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  • Illustrated “Untranslatable” Words

    Brave New Words
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I really liked these pictures of untranslatable words, but I do have to question the premise: if the words/concepts aren’t translatable, how can they be turned into illustrations? Drawing is a form of translation too, right?
  • How to remember phrasal verbs without mixing them up

    PhraseMix.com Blog
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    You have to learn phrasal verbs if you want to sound natural in English. English speakers use phrasal verbs all the time. They give our language color and life. How have you learned phrasal verbs in the past? Most English learners study phrasal verbs in lists grouped by verb like these: go out with (someone) go around (doing something) go for (something) go on about (something) This approach has a problem, though: it's easy to forget which words at the end (which we call 'particles'*) to use. It's easy to get them mixed up later when you try to remember which phrasal verb to use. I'd like to…
  • 3000+ Translation Glossaries – From Abbreviations to Zoology and Everything in Between

    Inbox Translation
    Alina Cincan
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:44 am
    Glossaries are an invaluable tool for translators (and not only). Finding good glossaries is not always an easy task – it can be time-consuming and sometimes frustrating. I’m sure all of you have saved or bookmarked your favourite glossaries  as you discovered them (I know I always do!), but I’m also sure you wouldn’t mind […] The post 3000+ Translation Glossaries – From Abbreviations to Zoology and Everything in Between appeared first on Inbox Translation.
  • Managing language expectations when you can’t translate everything

    Global by Design
    John Yunker
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    I don’t know of any large company that translates all of its content into all of its target languages. I won’t go into the many reasons for why this is — money being the major reason — but I will say that if this is an issue you struggle with you’re not alone. The key to […]
  • Language and words in the news – 29th August, 2014

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    Liz Potter
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    This post contains a selection of links related to language and words in the news. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English, language change, education in general, and language learning and teaching in particular. Feel free to contact us if you would like to submit a link […] [This is a content excerpt only. Visit our blog for the full post].
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  • Computer games give a boost to English

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    If you want to make a mark in the world of computer games you had better have a good English vocabulary. It has now also been scientifically demonstrated that someone who is good at computer games has a larger English vocabulary.
  • Avatars make the Internet sign to deaf people

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:12 am
    It is challenging for deaf people to learn a sound-based language, since they are physically not able to hear those sounds. Hence, most of them struggle with written language as well as with text reading and comprehension. Therefore, most website content remains inaccessible for them. Computer scientists want to change the situation by means of a method they developed: animated online characters display content in sign language. In the long term, deaf people would be able to use the technique to communicate on online platforms via sign language.
  • Readers with dyslexia have disrupted network connections in the brain, map the circuitry of dyslexia shows

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:12 am
    Dyslexia, the most commonly diagnosed learning disability in the United States, is a neurological reading disability that occurs when the regions of the brain that process written language don't function normally. The use of non-invasive functional neuroimaging tools has helped characterize how brain activity is disrupted in dyslexia. However, most prior work has focused on only a small number of brain regions, leaving a gap in our understanding of how multiple brain regions communicate with one another through networks, called functional connectivity, in persons with dyslexia. Scientists…
  • Parents, listen next time your baby babbles

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Parents who try to understand their baby's babbling let their infants know they can communicate, which leads to children forming complex sounds and using language more quickly. The study's results showed infants whose mothers attended more closely to their babbling vocalized more complex sounds and develop language skills sooner.
  • The ABC's of animal speech: Not so random after all

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    The calls of many animals, from whales to wolves, might contain more language-like structure than previously thought, according to study that raises new questions about the evolutionary origins of human language.
 
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    English Experts

  • English Podcast 46: Professor Nativo x Não-nativo (Parte 2)

    Alessandro Brandão
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Olá, amigos do English Experts! Vamos para a segunda parte de nosso bate-papo sobre professores nativos e não-nativos. Os professores Daniel Bonatti (brasileiro) e Rick Booth (inglês) deram mais um show de conhecimento na segunda parte do programa. Se você ainda não ouviu a primeira parte, segue o link: English Podcast 45: Professor Nativo x Não-nativo (Parte 1). Enjoy! Prepare o seu headset, aperte play e divirta-se. Ouvir o English Podcast Se você recebe as dicas por email, clique aqui para ouvir o English Podcast. Links discutidos no podcast Are Native English Speakers Really…
  • Expressões dos Seriados: Payback

    Alessandro Brandão
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Hi everyone! A expressão de hoje é “Payback”. Ela significa “vingança, acerto de contas, vendetta”. Confira abaixo os exemplos com áudio. You’ll get the payback you deserve for what you’ve done. [ Você vai ter o acerto de contas que merece por aquilo que você fez. ] It’s payback time! [ É hora da vingança! ] Ouça o áudio: http://www.englishexperts.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Payback.mp3 Baixe o mp3 I hope you like it! Referência Ebook Gírias & Expressões dos Seriados III (com áudio). Adir Ferreira e Tim Barrett (áudio). Ebooks do…
  • O que significa “fall into your lap”?

    Donay Mendonça
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Ao pé da letra “fall into your lap” pode ser traduzida como “cair no colo”, o que já nos dá uma certa ideia, mesmo que vagamente,do que ela quer dizer. Na prática, essa expressão é usada quando se quer falar que alguma coisa (oportunidade, emprego etc) é dada a alguém sem que esta pessoa tenha se esforçado muito; popularmente dizemos cair do céu ou vir de mão beijada. Agora, a fim de que possa entender melhor o que foi dito e também consiga colocar em prática a nossa dica, vamos dar uma olhada nos exemplos de uso abaixo. Success won’t fall in your lap — you…
  • English Podcast 45: Professor Nativo x Não-nativo (Parte 1)

    Alessandro Brandão
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Olá, amigos do English Experts! Você já teve dúvidas na hora de escolher um professor? Qual é o professor ideal: o nativo ou não-nativo? A minha estatística pessoal mostra que a maioria das pessoas acredita que o professor nativo é melhor. Será que isso é verdade? Para falar sobre o tema convidei os professores Daniel Bonatti (brasileiro) e Rick Booth (inglês). Você não pode perder esse bate-papo polêmico e muito bem-humorado. Enjoy! Prepare o seu headset, aperte play e divirta-se. Ouvir o English Podcast Se você recebe as dicas por email, clique aqui para ouvir o English…
  • Expressões dos Seriados: Pad

    Alessandro Brandão
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Hi everyone! A expressão de hoje é “Pad”. Ela significa “casa, apartamento”. Confira abaixo os exemplos com áudio. You going to the pad now? [ Tá indo pra casa agora? ] Stop by my pad sometime. [ Passa lá em casa qualquer hora. ] Ouça o áudio: http://www.englishexperts.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Pad.mp3 Baixe o mp3 I hope you like it! Referência Ebook Gírias & Expressões dos Seriados III (com áudio). Adir Ferreira e Tim Barrett (áudio). Ebooks do English Experts, 2013. 65 pág. [compre na Fórum de Idiomas Store] Artigos Relacionados…
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    The English Blog

  • Cartoon: Ice Bucket Challenge

    Jeffrey Hill
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    BACKGROUNDThe Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone's head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. It went viral on social media during July-August 2014. In the US, many people participate for the ALS Association, and in the UK, many people participate for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, although some individuals have opted to donate their money from the Ice Bucket Challenge to other organizations. The challenge dares…
  • Newsy Video: Google Reveals Drone Delivery Program, 'Project Wing'

    Jeffrey Hill
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:33 pm
    We used to think of drones exclusively as high-powered military machines, but that definition ha shifted. From high-tech deliveries to aerial photography to questionable stunts involving fireworks, unmanned aerial vehicles have become the latest tech vogue for some time now. So, really, this news was inevitable: Google has just unveiled their own take on drones, dubbed Project Wing. Full transcript >> Related articlesCartoon: Santa's Drone DeliveryReuters Video: Drone could deliver Amazon goodsProject Wing: Google's Secret Program for Delivery DronesGoogle reveals secret drone…
  • Cartoon: Ryanair Introduces 'Business Class'

    Jeffrey Hill
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:09 pm
    BACKGROUND Ryanair, which once suggested it would introduce standing-only flights if only it was allowed by aviation safety authorities, will launch a new tier of tickets aimed at business travellers willing to pay more for better service. ‘Business Plus’ tickets will offer the ability to change to another flight on the same day, to any airport in the same destination country, up to 40 minutes before departure for no extra fee, Ryanair said on Wednesday. The airline normally charges as much as £90 to make a change. Ryanair’s business customers will have to make do with the same type of…
  • Newsy Video: Why A 12.9-Inch iPad Would Make Sense For Apple

    Jeffrey Hill
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:33 pm
    It's late August. Kids are back in school, football kicks off soon and Apple rumors are ringing in our ears. That last one picked up big-time Tuesday with Bloomberg's report that months of speculation on a bigger iPad could finally be coming true. The outlet reported Apple plans to start producing the 12.9-inch tablet in the first quarter of 2015. Full transcript >> Related articlesWednesday Apple Rumors: Apple May Release a 12.9-Inch iPadApple Is Working On A Bigger iPad With A 12.9-inch Screen That Will Launch Early Next Year (AAPL)Apple looks to shake up iPad line with 12.9 inch…
  • Cartoon: Ebola is Spreading

    Jeffrey Hill
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:02 pm
    BACKGROUNDAs governments in West Africa struggle to contain the Ebola epidemic, World Health Organization officials are warning that the suspension of flights and imposition of travel restrictions raise fears of shortages and could undermine the capacity to respond. While advising countries to perform exit screening at airports, seaports and major border crossings, the WHO is recommending against any ban on international travel or trade. But several international airlines have announced bans. Kenya Airways suspended flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia, effective Tuesday. British Airways,…
 
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    Mission to Learn - Lifelong Learning Blog

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

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

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

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

    Jeff Cobb
    7 Mar 2014 | 3:41 am
    I’ve been a little heavy on the research-driven posts lately, so I thought I’d throw in a personal story for this post with the hope that other lifelong learners might find some small consolation and – just possibly – inspiration in it. So, here it is: Recently, inspired by watching my son make steady progress in learning to play the piano – and in the the process, learning to read music – I decided to reinvigorate my own efforts at learning the guitar. Specifically, I decided I would really like to be able to read music for the guitar, rather than just…
  • Applying the 6 Key Adult Learning Principles to Yourself

    Jeff Cobb
    24 Feb 2014 | 6:04 am
    It’s been years since Malcolm Knowles, considered by many to be the “father of adult learning,” articulated a set of six principles – or “assumptions,” as he put it – about how adults tend to learn differently from children. While anyone who is serious about creating and facilitating effective adult learning experiences should already be familiar with these principles, I’m willing to bet that the average adult learner, to whom they apply, has never heard of either Knowles or his assumptions. I think it is worth knowing them, though, as a way to…
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    Language Log

  • Musee & Peace

    Victor Mair
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    This sign from a Nagoya subway is for waxing and other hair removal. Photograph courtesy of Nathan Hopson. The three big kanji read: natsukoi hada 夏恋 肌 ("summer love skin") But I'm more interested in the words written in Roman letters above the kanji. The combination of the French word "MUSEE" (i.e., musée ["museum"]) and the English word "PEACE" strikes me as incongruous, so I want to try to understand how to account for their concatenation in this advertising slogan. I did a Google search on the two words with the ampersand between and came up with a lot of really kitschy stuff. See…
  • Technology is probably isn't destroying our humanity

    Mark Liberman
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    The "technology is destroying our humanity" trope has been around for thousands of years, certainly since the invention of writing devalued textual memorization. I wouldn't be surprised if there were analogous complaints about the invention of the spear. The most overhyped version of this trope that I've ever seen was the 2009 "Twitter numbs our sense of morality and makes us indifferent to human suffering" scandal, where hundreds of media outlets wrung their hands over a study that had nothing to do with either Twitter or morality (see "Debasing the coinage of rational inquiry: a case…
  • Needs more sexting

    Mark Liberman
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:51 am
    Today's xkcd: I'm not sure what "another study" refers to in this case. The mouseover title suggests a future research program in computational humanistic educational psychology: I'd like to find a corpus of writing writing from children in a non-self-selected sample (e.g. handwritten letters to the president from everyone in the same teacher's 7th grade class every year)–and score the kids today versus the kids 20 years ago on various objective measures of writing quality. I've heard the idea that exposure to all this amateur peer practice is hurting us, but I'd bet on the…
  • Unbecoming

    Mark Liberman
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    Matt Murphy, "Is 'unbecoming' becoming a sexist word? Warren Tolman apologizes after calling opponent Maura Healey unbecoming during debate", State House News Service 8/27/2014: BOSTON — Democratic attorney general candidate Warren Tolman apologized on Wednesday if anyone was offended by his use of the word "unbecoming" to describe his opponent Maura Healey's criticism of his private sector record, as female Healey supporters blasted the comment as "sexist." Tolman used the word during a Boston Globe Opinion debate Tuesday as Healey criticized him for not being forthcoming about his…
  • Acronymomania

    Victor Mair
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Michael Newton has called attention to this Chinese sign on Twitter: Too bad this isn't their website URL. >> Ah yes, the BJHDQRMZFJGYEY http://t.co/owqsqiLShm via @imgur #best #china #acronym — Michael Newton (@mikenewt) August 28, 2014 The Imgur photo was posted 9 months ago, and the associated Reddit thread does a pretty good job explaining the acronym, but — since this unpronounceable mass of majuscules has implications beyond this immediate instance — we might as well do a more systematic Language Log style reading and explication: Běijīng Hǎidiàn Qū…
 
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    GoodWord from alphaDictionary.com

  • 8/29/14 - ontogeny

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    1. The development of an individual organism through its stages of growth. 2. The study of such development, often restricted to the study of embryology.
  • 8/28/14 - flibbertigibbet

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A silly, talkative scatterbrain, a light-witted chatterbox, usually in reference to a woman.
  • 8/27/14 - Gardyloo!

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Contrary to popular belief, the colorful expression gardyloo does not mean "protect the bathroom". Rather, it is an exclamatory warning alerting passers-by to dirty water (or worse) about to be dropped from a window above.
  • 8/26/14 - blarney

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    1. The ability to cajole, to flatter eloquently with a silver tongue. 2. Nonsense, poppy-cock; foolish, misleading talk.
  • 8/25/14 - lease

    24 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    1. [Noun] A contract for the use of property for a specified period of time in exchange for a specified amount of money. 2. [Verb] To allow someone the use of a property under a lease agreement (as in 1.) 3. To gain the use of a property from someone under a lease agreement.
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    Fritinancy

  • Name in the News: Charlottes Web

    Nancy Friedman
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    This “Charlotte’s Web” isn’t the beloved children’s book by E.B. White. But it does have a connection to childhood. Some background first: The five Stanley brothers of Wray, Colorado, grow medicinal marijuana in greenhouses and—now that medical and recreational cannabis are legal in Colorado—outdoors. Federal law prohibits them from shipping their product across state lines. But they’re hoping to circumvent that ban through what reporter Dave Phillips, writing in the New York Timeslast week, calls “a simple semantic swap: They now call their crop industrial hemp, based on…
  • Heroes Everywhere

    Nancy Friedman
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The heroic drumroll continues in the world of commerce! Some recent sightings: Delivery Hero, a Berlin-based food-delivery service that operates in 23 countries, was in the news earlier this month when it announced its acquisition of German rival Pizza.de. Delivery Hero was founded in 2011. “Our Hero, Our Values.” Image from DeliveryHero.com. All web content is in English. Last week San Francisco-based ModCloth (“democratizing fashion one indie, vintage, and retro-inspired style at a time!”1) became the first retailer to sign the Heroes [sic] Pledge for Advertisers, a promise not to…
  • Word of the Week: Snowden Effect

    Nancy Friedman
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am
    Snowden effect: “The increased awareness of the extent and scope of illegal or excessive surveillance in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations; the increased desire to be protected from such surveillance.” (Source: Word Spy.) Paul McFedries of Word Spy traces the origin of “Snowden effect” to the title of a June 10, 2013, article in Esquire by Charles P. Pierce. Pierce wrote: It seems as though the surveillance stepped up in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing. I don’t recall anyone warning about that in the immediate aftermath. If you want to see what effect, if any,…
  • Name in the Wild: Tria

    Nancy Friedman
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    I was making a beeline through Bloomingdale’s in San Francisco, short-cutting through the store to get to Market Street, when a brand name stopped me in my tracks. Not just any brand name: a name I’m proud to claim as one of my very own. Tria hair removal laser 4X at Bloomingdale’s. In the more than seven years since I worked with Tria’s creators (a company then called SpectraGenics, later renamed Tria Beauty) on the naming project, the brand has flourished. The company originally produced a single device, the first clinically proven laser hair-removal device for home use. It was sold…
  • Reflexive Fun

    Nancy Friedman
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    Two news-to-me items: 1. Toyota Europe has sold a “city car,” the Aygo, since 2005. The name is pronounced EYE-go, and it’s meant to express “freedom and mobility”—as in “I go.” 2. For this year’s “new generation” Aygo, Toyota wants you to “Go Fun Yourself.” (Hat tip: Dan Clayton in Essex, UK.) British ad via RRG Group.Campaign by Saatchi & Saatchi London. It’s a double whammy, folks! Numero uno, another candidate in the Near-Profanity Sweepstakes, F-word division. It’s a category already overpopulated with entries like Fresh ’n’ Easy’s “It’s about…
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  • Firgun.

    languagehat
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Haaretz has a “Word of the Day” feature, and Shoshana Kordova writes about “Firgun: The art of tooting someone else’s horn”: You tell your friend how much she deserves the prize she just won – and you really mean it. Or perhaps your coworker comes up with such a great idea that you can’t stop going on about how much you like it. … What you’re engaged in is firgun – a vicarious, ungrudging joy for someone else or pride in another person’s accomplishments. The concept doesn’t have an exact one-word translation in English. “It describes a…
  • Suddenly Popular.

    languagehat
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:54 pm
    An xkcd of obvious linguistic relevance; since you’ll wonder: lahar. Don’t miss the mouseover text, and just to get it out of the way: I, for one, welcome our new God-Empress overlord. (Hat tip to John Cowan for sending me the link.)
  • Nixes Nicettes, Nice Nicors.

    languagehat
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    The always enticing wood s lot sent me to Apollinaire’s “Automne malade” (here‘s a pretty good translation by John Hayes — I didn’t like the one at the s lot), and I was struck not only by Apollinaire’s lush sonic landscape but by a line with two words that I didn’t understand and weren’t in any of my French-English dictionaries: “Sur les nixes nicettes aux cheveux verts et naines.” Fortunately, the Trésor de la langue française informatisé came to my rescue; it turns out that nixe is a water spirit, a neck, nicor, or nixie,…
  • A Bilingual Challenge.

    languagehat
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Earlier this year I posted about writers who publish in languages other than their own; John Cowan sent me a link to this piece by Francois Grosjean about writing a book in one of the two languages he’s fluent in: The actual writing process was far harder than I had imagined even though I write French without any problem and have lectured in that language for the last twenty years. I quickly realized that my writing style, very much influenced by my years of writing in English, simply had to become more French. I usually write short sentences with few clauses but written French requires…
  • Französisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch Online.

    languagehat
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:11 pm
    I was just informed (thanks, Valery!) that if I followed etymonline on Facebook I would know that “he posted today that Wartburg’s Französisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch is now available/searchable online.” I have now “liked” the FB page, and I pass on to you both the suggestion and the link — I presume there are other people than me out there who 1) are interested in French etymology and 2) didn’t already know.
 
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    Sinosplice » Life

  • Pronunciation Practice: the next Evolution

    John Pasden
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:15 pm
    I’m really exited to announce that AllSet Learning now has its own Online Store. After releasing several new products on Apple and Amazon’s platforms in recent years, I’ve discovered that those channels can sometimes be more than a little “challenging.” But those platforms don’t support all of AllSet Learning’s ambitions. Some of the things I want to do won’t be realized even in the next few years, but others can be broken down into simpler units that people can use right now to improve their Chinese. AllSet Learning clients have been benefiting…
  • Summer Nap in Jing’an Park

    John Pasden
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
    I couldn’t resist snapping this picture in Jing’an Park: It’s been an unusually short/cool summer in Shanghai. I guess that makes it easier to fall asleep in public with utter abandon? (But then, Chinese people are typically pretty good at that…)
  • Boring Small Talk is an Opportunity

    John Pasden
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:07 pm
    At AllSet Learning, I hear about a lot of different learner problems. One of the more common ones from intermediate learners is, “I just keep having the same boring conversations over and over again: where are you from, how long have you been in China, are you used to eating Chinese food, etc.” Learners tend to see these limited, unchallenging conversations as contributing to the intermediate plateau they are on. (Side note: not too long ago, these same learners were likely struggling to get Chinese people to talk to them in Chinese, so from that perspective, this problem is a…
  • Pip & Estella

    John Pasden
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Hypothetically speaking, in a rewritten Chinese version of Great Expectations which takes place in modern China, Estella’s name should definitely be . But what about Pip? Suggestions welcome! (His name in the typical Chinese translation is , which is horrible, and we’re certainly not using.) (I will neither confirm nor deny that this question is related to Mandarin Companion‘s next release, which may or may not be the first Level 2 book.)
  • Why You Won’t Learn Like a Child

    John Pasden
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:35 pm
    It’s not that you can’t learn like a child, it’s that you won’t. You’re not willing to. Not because you aren’t committed, or aren’t smart enough, but because you’re an adult with a little bit of self-respect. And you get frustrated. Have you ever hung out with a crazy friend who will go up to any stranger and say anything, seemingly without inhibitions? It’s awkward but also awe-inspiring, because it opens your eyes to how much your own inhibitions prevent you from doing and experiencing. This is sort of how I feel about my daughter as I…
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    Mr. Verb

  • Grad students take note ...

    4 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    Be sure to credit xkcd when you use this approach. (And check out the roll over.)
  • Attack of the homophones!

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Delightful story in the always delightful Wonkette about a guy who got fired for writing a blog post about homophones, because it sounded too ... icky.  It kind of sounded like another word, you might say.  Of course they had to use the tired old "cunning linguist" joke, but at least with a good graphic.I did guffaw a bit (but daintily) when I saw their picture of an illustration the firee used in his blog post:I mean, the very first one is a really bad example!  Tell me you don't look at it and say [rɛd] ~ [rijd].  And BTW, ant ~ aunt only works for some dialects.It's…
  • "Interested in regional and social differences in speech? We are too!"

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    Just got an email with that subject line for a study about how people identify speakers of different dialects:Our research team at the University of Wisconsin is recruiting subjects for research on how people perceive and identify dialects of languages people speak. If you’d like to participate, just visit this link, and you’ll hear speech samples and can answer questions about them, e.g. where the speakers are from and whether you think they have strong accents.  The survey will not work on a smartphone; please only use a laptop, desktop, or tablet.If you have any questions…
  • Wisconsin Englishes update ...

    25 Jun 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Word on the street is that Wisconsin Englishes will be on Wisconsin Public Radio in western Wisconsin tomorrow, on Spectrum West with Al Ross.And the Wisconsin Englishes Project website has been spiffed up a little ... various updates and a bunch of teaching materials, etc. You can check it out here.
  • More on the origins of Yiddish

    24 Jun 2014 | 6:25 am
    Following up on the last post here's the link to the second piece from Tablet about the origins of Yiddish, "The Mystery of the Origins of Yiddish Will Never Be Solved: How an academic field—marked by petty fighting, misguided ideological debates, and personal proximity to tragedy—doomed itself" by Batya Ungar-Sargon. It features first-person accounts from a set of central figures and is worth a read, though my sense is that the state of things is hardly as bleak as it's made out to be ...
 
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    Learn French with daily podcasts

  • 1978 – Real Life French: le blues

    contact@dailyfrenchpod.com (Dailyfrenchpod)
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Real life French Guide Welcome to your lesson of Real Life French. Each lesson we take a simple situation you may encounter in everyday life in France. Learn French now ! Listen to today’s lesson :~
  • 1977 – Le tube de Shakira (Shakira hit song)

    contact@dailyfrenchpod.com (Dailyfrenchpod)
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Learning Guide | PDF Transcript Un tube chanté par la pop star colombienne Shakira a été indirectement copié sur le travail … Learn French now ! Listen to today’s lesson :
  • 1976 – Alerte volcan (Volcano alert)

    contact@dailyfrenchpod.com (Dailyfrenchpod)
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Learning Guide | PDF Transcript Le risque d’éruption du volcan islandais Bardarbunga a augmenté, et présente des “signes de … Learn French now ! Listen to today’s lesson :
  • 1975 – Comme de la peau humaine (Human-like skin)

    contact@dailyfrenchpod.com (Dailyfrenchpod)
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Learning Guide | PDF Transcript Un système qui permet aux avions de “sentir” les dommages et blessures de la même façon que la … Learn French now ! Listen to today’s lesson :
  • 1974 – Le botox (Botox)

    contact@dailyfrenchpod.com (Dailyfrenchpod)
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Learning Guide | PDF Transcript Les injections de botox, particulièrement appréciées par ceux qui cherchent à avoir un visage sans ride… Learn French now ! Listen to today’s lesson :
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    Brave New Words

  • Illustrated “Untranslatable” Words

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I really liked these pictures of untranslatable words, but I do have to question the premise: if the words/concepts aren’t translatable, how can they be turned into illustrations? Drawing is a form of translation too, right?
  • Word Crimes

    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    By now, many of you will have seen Weird Al Yankovic’s music video “Word Crimes”, but I couldn’t help linking to it anyway. It’s way better than the original song it is parodying (I won’t give any publicity to the song and artist by naming them), and it’s a funny, tongue-in-cheek treat for word nerds.
  • Market Research

    16 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    You might be interested in this journal. Here’s the info I’ve received:Asymptote's Summer issue was launched this week. Our Latin American Feature includes heavyweights César Aira, Sergio Chejfec, Rául Zurita, and Cristina Perri Rossi alongside new and heretofore untranslated voices; there’s also:● an interview with Amit Chaudhuri on the Nobel winner Rabindranath Tagore● an excerpt from Violette Leduc’s now-uncensored 1954 novel, championed by Simone de Beauvoir● fiction by the 2013 European Union Prize for Literature Winner Faruk Šehić, accompanied by a video of the author…
  • Studying Children’s Literature

    11 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Children’s literature is, happily, a growing field of study (and a growing field for publication, including in translation). People often ask me where they can go to study the subject, so I’m pleased this helpful list now exists. It even includes my undergraduate course.
  • The Translator Writes Back

    7 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    In my last post, I mentioned scholar and Chinese-to-English translator Lucas Klein. Lucas told me about The Translator Writes Back, a new blog where translators can respond to reviews/reviewers. There isn’t yet too much action on this blog, but it looks promising and I hope more people contribute.
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    Free Language

  • Download Free Chewa (Chinyanja) Course with Audio and Text (from LiveLingua.com and US Peace Corps)

    travelinguist
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:37 am
    Free Chewa Language Course from the US Peace Corps The good folks at Live Lingua have put together and made available for free download online the Chewa Peace Corps Language Course. These free Chewa lessons are just one language among dozens of foreign languages and dialects for which the Peace Corps has developed free language educational materials. This free Chewa course was created by the US Peace Corps to provide fast and effective language training to volunteers heading to regions where the Chewa language is spoken. It includes the original Peace Corps Chewa audio lessons and associated…
  • Download Free Bulgarian Course with Audio and Text (from LiveLingua.com and US Peace Corps)

    travelinguist
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    Free Bulgarian Language Course from the US Peace Corps The good folks at Live Lingua have put together and made available for free download online the Bulgarian Peace Corps Language Course. These free Bulgarian lessons are just one language among dozens of foreign languages and dialects for which the Peace Corps has developed free language educational materials. This free Bulgarian course was created by the US Peace Corps to provide fast and effective language training to volunteers heading to regions where the Bulgarian language is spoken. It includes the original Peace Corps Bulgarian audio…
  • Memrise Merges Science, Fun and Community to Help Learn Bengali Online for Free (+ App)

    travelinguist
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:19 am
    Learn Bengali with 'Mems' that Create Vivid, Sensory Memories Memrise Bengali is a fun, community-oriented (i.e. 'social') and - gasp! - scientific way to learn Bengali online. The idea behind the interface is a merging of science, technology, methodology and community that helps increase your ability to effectively memorize and retain new information. Oh, and it's totally free! At least for the time being. Hopefully this will still be true when you read this article. They do offer a $10/month upgrade which gives you more in-depth reporting and customization of your learning experience (see…
  • Download Free Bengali Course with Audio and Text (from LiveLingua.com and US Peace Corps)

    travelinguist
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    Free Bengali Language Course from the US Peace Corps The good folks at Live Lingua have put together and made available for free download online the Bengali Peace Corps Language Course. These free Bengali lessons are just one language among dozens of foreign languages and dialects for which the Peace Corps has developed free language educational materials. This free Bengali course was created by the US Peace Corps to provide fast and effective language training to volunteers heading to regions where the Bengali language is spoken. It includes the original Peace Corps Bengali audio lessons and…
  • Download Free Bambara Course with Audio and Text (from LiveLingua.com and US Peace Corps)

    travelinguist
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:11 am
    Free Bambara Language Course from the US Peace Corps The good folks at Live Lingua have put together and made available for free download online the Bambara Peace Corps Language Course. These free Bambara lessons are just one language among dozens of foreign languages and dialects for which the Peace Corps has developed free language educational materials. This free Bambara course was created by the US Peace Corps to provide fast and effective language training to volunteers heading to regions where the Bambara language is spoken. It includes the original Peace Corps Bambara audio lessons and…
 
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    English, Jack

  • Antedating "determinative"

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:13 am
    The OED gives: b. Gram. determinative adjective, determinative pronoun, etc. (see quots.); determinative compound = tatpurusha n.1921   E. Sapir Lang. vi. 135   The words of the typical suffixing languages (Turkish, Eskimo, Nootka) are ‘determinative’ formations, each added element determining the form of the whole anew.1924   H. E. Palmer Gram. Spoken Eng. ii. 24   To group with the pronouns all determinative adjectives..shortening the term to determinatives.1933   L. Bloomfield Language xiv. 235   One…
  • Proscribing, narrowly

    7 Jul 2014 | 5:24 am
    Over at the NYT, Alexander Nazaryan has a rather strident article about "The fallacy of balanced literacy." Therein, he writes, "balanced literacy is an especially irresponsible approach, given that New York State has adopted the federal Common Core standards, which skew toward a narrowly proscribed list of texts, many of them nonfiction." [Now changed to narrowly prescribed.]These texts are prescribed. That is, they're imposed, not declared unacceptable or invalid. Nevertheless, the Google Books corpus suggests narrowly proscribed is a new and growing phrase. So, I'm curious: was this…
  • Thinking like a freak

    23 Jun 2014 | 6:48 am
    I listen to the Freakonomics Radio podcast from time to time, and back in May they aired an episode called "the three hardest words...," which, purportedly, were I don't know. The premise was that people hate to admit ignorance and so they hardly ever say, "I don't know."Except that in most corpus studies, the head-and-shoulders most common, number one, top-of-the-heap three-word string in English is I don't know (It's a three-word string, not four, since -n't is an inflectional suffix, not just a contraction as is taught in elementary schools, but that's another issue.) For instance, in the…
  • Audio and the OED

    16 May 2014 | 2:32 pm
    As I mentioned, Schwa Fire is now out, and I've been quite enjoying it. Arika Okrent (whose name I have inexplicably misread for years as Akira) has written an article called "Ghost voices" about preserving audio-tape recordings of our all-too-impermanent voices, dialects, and languages. As I was reading it, it occurred to me that the OED should include audio recordings of the quotations it uses. These should be in the dialect, and where possible the actual voice, of the original author.
  • Schwa Fire

    16 May 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Back in November, 2013, there was a proposal on Kickstarter for a new language magazine. I chipped in to sponsor it and ended up on the editorial panel as a result. The first issue is now out.Issue 1, Season 1May 16, 2014• Schwa FireThe golden age of language journalism begins now. In this inaugural issue, Arika Okrent tells the story of 5,700 hours of Yiddish recordings that were almost lost ("Ghost Voices"), and Russell Cobb writes about Americans' fondness for the Englishes we used to speak and what that fondness obscures ("The Way We Talked"). Michael Erard describes and defends…
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    Thoughts On Translation

  • Handling LinkedIn connection requests

    Corinne McKay
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    I often refer to LinkedIn as the most underused social media resource out there: most of us have a LinkedIn profile, but we just “set it and forget it,” rather than using the site’s more sophisticated capabilities. At the very least, LinkedIn is a great way to connect with people in your target industries, by […]
  • ProZ community choice awards

    Corinne McKay
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    This year’s ProZ community choice awards are open for voting, and I’m excited to have been nominated in a few categories. Last year Eve Bodeux and I won in the Best Podcast category for Speaking of Translation, and I won in the Best Blog Post category for Why do some freelance translators fail?. This year […]
  • New podcast: Beyond the basics of freelance marketing

    Corinne McKay
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Tess Whitty’s Marketing Tips for Translators podcast is a great resource for freelancers, and Tess recently interviewed me for an episode called Beyond the Basics of Freelance Marketing. We talked about how to market your translation services to higher-quality agencies and direct clients, how to make a financial plan for your freelance business, and about […]
  • Beyond the Basics of Freelancing: starts tomorrow!

    Corinne McKay
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    The next session of my online course for established freelancers, Beyond the Basics of Freelancing, starts tomorrow (August 20), and I have three spots open. This class is for freelancers who have established freelance businesses and want to focus on refining their specializations, marketing to higher-quality agencies and direct clients, and on earning more money […]
  • New Speaking of Translation podcast

    Corinne McKay
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    I’m back from vacation, and slowly easing back in to real life after a month-long break spent bicycling around the Dolomites in northern Italy (more to come about that!). Meanwhile,  my hardworking colleague Eve Bodeux recorded a great new episode of Speaking of Translation, in which she interviewed French to English technical translator Stephanie Strobel, […]
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    Global by Design

  • Managing language expectations when you can’t translate everything

    John Yunker
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    I don’t know of any large company that translates all of its content into all of its target languages. I won’t go into the many reasons for why this is — money being the major reason — but I will say that if this is an issue you struggle with you’re not alone. The key to […]
  • Buick: A Chinese success story

    John Yunker
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    I still look at the Buick brand as something for the post-60 demographic (though I must confess that demographic doesn’t feel quite so old anymore). It’s an image Buick has been working to change for years. But the beauty of globalization is that Buick doesn’t carry this sort of generational baggage in other countries. Like China. The Chinese apparently love […]
  • GoDaddy’s expanding global gateway

    John Yunker
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    You can tell a lot about a company simply by keeping an eye on its global gateway. Here is the GoDaddy global gateway menu in March, 2014: And here it is today: From 21 locales to 42 locales in a few months.
  • Gmail leads the global (as in non-Latin) email race

    John Yunker
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:50 am
    It’s official. Gmail supports (to a degree) non-Latin email addresses. That is, you can receive an email from someone with a non-Latin email address, as well as send an email to such an address. You cannot (yet) setup a Google email account with a non-Latin address, though this is coming. As well as support across […]
  • Adobe and Google release open source CJK font family

    John Yunker
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    This is the result of a massive investment of resources and expertise — and I’m excited they’ve made it open source. From Adobe: Source Han Sans, available in seven weights, is a typeface family which provides full support for Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese, all in one font. It also includes Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic […]
 
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    Gilbane.com

  • Web Applications on Mobile: current state and roadmap

    Frank Gilbane
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:49 am
    The W3C has published the July 2014 edition of Standards for Web Applications on Mobile, an overview of the various technologies developed in W3C that increase the capabilities of Web applications, and how they apply more specifically to the mobile context. A deliverable of the HTML5Apps project, this edition of the document includes changes and additions since April 2014, notably a new section covers the emerging field of integrated payments on the Web, following recent work started by W3C in this space. Learn more about the Web and Mobile Interest Group (WebMob). If you think you have…
  • Gilbane Conference schedule – sneak peek

    Frank Gilbane
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    The full program will be published in a week or so, but the schedule is available now at http://gilbaneconference.com/2014/Schedule.  
  • Additional Gilbane Conference workshops posted

    Clea
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    We’ll be posting the complete program for this years’ Gilbane Conference over the next 2-3 weeks on the main conference website. The afternoon workshops are below. Workshop D. Adaptive Content Modeling for Omnichannel UX Speaker: Noz Urbina, Consultant and Founder, Urbina Consulting Thursday, December, 4: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Your users need you to come to this session, even if they don’t know it. Multi-channel, or “COPE (create once, publish everywhere)”, content is a bit of a holy grail. Our trade is discussing content being freed from the browser,…
  • First three Gilbane Conference workshops posted

    Clea
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:37 am
    We’ll be posting the complete program for this years’ Gilbane Conference over the next 4-5 weeks on the main conference website. The first three of the six planned workshops are below. Workshop A. Insiders Guide to Building Digital Marketing Technology Toolkit Speaker: Theresa Regli, Principal Analyst and Managing Partner, Real Story Group Thursday, December, 4: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Marketing practitioners multitask just about every minute of every day. There are ongoing email, web, mobile, and marketing strategies to organize, plan and execute. Each of these areas used…
  • Gilbane Conference speaker proposals – update

    Frank Gilbane
    21 May 2014 | 4:34 am
    Thank you all for the Gilbane Conference speaker proposals. We received a record number again this year. We are now busy evaluating, organizing, and mapping proposals to the topic areas our audience needs to hear the most about. If you have submitted a proposal you can expect to hear from us over the next 6-7 weeks. With over 300 submissions we’ll have to make some difficult choices and we will be contacting many of you for further discussion. Miss the deadline? For all of you who missed the deadline to submit proposals for this year’s conference, our policy is that we always…
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    Web-Translations » Blog Posts

  • Social Media – the Key to Export Success?

    Cassandra Oliver
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    Are you using social media to enhance the export success of your business? If your company exports to B2B customers overseas, and uses Social Media as part of your marketing strategy, then Egyptian academic Ziad Abdelmoety would like to hear from you: he is currently writing a thesis on the role and use of social media by UK companies in the export sector. This is obviously a hot topic of interest and the results have the potential to benefit UK businesses that need to engage the new forms of marketing communications in their export strategy. Ziad is an academic at Assuit University…
  • Domain name quiz – test your knowledge

    Guest Author
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:31 am
    If you’re planning on expanding your business internationally, purchasing a Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD - .de, .fr, etc.) could prove beneficial. Not only will a local domain give you a better chance of appearing in search results, but customers will trust your business more if it has the local domain name for their country at the end of the URL. With this in mind, it’s time to test your knowledge of ccTLDs. Now, at any pub quiz, the use of smart phones to sneakily find out an answer is often frowned upon but my local pub at university asks questions so difficult and so…
  • You’re Losing Customers if you’re not Using Social Media

    Cassandra Oliver
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:36 am
    If you could get your products, services and promotions in front of a wider audience for free, you would jump at the opportunity, so why aren’t you making the most of Social Media? People are already talking about brands, purchases they’ve made and experiences they’ve had online. If your business doesn’t have profiles, pages and content for them to engage with then you simply aren’t part of the conversation. If that doesn’t make you nervous, then it should! Customers ask for and give recommendations (as well as warnings!) on Social Media – whether…
  • 7 questions to ask a translation company before placing your order

    Cassandra Oliver
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    Customers buying translation are often doing so for the first time, so it’s easy to be taken in by disreputable providers who cut corners and don’t give the right advice. We don’t want anyone to get caught out by the cowboys, so here are some important questions you should ask before placing your work with any translation company: Does the price include proofreading? The best language service providers will include this in their pricing for most projects, as it’s a widely held belief that a translation that has not been proofread is not ready for publication.
  • Friday Infographic: 50 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Languages

    Cassandra Oliver
    8 Aug 2014 | 3:58 am
    The post Friday Infographic: 50 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Languages appeared first on Web-Translations.
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    A Woman Learning Thai... and some men too ;-)| Women Learn Thai

  • Jonas Anderson’s Tongue-twister: กวางขาวอยู่กลางเขา

    Cat & Hugh
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:55 am
    Jonas Anderson’s Tongue-twister: กวางขาวอยู่กลางเขา… Jonas Anderson’s new song, กวางขาวอยู่กลางเขา, is a hilarious hit. The lyrics tell a story about a western English teacher who falls in love with a Thai lass and asks her to check his Thai. And what Thai it is! The song is a mix of Thai2English.com. Lyrics and English translation: กวางขาวอยู่กลางเขา… Nice people are said to be kind hearted. Would you have a little time for me? Can I bother you with a request to…
  • Thai Language Thai Culture: Speaking Thai in Tenses

    Hugh Leong
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    Thai Language Thai Culture: Speaking Thai in Tenses… To avoid talking about the last shot I had just hit into the water on the 3rd hole last week I got to talking with my golfing partner, a former fellow English teacher, about something much more interesting than trying to find my ball, Thai grammar. I know, you’ve heard the frequent sayings of the not-so-well-informed foreign learner of Thai that “Thai has no grammar”, or “there are no tenses in Thai.” So we got to thinking, how accurate are these statements? I thought about all the English tenses we have (other languages…
  • Thai Bites Live Event: Road to Fluency

    Catherine Wentworth
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    Thai Bites Live Event: Road to Fluency… On the Sixth of August, Stuart Jay Raj from Jcademy, along with Arthit Juyaso (Duke Language School) and Mike Campbell (Glossika Language Training), will hold a Thai Bites Live Event at the Aloft Hotel, Sukhumvit Soi 11, Bangkok. Admission and drinks are free – reserve early as there are only 80 seats available. To reserve a seat: Jcademy Facebook Please click ‘attending’ via facebook. You will then be asked to re-confirm via email with the number of required reserved seats. Mail enquiries and bookings to info@jcademy.com. To…
  • 2014: The Sixth Google Translate Challenge

    Catherine Wentworth
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Google Translate, the challenge… Welcome to the SIXTH Google Translate Challenge! Apologies, I’m a day late getting this one launched. Tedious, I know, but I’ve been off my game for awhile. To recap… 2009: The First Google Translate Challenge I ran two sets of Thai phrases through Google Translate. I shared one list online and the other I kept to myself. 2010: The Second Google Translate Challenge Reran both sets of Thai phrases through Google Translate and created another set to keep to myself. 2011: The Third Google Translate Challenge Reran everything through Google…
 
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    Russian Language Blog

  • Visitors’ Impressions of Russia

    Maria
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:05 am
    Image by Stanley Wood on flickr.com If you have visited Russia, you have probably been asked by your Russian friends or by your family back home how you liked Russia. Some of the questions might have been Как теб/вам Росся? Тебе нрвится в Росси? Тебе понрвилось в Росси? I’ve come across interviews with expats living in Moscow, published by the Moscow supplement to Afisha magazine (Афша Грод).  It is quite insightful and amusing to read their opinions — what’s more, you can borrow some of the expressions they…
  • Comma Abuse in Russian

    Maria
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:06 am
    Commas raise many questions Image by Véronique Debord-Lazaro on flickr.com We are often so concentrated on the various skills involved in the mastery of a language that punctuation tends to fall by the wayside. In the absence of any other guidance, we rely on our own language in our writing, but that may sometimes prove wrong. I would like to point out several aspects of Russian punctuation concerning commas that are different from English and, possibly, other languages. Relying on their own language, people tend to get “comma-happy” and use commas more often than needed.
  • Obesity: It’s Not Just for Westerners

    Jenya
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Myself, fatified (courtesy of Fatify app) Recently I read an article in U.S. News about the most obese countries in the world. To my surprise, Russia ranked fourth. In fact, it was not a shock that the U.S. was number one, followed by China and then India; however, Russia was a shock. I remember when I was growing up there were times when we considered it a privilege to eat meat. My parents and grandparents can remember waiting in long lines for hours just to get a loaf of bread. The more I discovered about this topic, the more it made sense. A study conducted in 2012 by the Nutrition…
  • Intro to Russian comedy scene

    Maria
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:03 am
      Image by Jorge Gonzalez on flickr.com We have touched upon Russian humor in general, so I’m sure you may be curious to get acquainted with the Russian comedy scene. As any aspect of culture, it is too vast to be covered in one post. I will try to present overview of a few household names known to many people in Russia and in Russian-speaking environments around the world, but I will necessarily omit someone, so feel free to add to this post in the comments. The Russian comedy scene is fairly diverse. After all, Russian comedy in the 20th century has encompassed acts ranging…
  • How to “Google”, or Perform an Internet Search, in Russian Effectively

    Jenya
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:58 pm
      image by OTA Photos on flickr.com If you are trying to improve your Russian by searching for content in Russian online, you might be having a hard time finding what you are looking for. If you haven’t considered watching/reading Russian content online for improving your Russian, you definitely should. Immersion, immersion, and… immersion is one of the best ways to master any language! The key challenges to in the matter are 1. Using the right Russian words and 2. Having at least some knowledge about Russian search engines and major content aggregators. Today I will give you some…
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    Polish Language Blog

  • ALS ice bucket challenge? A little more about it in Polish

    Kasia
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    If you are on the social media (and probably 95 % of us are) you most likely heard about ALS bucket challenge. Almost all of social media pages have been deluged lately with videos and pictures of friends, family and random celebrities dumping buckets of ice-cold water over their heads. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (literally “wyzwanie wiadra lodu” ) began as a way to raise money and awareness for ALS research. It’s taking the entire nation by storm. The ALS challenge itself is an easy enough thing to do: If a friend takes the challenge, challenges you to do the same in a…
  • Shark week 2014 – my daughter’s favorite show this week!

    Kasia
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    What do you think I have been watching for the past week on the Discovery Channel? Shark week (tydzień rekinów) of course! Very informative, amazing, scary…and my daughters (although at times it probably wasn’t appropriate for 2 and 5 years old…) loved it too! They learned a lot and I have to say that I was amazed by some of the facts and different informations about sharks. This gave me an idea to write a quick post about the subject…Today let’s talk Polish about sharks (rekiny)! There are more than 465 known species of sharks (Istnieje ponad 465 znanych…
  • What is friendship? How can you describe friendship in Polish?

    Kasia
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:25 pm
    A good friend (dobry przyjaciel) might be someone who provides support (ktoś, kto zapewnia wsparcie) when times are tough, or someone you can rely on (ktoś, na kim możesz polegać) to celebrate a special moment with you. You might see them every day, once a year, or less. Or you might hardly see them, but keep in touch via telephone, email, or online. Image by EJP Photo on Flickr.com Friends (przyjaciele) might come and go, they might make you laugh and cry, but most importantly of all, they love you for who you are (kochają cię za to, kim jesteś). It doesn’t matter what a person…
  • Why are there chapels on the side of the Polish roads?

    Kasia
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    If you are ever going to travel in Poland, it won’t be long before you notice either a religious figure, cross, statue, or a building that resembles a little house or miniature chapel along the roadside. These small religious chapels or shrines are commonly called roadside or wayside shrines (przydrożne kapliczki). These shrines were often built at the expense of individuals, families and sometimes entire villages to publicly thank a saint or God for a benefit or blessing received (See Calendar of Feasts – Harvest Festival (Święto Plonów – Dożynki). In the case of smaller…
  • Unknown places in Poland worth visiting

    Kasia
    3 Aug 2014 | 3:21 pm
    There are some tourist attractions that can’t be missed: The Vatican in Rome, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Westminster Abbey in London, Kraków in Poland. These are the kinds of places friends and family expect travelers to go. But there are plenty of places to see that are under the radar; often known only by locals. Image by Beach650 on Flickr.com The Crooked Forest in Poland is a great place to visit. Although not really known by tourists, it is worth seeing. It is full of oddly-shaped trees that look like something really bad happened to them. It’s located outside Nowe Czarnkowo…
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    Ingls na Ponta da Lngua

  • A diferença entre BLAME e FAULT

    Denilso de Lima
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    As palavras (substantivos) blame e fault costumam, vez ou outra, confundir alguns estudantes de inglês. Isso por que as duas possuem o praticamente o mesmo significado: culpa. Portanto, como saber quando usar uma ou outra? Qual é a diferença entre blame e fault? Continue lendo para aprender! COLLOCATIONS No livro Combinando Palavras em Inglês – seja fluente em inglês aprendendo collocations, dou uma dica bem legal para quando você se depara com palavras que parecem ser iguais: “observe sempre as combinações de palavras usadas com cada palavra chave“. Ou seja, para…
  • Phrasal Verbs com Hang

    Denilso de Lima
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Os phrasal verbs com hang não são tantos assim em inglês, mas quando aparecem costumam dar uma certa de cabeça para que não está acostumado a eles. Nesta dica, você aprenderá alguns phrasals verbs com hang e o seus significados e usos mais comuns. Lembre-se que os phrasal verbs com hang abaixo podem ter outros significado em inglês. Portanto, tenha sempre em mente que em relação a esse assunto o melhor a fazer é aprender phrasal verbs em contexto e não por meio de listas infindáveis. Vá com calma! HANG AROUND » No inglês britânico pode ser também hang about ou hang…
  • O que significa Throwback Thursday?

    Denilso de Lima
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am
    Você já ouviu falar nesse tal de Throwback Thursday? Se ouviu ficou sem entender do que se trata? Se nunca ouviu está curioso para saber o que é? Então, continue lendo esta dica para aprender o que significa Throwback Thursday. A palavra throwback tem o sentido de retrocesso, regresso, revisita (ao passado), retorno (ao passado). Enfim, de modo simples throwback passa a ideia de uma volta ao passado, um retorno às origens. Veja os exemplos: a throwback to the feudalism of the Middle Ages (um retrocesso ao feudalismo da Idade Medieval) This idea is a throwback to more ancient forms of…
  • Quando Usar Whatsoever?

    Denilso de Lima
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    A palavra whatsoever costuma aparecer vez ou outra em texto e deixa muita gente perplexa. Afinal, o que significa e quando usar whatsoever? Nesta dica você aprenderá isso! Continue lendo! Significado Em frases negativas whatsoever pode ser interpretada como de modo algum, absolutamente. Já em outros casos poderá ser traduzida como qualquer coisa ou qualquer que seja. No entanto, saber o significado de whatsoever de modo isolado não é o bastante. O mais importante é saber como a palavra é usada. Uso Whatsoever é costuma ser usada para enfatizar uma sentença negativa. Trata-se também…
  • Quando usar WOULD e USED TO?

    Denilso de Lima
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Em inglês, as palavras WOULD e USED TO podem ser usadas para fazer referência a ações no passado. Em alguns momentos, podemos usar uma ou outra sem problemas. Mas, há situações em que você só pode usar uma delas. Curiosamente, a escolha não envolve uma questão de regra gramatical. Portanto, leia a dica e aprenda quando usar WOULD e USED TO. Would e Used To Ao se referir a ações rotineiras no passado você poderá usar tanto would quanto used to. Para deixar tudo mais claro, anote aí que uma ação rotineira pode ser qualquer coisa que a pessoa fazia no passado, tratava-se…
 
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  • Which Came First, the Word or the Gesture?

    Blair
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:54 pm
    I got a good laugh out of this cartoon on Alex Baker's Cake or Death cartoon file. And it fits in with this post's point: gestures have their limits. Susan Goldin-Meadow is a hero on this blog because her work is both serious and original. It fills a gap in our understanding. In 2008 she presented a report on gesture that has stayed with me. It made clear that gestures are a natural way of illustrating what is not included in a grammatical structure. For example, a person might say, "The plane ride was very…" and then illustrate the ride by moving the hand horizontally while simultaneously…
  • How Can You Recognize Language?

    Blair
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Coach signals a play. Is that language or something else? This is a blog about the origins of speech, but what began? How can we tell it when we see it? Parents usually say their children have started talking when they have a couple of words. Linguists tend to look for some hint of grammar. Some experts look for a favorite generative procedure. So there is room for argument even before we come up with a single fact about the beginnings. I have always taken a functional approach. When I started this blog I could not have said precisely what I was looking for, but now I know what I want. I call…
  • Blogger Interviewed

    Blair
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    The Grammarist is an entertaining blog on all things language-related. I have enjoyed their posts on word usage and spelling. Spelling! Can you believe that. It has always been my weakest suit, but they cover it well. They surprised me recently by emerging from the aether to interview me. The curious can check out the results right here.
  • Forget Communication; Study Cognition

    Blair
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Leonard Talmy is an interesting fellow who has spent the past several decades exploring the way languages express thoughts. Can we have thoughts that we cannot express verbally? Many poets spend their lives trying to express the inexpressible. We know too that there are many ideas which can be expressed mathematically, but not verbally. How about the reverse; are there things we can think in words but not in other ways? For instance, language allows us to think it terms of what grammarians call mood. Talmy calls this a topic's "reality status." That's something not included in mathematical…
  • I’m Tired of Chomsky (Part III)

    Blair
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Kant combined Aristotle's dependence on the senses with a few Platonic prejudices.  In two previous posts I summarized Chomsky's theory of language (Part I) and an alternative theory (Part II). In this final section I wrap up. So … Besides having the experimental evidence on its side, the alternate theory is more in keeping with what we have learned from natural history and its evolutionary backbone. It seems impossibly naïve to rely on a single mutation to account for human uniqueness. Mutations occur all the time and are part of every generation. If a single mutation was all it took to…
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  • Language and words in the news – 29th August, 2014

    Liz Potter
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    This post contains a selection of links related to language and words in the news. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English, language change, education in general, and language learning and teaching in particular. Feel free to contact us if you would like to submit a link […] [This is a content excerpt only. Visit our blog for the full post].
  • Language tip of the week: attend

    Liz Potter
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 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, etc. This week’s language tip helps with using the patterns that follow the verb attend. When attend means... [This is a content excerpt only. Visit our blog for the full post].
  • Life skills tip of the week: ways of saying goodbye

    Liz Potter
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Learning about pragmatics and how to express yourself successfully is a useful life skill, said Michael Rundell in January when he introduced the new pragmatics series on Macmillan Dictionary. The series is part of the Macmillan Life Skills campaign, offering free resources for English language students and teachers each month. As part of the... [This is a content excerpt only. Visit our blog for the full post].
  • Word roots and routes: village, town, city

    Jonathan Marks
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Next in a series of posts exploring some of the ‘roots’ and ‘routes’ of English vocabulary. The word village is related to villa, which was originally a country dwelling with a farm and/or other surrounding houses, although it later became applied to an individual large, elegant residence with extensive grounds. Another word related to village... [This is a content excerpt only. Visit our blog for the full post].
  • Language and words in the news – 22nd August, 2014

    Liz Potter
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    This post contains a selection of links related to language and words in the news. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English, language change, education in general, and language learning and teaching in particular. Feel free to contact us if you would like to submit a link […] [This is a content excerpt only. Visit our blog for the full post].
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    Pimsleur Approach Blog

  • Documentary to Drama, Romance to Comedy: 7 Influential Foreign Films from Cannes Film Festival

    Laura Mundow
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    Image Credit: @ Think Stock dot com The Cannes film festival may be held at the start of summer now, but the inaugural festival was actually held on September 20, 1946. After a diet of throwaway blockbusters this summer, and with the days beginning to blend into night earlier, it’s the perfect time to curl up with some of the best movies Cannes has seen over the years. From French to Italian to Japanese language movies, and from documentary to romance to action, this selection of Palme d’Or (Golden Palm) winners has something for everyone. Pass the popcorn! 1. Le Monde du Silence: French…
  • Perfecting the Art of Language Learning: A Story Told by Pimsleur’s Customer of the Month

    Pimsleur Approach
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    By Cian O Siochain | www.world-words.com Image Credit: @ Think Stock dot com “Mens sana in corpore sano,” a Latin phrase meaning “a healthy mind in a healthy body” is an ancient phrase but could easily be the motto of Dave Wheaton, Pimsleur’s Customer of the Month. Dave, along with his wife Melodee Meyer, runs a martial arts school and associated businesses. A healthy body? Check! As a satisfied user of the Pimsleur Approach, Dave is also exercising his mental muscles and maintaining a healthy mind. So why did Dave start using the Pimsleur Approach to learning a language? Like so…
  • August Chatterbox: The Launch of HuffPost Arabi, Why It’s Never Too Late to Learn A New Language + More!

    Pimsleur Approach
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Image Credit: @ Think Stock dot com Welcome to this month’s Chatterbox! We have all the important language-learning news, scientific developments and advice, as well as a blog we know you’ll love. Enjoy this month’s Chatterbox – and feel free to pitch in with your suggestions for next month! The Science of Language We’ve all heard the saying: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” But this might not help you when it comes to learning languages. A new study from MIT shows that trying harder can actually make some aspects of learning a new language more…
  • Can’t Miss! Europe’s Top 10 Music Festivals

    Pimsleur Approach
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    Image Credit: @ Think Stock dot com The European continent has some of the best music festivals in the world. They’re so popular that many of them are sold out months before summer. Here is our guide to the very best festivals and what they each have to offer to make your next vacation unforgettable. Exit Festival, Serbia An institution among European festivals, Exit is a unique experience. Growing year after year, Exit brings people to the historic town of Novi Sad, with everything provided in terms of travel and accommodation. Exit offers some of the best in music and culture. The event…
  • 10 Vital Travel Apps for Your Next Global Adventure

    Will Noble
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:51 am
    Image Credit: @ Think Stock dot com Traveling the world introduces you to all kinds of new experiences. While many of them are sure to be wonderful, others will be confusing and challenging. Fortunately, combating culture shock has never been simpler, thanks to the many travel apps on hand to help you with just about anything. Here, we hone in on 10 that are indispensable. 1. Skyscanner Usually if you’re going away, you book your flights in advance from the comfort of your own home. If, however, you’re country-hopping over a series of months with no hard-and-fast plans, the…
 
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    PhraseMix.com Blog

  • How to remember phrasal verbs without mixing them up

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    You have to learn phrasal verbs if you want to sound natural in English. English speakers use phrasal verbs all the time. They give our language color and life. How have you learned phrasal verbs in the past? Most English learners study phrasal verbs in lists grouped by verb like these: go out with (someone) go around (doing something) go for (something) go on about (something) This approach has a problem, though: it's easy to forget which words at the end (which we call 'particles'*) to use. It's easy to get them mixed up later when you try to remember which phrasal verb to use. I'd like to…
  • My crazy challenge for you: become a YouTube star!

    12 Aug 2014 | 4:06 am
    If you already have plenty of English-speaking friends or colleagues, you can skip this advice. Just go talk to them and make sure to keep doing it each day. But if your big problem is that you don't have anyone to use English with, I have a solution for you. A way to find people to speak English with I'd like you to make a video of yourself speaking English and put it up on the Internet. The reason for doing this is to make contact with English speakers, both native speakers and other learners like you. If you create something interesting, people will find it. Then maybe they will…
  • 41 unique ways to practice listening to English

    13 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    Our PhraseMix Premium service gives you a super-easy way to improve your English by listening to key example sentences. But there are lots of other ways to practice listening to English, if you're willing to put in the time and effort. We've pulled together a big list of 41 interesting ways that you can improve your listening skill. Tweet This Idea! Get hooked on an English TV show. Find an English-language drama or comedy that seems interesting, and start watching it from the beginning. Follow the storylines and get to know all the characters. Not sure what to watch? Here's a list of some of…
  • Another interview: ALsensei from the English 2.0 podcast

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:59 am
    ALsensei from alsensei.com interviewed me recently for his English 2.0 podcast. We talked about the most common questions English learners ask, my ideas for how to learn English faster, and tips for being productive. Check out the interview here: English 2.0 Teacher Interview 5 - Aaron from PhraseMix
  • A cool trick for memorizing sentences

    2 Nov 2013 | 6:34 pm
    Someone recently told me about a cool trick for memorizing things.  I wish I could remember who told me about the trick, and where they got it from. But I looked the trick up online and found an article about it from QuickAndDirtyTips.com. Imagine that you're trying to memorize a PhraseMix sentence (which I strongly recommend that you do). The normal way to memorize the sentence would be to repeat the full thing, again and again, from the beginning. So try that now. Read this sentence out loud to yourself five times: “I'd just like to say, on behalf of everyone here, good luck in…
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  • Middle East Languages and Locales: Essential Facts

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Although the Middle East remains an economically, politically, culturally, and religiously sensitive region, due largely to the implications of the Arab Spring in 2011, the potential for growth and gains in the region is becoming stronger.   Middle East GDP growth is projected at 3.6% for 2014 and 4.2% for 2015. Gulf Cooperation Council countries have combined assets in Sovereign Wealth Funds estimated at $2.25 trillion ($975 billion held by UAE and 680 billion held by Saudi Arabia) Population of the Middle East is expected to rise by 17.3% between 2014 and 2024. Qatar's GDP per capita…
  • 3 Reasons to attend the upcoming Sitecore Symposium

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Sitecore Symposium in Las Vegas will be held September 8th - 10th at the Aria Resort. Sitecore refers to its product as the leading customer experience software. I would say after attending a number of content management related conferences this year that 2014 is the year of the customer. 2013 ended with 'Content' as the keyword, but soon the buzz word became the 'Customer', with 'content' still close behind. Sitecore has a very good reason to refer to their product as customer experience software as it is much more than a content management system. Sitecore has made quite an effort…
  • Content Marketing World 2014

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Conference in General Content Marketing World is billed as the largest content marketing event on the planet. This year it will be held at the Cleveland Convention Center - Cleveland, Ohio, United States. DATE: September 8-11, 2014 PLACE: Cleveland Convention Center, Cleveland, Ohio, United States SESSIONS: Over 80 IN 2013: Over 1,700 marketers from 46 countries attended KEYNOTES AND SPEAKERS There is an exciting line up of keynotes and speakers including Award-winning Actor and Producer Kevin Spacey. Other speakers include:   Kevin Spacey Award-winning Actor and Producer Julie…
  • Certified Translation Agency Ektron Partner - GPI

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Globalization Partners International (GPI) is a certified Ektron technology and implementation partner. GPI has been an Ektron partner for over 7 years with certified developers on staff to support clients and interactive agency partners who need assistance with the Ektron CMS' multilingual capabilities. GPI provides consultation on content management system best practices for proper multi-language design, development and deployment. This in-house expertise is unusual for a localization vendor. We have found that many interactive agencies know quite well how to develop English language sites…
  • Top Tips for Translating Hotel Websites into Arabic

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In a previous blog, we had outlined the Arabic Translation Best Practices for Hotels - related printed materials like menus and brochures into Arabic. This blog serves as a continuation and discusses the top tips for translating hotels websites. The website is the online gateway to your property, and it is where travelers can find the information they want in their native language. A well-translated website can encourage online sales. Therefore, high-quality translation services are a real necessity for translating your website to avoid miscommunications and to keep the following into…
 
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    Lexiophiles

  • Hidden Prejudices: How Stereotypes Have Influenced The Language

    Francesca
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    Being in contact with other countries, you soon realize how much prejudices and stereotypes about other cultures have influenced languages, adding colorful expressions and idioms which sometimes date back to centuries ago. They might be due to geographical nearness, immigration dynamics, or cultural differences. And sometimes these prejudices are even mutual! Here we tried to collect some common idioms from different languages related to nationalities.   IT’S ALL ABOUT MONEY To go Dutch (English): it indicates that each person participating in a group activity pays for themselves or…
  • Pregiudizi nascosti: come gli stereotipi hanno influenzato la lingua

    Francesca
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Venendo in contatto con altri paesi, vi accorgerete presto di quanto i pregiudizi e gli stereotipi sulle altre culture hanno influenzato le lingue, aggiungendo espressioni colorite e modi di dire che a volte risalgono a secoli fa. Essi dovuti a volte dalla vicinanza geografica,dalle dinamiche di immigrazione, o dalle differenze culturali. E a volte questi pregiudizi sono persino reciproci! Qui abbiamo cercato di raccogliere alcune espressioni idiomatiche comuni che hanno a che fare con varie nazionalità. É TUTTA QUESTIONE SOLDI To go Dutch: indica che ogni persona che partecipa in…
  • Reykjavik Stopover: A Short Stay in the Northernmost Capital

    Ibolya
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    Let’s say you’re flying from Europe to America and decide to have a short layover in Iceland, this beautiful and remote place in middle of the Atlantic Ocean. With its stunning landscapes and various cultural events, the country gives us endless possibilities to kill time. Here are some tips what to do to make the most of your short stopover: Grab a scoop of ice-cream while sightseeing: Icelanders are known for eating ice-cream all the time, regardless of the weather conditions. It’s time to follow this tradition and walk around the city’s most famous landmarks -  Tjörnin, Harpa,…
  • Reykjavik Stopover: hogyan üsd el az időt a világ legészakibb fővárosában

    Ibolya
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Tegyük fel, hogy úton vagy Európából Amerikába, és úgy döntesz, hogy eltöltesz egy kis időt Izlandon, ezen a csodálatos, távoli szigeten az Atlanti-óceán közepén. A csodálatos tájaknak és sokféle kulturális programnak köszönhetően egy percig sem fogsz unatkozni. Itt olvashatsz egy pár tippet arra, hogyan hozd ki a legtöbbet az idődből:   Nézz várost egy tölcsér fagyi társaságában: az izlandiak számára a fagyievés mindig jó ötletnek tűnik, akár esik, akár fúj. Itt az ideje, hogy kövessük a példájukat, és a város nevezetességeinek –…
  • Movie Review – Oldboy (2003): A Korean Take on a Greek Tragedy

    Dimitra
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Director: Park Chan-wook Cast: Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Kang Hye-jung Language: Korean Since I am not doing a review on a Greek film, this is the closest I could get! Park Chan-wook drew inspiration from the Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex for his 2003 film, Oldboy, and if you’re thinking artsy and intellectual, you couldn’t be more wrong. Oldboy is a fast paced revenge thriller that will blow your mind with its relentlessly choreographed violence, a complex storyline of betrayal and thirst for revenge and retribution, as well as one of the best scores of our time. At the beginning of the…
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  • Noche Oscura en Lima - Chapter 24

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    A las seis de la mañana siguiente Henry Grant y Carlota Torres se hallaban sentados en un aeroplano. A corta distancia de ellos estaban Juan Salinas y Tomás Cano, quienes habían venido a la estación para despedir a su amigo. Tomás parecía muy triste. Hubiera dado la mitad de su vida por acompañar a aquellos dos. --¡Pobre Tomás! --dijo Carlota. Y poco después añadió: --Cuando pienso en lo que dirán mis padres, mis tios y mis primos. . . casi, casi estoy…
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       Medical Translation Insight

  • Primer: Linguistic validation

    ForeignExchange Translations
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    Increasingly, large-scale clinical trial programs are conducted in non-English countries, and the need to translate and adapt clinical trial documentation for use in other than the source language continues to rise in demand. A key methodology for the evaluation of therapies is the randomized controlled trial. These clinical trials traditionally relied on relatively objective clinical outcome
  • 5 great resources for medical translation research

    ForeignExchange Translations
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    Researching medical terminology is a big and important part of every medical translator's professional life. There are hundreds of resources for medical translators online - for different language pairs and different areas of specialization. Karen Sexton compiled five especially useful tools on her blog. Here is how she selected them:Medilexicon: This dictionary also features in my dictionaries
  • 25th Life Sciences roundtable at Localization World

    ForeignExchange Translations
    5 Jun 2014 | 11:51 am
    The 25th edition of Localization World kicked off in Dublin on Tuesday with the Life Science roundtable. With 24 attendees, this was one of the largest roundtables to-date. A number of topics were discussed ranging from the new trends towards content "digitalization" and what it means to medical translation suppliers. As in the past, there were a number of sessions on technology. The panel on
  • Translation 101: Developing Product Documentation with the World in mind

    FxConferences
    3 Jun 2014 | 9:56 am
    Thursday June 12th, 20148:30am Breakfast and Networking9:00am – 11:00am Presentation and Discussion Translation is an arcane discipline, where state-of-the-art technology comes together with a very human process. Done well, medical translations can save lives by getting products to market faster with the vital information needed for safe, correct use. But it can be expensive and time-consuming,
  • 30% discount for MemoQ Translator Pro - hurry!

    ForeignExchange Translations
    26 Feb 2014 | 12:28 pm
    After using MemoQ server for the past several years, ForeignExchange is now using MemoQ as the primary CAT tool on all translation projects. This decision came out of a comprehensive review of our tools strategy. As part of this review, we compared several CAT tools on usability, TM compatibility, level of support, QA features, TM server technology and pricing. Based on these criteria, we found
 
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    JLPT Boot Camp - The Ultimate Study Guide to passing the Japanese Language Proficiency Test

  • July 2014 JLPT Results

    Clayton MacKnight
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    Well, the results are in.  And I am a little embarrassed to say that I failed it, which I kind of expected.  What I didn’t expect was an absolute pounding.  This was my worst score yet on the test.  Even when I took it for the first time and hadn’t really started preparing for it at all, I did better than I did this last round.  And I am a bit perplexed as to why. I could chart it up to simply not being on my game that day or just getting a bunch of topics that I was not really all the familiar with for whatever reason, but I actually didn’t feel that bad about the…
  • JLPT BC 143 | More Fun More Reading

    Clayton MacKnight
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    I’ve recently been really mixing up my studying to try to do some more things. I can never seem to keep my motivation up for passing the test between these lulls in action of between taking the test and getting the results back. So, I’ve turned to doing a lot more fun and interesting studying instead of day after day of drilling. For instance, I’ve started back playing Chrono Trigger (the Japanese version) as well as some other games in Japanese on my ride home. The main reason for this is I’ve been struggling to try to study after a long day of teaching and I…
  • JLPT N5 Grammar: Using tachi, gata, chuu, juu, kudasai and kudasaimasenka

    Clayton MacKnight
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    This month, we are going to be learning about how to talk about groups of people or animals in Japanese, using tachi and gata. We will also be going over a useful time expression that means ‘throughout’ or ‘all through the’, chuu. And finally we will be making some casual and very polite requests with kudasai and kudasaimasenka. I go over the more common uses in the video below: For more 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…
  • JLPT BC 142 | Convenience in Japan

    Clayton MacKnight
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    My wife and I had just arrived in Paris for our honeymoon. Due to our flight being delayed, we were about 2 hours later than we originally planned. We were both fairly hungry, but it being a strange place we weren’t familiar with, we couldn’t find a place to eat. My wife, exasperated, said “Aren’t there any convenience stores?” To which I replied, while holding back a chuckle, “No, this is Europe, this is France, there are no convenience stores.” Living in Japan, it is easy to assume that any developed country would have convenience stores on every…
  • JLPT Study Guide – Month 7

    Clayton MacKnight
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    This is a continuing series going over a sample JLPT study guide. If you are just joining the discussion, you might want to check out month 1, month 2, month 3, month 4, month 5 and month 6 before continuing. You may start to wonder at this point if learning a language is all about drilling and drilling some more. Well, no not really. Doing some limited drilling can help you focus on specific points and weaknesses that you need to fix in order to understand and use them well. It can be an efficient way to narrowly practice a few bits and pieces of the language that really need tweaking. But,…
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    Macmillan

  • Language and words in the news – 29th August, 2014

    Liz Potter
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    This post contains a selection of links related to language and words in the news. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English, language change, education in general, and language learning and teaching in particular. Feel free to contact us if you would like to submit a link for us to include, or just add a comment to the post, with the link(s) you’d like to share. Language change and slang Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes pulled from Aldi shelves over use of word ‘slut’ In Australia, the Aldi supermarket chain has…
  • Language tip of the week: attend

    Liz Potter
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 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, etc. This week’s language tip helps with using the patterns that follow the verb attend. When attend means ‘to be present at an event or activity’, it is not used with the prepositions to or at. It is simply followed by a direct object: ✗ You go to university, attend to classes, but learn nothing about the real world. ✓ You go to university,…
  • Life skills tip of the week: ways of saying goodbye

    Liz Potter
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Learning about pragmatics and how to express yourself successfully is a useful life skill, said Michael Rundell in January when he introduced the new pragmatics series on Macmillan Dictionary. The series is part of the Macmillan Life Skills campaign, offering free resources for English language students and teachers each month. As part of the series, we’ll bring more useful content and tips from the Macmillan Dictionary on expressing yourself. This week’s language tip helps with ways of saying goodbye: bye: the most common way of saying goodbye to a friend or someone you know…
  • Word roots and routes: village, town, city

    Jonathan Marks
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Next in a series of posts exploring some of the ‘roots’ and ‘routes’ of English vocabulary. The word village is related to villa, which was originally a country dwelling with a farm and/or other surrounding houses, although it later became applied to an individual large, elegant residence with extensive grounds. Another word related to village is villain, although in this case the connection is less obvious. A villain was originally an unsophisticated country-dweller; the negative connotations of the word developed to include the ideas of base instincts, unprincipled behaviour and,…
  • Language and words in the news – 22nd August, 2014

    Liz Potter
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    This post contains a selection of links related to language and words in the news. These can be items from the latest news, blog posts or interesting websites related to global English, language change, education in general, and language learning and teaching in particular. Feel free to contact us if you would like to submit a link for us to include, or just add a comment to the post, with the link(s) you’d like to share. Language change and slang Steven Pinker: 10 ‘grammar rules’ it’s OK to break (sometimes) Standards of usage are desirable in many arenas of…
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  • Music can bridge the income gap in education

    admin
    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.

    admin
    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

    admin
    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…
  • What does it take to keep a language alive?


    admin
    19 May 2014 | 10:00 am
    Minde, a Portuguese village of 3000 people, has its own language, Minderico. Minderico developed as a secret language of the textile merchants in the town of Minde. When I heard it, I couldn’t understand anything even though the language has Latin roots. Most of the residents of this village, which used to have a population of 7000 people, don’t speak the language. Vera Ferreira, and her team at CIDLeS (the Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation), are working on documenting the language and teaching it in schools to ensure that at least some members of the younger…
  • Upcoming presentations on language learning via music

    admin
    25 Feb 2014 | 11:37 am
    Next week will be a bonanza week for me in terms of presentations on learning languages via music and preserving endangered languages with songs and technology. If you’re in California, I’ll be in both Northern and Southern California presenting. Here they are in chronological order. Monday March 3, 2014 Lecture “The survival of the Judeo-Spanish language through music” (I will also screen the demo of the film “Saved by Language”.) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library 150 E San Fernando St, San Jose, CA 95112 Room: MLK225 12:30-1:20 pm   For more information about…
 
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    The Mezzofanti Guild

  • How To Improve Language Fluency When You’re At A High Level

    Donovan Nagel
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:22 am
    I finally got a chance this week to meet and hang out with one of the fantastic Arabic teachers from italki here in Cairo. I gave her a t-shirt (courtesy of italki) and she gave me some fresh dates from her farm near Assuit in Upper Egypt. This is why I love learning languages and travel – making new and interesting friends all around the world. Most of us eventually hit learning plateaus. These are times where we feel like we’re not learning much anymore. Learning stops feeling like a rapid ascent and no matter how much study we do it seems like we’re getting nowhere. When…
  • How Safe Do I Feel Doing Language Immersion In Egypt Now?

    Donovan Nagel
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    Leading up to my flight here I was getting the same reaction from almost everyone – is Egypt really safe for foreigners? Are you sure it’s wise to go there? I’m certainly no expert on Middle East politics but what I can do is tell you how I feel living here at the moment. First of all I don’t really feel any different now in 2014 than I did the first time I arrived here back in 2002. Let me say up front that Egypt is and always has been my favourite place to visit. The people here are some of the most hospitable and friendly that I’ve met anywhere in the world. I feel at home…
  • Arabic Immersion In Cairo – The Simplest Strategy To Improve Quickly

    Donovan Nagel
    2 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    G’day from sunny Cairo! After a much needed, relaxing 3 months up near the Italian alps I’ve finally made it back to Egypt (after too long!) at the end of the Eid. The last few weeks have been hectic for me as I’ve been dividing my time between improving my Russian (I had Russian friends visiting me for a month in Italy) and working on this new Arabic project that I’ve talked about so much lately. The truth is I’m behind on it and had hoped to have it ready by now but it’s going to take a little bit longer than planned unfortunately! In the few days I’ve been here in Cairo…
  • The Most Frank And Honest Review Of Rocket Languages Ever Written

    Donovan Nagel
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    Note: I occasionally use affiliate links in review posts like this one which help me to maintain and improve this site and the quality of the content I post. I only ever positively review and recommend products that I personally own or genuinely find useful and being honest is very important to me. There are language blogs out there solely concerned with profiteering and this is not one of them. If you’ve ever spent time searching online for language learning resources then there’s a good chance you’ve already stumbled upon Rocket Languages at some point. To describe it in…
  • 11 Random Things I Learned From My Incredible Experience Living In Russia

    Donovan Nagel
    20 Jun 2014 | 2:02 am
    Today I’m going to share a few fairly random but very interesting things with you that I learned during my language immersion stay in Russia. Looking over this small list now, nearly all of it is positive and I’m sure there’s so much more I could have added. Russia’s a beautiful country full of interesting, kind people who are far too misunderstood by the rest of the world in my opinion. Of all the places around the world I’ve lived in for language immersion it was one of the most rewarding I’ve ever had. If you’ve been to Russia or lived there then…
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    EVS Translations Blog

  • Cabriolet – Word of the day

    evs2
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:59 am
    A Cabriolet was originally a woman’s hat worn to provide protection (used 1757 in France), but quickly became the name of a horse-drawn carriage that provided some protection from the elements – a hood, or cabriolet, that could cover those sitting inside perhaps with a curtain to prevent the rain coming in. The first appearance […] The post Cabriolet – Word of the day appeared first on EVS Translations Blog. Related posts: Chimpanzee – Word of the day Anchovy – Word of the day Dunce – Word of the day
  • Landslide – Word of the day

    evs2
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:37 am
    A landslide occurs when a rocks and land are loosened from the underlying bedrock and move down a slope rapidly. In terms of damage and deaths, the landslide is often underrated. David Petley, a geographer, reported that over 32,000 people had been killed in seven years 2004 in 2,620 separate fatal landslides. The recent fatal […] The post Landslide – Word of the day appeared first on EVS Translations Blog. Related posts: Tuxedo – Word of the day Mercedes – Word of the day Jumbo – Word of the day
  • Avalanche – Word of the day

    evs2
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:02 pm
    An avalanche is a huge flow of snow which falls with increasing speed into the valley below. Naturally enough the first English experience of the avalanche was when travelling in Europe at the end of the 1700s – with early sightings being in Italy, France and Switzerland. It took a while for the spelling of […] The post Avalanche – Word of the day appeared first on EVS Translations Blog. Related posts: Bougainvillea – Word of the day Black Friday – Word of the day Autobiography – Word of the day
  • Jihad – Word of the day

    evs2
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:56 am
    The word jihad originates from the Arabic word meaning struggle. Its use in the English language relates entirely to the fight of Muslims against those who do not believe. This in underlined by the initial uses in English of the jihad. In the 1870s, the first references are published in military history about India in […] The post Jihad – Word of the day appeared first on EVS Translations Blog. Related posts: Jumbo – Word of the day Feng shui – Word of the day Intelligentsia – Word of the day
  • Anime – Word of the day

    evs2
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Anime is a word used in Japanese to refer to animation film, but whether the word derives from the English word animation or French term dessin animé is the source of some debate. Despite the word being used in Japan as a reference to any kind of animation, in the West it is understood to […] The post Anime – Word of the day appeared first on EVS Translations Blog. Related posts: Chimpanzee – Word of the day Chronic – Word of the day Cox apple – Word of the day
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    Speaking Latino

  • “Más… que…” Exaggerated Comparisons in Spanish: Sayings and Illustrations

    Diana Caballero
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:54 am
    My favorite types of Spanish sayings are the comparisons. Many comparison sayings, especially the ones that exaggerate, are hilarious. I am talking about the sayings that are constructed with Más (adjective) que (exaggerated reference). For example, más apretado que moño de vieja or “tighter than an old lady’s hair bun.” The creativity to come out with these Spanish sayings around the Spanish-speaking world is endless. There are hundreds of expressions… Read More >The post “Más… que…” Exaggerated Comparisons in Spanish: Sayings and Illustrations appeared first…
  • HUASO: The Chilean Cowboy Infographic

    Diana Caballero
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:07 am
    An infographic that highlights some of the characteristics of the Chilean Huaso. It includes the name origin and the “huaso” attire elements. Read More >The post HUASO: The Chilean Cowboy Infographic appeared first on Speaking Latino.
  • Survival Spanish Guide to Mexican Street Food

    Jared Romey
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:08 am
    What makes things complicated is that the names of many of the food either have another meaning, or sound like a word in English that really has nothing to do with them (false cognates). This guide is to help novice Mexican street foodies navigate through a market and order the food they want. Read More >The post Survival Spanish Guide to Mexican Street Food appeared first on Speaking Latino.
  • 11 Argentine Spanish Phrases With PEDO (Spanish for Fart)

    Diana Caballero
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:34 am
    Pedo is probably one of the most versatile words in Argentina. Pedo literally translates to “a fart,” but colloquially it also has the meaning of “a problem.” Here are some examples of Argentine slang phrases that use the word pedo. Read More >The post 11 Argentine Spanish Phrases With PEDO (Spanish for Fart) appeared first on Speaking Latino.
  • Football Phrases in Spanish: What is Your Favorite?

    Diana Caballero
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    The World Cup is about to end. This past month I had a great time watching many of the matches here in Miami and also in Spain, where we spent half of the World Cup. Listening to the commentators in Spanish was so much fun; the phrases they used, the energy they had, and how they integrated their conversations with each other in order to deliver an entertaining transmission to… Read More >The post Football Phrases in Spanish: What is Your Favorite? appeared first on Speaking Latino.
 
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    Translation Source

  • When English Isn’t Enough: the Growing Importance of Bilingual Staffing

    Camilo
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    English is the most widely studied second language worldwide; it’s the language of business, commerce and travel. Many companies, however, are discovering that to compete in today’s marketplace, English isn’t enough. With growing linguistic diversity in the U.S. and increased globalization of U.S. businesses, bilingual staffing has shifted from novelty to necessity, both at home and abroad. Bilingual Staffing at Home According to the latest U.S. Census over 60 million Americans speak a language other than English in their homes. In order to be competitive, especially in major metro…
  • E-learning Localization: How Storyline can help optimize your e-learning localization effort

    Camilo
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    E-learning localization becomes increasingly important as globalization pushes companies into uncharted territories and workers must be trained across linguistic and cultural barriers. The success or failure of an e-learning localization project hinges on the program chosen to get the job done. Articulate Storyline is the top e-learning program on the market. To help explain why Storyline is the program preferred by industry leaders such as Translation Source, take a look at 7 ways Storyline can help optimize your e-learning localization effort. 1. Intuitive Interface Storyline’s intuitive…
  • Localization and Dialects: How to Avoid Missteps in Translation

    Camilo
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    Careful localization of translation services is crucial to the success of an international product launch.  Companies like Nokia, Kraft, and Apple all learned this the hard way when their products hit the global market with a name was unintentionally vulgar in a specific dialect.  To help avoid embarrassing gaffes and ensure that your message is received as you intended, we’ve compiled a list of 6 important considerations for localization across dialects. 1. Go Beyond Translation A well-known case of translation gone awry is that of Uzbekistan Airlines. Their English language marketing…
  • Hispanic Market Translation: Fast Facts

    Camilo
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    The United States has the second largest Hispanic population in the world, after Mexico, and 1 in 6 U.S. residents are now of Hispanic descent.  Hispanics in the U.S. come from various countries of origin and the major unifying factor is the Spanish language. Many industries in the U.S. have a desire to connect to this growing market, making Hispanic Market translations more important than ever before. To help shed some light on the makeup, distribution, and presence of the U.S. Hispanic population, we’ve compiled a list of fast facts on the Hispanic market.   Distribution of the…
  • Multimedia Localization: How to and Helpful Hints

    Camilo
    4 Jun 2014 | 9:02 am
    From global promotional videos to an e-learning program for international training, localization is the key to effectively reaching a target audience. There are many factors that will determine how a multimedia localization project should be carried out and with numerous variables such as audio, video, timing, synchronization, and voice-over versus dubbing, the task can seem quite daunting. In order to help demystify this process, we’ve provided a list of how to localize your multimedia projects. Step 1: Transcription The first step in multimedia localization involves creating a written…
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    Blog at Fluent Language Tuition

  • What Language Teachers Think About Learning 15 Languages

    Kerstin Hammes
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    If you're on my mailing list you'll have heard from me a week ago ago to announce my appearance on Preston FM Radio. Since a few of you were unable to catch my interview and were asking for a podcast link, I'm very happy to say that the station manager has now uploaded our Chat City chat and you can listen here: In the interview, we mentioned "UCLAN", which is the university I went to - University of Central Lancashire in Preston.The host was actually a former language teacher himself, so we had a very interesting conversation. We discussed the question of whether it might be possible to…
  • How to Stop Worrying About your Language Talent [Infographic]

    Kerstin Hammes
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:38 am
    Today it occurred to me that we have not had an infographic on Fluent for a while, and I fancy sharing another good one with you. I do collect cool infographics related to language learning on my Pinterest boards, but every now and then it's cool to do a deep dive. Before I jump into the points I'll be making, I just want to point out that my views on aptitude, attitude and training are not accepted by all. Linguists do often maintain that some natural aptitude for language learning exists. In fact, the military has apparently even started testing for it. I am personally not in the camp of…
  • Speak More Language After the Weekend: Bank Holiday Deal

    Kerstin Hammes
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    Activity suggestion for a Bank Holiday with Fluent Guides Another week has finished, and we are approaching the end of summer. Here in Britain, this means the dawn of a Bank Holiday. Bank Holidays are Mondays that you can spend in bed, or out exploring, or cooped up in the hobby shed.If you're not British, you could of course try staying in bed all Sunday too!Imagine studying languages in bed all day. Imagine using the time effectively to get started with a new notebook. Cuddling up on the couch with a new book...Well. That can be done. From today to Monday, I'm holding a big sale on…
  • Should You Study Russian and German At University?

    Kerstin Hammes
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:03 am
    It has been one year since the last occasion of A-Level results coming out in the UK. If you're not familiar with the system in this country, here's a quick summary. A-Level exams are the school leaving exams that determine a student's future path at university. The courses are chosen by subject and after age 16 none are compulsory, so students choose whichever subject they feel most passionate about. Last year, my guest blogger Tom Pandolfino wrote a wonderful article about what it is like to be taking these super important exams. Today Tom's back to tell you what happened next.Russian…
  • How I Got Back Into Language Learning

    Angel Armstead
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Today our regular writer Angel Armstead is back - she's gone through a busy time and had to take a break from language learning. Busy being the key word - this lady is rocking so many projects! Like I have found myself, sometimes we need to cut to progress. Ouch. So how did Angel get back on the wagon? Always Good Intentions I started my language learning like most people with good intentions. I had good intentions of learning multiple languages and traveling to those countries and meeting the people. I could imagine myself speaking multiple languages and traveling to multiple destinations. I…
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    Spanish Obsessed

  • Intermediate 19: Cultural etiquette

    Rob
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    We talk about a few of the cultural norms in both England and South America, and how different they can be! Transcription for this podcast coming soon! The post Intermediate 19: Cultural etiquette appeared first on Spanish Obsessed.
  • Intermediate 18: 5 surprising things about Colombia

    Rob
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    Rob tells Liz about 5 surprising things he learnt when he was in Colombia. Transcription for this podcast coming soon! The post Intermediate 18: 5 surprising things about Colombia appeared first on Spanish Obsessed.
  • Advanced 18: Spanish in the USA

    Rob
    22 Jun 2014 | 3:53 am
    The majority of visitors to Spanish Obsessed come from the USA. We talk about the rise of Spanish in the States! However, we don’t have any first hand experience of this, so we would love to our American visitors’ (or anyone else with experience in this!) opinions on the rise of Spanish in the land of opportunity! Transcription ▼  Speaker Transcription Rob Rob: Hola Liz. ¿Qué más? Liz Hola Rob. ¿Cómo estás? Rob Perfecto – muy bien. ¿Y tú? ¿Qué más? Liz Muy bien. Aunque estoy un poco enferma los últimos días — alérgia a polen. Pero siempre con la buena…
  • Advanced 17: Colombia’s big weekend

    Rob
    22 Jun 2014 | 3:45 am
    Colombia just had a big weekend, with the co-incidence of its first world cup game and the second round of the general elections! Update - Colombia won both that game and the following, unfortunately England crashed out after its first two games... Notes for this podcast coming soon! The post Advanced 17: Colombia’s big weekend appeared first on Spanish Obsessed.
  • Spanish from Scratch 12

    Rob
    7 Jun 2014 | 5:49 am
    Use the adjectives we've learned to form superlatives - the biggest, the tallest, the most expensive, etc. Transcipt and notes available for this podcast. Send me the notes for this podcast! The post Spanish from Scratch 12 appeared first on Spanish Obsessed.
 
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    Learn Spanish My Way

  • Where Is the Help?

    Keith Walters
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    The very last thing to discuss about when to use the subjunctive in Spanish is the indefinite and non-existent. When you use a sentence describing something or someone out there who may or may not exist, you would use the subjunctive. When you are speaking about something that may or may not happen or the end time frame is "up in the air," you would use the subjunctive. These are all unknown factors and because they are undetermined, you must use the subjunctive.Here are some examples:Necesitamos un horno que funcione consistentemente.We need an oven that works consistently.Quiero que mi…
  • Expressing the Impersonal

    Keith Walters
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Expressing impersonal desires or judgments in Spanish will always use the subjunctive "mood." But what are these impersonal expressions or statements?Well, these are statements that must have a specific subject. They will still have two verbs and two subjects. Instead of two specific subjects, only the second verb will have a clear subject. The first subject is general and very generic in nature. It takes the form of "it." The expressions follow this construction:It is + [an adjective] + that + [second subject] + [the desire or judgement].Es + [un adjectivo] + que + [subjecto…
  • Getting Emotional

    Keith Walters
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Previously, I talked about wishes, desires, and dreams using the subjunctive "mood" in Spanish. If you haven't read that yet, please do so here.Describing emotions and feelings is another way to use the Spanish subjunctive. There are countless verbs out there to indicate any particular emotion you and others have. Some examples are temer (to fear or be afraid), esperar (to hope), alegrarse [de] (to be glad or happy), sentir (to be sorry, to regret), gustar (to like), enojar (to be angry), sorprender (to be surprised) and odiar (to hate). You can use impersonal emotional expressions too such…
  • Make a Wish

    Keith Walters
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    As I mentioned before, the subjunctive is not a tense, but rather a mood. It has its own tenses for present, imperfect (past) and future just like the indicative. Therefore, it is not a tense.One aspect for using the subjunctive is expressing wishes, desires, hopes, and dreams. You would not use the indicative because that is grounded in reality and certainty. Wishes and the like are part of the uncertain and unreal because they have not happened yet and there is a chance they will never happen. I by no means intend to be a buzz-kill, but where there are wishes, there is improbability -- thus…
  • Subjunctive in the Present

    Keith Walters
    20 Jun 2014 | 10:15 am
    I thought that before I get too far along with when and how to use the subjunctive, I would spend a little bit of time on how to form the subjunctive. I'll start with the present indicative tense.A great way to think of forming the Spanish subjunctive is imagine a place where right-side-up is up-side-down and right is left and up is down -- everything is the opposite. That's basically what you are doing with your subject endings.For verbs that end in -AR, you want to first conjugate the verb in first person (Yo form), then add the appropriate opposite ending for the subject you are…
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    Lingos Blog

  • Which language is most spoken as a second language around the world?

    Emma
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:16 am
    Many years after Queen Victoria completed the work started by many of her ancestors including Queen Elizabeth ( what is it about English Queens?!) the signs that English is thriving are extremely strong. Recent research carried out by movehub.com found that English is far and away the most spoken second language. English is spoken by the most people as a second language in 55 countries around the world. Second is French with 14 countries and third Russian in 13 countries:   Thanks to movehub.com for a great infographic showing which language is most spoken as a second language around the…
  • Learn a language from September 2014

    Emma
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:29 am
    September .. the beginning of a new year for those with children returning to school! And from this September it will be compulsory for all children aged 7 and above, i.e. from Year 2, to learn a second language at school in the UK. This new policy reflects growing concern about the lack of emphasis on learning a second language within british culture and the dwindling number of students choosing to study languages at GCSE, A-Level and University level. The UK’s miserable performance in second language acquisition ( the worst in Europe) is in turn is costing the UK economy millions of…
  • 30 Things British People say and what we actually mean!!

    Emma
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:48 am
    Navigating the literal sense of a language you are learning and the ACTUAL meaning somebody is trying to convey can be difficult, none more so than in English. Let us know which of the following you think is true! Thanks to: https://twitter.com/SoVeryBritish The Very British Problems book is out now on Amazon and at Waterstones.   The post 30 Things British People say and what we actually mean!! appeared first on Lingos Blog.
  • 4 ways to boost your language learning in the Summer Holidays

    Emma
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:31 am
      Hurrah! Summer is well and truly here! Summer is a time to take a break from the usual churn of daily life. We feel more energised by the sun, the days are longer giving us a greater sense of freedom .. whether it’s time off work or school summer holidays we all feel like we have a little more time to do the things we enjoy. So, if learning a language is something which floats your boat, how can you boost your language learning in the summer holidays?   Option 1: Visit a Country – where the language you are learning is spoken. The summer break allows us a little more…
  • Languages and the World Cup 2014

    Emma
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:10 am
    Love it or loathe it the World Cup is here and will be dominating newspapers, tv and social media sites around the world for the next few weeks. So why not join in and use the World Cup as a language learning opportunity?! The Official languages of the World Cup or FIFA, the institution which organises the event, are: English, French, German and Spanish. FIFA was founded in May 1904. FIFA headquarters is based in Zurich, Switzerland and their motto is: For the Game. For the World. Below we have listed the words for Football, World Cup and the various World Cup slogans of each of the 32…
 
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    Smoke & Croak

  • Offering Free Delivery to International Customers

    Liam Curley
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    A great deal has been written regarding the expectations that e-consumers have regarding delivery charges. Free delivery options have been rolled out on mass by large online retailers and small retailers have followed suit in order to remain competitive. Research conducted (with US respondents) by ComScore in December 2011 showed that 36% of consumers wouldn’t consider purchasing an item if they were required to pay delivery and a further 42% actively seek out retailers offering free delivery. Further research found that after product price, shipping charges were the most important element…
  • Q&A – Managing Currencies in International E-commerce

    Liam Curley
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    I recently caught up with Neil Seymour, managing director of Challenge Trophies (@SportsTrophies). During the past four years, Challenge Trophies have been expanding their e-commerce business into Europe and Neil agreed to offer some valuable insight into the challenges of managing multiple currencies on an e-commerce website. 1. Tell us a bit about you and Challenge Trophies Challenge Trophies was founded in 1976, a family business originally set up as a retail outlet selling trophies, medals and awards to the local community. As Challenge Trophies evolved, we worked with increasing numbers…
  • 3 Minute Read – Translating your Slogan?

    Liam Curley
    16 Jun 2014 | 2:06 am
    3 Key points addressed: When should you translate your tagline When you can avoid translation How to manage a slogan translation Why do you have a Tagline? The title refers to slogans, but I prefer the term tagline. We’re talking about the line of text below your logo, on your literature and website. Before deciding on whether to translate the tagline for new markets, ask yourself why you have the tagline. What purpose does it serve? There are two types of tagline: The Abstract – this represents and conveys the brand values through a memorable and simple message. Take McDonalds’; I’m…
  • What Makes Google Tick?

    Liam Curley
    2 Jun 2014 | 4:25 am
    Want to improve your website’s ranking performance on Google? Before you build an understanding of the technical aspects of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), or spend hours trying to find SEO blogs offering a magic ranking formula to crack the Google code (this doesn’t exist by the way), it’s worth trying to understand the core structure behind Google’s success. Billions of people use Google’s free search engine service to find high quality websites which are relevant to the type of content they’re looking for. Because Google has so many people spending time on their search…
  • Pick your favourite song for us to translate into Spanish!

    Liam Curley
    15 May 2014 | 4:42 am
    We got together with Pablo Muñoz, a popular blogger and rock star in the localisation industry to come up with the idea for our next song to translate. Some time ago, Pablo wrote a blog post on music to ask translators what their favourite track was to listen to whilst working. He had a big response from his audience. Now, we want to know what your favourite song is (in English). We want you to tell us what song you want translating into Spanish. Together with Pablo, we’re going to put together the most popular suggestions that you have and enter them into a poll for voting. The winning…
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    Inbox Translation

  • 3000+ Translation Glossaries – From Abbreviations to Zoology and Everything in Between

    Alina Cincan
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:44 am
    Glossaries are an invaluable tool for translators (and not only). Finding good glossaries is not always an easy task – it can be time-consuming and sometimes frustrating. I’m sure all of you have saved or bookmarked your favourite glossaries  as you discovered them (I know I always do!), but I’m also sure you wouldn’t mind […] The post 3000+ Translation Glossaries – From Abbreviations to Zoology and Everything in Between appeared first on Inbox Translation.
  • How to Deal with Rejection as a Freelancer

    Alina Cincan
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:25 am
    As exciting as it may sound, freelancing (whatever the field) is not always the idyllic career that people believe it to be – it can be stressful and unpredictable, but it can also bring a lot of satisfactions. It is the former aspect I’m going to tackle today. Anybody who has promised you a glamorous […] The post How to Deal with Rejection as a Freelancer appeared first on Inbox Translation.
  • Mind Your Language? No! Mind Other People’s Language: How Not to Behave When Living in a Foreign Country

    Alina Cincan
    20 Jun 2014 | 12:19 am
    Fasten your seatbelt, you’re going abroad! But hold on, they speak a FOREIGN language! What to do!? Well, let me tell you what NOT to. The following are some lessons on how not to behave in a foreign country. For this post, I asked some of my friends (who moved to foreign countries without having […] The post Mind Your Language? No! Mind Other People’s Language: How Not to Behave When Living in a Foreign Country appeared first on Inbox Translation.
  • ‘Love’ Rhymes with ‘Language’

    Alina Cincan
    2 Jun 2014 | 12:54 am
                You may be surprised, I know, To read this rhyming post today, And although I’m not a pro, I hope it will be OK. (So bear with me) When we saw the nomination In the bab.la competition, We almost needed resuscitation And thought we had an eye condition. (Pretty […] The post ‘Love’ Rhymes with ‘Language’ appeared first on Inbox Translation.
  • 15 FREE Tools for Translators (and Not Only) that You Might Not Know You Need

    Flo Bejgu
    27 May 2014 | 3:03 am
    The advancements in technology have made it possible for people of different languages, traditions and customs to come into contact. As was expected, translators and interpreters quickly became essential for society, because they are the only ones who can make conversations between foreign individuals possible. Every translator in the twenty-first century will tell you that […] The post 15 FREE Tools for Translators (and Not Only) that You Might Not Know You Need appeared first on Inbox Translation.
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