias pessoas que aprenderam inglês sozinhas. Algumas dessas pessoas são hoje intérpretes de conferências. Algumas estão na área de tradução de livros e documentos. Outros trabalham em empresas multinacionais. Uns tantos estão na área de ensino de língua inglesa: são excelentes professores, coordenadores ou ocupam outras posições nesse campo. O que essas pessoas fizeram para aprender inglês sozinhas? Quais foram seus métodos e estratégias? Qual o segredo para aprender inglês sozinho? Continue lendo! É Possível Aprender Inglês Sozinho? Sim! É…
  • Como dizer de cara em inglês?

    Denilso de Lima
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    Em português, costumamos dizer “de cara” ou “logo de cara” com o sentido de “imediatamente”. Trata-se de uma daquelas expressões que nos deixam confusos ao falarmos inglês. Portanto, continue lendo para aprender como dizer de cara em inglês. Algumas expressões geralmente usadas para expressar essa ideia são: straight away right off the bat (American English) Veja os exemplos: The clerk recognized her straight away (O atendente a reconheceu logo de cara/imediatamente.) The new manager demanded new office furniture right off the bat. (Logo de cara, o novo gerente…
  • Frases com a Palavra Matter

    Denilso de Lima
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:51 am
    Frases com a Palavra Matter Matter é uma palavrinha bem comum em inglês. Podemos traduzi-la como “matéria” (substância): organic matter (matéria orgânica), dark matter (matéria escura). Pode ainda ser “massa”, como em grey matter (massa cinzenta, cérebro). No entanto, saiba que em inglês há várias frases ou expressões com ela. Abaixo apresento algumas dessas expressões. Para ajudar ainda mais, disponibilizo dois arquivos – mp3 e pdf – para você baixar e assim praticar essas expressões onde, quando e quantas vezes quiser. as a matter of fact »…
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    Babel's Dawn

  • Signaling the Intent to Signal

    4 Jan 2015 | 11:21 am
    Before I get distracted by too much nit-picking, let me get to the summary paragraph: Thomas Scott-Phillips' book, Speaking Our Minds, contributes seriously to the study of language origins. First and foremost, it demands that pragmatics—the study of language in its social context—be included in the effort to understand language origins. What's more, it makes good on its case. Pragmatics has been underplayed and anybody who thinks about language origins should read and study the book. If the book were not so danged expensive, I would even urge you to buy a copy. (By the way, I've…
  • Old Dates Pose Problems for Old Theories

    6 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    One of the running quarrels on this blog concerns the age of language. I think it began about 1.8 million years ago while a great many linguists and archaeologists date it, at most, as 0.1 million years ago. The main argument in favor of what I may call a recent origin is archaeological. Symbolic artifacts start showing up late in the record of human activity. That's why I was pleased when one of my regular blog readers, Vic Sarjoo, drew my attention to a letter in the latest Nature reporting the discovery of an engraving made on a shell 0.5 million years ago. The shell was likely drilled…
  • Words for the Wise

    16 Nov 2014 | 8:19 pm
    There's an interesting paper titled The Latent Structure of Dictionariesfloating around the Internet. Written by a Canadian-led team, it forces clearer thinking about words. Dictionaries rest on a well-known paradox. They use words to define words. So I might look up the word justice and read "the quality of being just; fairness." Ok. So I look up fairness and find "free from favoritism, self-interest, or preference in judgment." Oh, boy. I could look up all those words too, but a black hole emerges before me. The task stretches out to infinity. Thanks to the computer, however, the…
  • Grumble, Mumble Rumble

    9 Nov 2014 | 7:05 pm
    I ended my last post with a grumble about the impoverished view of humanity that I often encounter when I read linguistic musings. Most of the articlesI report on do not seem to grasp how much had to change for a lineage of apes to become a lineage of, say, Kalahari hunter-gatherers that can sit around a fire and tell each other about their emotions. We had to go through an evolutionary process that involved a lot more than  developing a recursive function. We are at least as different from apes as ants are from grasshoppers, and any theory of language evolution ought  to acknowledge that…
  • Bickerton: Round Two

    12 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    A few years back Derek Bickerton published a book called Adam's Tongue which I reviewed in three posts (here, here and here). That book was disappointingly breezy, a lively account that made bold assertions and brushed objections aside with the swat of a hand. Say this for the guy, he's willing to keep plugging. Earlier this year he published an entirely non-breezy account of his theory: More than Nature Needs — Language, Mind, and Evolution. After reading the book I went back and read my old posts on the first work. I find that the theory has changed only a bit but the process is much more…
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  • Language and words in the news – 30th January, 2015

    Liz Potter
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:00 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: time

    Liz Potter
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, usage, etc. This week’s language tip helps with the differences in how people talk about time in American and... [This is a content excerpt only. Visit our blog for the full post].
  • Your favourite portmanteau words

    Macmillan Dictionary
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Today is the 183rd birthday of the English mathematician, logician, photographer and clergyman Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. If you’re wondering why such an obscure figure deserves to be celebrated, I should quickly add that Dodgson, better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, was the author of the children’s classics Alice’s... [This is a content excerpt only. Visit our blog for the full post].
  • 10 most popular blog posts in 2014: Part 2

    Liz Potter
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    2014 was another busy year on Macmillan Dictionary Blog. With so many great posts to choose from we decided to break from tradition and give you not one but two top tens to enjoy. In the previous post we shared the most popular Learn English posts from 2014. This time we’re giving you another chance […] [This is a content excerpt only. Visit our blog for the full post].
  • Language and words in the news – 23rd January, 2015

    Liz Potter
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:00 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].
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    "I kinda like languages" blog

  • Top Ten False Friends To Look Out For When Learning Spanish

    12 Jan 2015 | 4:07 pm
    When learning a new language, it’s tempting to take a few shortcuts on the long, hard road to fluency. The favorite vocabulary words of the beginning language learner, those that are more or less the same in both languages, are known as cognates. Spanish and English, due to the wide overlap of the two languages, have plenty of these. However, be careful not to become overly dependent on them, or you’re liable to be betrayed by those words known as “false friends.” Some of them are understandable once you get to the root of the etymology, but some will never make sense, no matter what…
  • Guest Post: 3 Ways to Learn A New Language When Traveling

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    When you’re out there exploring the world on a different ground, language serves as your key, your bridge, your freedom. This means your ability to communicate your intentions in any place or conversation in a foreign land to fulfill your goal whether you are there for work, education, or leisure. Learning a foreign language might not be a walk in the park but every step taken can be a milestone for travelers like you. Here are six language learning strategies you can try while on the road. 1. Bring in the words into your daily activities. Developing your passive skills is the easiest way…
  • English Like Iz Speaked in Da Future

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    I was thinking about the future when I started pondering what languages would look like in the future. One of languages is English and it is possible that it will become the lingua-franca of the whole world. What would English of the future look like? That’s the question I want to ponder on in this blog post. If we are talking about the future, it is helpful to find out what future we are talking about. Let’s suppose it’s a hundred to a couple of hundred years from now because that is not too far away yet it is sufficient time for a language to change. Talking about change…
  • Common European Languages Framework (CEFR) and Vocabulary Size

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:23 am
    The Common European Languages Framework does not provide a clear vocabulary size for any of its levels, so we do not know how many knows words are expected at each level. Milton and Alexiou have attempted to do that in 2009, however (source: Milton J and T. Alexiou (2009). Vocabulary size and the Common European Framework of Reference in Languages. In B.Richards, H. Daller, D. Malvern, P. Meara, J. Milton and J. Treffers-Daller (eds), Vocabulary studies in first and second language acquisition. Palgrave: Macmillan, 194-211.). Here’s their table for English and French, with the addition…
  • Bosley’s New Friends – Children Book in Japanese Review

    8 Jun 2014 | 5:44 am
    I got my hands of the Japanese edition of the book Bosley’s New Friends by The Language Bear for the purpose of reviewing it. The book is very short, but it seems like an interesting way for children (and perhaps even adults) to learn Japanese: it uses simple phrases, has bilingual translations and uses lovely imagery. Here are some pictures of the book that I have taken: One feature I have liked is highlighted words. Each page has one or a couple of key words highlighted, making it easy to distinguish them in the Japanese and English texts. Sometimes the book even uses a few colors in…
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    Pimsleur Approach Blog

  • The History of Groundhog’s Day!

    Pimsleur Approach
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    On February 2, Americans nationwide will hold their breath anxiously to discover what weather awaits us for the next six weeks. Will a sunny, fresh spring come early or will we be subjected to another six weeks of bleakness and cold? Only one source has the answer, and it’s not the National Weather Service. Rather, it’s a small but sturdy, brown-furred, alfalfa-chewing, tunnel-burrowing creature known variously as a woodchuck, whistle-pig or groundhog.Image Credit: @ Think Stock dot com As well as being a much-loved comedy starring the inimitable Bill Murray, Groundhog Day is a…
  • Happy New Year: A Breakdown of the Chinese Zodiac!

    Pimsleur Approach
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    Happy New Year! Or, 新年快樂 (xīn nián kuài lè)! February 19 marks Chinese New Year and the beginning of the Year of the Sheep – or the Year of the Goat, as the word yáng can be translated as either. But why exactly is it the Year of the Sheep or Goat? Where did the Chinese zodiac come from, and is it related to Western astrology’s zodiac? Does being born in the Year of the Sheep imbue you with sheep-like tendencies? To celebrate Chinese New Year, we’re diving into the magical and mysterious world of the Chinese zodiac, known as Shēngxiào (birth likeness). It’s time…
  • Ultimate Global Guide to FIVE Unknown Ski Locations

    Pimsleur Approach
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:17 am
    Image Credit: @ Think Stock dot comWith the wintry cold gripping the northern hemisphere, many ski pros and snow bunnies are taking to the slopes. But many is a crowd, particularly on a pristine, powdery slope in the Alps or Rockies. People, all eager to enjoy their favorite winter sports, can make the serene experience of gliding down a snowy piste feel more like the subway during rush hour: stressful, overcrowded and with an acute risk of tripping over others. So why waste your money on the usual ski hubs, when there are loads of inexpensive and empty slopes to hit? This is the ultimate…
  • Five Uncommonly Learned Languages YOU Should Consider

    Pimsleur Approach
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    Image Credit: @ Think Stock dot com Among language-learning Americans, the most popular languages are undoubtedly Spanish, French, Italian and German. In fact, sometimes these powerhouse languages can keep lesser-known but equally beautiful languages in the shadows. These “others” are the conversation-starting languages, the languages, which stand out even more on resumes, the languages the locals never expect visitors to speak! Here at Pimsleur Approach, we’ve chosen five uncommonly learned languages, which we feel deserve to be placed in the spotlight. Could one of these fantastic…
  • Seven Cures for the January Blues

    Pimsleur Approach
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
    Image Credit: @ Think Stock dot com January, oh January. Why are you so cruel? You sweep in with an arctic chill just as everyone is recovering from Christmas, taking with you quickly broken New Year’s resolutions, post-Christmas apathy, a flurry of gym subscriptions and back-to-work stress. But this most reviled of months doesn’t have to bring you down. It’s also a time of new beginnings, crisp mornings and gradually lengthening days. If you, like millions of people, suffer with the January blues, never fear! We’ve got seven snappy ways you can banish the blues,…
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  • German Ecommerce Localization and Social Media

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The key to being successful in a new market is to understand your target audience. If companies don't do proper research, the people they are marketing to will at best be confused and at worst be offended. Either option is not an optimal way of securing new business in a new market. Companies that are well prepared have a thorough understanding of a country's culture, social behaviors, shopping habits, economy, government and political environment. In the current digital age, marketers must also have a solid grasp of the social media platforms most frequented in their target market and be…
  • Website Localization and the Great Firewall

    20 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    "The Golden Shield Project" more commonly known around the globe as the "Great Firewall," a term first coined in this context in a Wired Magazine article in 1997, blocks well-known sites such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Bloomberg, Dropbox and many Google sites (as Google is not officially in China). It is operated by the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) division of the government of China (PRC). MPS actively censors and monitors internet activity within China. I have seen reports that hundreds of thousands of websites have been blocked. Many of these have been blocked directly and others…
  • Egyptian Translation - What You Need to Know

    18 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
      Language and Culture In order to understand a group of people, such as Egyptians, you must have a broad knowledge of their culture.  Understanding the spoken and written language and the geographic location, while vital, is only a piece of the puzzle. The customs, social habits, religion, economy, government and the political environment need to be understood in order to know how people will think and behave and what motivates them Egyptian society is of a cosmopolitan nature, and Egyptians consider their religion and their history a very important aspect of their lives. Egypt is…
  • How to Write a RFP for Translation Services

    11 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Each day companies send dozens of Requests for Proposal (RFP) and Requests for Information (RFI) in search of a translation (localization) agency to provide translation services. As a localization Production Manager, I work closely with the sales department to filter through the requests to decide which ones to respond. We also need to make certain we provide all of the requested information required to help these companies assess us as a potential translation partner. I have compiled a list of "do's and don'ts" for the translation services RFP process and, also, a list of the most common…
  • A World Affairs Council Near You

    7 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Each week I look forward to "It's Your World," on KQED, the San Francisco based NPR radio station.  The show is a broadcast of the local World Affairs Council's weekly guest speaker/presentation.  The Bay Area branch of the World Affairs Council regularly brings in interesting guests to discuss varying issues affecting our world today. I live in Colorado, but I am able to listen online to the San Francisco group's meetings via the weekly replay on internet radio.  Closer to home, there are local chapters of the World Affairs Council which allows me to see speakers and…
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    30 Jan 2015 | 1:01 am
    “You can take people out of their home, but not home out of people”. I don´t know whose words those were or if they go exactly like that. All I know is that I couldn´t agree more. Even in the happiest cases, expats do not fully adapt to their new country. Each culture is unique, and there´s also this practically unbreakable bond between people and the land they were born in. For this reason, just like their predecessors decades ago, Spanish expats in the 21st century keep strong bonds with their homeland and their culture, which grow even stronger thanks to new technologies and, of…

    30 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    No sé de quién serán las palabras ni si las cito textualmente; solo sé que no podría estar más de acuerdo con ellas: “se puede sacar a las personas de su patria, no a la patria de las personas”. Incluso en los mejores casos, la adaptación de un inmigrante a su país de acogida no suele ser total. Cada cultura es un mundo, y el vínculo entre una persona y la tierra que la vio crecer es prácticamente inquebrantable. Así, al igual que sus predecesores en la segunda mitad del siglo pasado, los inmigrantes españoles del siglo XXI mantienen lazos con su tierra y con su cultura, que…
  • Hamburg’s Lifeline

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:01 am
    Have you ever wondered where Hamburg’s true heartbeat is? Well, some might seek it on the Reeperbahn, others at St. Pauli’s stadium- but both of these are actually neighbours of Hamburg’s true hub. Which is the river Elbe of course. Although it’s still some hundred kilometres from its mouth to the North Sea here, it is already huge. And without it, the city would probably never have been built to begin with- or remained an obscure village. For the reason that people founded a city here in the first place is the river-which ensured that the city grew and grew. Whole new quarters like…
  • Hamburgs Lebensader

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Wo ist eigentlich Hamburgs „Herzschlag“, was ist die Lebensader der Stadt? Nun, für einige vielleicht die Reeperbahn oder St. Pauli – aber beide sind sozusagen Nachbarn vom wahren Stadtmittelpunkt. Die Rede ist natürlich von der Elbe. Ohne sie wäre Hamburg nie entstanden oder bestenfalls ein unbekanntes Kuhdorf geblieben. Dass hier Menschen eine Stadt gründeten, liegt mit Sicherheit an der Nähe zu dem Fluss. Und er ist auch der Grund warum die Stadt bis heute wächst. Ganze Stadtviertel wie die Speicherstadt etwa, wurden aus dem schlammigen Boden gestampft, damit Waren aus aller…
  • IX15 is on – Nominate your favourite blog!

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am and Lexiophiles are excited to launch the seventh edition of the “Top 100 International Exchange and Experience Blogs”. Every year, we host the IX competition to recognize the 100 most exciting, inspiring, open-minded bloggers who write about their high-school or university exchange, their expat life, their au-pair adventure, their internship abroad or about other experiences in a foreign country. Check out the results of the previous editions: IX14, IX13, IX12, IX11, IX10 and IX09. We really enjoy bringing the exchange blogger community together because it is always a good…
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  • Noche Oscura en Lima - Chapter 21

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Estaban a punto de ponerse en camino, cuando llegó Juan Salinas. Éste quedó sorprendido al ver a Tomás. --Presta atención, Juanito --dijo Grant--. Quiero que oigas lo que acaba de decirme este chico. Tomás volvió a dar cuenta de su extraña aventura de la noche anterior. --Hay que acudir en ayuda de Pablo González --dijo Salinas--. De aquí a una hora quizás no le hallemos en el Callao ni en ninguna otra parte. --Hay tiempo --respondió Grant-- puesto que esos…
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    JLPT Boot Camp - The Ultimate Study Guide to passing the Japanese Language Proficiency Test

  • December JLPT 2014 Results

    Clayton MacKnight
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    If you registered online for the test in Japan, and took the test here, you should be able to get your results online now at the JEES website.  If you registered ‘offline’ for it, your results should be coming in the mail sometime next week or so.  For people that took it in Asia, you can find some information about when and where test results will come available on the website.  The website usually has online results available for everyone about a week or so after they come available for people that took the test in Japan.  And, generally speaking,…
  • JLPT N5 Grammar: Using tari tari suru, and deshou

    Clayton MacKnight
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:53 pm
    This month, we go over how to use some time expressions in Japanese like atode, maeni, and nagara. You can use these to be more specific with your language and the timing of events in Japanese. Do know how to these grammar points? What kind of clauses can you use before these words? I go over all that and more in the video below: For over 6 hours of videos like this one, be sure to subscribe to the JLPT N5 Grammar YouTube Channel Or check out some of the other N5 grammar videos: Japanese adjectives Japanese adjectives – past tense Japanese adjectives – polite past tense Japanese…
  • JLPT BC 152 | 5 More Things I Wish Japan Had

    Clayton MacKnight
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    Last month, I ranted on about 5 things that I think Japan could import from other countries. One thing that I missed on that list, and this list as well, is a work-life balance. Japan definitely doesn’t have anything resembling a work-life balance, and with the recent belt tightening, it has only gotten worse. I’ve heard stories of a few people taking on the job of two and burning a lot of midnight oil to keep their jobs. I could probably write an entire blog post about work-life balance (and probably will at some point), so I’m not going to discuss it in too much detail…
  • JLPT Boot Camp’s Best of 2014

    Clayton MacKnight
    7 Jan 2015 | 4:42 am
    2014 was an interesting year for Japan. The biggest story was the increase in the consumption tax in an attempt to pay down the debt and finance some other projects. This turned out to be one of those great ideas in your head and on paper, but in reality, it was one of the worst things you can do to an economy just trying to get back on its feet. I took a break from the Decemember test to kind of regroup and get some things done with my family. I found that I had really been putting off a lot of things that needed to get done around the house and with my life. I’m still trying to catch…
  • JLPT BC 151 | Vocab Bulking through Reading

    Clayton MacKnight
    30 Dec 2014 | 4:27 am
    I celebrated Christmas a little early again this year. The 23rd is a holiday here in Japan. (It’s the Emperor’s Birthday). It is the one day that we officially have off and get paid for it, so it tends to be the day my family and I celebrate Christmas. Yes, I know it is a little bit of a bummer to not have Christmas off, but that is one of the things you have to deal with when you live in another country. I could ask for the day off, but I’m greedily hoarding my days off for much larger vacations. Christmas in Japan is usually a lover’s holiday, which is why if you go…
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  • Language and words in the news – 30th January, 2015

    Liz Potter
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:00 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. Language change and slang ‘This.’ Has People Clamoring for an Invite “This” is now more than a pronoun. In the online realm of social media, “this” is a…
  • Language tip of the week: time

    Liz Potter
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, usage, etc. This week’s language tip helps with the differences in how people talk about time in American and British English. British speakers usually ask what time it is by asking ‘Have you got the time?’ or ‘What time do you make it?’ American speakers usually ask ‘Do you have the time?’ or ‘What time do you…
  • Your favourite portmanteau words

    Macmillan Dictionary
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Today is the 183rd birthday of the English mathematician, logician, photographer and clergyman Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. If you’re wondering why such an obscure figure deserves to be celebrated, I should quickly add that Dodgson, better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, was the author of the children’s classics Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, along with the nonsense poem The Hunting of the Snark. Linguistic inventiveness is an intrinsic part of Carroll’s works for children, and some of his coinages have become part of the language.
  • 10 most popular blog posts in 2014: Part 2

    Liz Potter
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    2014 was another busy year on Macmillan Dictionary Blog. With so many great posts to choose from we decided to break from tradition and give you not one but two top tens to enjoy. In the previous post we shared the most popular Learn English posts from 2014. This time we’re giving you another chance to read the 10 most popular Love English posts, including two from our new Real Grammar series, as well as several from regular blogger Stan Carey. So here are the ten Love English posts which caught your attention most in the last 12 months: Our most popular Love English blog posts in 2014…
  • Language and words in the news – 23rd January, 2015

    Liz Potter
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:00 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. Language change and slang “Ye Olde” Is Fake Old English (And You’re Mispronouncing It Anyway) Here’s the truth of the matter: phrases like…
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    Be global! Learn languages. Travel the world.

  • You are not your language. Linguistic snobbery blocks language learning

    6 Jan 2015 | 7:41 pm
    While traveling in Brazil some years ago, I stayed in a hostel in João Pessoa where I met an Argentine lady and three Brazilian women. We spent time exploring the city together and hanging out escaping from the rain. The Argentine lady made no attempt to speak in Portuguese and the three Brazilians did their best to understand her, leaving me to interpret. I hate being an interpreter. The Brazilians, in private complained to me that the Argentine lady, as many other Spanish speakers in Brazil, was not making an effort to understand Portuguese or speak it, expecting everyone else to…
  • Gift for the holidays: how a language saved a life

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    GIVE THE GIFT OF LANGUAGE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON! The documentary I’ve been working hard to produce for almost three years is finally done! Saved by Language tells the story of how Moris Albahari saved his life in the Holocaust by speaking the Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) language. For a limited time, until December 31, 2014, Saved by Language is on pre-sale. You can buy it here. The DVD comes with English, Ladino, Spanish and Bosnian subtitles. Choose from PAL and NTSC formats. Watch the demo of the film:
  • Music can bridge the income gap in education

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    Dr. Nina Kraus, Northwestern University I’ve been writing for years on the benefits of music for foreign language education. “New research involving hundreds of students in Chicago and Los Angeles public schools finds disadvantaged children who learn to sing or to play a musical instrument show not only improved neural function but also enhanced learning abilities over time. ‘While more affluent students do better in school than children from lower income backgrounds, we are finding that musical training can alter the nervous system to create a better learner and help offset…
  • TEDx: Music + language (songs) activate our brains, hearts and souls.

    2 Jun 2014 | 11:42 am
    Alas, my TEDx talk on why we need to learn foreign languages and save endangered languages via music has been posted online. Please share, Tweet, like and comment to spread the word. The more views the video has, the more chances of it being on the main TED page. Now getting this featured on the main TED page would do wonders for promoting foreign language learning.
  • The Portuguese language has many homelands

    27 May 2014 | 10:00 am
    Over two years ago, I wrote about the idea of a language as a homeland as I was starting my journey into the endangered language of Ladino/Judeo-Spanish. The Portuguese writer, Fernando Pessoa, is quoted as having said, “Minha patria é a língua portuguesa” (My homeland is the Portuguese language). The Portuguese language is the homeland to millions of people outside of Portugal.     Fernando Pessoa statue, A Brasileira restaurant, Lisbon, Portugal On my recent trip to Portugal, I was constantly reminded of how far the Portuguese language went beyond Portugal and Brazil. As I…
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    The Mezzofanti Guild

  • Listen: Podcast Chat with John Fotheringham (Language Mastery)

    Donovan Nagel
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:34 pm
    No post today. Just a link to a podcast chat that I had with John Fotheringham of the Language Mastery blog about myself, the languages I’ve learned, this blog, some of my own strategies for learning and of course, Click here to listen to it and leave a comment (the audio quality is pretty rough due to the Aussie bush ambience at my place though). You know, I just realized that I’ve been blogging here at The Mezzofanti Guild for about 3.5 years and this is actually the first time I’ve participated in a recorded podcast discussion. For those of you who only…
  • Australian English: Here’s Why It’s The Best Variety In The World

    Donovan Nagel
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:18 am
    Happy Australia Day weekend! I’m currently home from the Middle East on a nice long break and since it’s Australia Day this weekend I decided to revisit one of my awesome posts on one of the many things that make Australia the best place on Earth – our variety of English. Enjoy! Read that heading again! Some friends of mine decided to chuck a little surprise dinner for me with some great tucker and a few beers recently. It made me feel special. Loved in fact. However there were a few Canadians and one Irishman there who thought’d be a cack to take the piss out of the…
  • The Most Honest Pimsleur Method™ Review You’ll Ever Read

    Donovan Nagel
    9 Jan 2015 | 3:25 am
    “Practically everybody believes that learning must build up gradually from the simple to the complex… My principle is this: Learn the hardest thing first and the rest will then seem easy.” – Paul Pimsleur Pimsleur is one of the longest and most well-established household names in language learning – right up there with other commercial giants like Rosetta Stone and Michel Thomas. Questions about whether or not Pimsleur works do tend to pop up all over the place and a simple online search yields a lot of review and opinion pieces on it. As I said in my Rosetta…
  • 5 Things Crucial To Achieving Your New Year’s Resolution

    Donovan Nagel
    31 Dec 2014 | 12:52 am
    I hope you’re enjoying the holiday period wherever you are in the world. I’m currently back home in Australia for a short break before I head back to the Mid East to continue working on Our small team will be heading to a region that I’ve never had the chance to visit before so I’m very excited about what the new year has in store! Today I wanted to share 5 things that are absolutely crucial in helping you achieve your resolutions for the new year. Follow these and make 2015 your year of accomplishment.   1. Wake up to the reality that…
  • Merry Christmas! Here Are Some Last Minute Gift Ideas + 40% Discount On

    Donovan Nagel
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:26 am
    G’day from sunny Qatar! I’m spending a week here in Doha at the moment for the first time ever and it’s been a really great opportunity to meet lots of Arabic speakers from loads of different countries. I’ve had the chance to speak Arabic with Qataris, Lebanese, Jordanians, Egyptians and Tunisians over the last few days. It’s really surprising to me considering so many people have said that Qatar is a terrible place to learn Arabic because there are few opportunities to practice. My experience has been the complete opposite! There’s a huge population of…
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    The Everyday Language Learner

  • Maintaining the Language from Afar

    9 Jan 2015 | 11:46 am
    My wife was giddy last night when she told me that she thought her Turkish was as good as when we left Turkey two and a half years ago. I am giddy for her though I can’t say the same for my own Turkish.  I’ve needed to move on to other things.  My heart, while still in Turkey in so many ways, doesn’t have it in it to work hard to grow my knowledge of a language that I just don’t use that much. Don’t get me wrong, I still use it.  I call friends. We’ve found some Turkish friends back here in the states, but it’s hard when I am so geographically…
  • Dive Into The Deep End

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    I recently received an email from a friend who was describing his feelings for his language learning journey in terms of a language swimming pool. When you take that initial step into the pool you are met with the shock of cold water.  Slowly, one step at a time, you move forward and the water inches its way up your body, past your waist and up your torso until only your head is above water. This in many ways reflects my own journey to learn Turkish and Spanish.  With those first steps, progress is quite tangible.  Like watching – and feeling – the cold water move up your body,…
  • Foreign to Familiar – Learning About Culture So You Can Learn The Language

    19 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    I just finished a great book that anyone planning on moving cross culturally should pick up and read. The book, Foreign to Familiar, is short (127 pages), incredibly helpful, and fun to read. The basic premiss of Foreign to Familiar is one we all intuitively know – cultures carry a shared set of values, beliefs, traditions and world views and each is different from your own.  Writing from a life time of experience living in different cultures in all areas of the world, and drawing from the vast academic writing that has been done on the topic, author Sarah Lanier, does a masterful job…
  • How Much Vocabulary Is Enough?

    12 Aug 2013 | 8:27 pm
    image credit Today’s guest post comes from Jeffery Nelson, the creator of a great new blog called Living Bilingual.  After you enjoy the article stop by and visit. ———- Language skills are hard to measure. There is an innate subjectivity in analyzing a language learner or speaker and their language skills. Languages are enormous, spanning literally an infinite number of sentences that can be produced from a set of words. In addition to that, you have the various meanings of words, sentences, how they are arranged, what tone is used, and literally thousands of other…
  • The Number One Rule For Learning A Foreign Language

    25 Jul 2013 | 1:06 pm
    image credit Today I am excited to share another great guest post from a regular EDLL reader, Arabic expert and language lover Saqib Hussain.  You can find out more about Saqib and about Arabic at  Arabic Studio.  For now, enjoy the post! ————- OK, so you’ve just finished you language course, you worked hard, memorised a ton of vocabulary, soldiered on through the listening, speaking and reading exercises, and you’re thinking to yourself, I’m actually getting the hang of this! Then… you go out and try to use your brand new, freshly acquired…
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    EVS Translations Blog

  • Adzuki – Word of the day

    EVS Blog
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:22 pm
    The adzuki bean is a legume used frequently in Japan as a filling or topping for a variety of cakes and treats. The beans are boiled and soaked in sugary water and often grounded to a paste to make what is known as anko, or red bean paste. Since many Brits are brought up from […] The post Adzuki – Word of the day appeared first on EVS Translations Blog. Related posts: Caesar salad – Word of the day Eucalyptus – Word of the day Aromatherapy – Word of the day
  • What Does Cheap Oil Mean For The World?

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:38 am
    From the commodity trader to the end consumer filling up his gas tank on the way to work, everyone has noticed the recent and dramatic fall in the price of oil. From roughly 2010 until the middle of 2014, the average price for a barrel of Brent crude oil was $110. Recently, the average price […] The post What Does Cheap Oil Mean For The World? appeared first on EVS Translations Blog. Related posts: The Rainforest Revolution: Brazil to become one of the world’s largest oil producers thanks to new technologies The race is on: The Hunt for Greenlandic oil and gas resources Solar Energy…
  • Back to nature – Word of the day

    EVS Blog
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:51 pm
    This year, the phrase back to nature has officially been around in English print for 100 years and so it seems that the desire to get back to a more simplistic way of life isn't at all new. In 1915, a journalist for The Oklahoman, a daily newspaper, commented on university students writing: "Some of […] The post Back to nature – Word of the day appeared first on EVS Translations Blog. Related posts: Bomber – Word of the day Bullshit – Word of the day Adland – Word of the day
  • Boeuf Bourguignon – Word of the day

    EVS Blog
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:40 am
    English is an amalgamation of numerous languages that have been left to simmer over time and flavoured to meet different palates, but it’s interesting to note one area where the language doesn’t seem to want to make changes - cookery. At the same time, for a great number of people, there is still an air […] The post Boeuf Bourguignon – Word of the day appeared first on EVS Translations Blog. Related posts: Words Celebrating Their 100th Anniversary in 2015 Consumerism – Word of the day Narcissistic – Word of the day
  • Salt and pepper – Word of the day

    EVS Blog
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:40 pm
    The term salt and pepper, like ivory and ebony, refers to things that are composed of two colours – normally white (salt) and black (pepper), and can also be used for light and dark shades. And while ebony and ivory was popularised in 1982 by a duet song of Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, which […] The post Salt and pepper – Word of the day appeared first on EVS Translations Blog. Related posts: Superstore – Word of the day Wino – Word of the day Zloty – Word of the day
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    Speaking Latino

  • How To Use italki to Learn Real World Spanish

    Jared Romey
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:22 pm
    We started the 2015 italki Language Challenge by completing the first four hours. We still have 16 class hours to complete, but we wanted to share Diana’s experience doing something radically different: a native Spanish-speaker learning the local language from Spain and Mexico. How To Use italki to Learn Real World Spanish 1. The first thing I did was browse for a teacher in the Informal Tutoring menu option. This… Read More >The post How To Use italki to Learn Real World Spanish appeared first on Speaking Latino.
  • Gerundio by Los Amigos Invisibles: Spanish Song Activities to Practice Gerunds

    Diana Caballero
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:03 am
    Spanish class activities around the song Gerundio by Los Amigos Invisibles. Includes cloze activity and exercises for Spanish gerund conjugations. Read More >The post Gerundio by Los Amigos Invisibles: Spanish Song Activities to Practice Gerunds appeared first on Speaking Latino.
  • Spanish Love Phrases For Valentine’s Day: Infographic

    Diana Caballero
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    An infographic that features 14 Spanish love phrases with English translations. Express your love on Valentine’s Day! Read More >The post Spanish Love Phrases For Valentine’s Day: Infographic appeared first on Speaking Latino.
  • Tengo tu Love by Sie7e: Spanish Song Activities to Practice the Verb TENER and Comparisons

    Diana Caballero
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Spanish class activities with the song Tengo tu love by Sie7e. With this Spanish song your students can practice the verb TENER and comparisons. Read More >The post Tengo tu Love by Sie7e: Spanish Song Activities to Practice the Verb TENER and Comparisons appeared first on Speaking Latino.
  • La foto de los dos by Carlos Vives: Spanish Class Activities to Practice the Gender of Nouns and Definite Articles

    Diana Caballero
    11 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Spanish class activities around “La foto de los dos” to practice the gender of nouns and definite articles in Spanish. Cloze activity and much more included. Read More >The post La foto de los dos by Carlos Vives: Spanish Class Activities to Practice the Gender of Nouns and Definite Articles appeared first on Speaking Latino.
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    Translation Source

  • Language Lunch #2…was a SUCCESS!

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:18 pm
    At Translation Source’s second Language LunchSM many business cards were swapped and professional anecdotes exchanged over delicious food at Maggiano’s Little Italy. This time around, our educational event focused on an issue that’s at the forefront of everyone’s minds: the future of energy. In a bustling city like Houston, the seat of the Oil and Gas Industry, this is an issue which affects not just annual budgets and sales forecasts but also real estate prices and jobs. The informative presentation by Cottonwood Asset Management’s Portfolio Manager Mauricio Marquez on…
  • WANTED: Lead Generation Manager – Translation and Localization services

    7 Jan 2015 | 8:43 am
    We are currently seeking a Lead Generation Manager. This is an entry level position best suited for an individual in the last 30 hours of their undergraduate degree. This individual will be in charge of executing our lead generation strategy via social media, direct marketing, and telemarketing. This is a great opportunity for an individual with passion for research, social media, and marketing.   Responsibilities Research effectively to find potential clients with maximum conversion probability Reach potential clients through social media, email and telemarketing campaigns Drive entire…
  • Language Lunch – Oil and Gas Price Drivers Post Shale Revolution

    31 Dec 2014 | 9:06 am
    On January 20th at 11:30 AM, Translation Source will host our quarterly Language LunchSM at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 2019 Post Oak Boulevard. This is the second in a series that’s designed to provide information about various aspects of international business/communication, with the objective of making client companies’ international efforts more efficient… and more effective. Each segment of the series will consist of a complimentary (FREE) informational lunch, with absolutely no sales pitches – we’ll leave the briefcases in the office! The first session of 2015 is…
  • Translation Source sponsors Houston Investment and Trade Mission to Panama and Colombia

    1 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    Mayor Annise Parker with Translation Source CEO Camilo Munoz We are very proud to announce that our Founder and CEO Camilo Munoz has been selected to accompany Mayor Annise Parker as part of a 30-member delegation of local elected officials, business and community leaders on a week-long Greater Houston Partnership investment and trade mission to Panama City and Colon in Panama and Bogota, Barranquilla and Cartagena in Colombia. “This trip has a strong focus on the Port of Houston and the increased opportunity the entire Houston region will experience once the expansion of the Panama Canal…
  • Machine Translation: When to Use

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Machine translation has made great strides since its creation in the 1950s but it is still far from perfect. While the general consensus among language service providers is that machine translation is best avoided, it is becoming increasingly common for certain business needs. Below, we’ve provided a list of 7 situations in which machine translation may be a good solution. 1) To supplement professional translation services: Professional translators often use automated glossaries and other software to aid their work. This is known as machine-assisted translation. SDL Trados Studio, a…
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    Blog at Fluent Language Tuition

  • Language Book Club: A One-Day Sale and Event with Language Authors

    Kerstin Hammes
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    Have you put tomorrow's date (Jan 30) in your diary? The whole day will be filled with fun and learning, giveaways and special deals during Language Book Club, our Facebook event.CLICK HERE TO JOIN USHere are All Discounted Books Just a few of our discounted books on the day.. The following books will drop their prices for one day only. (Note I can't guarantee this and am informing you based on their promise, so no, you can't sue me if there's no deal to be found. I can promise you that my deal goes ahead.)The Vocab Cookbook (Kindle) - FREEThis is my own guide to acquiring…
  • New Podcast: Chris Broholm on Challenges, Information Overload and Book Club (and the Owl!)

    Kerstin Hammes
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:19 am
    In Episode 12 of the Creative Language Learning Podcast, I interviewed a fellow podcaster! Chris Broholm is a language learner with a big mission: 10 Languages in 10 Years!Listen to our interview to find out more aboutWho everybody's favourite owl is!How Chris built up his own support community of inspiring language learners through the Actual Fluency PodcastWhether there is a best way to approach language learning methodsWhat to think about when you set yourself an ambitious goal like Chris Broholm's 10 Languages in 10 YearsThe importance of bewaring information…
  • “If I Were a Boy”: What Happens if French, Spanish and German Girls Share an Idea

    Kerstin Hammes
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:52 am
    Today I have a guest post for you here on Fluent, hopefully giving you insights into language learning through musics in a wholly new way. What if you didn't just watch "Let it Go from Frozen in 25 Languages" on YouTube. How about learning about how different languages use grammar to all express a common theme? My guest Paul writes on behalf of Language Trainers, a language tutoring service. You can find some of their resources at and also email him at img ©instyle It’s a question we’ve all thought about at least once -- if you woke up one…
  • How I Travel Europe: The Train from England to Germany

    Kerstin Hammes
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:48 am
    Have you ever stood in the security queue at your airport, realising with a bolt of anger that you're about to have to hand in your big bottle of expensive shampoo? Or been troubled by fear of flying, wishing for solid ground in the middle of turbulence? In today's article, I want to talk about train travel, an alternative way of getting around. My own journeys take place in Europe, and I have taken trains in more than 12 European countries. If you're interested in trying it out, here's how to make it as easy and affordable as you can. The Place of Travel Talk in Language Learning As a blog…
  • You're Invited: Language Book Club on 30 January 2015

    Kerstin Hammes
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:58 am
    Today I get to share with you what I have been hinting at for a few months now (you may have noticed on my Twitter account. You are invited to a one-day language book party! Chris Broholm and I are organising the first ever online Language Book Club. The event is going to be a one-day celebration of languages and language learning, with experts and authors from around the globe being there for you to answer questions.And that's not enough. It's a book club after all, and so each and every one of those authors is going to be discounting their books for you. I hope you'll join us. Just to give…
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    Always Spanish – Unconventional Spanish tips and tricks for the lazy learner

  • Master Spanish Conditionals Through Pop Music

    Amit Schandillia
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:33 am
    Conditionals: they can give a headache to even the most steadfast of Spanish learners. Conditional constructions describe hypothetical or impossible events, and often begin with the word si (“if”). Here’s an example: If I had to pick the trickiest part of Spanish grammar, I would choose the conditional. Sadly, we live in a world of “ifs”, and you can’t get by very long speaking Spanish if you avoid all conditional constructions. But luckily, Spanish music is here to help you: there are plenty of songs that use conditionals, and can help you sneak in some extra practice. In this…
  • Can Learning Spanish Feel As Rewarding As Sex, Gambling, And Chocolate?

    Amit Schandillia
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:51 pm
    What is the link between gambling, chocolate, sex and…learning Spanish? You might be surprised to hear that the same part of the brain’s reward centre activates in response to all four stimuli, but that’s what scientists in Barcelona recently discovered. Participants in an experiment were encouraged to decipher new words in a foreign language whilst experts measured the chemicals in their brains. The results lead scientists to claim that those who felt more rewarded from learning new words were able to learn more. In other words, participants who naturally feel good when they learn, are…
  • 6 Ways To Turn Your Vacation Into A Spanish Learning Venture

    Amit Schandillia
    23 Feb 2014 | 3:11 am
    Traveling to a Spanish speaking country has always been the single biggest motivator to Spanish students; in fact, it’s perhaps the only reason most of us decided to even start learning the language. After all, what good is a language skill if you never wish to be where it’s spoken! What good is any skill if it’s never put to use? It’s a shame how so many of us consider it a divine right, as English speakers, to be understood everywhere we go, be it Mexico, Mongolia or even Mars. Now, traveling abroad is a costly affair and not all are lucky enough to make it. But what if you are?
  • The Cause-Effect Trick To Remember Your Por And Para

    Amit Schandillia
    19 Jul 2013 | 2:48 pm
    Be it Spanish or any other language, the most painful aspect invariably turns out to be the appropriate usage of its prepositions. To us English speakers Spanish prepositions might seem way too unruly and chaotic but that’s how the Spanish speakers feel about English too. Try explaining to them, for instance, why you live “in” the house but are “at” home! Grammar rules, more often than not, defy all logic. Fortunately, when it comes to the Spanish por and para, there still exists enough logic to save your day. Mastering this logic is key to proficiency in Spanish as these…
  • Learn Spanish Watching Telenovelas At DramaFever Latino

    Amit Schandillia
    1 Jul 2013 | 11:48 am
    Our friend Andrew was terrible at Spanish. He would often complain about how difficult it was and how despite, his most sincere efforts, he would never be reasonably fluent in the language. We always tried to encourage him, but we must admit that we too doubted the prospects of him ever becoming fluent. Even after several Spanish courses and video tutorials, Andrew could barely get started on conversations with native speakers. It was overwhelming and he was ready to call it quits. But in a last frugal effort he decided to take some time and work from Argentina (one of the many virtues of…
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  • Finding The Time to Learn a Language

    20 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    We all have busy lives and sometimes it’s hard to find the time to do the things you want to do. The good news about language learning is that you only need to study for an hour a day at the minimum. Just be aware that the amount of new words, grammar rules, and so on that you can pick up in a week will be different for each person. Here’s what you need to do. Set aside periods during the day at which you can study The first thing you’ll want to do is set aside some time during your day at which you can study the language. Just look at your typical day’s schedule and…
  • 10 Recommended Books on Language Learning

    15 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Today, I decided to post some of my favorite language learning books I’ve read in the past year. Although, not all I’ve personally read as some are recommended by other language learners. Anyway, here are the 10 recommended books on language learning. Enjoy! The Quick and Dirty Guide to Learning Languages Fast The Third Ear Language is Music Speak Like a Native How To Learn Any Language The Polyglot Project (FREE) The Pocket Linguist Why You Need a Foreign Language & How to Learn One Accelerated Fluency How Languages Are Learned Want more? Check out the current bestsellers…
  • Top 5 Tips on How to Self-Learn French Better

    14 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Today’s guest post comes to us from Brendon Gleaves where he’ll be teaching us how to be better at self-learning French! We live in a world and age where most people know two, three or even four languages. The reasons behind the decision to know several languages are many: a better paid workplace, a job in another country, a relationship, etc. Out of all the 6000 languages spoken today, the fastest and easiest language to learn by a native English speaker is French. Not only that English has “stolen” many words and phrases from French (including culinary ones such as…
  • Pimsleur vs Rosetta Stone – Which is More Effective?

    12 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    These two language learning programs are without a doubt, the most popular in North America. So how do you know which is the better option? Pimsleur or Rosetta Stone? Well, it totally depends. Pimsleur vs Rosetta Stone is kind of a tricky subject. It’s hard to compare the two since they both teach in different ways. So it might be better to ask which one is more effective. Pimsleur vs Rosetta Stone – The Basics Firstly, Pimsleur teaches you through listening and repeating. Basically how a child might learn a language. Rosetta Stone on the other hand, teaches through pictures,…
  • 7 Great Sites to Find Language Partners

    8 Jan 2015 | 8:24 pm
    As you very well know, you can’t learn a language to your fullest ability without actually practicing speaking with people in the language you’re learning. Here I’ve put together a list of my favorite sites to find language partners. Starting with my favorite at the top to the ones I don’t have much experience with. 1. italki My personal favorite on this list that is great for finding natives to Skype with. Kind of like set up like a social network. Search for natives then follow and send them a message to get started. Almost all people will be willing to voice chat…
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    Lingos Blog

  • 6 Reasons why you will fail to learn a language in 2015

    9 Jan 2015 | 3:39 am
    Aagh! What a negative sounding title! But we’re not being negative – we want you to succeed at learning a language so we have identified how you are most likely to trip up.. Here’s our 6 Reasons why you will fail to learn a language to make sure you don’t   Are you being realistic? With learning a language it is particularly important to keep your aspirations realistic. Are you really going to be fluent by the end of January? No. Work out why you want to learn a language, what level you are aiming at in what timeframe. Keeping your aspirations realistic will make…
  • 10 best Presents for Language learners

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    Some people are so awkward to find presents for but fear not, we have made it super easy for those of you with language lovers in your network…any of these reasonably priced 10 best Presents for Language learners will go down a storm! 1. Buy the ultimate in portability and self learning…a book! There are all types of books for learning (probably) every language under the sun. They don’t go out of fashion and the content generally remains relevant… plus there is a book out there to suit every different kind of language learner or you could consider a book fiction or…
  • Set goals to achieve better language learning

    9 Dec 2014 | 2:25 am
    “The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”   Learning a language can seem overwhelming. So many words, so many rules! How will you ever make any progress? Learning a language is definitely one of the ultimate tests in patience, endurance and stamina plus.. it’s unlikely you’ll ever learn every word in a language! You can carry on learning one language forever….Which is why it’s important to pace yourself and set achievable goals in order to make sure you go all the way and score those…
  • Happy Christmas in Nordic Languages

    5 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
      It’s really interesting to see the similarities between the different ways of saying Happy Christmas in Nordic Languages. Yule is the common factor here and goes to show how far away Greenland is The post Happy Christmas in Nordic Languages appeared first on Lingos Blog.
  • 30+ words or phrases you absolutely need to know in “insert language”

    2 Dec 2014 | 5:52 am
    How did we compile this list? Did we consult The New General Service List ? Well, yes and no. We looked at it but decided that whilst it might be useful as a guide to those committing more time to learning it wasn’t particularly applicable to those wanting to learn very quickly. For instance before visiting or during visiting a country where you do not speak the language, therefore the need is to urgently learn the words or phrases which you will use most initially. So we came up with these words and phrases below… However, we’d like to know your thoughts on the matter as…
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  • Why Bad Translations of Hotel Documents Are Bad for Your Business

    Alina Cincan
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:24 am
    Globalisation and advances in transport technology have brought something new to the table for all service providers: millions and millions of foreign potential customers. The hotel business is one of the most competitive markets where the battle for customers is in full swing all the time. Nowadays, hotels need to really fight for their foreign […] The post Why Bad Translations of Hotel Documents Are Bad for Your Business appeared first on Inbox Translation (London, UK).
  • Happy Holidays from Inbox Translation!

    Alina Cincan
    24 Dec 2014 | 3:11 am
    Whether you celebrate Christmas, Navidad, Natal, Yule or just taking a break from work, this is a time to look back at the year which is about to end and make wises for the one to come. We’d like to wish Happy Holidays and a fantastic 2015 to all our clients, collaborators and friends. Many […] The post Happy Holidays from Inbox Translation! appeared first on Inbox Translation (London, UK).
  • Dear Scammer

    Alina Cincan
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:23 am
      As some of you are aware (or at least I hope you are), there’s this plague affecting the translation profession: it’s called scammers. And by that I mean supernatural entities (what else would you call someone who is not real?) who by magic (and sneakiness) steal genuine translators’ CVs and use them as their […] The post Dear Scammer appeared first on Inbox Translation (London, UK).
  • Which Hotel Signs Need To Be Translated

    Alina Cincan
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:08 am
    All hotels that want to be really competitive in today’s troublesome economy are well aware of the fact that they need to translate important documents, such as terms & conditions, tourist brochures, web pages and hotel restaurant menus into various languages to appeal to international visitors. But what is often forgotten are various signs in […] The post Which Hotel Signs Need To Be Translated appeared first on Inbox Translation (London, UK).
  • 10 Romanian Idioms to Celebrate the Day of Multilingual Blogging 2014

    Alina Cincan
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:14 am
    Happy Day of Multilingual Blogging!   I had initially thought of writing this post in Romanian, but realised the audience would be slightly more limited . But, as Romanian is my mother tongue, and is not as popular as others, but a very rich and beautiful language, I thought it would be nice to present […] The post 10 Romanian Idioms to Celebrate the Day of Multilingual Blogging 2014 appeared first on Inbox Translation (London, UK).
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  • Academic IELTS – Extra Skill – Summarizing

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    No. It is not enough to just be comfortable speaking, writing, reading, and listening to English to maximize your score on the IELTS exam! You need extra skills that hopefully you have honed at school or the office. In the previous article on note taking, you began a tour of necessary skills to not only succeed on the [...] The post Academic IELTS – Extra Skill – Summarizing appeared first on Business English Ace.
  • Preview Video – Business English Ace Radio Episode 8

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:57 pm
    Do you need to enhance  your  skills? Get started today! Watch this preview video for Episode 8 of Business English Ace Radio podcast now. Check out this preview video for Episode 8 of Business English Ace Radio podcast.Click To Tweet Discover the insights, and tips you get in every episode, not just this one. Or just head over and listen to the [...] The post Preview Video – Business English Ace Radio Episode 8 appeared first on Business English Ace.
  • Twisted Business English – Raise the Bar!

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:45 am
    Our Twisted Business English today involves company standards. Every week I take a business article with a clever headline and help you understand it. Every headline in our Twisted Business English series is taken directly from the headlines and explained. Visit Business English Ace every week to get strengthen your English . Join my mailing list and every Sunday get [...] The post Twisted Business English – Raise the Bar! appeared first on Business English Ace.
  • Preview Video – Business English Ace Radio Episode 7

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:57 pm
    Do you need to enhance  your  skills? Get started today! View this preview video for Episode 7 of Business English Ace Radio podcast now. Check out this preview video for Episode 7 of Business English Ace Radio podcast.Click To Tweet Discover the insights, and tips you get in every episode, not just this one. Or just head over and listen to [...] The post Preview Video – Business English Ace Radio Episode 7 appeared first on Business English Ace.
  • Inspirational Business Quote – Hope over Disappointment

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hope is defined as the longing or desire for the possibility of some occurrence. Hope is something we create, not something that magically appears from an outside source. All have within the capacity to generate hope. One who personified hope for many is the source of our inspiration quote today. Our Inspirational Business Quote comes [...] The post Inspirational Business Quote – Hope over Disappointment appeared first on Business English Ace.
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