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  • Language Family Trees

    Brave New Words
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:45 pm
    These pictures of the Indo-European and Uralic language family trees are lovely, and also quite helpful.
  • How I came to Online Teaching: A TEFL-Free Story

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    Kerstin Hammes
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:48 am
    Many people who find me and my work through Fluent often assume that I took the classic route of learning how to teach online after studying for a TEFL exam, but that's not actually true. In fact, I never set out to be an entrepreneur at all. In today's blog post, I want to share this awesome interview with me and Gabby Wallace from Laptoplanguageteacher.com.It's an in-depth look at how I started out in language teaching, and how my independent streak actually helped me discover my own niche in this market. As you can see, I'm just as scared as you are when it comes to that niche challenge!
  • Upgrade Fluency Made Achievable on your iPad or Mac

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    Kerstin Hammes
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    If you are a regular Fluent reader, you'll already know that I have published two language learning guides so far. They're called Fluency Made Achievable and The Vocab Cookbook, and both have been for sale exclusively on Kindle this year. Well guys, it's time to break free and announce the launch of my new iBooks version of Fluency Made Achievable. Over the past weeks I decided to work on creating this special edition of the book, and it's now been approved for sale on the iBooks store.Why is this cool?This is not just an ebook you can't do anything with. While every language guide I write is…
  • The Past Is a Foreign Country

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    Keith Walters
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    "The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there."–Leslie Poles Hartley, The Go-BetweenThis quote says much about the differences between the past in Spanish and that in English.Spanish has two forms of the past tense: the Preterite and the Imperfect. Why would someone need two forms of the same tense? That’s nuts, I tell you! But is it?It all comes down to perception of the past. I’m not debating whether something in the past has happened. Instead, it’s about time and your perception of that time. Time's affect on something or someone in the past.For example, “I…
  • The Flashcard Method

    Learn Spanish My Way
    Keith Walters
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Many have struggled, including myself, with trying to learn tons of vocabulary words, verbs and verb conjugations in Spanish.One sure way is to use flashcards! This might seem "old school" to some, but this method really does work. You can modify it to help you learn faster and incorporate new ways of learning Spanish.I always advocate creating your own flashcards. More kinetic learners do better if they can put their whole body into the process of learning. By making your own flashcards, you are immersed in the activity of creating them just the way you want to help reinforce your learning.
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  • KIND Fruit and Nut Bars Get FDA Linguistics Lesson: Words Only Mean What ... - Reason (blog)

    15 Apr 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Reason (blog)KIND Fruit and Nut Bars Get FDA Linguistics Lesson: Words Only Mean What Reason (blog)KIND Fruit and Nut Bars Get FDA Linguistics Lesson: Words Only Mean What Bureaucrats Say They Mean. FDA dings KIND for using the word "healthy" since bars contain more than 1 gram of saturated fat. Elizabeth Nolan Brown| Apr. 15, 2015 4:05 pm.and more »
  • TESOL Seminar – Applications of Corpus Linguistics in Language Materials ... - Japan Today

    12 Apr 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Japan TodayTESOL Seminar – Applications of Corpus Linguistics in Language Materials Japan TodayThe first three hours of each seminar (Saturday session from 14:00 to 17:00) are free and open to the general public. Alumni of the TUJ's Graduate College of Education are welcome to attend the entire weekend without charge; the weekend auditing fee and more »
  • The Linguists Are Coming! The Linguists Are Coming! - NC State News

    9 Apr 2015 | 6:54 am
    The Linguists Are Coming! The Linguists Are Coming!NC State NewsEditor's note: This is a guest post by Lauren Kirkpatrick, director of communication for NC State's College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Watch your language later this week. Linguists from around the country are converging in Raleigh as NC State
  • New study sheds light on linguistic characteristic of autistic children - News-Medical.net

    6 Apr 2015 | 7:25 am
    News-Medical.netNew study sheds light on linguistic characteristic of autistic childrenNews-Medical.netA new study by a linguistics professor and an alumnus from The University of Texas at Austin sheds light on a well-known linguistic characteristic of autistic children — their reluctance to use pronouns — paving the way for more accurate diagnostics.
  • Lecturer Applied Linguistics / Language Education - The Conversation AU

    4 Apr 2015 | 1:15 am
    Lecturer Applied Linguistics / Language EducationThe Conversation AUThe School wishes to appoint a full time Level B Lecturer in Applied Linguistics/Language Education. This role is linked with significant growth in applied linguistics in the past 3-5 years. The appointee will increase the School's capacity to
 
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  • What best motivates immigrants to learn an official Canadian language? - Vancouver Sun (blog)

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:39 am
    Vancouver Sun (blog)What best motivates immigrants to learn an official Canadian language?Vancouver Sun (blog)Many people in Canada don't think it's important for immigrants to learn either language. They argue newcomers must be offered services in their mother tongue. Or they don't believe immigrants, or anyone, should be expected to venture beyond their ...
  • Autism community offended by toxic vaccine debate language - CBC.ca

    18 Apr 2015 | 4:03 am
    CBC.caAutism community offended by toxic vaccine debate languageCBC.caShe says language used by both the anti-science fringe and those trying to bolster public health don't reflect the personality of her loving five-year-old who likes movies, action figures and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. "Hugh is a really happy
  • The little-known body language secrets of successful people - Quartz

    18 Apr 2015 | 2:33 am
    QuartzThe little-known body language secrets of successful peopleQuartzOur bodies have a language of their own, and their words aren't always kind. Your body language has likely become an integral part of who you are, to the point where you might not even think about it. If that's the case, it's time to start, because you and more »
  • Spanish language 'Sábado Gigante' ends 53-year run; watch video of best ... - 89.3 KPCC

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:12 pm
    89.3 KPCCSpanish language 'Sábado Gigante' ends 53-year run; watch video of best 89.3 KPCCIn this photo taken on Feb. 3, 2012, Chilean born host of the Univision network variety show "Sabado Gigante," Mario Kreutzberger, popularly known as Don Francisco, poses on the set of his show in Miami. Univision announced Friday, April 17, 2017 that Univision pulls plug on 'Sabado Gigante,' Spanish-language TV staple for 53 yearsNewsOK.comSpanish language "Sabado Gigante" ends 53-year runCBS NewsAfter half a decade of entertaining Spanish-language audiences,…
  • New Center Opens for Audiology, Speech, Language and Learning - Northwestern University NewsCenter

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Northwestern University NewsCenterNew Center Opens for Audiology, Speech, Language and LearningNorthwestern University NewsCenterOfficials at the ribbon cutting for the new Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning. Pictured left to right are Sumit Dhar, chair of the department of communication sciences and disorders, President Morton Schapiro, Dean Barbara O'Keefe
 
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  • Qual utilizar: without never ou without ever?

    Donay Mendonça
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:18 am
    A dica de hoje é sobre gramática. Vamos falar de um assunto bem fácil de entender, embora, muitas vezes, por ser tão simples, cometemos o erro na hora de nos comunicarmos sem nem perceber! Vamos ver do que se trata… Se você quisesse dizer as frases abaixo, como faria? Usaria without never ou without ever a fim de traduzir “sem […]Leia mais...
  • Quando Joke não significa piada em inglês

    Donay Mendonça
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:59 am
    A palavra joke, quando substantivo, significa piada ou brincadeira. Expressões como “tell a joke” (contar uma piada), “make a joke” (fazer uma piada), “take a joke” (aceitar uma piada ou brincadeira sobre você) e “get the joke” (entender a piada) estão entre as mais utilizadas. Porém, o nosso objetivo principal nesse artigo é falar de joke de uma outra forma. Para quem não sabe, é possível utilizar […]Leia mais...
  • Como dizer “Eu era feliz e não sabia” em inglês

    Donay Mendonça
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Sabe quando comparamos uma época passada da nossa vida com a que vivemos atualmente, e chegamos à conclusão que esse período antigo era bom ou até melhor que o de hoje? Vocês que estão lendo esta dica provavelmente concordarão comigo que é nessa hora que costumamos utilizar a expressão “eu era feliz e não sabia”, não […]Leia mais...
  • Como dizer “de qualquer jeito” em inglês

    Donay Mendonça
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Quando fazemos alguma coisa sem prestar muita atenção, sem cuidado e de forma desorganizada, dizemos que fizemos aquilo de “qualquer jeito” ou ainda “de qualquer maneira”. Normalmente isso acontece quando estamos com pressa, não temos muitos recursos, estamos sem motivação, estamos com preguiça, ou até mesmo “com sono”, por que não? Tópico relacionado: Como dizer “pelos […]Leia mais...
  • Como dizer “tem tudo para [dar certo, errado, etc]” em inglês

    Donay Mendonça
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    A expressão mencionada no título é comumente utilizada para dizermos que há uma grande possibilidade de algo acontecer – seja devido às circunstâncias (situação) ou aos recursos (financeiros, etc) que se possui para isso. Confira o diálogo a seguir para ficar por dentro do tipo de contexto onde ela ocorre. Michael: Eles são amigos desde […]Leia mais...
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  • Private Eye Cover — Hillary to Run for President

    Jeffrey Hill
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:28 pm
    I'm a subscriber to Private Eye, the British satirical magazine which appears once a fortnight. One of the Eye's best features is its covers. The latest one relates to Hillary Clinton's announcement last Sunday that she intends to run for president in 2016. The picture shows Hillary and her husband Bill. Hillary says, "It's time to have a woman in the Oval Office". Bill replies, "Been there, done that". EXPLANATIONThe joke relies on the double meaning of the verb 'to have', which can also be used mean 'to have sex with'. The…
  • Ad(s) of the Day: Hefty Cups Party Moms

    Jeffrey Hill
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:07 am
    Here's a good test of your English. How much of this new ad for Hefty Cups do you understand? Don't be too depressed if the answer is 'very little' — I've watched it four or five times, and there are still things I haven't understood. In fact, the ad is one a series of three (see the others here and here) in which wholesome-looking American moms talk about parties they've attended using slang and cultural references which would be more suited to their teenage children. Oh, and for once, you won't be getting a transcript! ALSO SEE• Hefty Cups Turn…
  • Cartoon: The EU and the Migrant Boat Disaster

    Jeffrey Hill
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:35 am
    BACKGROUNDEuropean states have come under renewed pressure from human rights and refugee organisations to mount large-scale search-and-rescue operations in the Mediterranean after the latest migrant boat disaster led to the drowning of an estimated 400 people. Critics say that the cancellation last year of an Italian-run sea rescue mission, Mare Nostrum, and the launch in November of Triton, a much smaller border surveillance operation by the EU, created the conditions for the higher death toll. They point to the figure of 900 dead so far this year, far greater than in the same period in…
  • MOOC — Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching

    Jeffrey Hill
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:48 am
    You may have followed the Exploring English MOOC developed by the University of Southampton and the British Council, which ran over six weeks in February and March. Well, they've got a new one starting on Monday 20th April entitled 'Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching'. This free online course provides an introduction to some key concepts in the effective teaching and learning of languages, such as: What is language? How do we learn meaning in a new language? What is easy and hard about learning another language? And what is the best way to teach other languages? You…
  • Cartoon: House of Clinton Season 2

    Jeffrey Hill
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:29 pm
    BACKGROUNDHillary Clinton confirmed on Sunday what much of the political world has taken as a foregone conclusion for months, if not years: she's running for president in 2016. The former secretary of state, senator, and first lady formally announced her candidacy in a video Sunday afternoon. Read more >> THE CARTOON The cartoon by Chappatte from Le Temps, Geneva is a spoof on the hit Netflix series House of Cards, which becomes 'House of Clinton'. Season 2 is a reference to the fact that Hillary's husband Bill was president from 1993 to 2001, so if Hillary wins…
 
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    Language Log

  • Text by the bay

    Mark Liberman
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:26 am
    I'll be spending next Friday and Saturday in San Francisco at Text By The Bay, billed as "A new NLP conference bringing together researchers and practitioners, using computational linguistics and text mining to build new companies through understanding and meaning." With 46 interesting-looking talks and a couple of panels, this looks to me like an excellent way to get a sense of the opportunities and activities in this area. There are talks from people at Microsoft, Wikimedia, AirBnB, Trulia, Ancestry.com, Bloomberg, OpenTable, Twitter, LinkedIn, Verizon, etc., and from people at Berkeley,…
  • "A year ago, we don't win tonight".

    Mark Liberman
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:24 am
    Ron Stack writes: Here is Manager Terry Collins on the Mets' victory over the Marlins last night: “A year ago, we don’t win tonight. It’s a different mentality in our clubhouse now."   I'm almost certain LL has covered this time-shifted present tense but since I don't even know what to call it I couldn't do much of a search.   So, what is it? And why does it sound right but look strange? And why does it seem (anecdotally, anyway) to be so popular among coaches and managers? This seems to be a implicit form of what we've called "baseball conditionals" — see "Baseball…
  • Style guide

    Mark Liberman
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:27 am
    Today's xkcd: Mouseover title: "I honestly didn't think you could even USE emoji in variable names. Or that there were so many different crying ones."  
  • I've forgotten more Czech than Barbara Partee has learned

    Julie Sedivy
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:03 am
    One of the most memorable trips of my life took place in 1994 and involved traveling as a graduate student to Prague in the company of some of the most formidable linguists of North America and Europe. It was my first return to the country of my birth since I’d left Czechoslovakia as a small child in 1969—given that my family had emigrated illegally, virtually Sound of Music style, a visit back wasn’t possible until after the Velvet Revolution of 1989. Barbara Partee, who had spent a good deal of time in Prague, served as our tour guide. I was impressed with her fluency in Czech and…
  • Adventures in ellipsis

    Mark Liberman
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:02 am
    150 years ago today, the first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. America is forever indebted. pic.twitter.com/vhIE1k20e7 — Senate Republicans (@Senate_GOPs) April 15, 2015 More discussion here.
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  • 4/18/15 - myriad

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    1. [Noun] An enormous host, a great throng (a myriad of stars above). 2. [Adjective] Countless, innumerable, existing in great numbers (the myriad stars in the sky).
  • 4/17/15 - sally

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    1. Make a sortie, leap forth suddenly. 2. To set forth confidently on a short, brief trip, proceed with confidence.
  • 4/16/15 - dipsomania

    15 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Alcoholism.
  • 4/15/15 - prolegomenon

    14 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Preface, introduction, prefatory observation, preamble to a scholarly book or monograph.
  • 4/14/15 - irrefragable

    13 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Indisputable, undeniable, incontestable.
 
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  • April Linkfest

    Nancy Friedman
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:21 am
    Don’t read “How to Name a Baby” to learn how to name a baby. Read it for insights into historical baby-naming trends and to confirm your hunches (e.g., “the popular girl name Reagan is for Republicans”). Also: charts! Given names are “one of the last social acceptable frontiers of class war.”Also: nominative determination, implicit egotism, and how the Internet has made baby naming more difficult. Part 1 of a four-part podcast series about names from Australian radio network ABC. The presenter, Tiger Webb, has an interesting name story himself. (Hat tip: Superlinguo.) The…
  • On the Visual Thesaurus: Thanks for Sharing?

    Nancy Friedman
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:04 am
    My latest column for the Visual Thesaurus looks at the term “sharing economy” and the evolution of share from Old English—where it was a noun meaning “a cutting” or “a shearing”—to its use as a verb in 12-step meetings and beyond. Access is free this month! Here’s an excerpt I’m pleased to share: These activities—“ride booking,” chore marketplaces, textbook lending, short-term lodging rentals—have become known collectively as the sharing economy. The sharing economy is a growing sector of the U.S. and global economy as a whole, and its name represents the latest…
  • Word of the Week: Gnomologist

    Nancy Friedman
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:36 am
    Gnomologist: A person who practices gnomology; a collector or researcher of quotations. Coined from the Greek gnome (thought, judgment, saying, or maxim) and the Latin suffix -ologist. Gnomologist first appeared in English in 1813 (“the gnomologists, or versifiers of short moral apophthegms”*); the adjective gnomic showed up two years later. Gnomology had been in use since 1645. Gnome in the sense of “short pithy saying” had been around since 1645; the alternate meaning—“one of a race of diminutive spirits fabled to inhabit the interior of the earth”—is believed to have been…
  • Stan Freberg, 1926-2015

    Nancy Friedman
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:08 am
    Stan Freberg, a man of myriad talents who was often called “the father of funny advertising,” died Tuesday in Santa Monica. He was 88. Freberg was born in Pasadena and grew up in Los Angeles; he turned down scholarships to Stanford University and the University of Redlands in order to pursue a career in radio. He became a successful comedian and a voice actor in cartoons—his was the voice of the beaver in Disney’s Lady and the Tramp—but it’s as rule-breaking advertising copywriter that I choose to remember him. According to the New York Times obituary, Freberg went into…
  • Adobes B.S.

    Nancy Friedman
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:46 am
    Full-page ad from Adobe Document Cloud in the business section of today’s New York Times:   “THIS IS BULL SHEET.” Note that bull is slightly obscured by the folds in the paper.   “Bull sheet” is defined in the small type as “tedious paperwork”; sheet is meant to be a punning reference to paper. The clenched fists provide the emotional backstory. As I’ve noted many times over the last few years, advertisers have lately been embracing near-profanity with the zeal of 9-year-olds who have just learned their first dirty joke. (See “F-Plus,” “Half-Fast, Whole…
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  • Spotify and Language Learning

    Josh
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:30 pm
    I’ve been a big fan of Spotify ever since it launched in the states a number of years ago, not only because it’s great for music discovery, but also because it’s a veritable treasure trove for language learners. For a long while, listening to decent music in foreign languages was a matter of either paying to have CDs shipped to you from another country, or hoping what you wanted to listen to had been uploaded to YouTube. While those are still obvious options, I still like Spotify for its catalog and for its ability to help me discover artists I otherwise would probably never…
  • Language Bits

    Josh
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Just some bits and bobs I’ve watched / read lately about language learning that I found interesting. Enjoy!   Steve Kaufmann has a nice video up about dealing with anxiety and language learning, specifically while speaking, but what he says can really be applied to all aspects of language learning. Favorite quote: “Every time I communicate in the language, I should say good, I communicated, not worry about what I missed or forgot, or worry about how I sounded. Simply say I did well, I did as well as I was able to do.” If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time,…
  • YouTube Polyglot Decline?

    Josh
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    There’s an interesting forum post over at HTLAL, asking, “Were YouTube polyglots a fad?” The poster goes on to say: I wonder now if the YouTube polyglot was a bit of a fad. That in truth there’s only so many different and totally distinct approaches to self-study and once you’ve understood the general process, there’s no urgent need for you to watch masses of videos of people speaking many languages! What do you think? I would agree that it was a sort of fad, and the explanation given above is why. People only need to be told the basic steps of learning…
  • Typisch Deutsch

    Josh
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:04 pm
    I came across a new-to-me offering from Deutsche Welle today: Typisch Deutsch. It’s a video podcast, each one lasting a little over a half hour. People from different vocations are interviewed and discuss their lives in Germany. It’s a nice source of large chunks of dialogue that aren’t scripted / being read (like many of the other podcasts available).
  • Advice for the Assimil Active Wave

    Josh
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:54 pm
    I’ve been working through Assimil’s Russian course, and am now in the midst of both finishing the passive wave and digging into the active wave. Shortly after I started the active wave, I recalled a great post from the HTLAL forums about the active wave, and how to approach it. The post is by user lingoleng, and all credit goes to him; also bear in mind that lingoleng’s native language is German. Ah, if only my German were as good as his English! Here’s his post (original is right here): I can only give some hints, but what you do should really depend on your own…
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  • Computer Finds Lost Shakespeare Play.

    languagehat
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Or so they say. I confess that while I accept in theory the idea of computer analysis of word use to determine, or at least provide evidence for, authorship, it makes me uneasy. At any rate, here‘s what Helen Anders writes in The Daily Beast: Nearly 300 years ago, an editor named Lewis Theobald published a drama called Double Falsehood that he called an adaptation of a lost Shakespeare play. Nobody believed him, primarily because any Shakespeare original was, indeed, lost. Now, two University of Texas researchers say they have proof that the Bard really did write the play, in…
  • Guide Words.

    languagehat
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Guide words are those words in boldface at the tops of dictionary pages telling you what the first and last words on the page are. Sometimes they’re striking and/or hilarious. Here are two that have struck me: 1) From p. 89 of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, right-hand guide word (i.e., last word on the page): avadavat /’avədəvat/ (also amadavat) n. a red or green South Asian waxbill sometimes kept as a cage bird. [Genus Amandava: two species.] – ORIGIN C17: named after the city of Ahmadabad in India. The word itself is amazing, with the same sort of oomph as…
  • No, Totally.

    languagehat
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:19 pm
    Kathryn Schulz has a nice New Yorker piece, “What part of ‘No, totally’ don’t you understand?,” that focuses on the odd affirmative use of “no” seen in this snippet of conversation: MARON: They can look at any painting and go, “Eh.” They can look at a Rothko and go, “Hey, three colors.” And then you want to hit them. DUNHAM: No, totally. She finds some similar examples (“No, definitely.” “No, exactly.” “No, yes.”) and writes: At first blush, “no” does not appear to be the kind of word whose meaning you can monkey with. For one…
  • Edith Aldridge’s Publications.

    languagehat
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:55 pm
    I can’t improve on Matt Treyvaud’s No-sword post, so I’ll just quote it: Your East Asian (and Austronesian!) treasure trove of the day: Dr Edith Aldridge’s “Publications” page. Her two papers on Chinese historical syntax are a great 80-page overview of the topic and a fine complement to Pulleyblank’s invaluable but more lexeme-centric Outline of Classical Chinese Grammar. Her papers on word order in hentai kanbun also make worthwhile reading if you care about that topic (and I do!). And she’s put it all online for free, because she’s on…
  • Cryptozoic.

    languagehat
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:04 pm
    Thanks to recommendations from John Cowan and Brett in this thread, I’ve started Brian W. Aldiss’s Cryptozoic! (which turns out to have been waiting on my shelves to be read for almost fifty years, a new record); it occurred to me to wonder whether the title was a real word—I thought I’d seen it, but couldn’t remember what it meant—so I checked the OED, and it turns out there are two such words, Cryptozoic adj.1 and n (Geol.) “Designating the eon before the beginning of the Cambrian period (about 542 million years ago), equivalent to the Precambrian…
 
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    A Way with Words

  • Hector’s Pup

    Grant Barrett
    10 Apr 2015 | 10:07 am
    Sharing a secret language. Did you ever speak in gibberish with a childhood pal, adding extra syllables to words so the adults couldn’t understand what you were saying? Such wordplay isn’t just for kids–and it’s not just limited to English. Also, memory tricks to hold onto those slippery words you always forget. And, what do you call your warm, knitted cap? Is it a beanie, a tuque, a toboggan, or something else? The answer has everything to do with where you live. Plus “cutting a rusty,” foundering on cake, hone in vs. home in, “Jeezum Crow!,”…
  • The Knitted Hat Survey

    grantbarrett
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:51 am
    Tuque, a primarily Canadian name for a warm knit hat, is related to the French word toque, the tall white hat that chefs wear. Take our Great Knitted Hat Survey and tell us what you call them. This is part of a complete episode.
  • He’s No Goat’s Toe

    grantbarrett
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:51 am
    In Northern Ireland, a clever way to say that someone has an overinflated sense of his own importance is to say he’s “no goat’s toe.” This is part of a complete episode.
  • Good as Corn

    grantbarrett
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:51 am
    Why tell someone they’re sexy when you can let them know they’re good as corn? That’s what the Portuguese say, along with “taking his little horse away from the rain,” an idiom that means giving up. This is part of a complete episode.
  • Cutting a Rusty

    grantbarrett
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:51 am
    “Cutting a rusty,” used particularly in the U.S. South and South Midlands, refers to doing something mildly outrageous like shouting a naughty word or pulling a prank. It’s likely related to the word restive, as in restive sleep, wherein someone’s tossing and turning, and an old sense of rusty applied to horses to mean “hard to control or stubborn.” This is part of a complete episode.
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  • EFFECTIVE INDEPENDENT LEARNING FOR LIFE

    Lykke
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Independent learning is the most important issue in education today, and in many ways the most elusive or difficult issue to deal with.  More than class size, teacher accreditation, or the latest innovations in teaching methodology, developing independent learning habits, in other words, self-learning, in students, and teachers, should be the main preoccupation of educators, and of learners themselves. How do we become a society of successful independent learners? I have developed approaches that work for me as an independent learner of languages. I wonder what other people do? The…
  • Automatic Translation Technology – Replacing Language Learning?

    Lykke
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:53 am
    I hear more and more about automatic translation technology. Skype recently announced their Skype Translator Preview – An Exciting Journey to a New Chapter in Communication. This translation technology will make it possible for people to communicate via Skype across languages. Two people can speak two different languages, and the conversation is automatically translated for each person to hear in his or her own language. This technology is not surprising. Google translate is already quite accurate for many languages, although not for all. The more closely related the languages are in…
  • Words, Why They Matter And How To Acquire Them.

    Lykke
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:54 pm
    In language learning, the importance of reading and a large vocabulary, can’t be overstated. In response to my recent video on this subject I received comments from those who are convinced that we can converse quite comfortably with just a few hundred words. This debate is a regular feature of the discussion of language learning on the web. “We can communicate well with only a few words”,  “We need to speak right away”, say some. I don’t agree. You can communicate with a few words but you can’t say much and you understand even less, and that means a very limited form of…
  • The Perfect Time To Learn Languages Is Now

    Lykke
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:39 am
    There has never been a greater time to learn a new language. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what you do for a living, or if you are a man or a woman. If you are not already trying to learn a new language – let 2015 be the year when you do. Learning a new language has so many benefits. In the following I will reveal some of these benefits, and the best approach to language learning. Ten years ago I was in China speaking to university students and promoting my book ‘The Linguist, A Language Learning Odyssey’. In the book I drew from my personal experience in learning 9…
  • Being bilingual makes you smarter

    Steve
    3 Jun 2014 | 11:30 am
    Bilingual people are smarter, and it doesn’t matter when you learn a new language according to this recent study. To quote the article,  “Findings showed that those who spoke more than one language tested better on intelligence tests, regardless of when the second language was picked up.” Now that should be motivation to get cracking on your language study. Here’s an extract from the article: “Our study is the first to examine whether learning a second language impacts cognitive performance later in life while controlling for childhood intelligence,” said…
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    Sinosplice » Life

  • What Linguistic Diversity Feels Like

    John Pasden
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    We often think of “linguistic diversity” referring to the existence of minority languages in an area. But it can also refer to the varying dialects of a region, which in China would include topolects, AKA . When you throw various forms of language together in a single geographical area, they don’t stay distinct; they bleed into each other in interesting ways. Here are a few anecdotes about that, and what we’re potentially losing when a large region’s language becomes one shade of plain vanilla. Beijing to Hangzhou I learned the basics of Mandarin in Hangzhou,…
  • The Chinese Pronunciation Wiki

    John Pasden
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    For years, I’ve had a few sections on Sinosplice for pronunciation: Pronunciation of Mandarin Chinese: Setting the Record Straight The Process of Learning Tones Mandarin Chinese Tone Pair Drills (Notably absent: tone change rules) I’ve also blogged about pronunciation many times, but I didn’t feel like a blog is the best way to organize all this information, and these days I’m putting most of my time into growing AllSet Learning rather than reorganizing Sinosplice. The Chinese Grammar Wiki has turned out to be a hugely successful experiment, and in about three years…
  • I’m in an Abusive Relationship with Shanghai

    John Pasden
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:15 pm
    Sometimes I feel like I’m in an abusive relationship with Shanghai. Sure, I love Shanghai, but there are times I wonder if we should be together. Like the times in the winter when I walk outside and I can smell the air (it smells kind of like gunpowder). Or this past winter, when I got a cold that lasted for two months (my worst colds usually last about a week), and my whole family got sick repeatedly (still not better yet). But then the weather gets nice, and the sky turns blue again, and it’s easy to forget those offenses, or at least put them out of my mind. I remember what…
  • Being Bilingual Changes Children’s Perception

    John Pasden
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:47 pm
    I recently read a fascinating article called How bilingualism affects children’s beliefs, which details some findings from researchers in developmental psychology at Concordia University in Montreal. The idea behind the experiment is to see what qualities kids see as innate. Is the language that a person speaks innate, or is it learned? Is the sound that an animal makes innate, or is it learned? The implications could be quite profound. I quote the final four paragraphs here: “Both monolinguals and second language learners showed some errors in their thinking, but each group made…
  • The long quest for a fuller explanation of 和 (he)

    John Pasden
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:09 pm
    When I first started learning Chinese in 1998, I learned the word 和 (hé) as a way to express “and.” However, it was an “and” with limitations; it was not to be used to connect sentences or clauses. For example, none of these sentences could be expressed with : Today we’re going to learn how to hold the pen and learn the stroke order for one character. You get a new job, and and I’ll stop living in the treehouse. He ran into the street and got hit by a garbage truck. So the way I learned was as a way of connecting nouns and noun phrases. Not verbs.
 
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    separated by a common language

  • an appreciation

    lynneguist
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:40 am
    I'm overdue for blogging here (I have a few topics lined up and partially researched) in part because I spent a very, very long time on US taxes and FATCA. This is definitely worthy of a rant. The US treatment of its expatriated citizens is absurd. But lots of other people are doing that rant. And I come here not to rant, but to appreciate.I feel extremely privileged that writing this blog has led to so many interesting, polite, cooperative, informative, entertaining and just plain rewarding interactions--mostly online, occasionally in real life. Last week, a reader, correspondent and virtual…
  • by cash

    lynneguist
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:33 pm
    A(n) historian I know has taken to calling me his favo(u)rite linguist. I have a suspicion I'm the only linguist he knows. Nevertheless, flattery gets you a blog post. And a flattering pseudonym.So, Generous Historian, when he emailed me about Important University Business, included this:P.S. A little piece of English-language usage that has struck me a couple of times lately and made me think "Lynne might be interested in that", is that people in shops and cafes now invariably say "are you paying by cash", whereas they would have said "are you paying cash" until recently. The ubiquity of…
  • it's rude to...

    lynneguist
    9 Mar 2015 | 4:57 pm
    One of the fun things that you can do with the GloWBE (Global Web-Based English) corpus is ask it to compare collocations (words that regularly go together) across varieties of English. The software does a statistical evaluation so that you can see which collocations are most typical of a particular variety of English in comparison to another. So for instance, if you ask it about words that come before tea in the British and American parts of the corpus, you learn that the top-three most American (and least British) collocates are GOP ('Grand Old Party', i.e. the Republican party),…
  • likely

    lynneguist
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:12 pm
    I'm sure that more than one person has asked me to cover likelybut at this point I can only find an email from Richard B (so apologies to anyone else who feels they should be credited with noticing this one!).  Richard writes:I've noticed a difference in the way Americans and British use 'likely', as an adverb and an adjective (I think) as in 'I will likely visit at the weekend' vs 'It is likely that I will visit at the weekend'. However, in Britain you'll hear 'I will probably visit at the weekend' and even 'I will most likely visit at the weekend'You can tell Richard is not American by…
  • change / shift gears

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

  • LINGUIST list fund drive

    7 Apr 2015 | 3:33 am
    A message from some of the Wisconsin linguists …Folks,Most of you know that LINGUIST is now doing their annual fund drive. For five years, we had the privilege of editing book reviews for LINGUIST and we know very well how much time and effort goes into producing the posts that we all rely on for job and conference announcements, book announcements and reviews, and news about the profession, along with the rich website, which brings us everything from E-MELD to their directory of linguists. What you may not know is how heavily and directly they rely on donations from rank and…
  • Gothica Bononiensia

    14 Feb 2015 | 12:22 pm
    One of our contributors noted a while back the discovery of new Gothic manuscript material (here).  The scholars who've done the deciphering and interpretation contacted Team Verb and offered to send us copies of a couple of their articles on the subject, which have arrived:Finazzi, Rosa Bianca & Paola Tornaghi. 2014. Alcune riflessioni sul palinsesto gotico-latino di bologna. Intorno alle saghe norrene, ed. by Carla Falluomini. 229-265. Alessandria: Edizioni dell'Osro.Finazzi, Rosa Bianca & Paola Tornaghi. 2014. Gothica Bononiensia: A new document under linguistic and…
  • Who Cares?

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

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

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

  • 2128 – Real Life French : un goût bizarre

    contact@dailyfrenchpod.com (Dailyfrenchpod)
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:20 am
    Real life French Guide Welcome to your lesson of Real Life French. Each lesson we take a simple situation you may encounter in everyday life in France. Learn French now ! Listen to today’s lesson :~
  • 2127 – Marcher 7% plus facilement (Walking 7% easier)

    contact@dailyfrenchpod.com (Dailyfrenchpod)
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:19 am
    Learning Guide | PDF Transcript Des ingénieurs ont créé des “bottes” qui utilisent un ressort et un cliquet qui rend la marche… Learn French now ! Listen to today’s lesson :
  • 2126 – Être en surpoids (Being overweight)

    contact@dailyfrenchpod.com (Dailyfrenchpod)
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:17 am
    Learning Guide | PDF Transcript Selon la plus vaste et précise étude sur la question, être en surpoids réduit les risques de démence… Learn French now ! Listen to today’s lesson :
  • 2125 – Photos de la seconde guerre mondiale (WW2 photos)

    contact@dailyfrenchpod.com (Dailyfrenchpod)
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:15 am
    Learning Guide | PDF Transcript Une galerie russe a annulé le vernissage d’une exposition de photos de la 2ème guerre mondiale … Learn French now ! Listen to today’s lesson :
  • 2124 – Malala (Malala)

    contact@dailyfrenchpod.com (Dailyfrenchpod)
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:13 am
    Learning Guide | PDF Transcript Elle est une adolescente militante qui fait campagne pour l’éducation des filles au Pakistan, et qui a… Learn French now ! Listen to today’s lesson :
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    Brave New Words

  • Sign Language and Music

    15 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The sign language interpreter for Melodifestivalen (the Swedish run-up to Eurovision), Tommy Krångh, has rightfully made the news recently. His interpretations of pop songs in the contest are fantastic; they’re moving and theatrical. I’m so glad we all can have a chance to see them and learn from them, and I’m also glad that they are bringing new awareness to sign language interpretation. Check out some of his work here and read about him in this article.
  • Tony’s Reading List

    10 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This blog is all about reading in translation and it has lots of great reading suggestions.
  • The World Atlas of Language Structures

    5 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    I’m loving this website, The World Atlas of Language Structures. I’m a linguaphile nerd, and it really speaks to me, plus it’s useful!
  • Language-Learning Apps

    30 Mar 2015 | 4:50 pm
    A few weeks ago, I referred to one language app, and now I’ve been told about another, the “Vocabulary Trainer”. It’s a “a mobile app to learn the most frequent words, travel phrases and slang (in total over 10,000 words and phrases) in over 30 languages.” It sounds intriguing, but I’m not sure if I think apps are the best way to learn languages. They can help in the moment, but I wonder if the material actually stays with you. What do you think?
  • Language Family Trees

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:45 pm
    These pictures of the Indo-European and Uralic language family trees are lovely, and also quite helpful.
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    Free Language

  • Free Video Course: Russian Alphabet, Reading and Cyrillic Cursive Writing

    travelinguist
    3 Apr 2015 | 5:19 pm
    Free Online Russian Video Course Russian Alphabet, Reading and Cyrillic Cursive Writing is a free course from Udemy instructed by Leonid Mechik. This course offers 7 lectures and 45 mins of content aimed at teaching you the cyrillic alphabet as well as Russian phonetics, reading and cursive writing. These lessons are appropriate for beginner level learners. Udemy is an online platform whose mission is "to help anyone learn anything". All of their courses can be done online as well as on Android and iOS.
  • Free Video Course: Chinese is so Easy

    travelinguist
    3 Apr 2015 | 5:13 pm
    Free Online Mandarin Video Course Chinese is so Easy is a free course from Udemy instructed by Anna Lee. This course offers 11 lectures and 1 hour of content geared toward teaching you to greet people and introduce yourself, inquire about family and talk about your hobbies and skills. These lessons are appropriate for people with no prior experience with Chinese, beginners interested in improving speaking and listening skills quickly and anyone who wants to live in China. Udemy is an online platform whose mission is "to help anyone learn anything". All of their courses can be done online as…
  • Free Video Course: Le Passé-Composé Express

    travelinguist
    3 Apr 2015 | 5:07 pm
    Free Online French Video Course Le Passé-Composé Express is a free course from Udemy instructed by Jessica Biedermann. This course offers 12 lectures and 30 mins of content aimed at teaching you to use the passé-composé properly. These lessons are apporporiate for advanced beginner French learners. Udemy is an online platform whose mission is "to help anyone learn anything". All of their courses can be done online as well as on Android and iOS.
  • Free Video Course: English Pronunciation Made Easy

    travelinguist
    3 Apr 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Free Online English Video Course English Punctuation Made Simple is a free course from Udemy instructed by Silviu Marisca. This course offers 23 lectures and 2.5 hours of content geared to help you write better, organize your thoughts logically and become a better communicator. These lessons are apporporiate for intermediate to advanced English students. Udemy is an online platform whose mission is "to help anyone learn anything". All of their courses can be done online as well as on Android and iOS.
  • Free Video Course: Dream, Learn, Exercise in Chinese

    travelinguist
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:03 am
    Free Online Mandarin Chinese Video Course Dream, Learn, Exercise in Chinese is a free course from Udemy instructed by Yao Tsai. This course offers 22 lectures and 38 mins of video content focused on teaching you to be able to effectively communicate in daily social settings using common patterns and a dash of Chinese culture and etiquette. These lessons are designed for novice Mandarin learners. Udemy is an online platform whose mission is "to help anyone learn anything". All of their courses can be done online as well as on Android and iOS.
 
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    Thoughts On Translation

  • You don’t need 100 clients

    Corinne McKay
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:03 pm
    A quick but important piece of advice, especially if you’re in the trenches of your first few years of freelancing. Raise your hand if you’ve ever lamented a lack of progress in your freelance business by saying something like, “The problem is that most clients won’t pay my rates,” or “The problem is that most […]
  • Video: using the carrot, the stick or the temptation bundle to reach your freelance goals

    Corinne McKay
    10 Apr 2015 | 10:52 am
    If you have the drive and discipline to launch your freelance business, you have the drive and discipline to improve your freelance business, but we all struggle to force ourselves to work on those improvements incrementally (or at least I do!). In this video I talk about three approaches you might try: the carrot, the […]
  • New podcast: Being a freelancer and being a dad

    Corinne McKay
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:14 am
    This is a cross-post from Speaking of Translation, the podcast that I co-host with Eve Bodeux. Hot on the heels of our Being a freelancer and being a mom episode (which logged almost 1,000 downloads in its first week!), we’ve put three freelancing dads in the hot seat. We asked them about many of the […]
  • Free webinar: breaking into the direct client market

    Corinne McKay
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:16 pm
    On April 23, I’ll be presenting Breaking into the direct client market for SDL’s webinar series. It’s free and will last about an hour. I’ll talk about the reasons you might want to work with direct clients, how to design marketing materials for direct clients, how to look for untapped niches in the translation industry, […]
  • Getting Started as a Freelance Translator: starts April 1-FULL

    Corinne McKay
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:05 pm
    This course session is now full. I will update my website with the next start date! The next session of my online course for beginning translators, Getting Started as a Freelance Translator, starts on April 1, and registration is open on my website; I currently have three spots left in this session. This is a […]
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    Global by Design

  • Starbucks: The best global retail website

    John Yunker
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    For the 2015 Web Globalization Report Card, we studied 10 retail websites: Best Buy Costco GameStop Gap H&M IKEA McDonald’s Staples Starbucks Toys R Us UNIQLO Walmart Zara Out of those 10 websites, Starbucks emerged as number one. Here is a screen shot from the German site: McDonald’s leads the category in languages supported, with 39 (in […]
  • Adobe points to external localized tutorials

    John Yunker
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:20 am
    Adobe provides French, German and Japanese tutorials for Photoshop Elements. But what about other languages? Until the funding comes along for additional translation, Adobe directs users to tutorials created in Spanish, Polish, Dutch and Russian. Simple and smart. I don’t know what more software companies don’t do this. PS: Adobe ranked #9 overall in this year’s Web […]
  • BMW & Chevrolet: The Best Global Automotive Websites

    John Yunker
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    For the 2015 Web Globalization Report Card, we studied 14 automotive manufacturers and one supplier (Michelin). Audi BMW Chevrolet Ford Goodyear Honda Hyundai Land Rover Lexus Mercedes Michelin Mini Nissan Toyota Volkswagen Out of those 15 websites, BMW and Chevrolet emerged in a numerical tie for number one. BMW and Chevrolet both support an impressive 41 languages, in addition to […]
  • Why you should be using geolocation for global navigation

    John Yunker
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:12 am
    In the 2015 Web Globalization Report Card, slightly more than half of the websites studied use geolocation specifically to improve global navigation. This is up significantly from just a few years ago. Geolocation is the process of identifying the IP address of a user’s computer or smartphone and responding with localized content or websites. Companies that […]
  • Armenia gets an IDN: հայ

    John Yunker
    14 Mar 2015 | 1:59 pm
    This is not exactly breaking news, but Armenia now has an IDN: հայ Here it is in my fast-evolving IDN map: This means that 34 countries now have delegated IDNs.  
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    Gilbane.com

  • Gilbane Advisor 4.16.15

    Frank Gilbane
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Gilbane Conference 2015 call for papers deadline is May 1 Learn more The Apple Watch’s Raison D’être John Kirk is mostly right, but there is more to say. Though it’s fun to speculate on Apple’s initial intent, it is more useful to consider how the Apple watch actually fits into the the evolution of computing, and what it suggests about what comes next. The effective purpose of the watch is not just to make computing more socially acceptable, or even more convenient, but to do so because computing is becoming part of the fabric of daily modern life and computing devices…
  • Gilbane Advisor 3.31.15

    fgilbane
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Gilbane Conference 2015 call for papers Share and network with your peers as a speaker at our next conference. Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston. December 1-3.  Learn more How to Launch Your Digital Platform …I draw from this research to offer a framework to help aspiring entrepreneurs make the right strategic decisions as they build their own platforms… This is also for intrapreneurs. Read more A Few Questions for Publishers Contemplating Facebook as a Platform John Battelle… Well, it’s happening. According to no less authoritative source than The New York Times, The…
  • Call for Papers now open – Gilbane Conference 2015

    Clea Durrell
    18 Mar 2015 | 12:36 pm
    The Gilbane Conference 2015 helps marketers, IT, and business managers integrate content strategies and computing technologies to produce superior customer experiences for all stakeholders. Please review the conference and track topics below and submit your speaking proposal. Additionally, answers to the most common questions about speaking at the Gilbane Conference can be found in the Speaker Guidelines. Deadline for proposals is May 1, 2015 Main Conference Tracks The conference tracks are organized primarily by role/function as described below. The lists under each track are topic…
  • Gilbane Advisor 3.10.15

    Frank Gilbane
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:37 am
    Gilbane Conference 2015 dates & location Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston, December 1 – 3. New web site and call for papers will be live in a few days. We Need to Break the Mobile Duopoly. We Need a 3rd Mobile OS Andreessen Horowitz’s Peter Levine makes an interesting case. Note he is talking about an open OS – and what he doesn’t say is that right now the option is the mobile web, which is open, but also has difficulty replicating the same level of user experience of proprietary native apps. The historically dominant tension between open and proprietary is…
  • Gilbane Advisor 2.2.15 – Groundhog Day Edition

    Frank Gilbane
    2 Feb 2015 | 8:07 am
    Scroll down to check out our new community section The Sharing Economy isn’t About Sharing at All It just seemed that way to some because of the overreach of “social”. It’s about access and convenience, not community. The access economy is changing the structure of a variety of industries, and a new understanding of the consumer is needed to drive successful business models. A successful business model in the access economy will not be based on community, however, as a sharing orientation does not accurately depict the benefits consumers hope to receive. It is important to…
 
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    Russian Language Blog

  • Why Won’t Russians Answer Me In Russian? (Part I)

    Maria
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:51 am
    So we’ve all probably been there. You spend a lot of time learning a language and finally get to a point where you can understand some spoken phrases and form coherent responses. You run into a native speaker and happily start talking Russian (or whatever language you’re learning) to them — only to get a blank look or a response in English. One can’t help thinking, “Is my accent so bad? Do they want to remind me that I’m a foreigner? Do they just want to practice their English with me?” Word Stress Making a Word Unrecognizable This is what people…
  • Economic Struggles of Russian People

    Jenya
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Russian Colors Try to imagine this scenario: the price of many goods and services you’ve come to depend on have increased by at least a third, food costs in many cases have doubled, while your salary has stayed the same; there is talk at work of going to a three-day work week or closing down all together. For so many in Russia, this is not something they have to imagine because it is a stark reality with no end in sight ever since the Russian ruble went into a downward spiral. With much of the world dealing with economic hardships, perhaps you are also reeling from the economic…
  • Married With Children: Family in Russia

    Maria
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:46 am
    Image from Pixabay Family is one of these things that we often assume to be universal all around the world. Especially thinking about industrialis/zed countries like Russia, people from other such nations expect a typical family to be similar to what they are used to. This, of course, may not be true in all cases. It is hard to generalize, but here are some traits shared by many Russian families. Marriage Image from Pixabay One of the first things people from abroad notice is how early Russians marry. The mean age at first marriage (сре́дний во́зраст вступле́ния в…
  • Russians VS Americans in the Battle of Sauerkraut, Pancakes, Sandwiches, Dumplings, and Hot Dogs.

    Jenya
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:37 pm
    pancakes by Bolshakov on flickr.com Warm sauerkraut and kielbasa, a hot dog on a steamed bun with all the fixings, holiday ham straight from the oven, fluffy pancakes with syrup – there is definitely a certain way we eat these foods here in America. The way people eat the very same foods elsewhere can be vastly different. Is it any different in Russia? Read on to find out! 1. Let’s begin with sauerkraut, or If you offered this particular item to a Russian straight from the oven with kielbasa or on a hot sandwich, he would certainly find it odd. This is because Russian people eat…
  • What Brings Foreigners to Russia

    Maria
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:43 am
    Many of the readers of this blog may have visited Russia or other Russian-speaking countries at some point. A visit to Russia is a short-time experience for most people. What compels the chosen few to stay in Russia past the initial three months? 1. Intercompany transfer What: One category of foreigners, usually bestowed the moniker of expats (экспа́ты, ekspaty), staying in Russia for extended periods of time are employees of foreign or multinational companies transferred or dispatched to Russia. Some are top managers (топ-ме́неджеры, top menedzhery). Others include…
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    Polish Language Blog

  • Tug of war on water! What else will Poles come up with?

    Kasia
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:51 pm
    It looks like a lot of fun! Have you heard about it yet, all the sports fans out there? Check out this video of a brilliant new rowing game, “invented” in Poland. Click here to view the embedded video. In a twist on old favourite Tug of War, two teams (dwie drużyny) of rowers (wioślarze) – six on six – face each other on either end of a single boat floating in a swimming pool (basen). A rope across the water indicates the middle and the boat is positioned in the dead center of the pool before the rowing starts. The two teams then row furiously, with the aim being…
  • Happy Easter! Wesołych Świąt Wielkanocnych!

    Kasia
    4 Apr 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Happy Easter to all of you! Here are few Easter wishes, that you can send to your friends in Polish:) Image by k hurst on Flickr.com   Staropolskim obyczajem dużo szynki życzę z jajem, miodu pełne baryłeczki oraz trochę gorzałeczki. No, a w lany poniedziałek – na kark wody pełen dzbanek. By old Polish custom, I wish you a lot of ham with egg, Barrel full of honey and a little vodka. Well, in the cast Monday – jug full of water on your neck. Pisanych jajeczek, Wierzbowych bazieczek, Kiełbasy święconej, Dużo chrzanu do niej, Baby polukrzonej, Kukiełki plecionej,…
  • Niedziela Palmowa in Poland!

    Kasia
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    Today is Palm Sunday (Niedziela Palmowa). It marks the official beginning of Poland’s Easter festivities – perhaps the country’s most sacred holiday. Leading up to the season you’ll see decorative handmade palms (palmy) for sale almost everywhere in Poland. These traditional decorations made from a variety of dried flowers and plants are crafted in villages all over Poland. Palms are taken to church on Sunday to be blessed before decorating homes for the duration of the season.   Image by PolandMFA on Flickr.com As a deeply Catholic country, Poland takes its Easter…
  • How internet is changing the way we talk? How to translate some abbreviations to Polish?

    Kasia
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:27 pm
    When it comes to the way we communicate with each other, it’s obvious the Internet influenced some major changes: Email superseded snail mail, Facebook pretty much swallowed the idea of calling someone and wishing them a happy birthday, our job hunts are conducted through LinkedIn… Image by nicolasnova on Flickr.com It’s slightly less in-your-face, but the Internet is also shifting the words we use to speak to one another, not just the way we choose to communicate. Our obsession with the Internet even influences the simple act of talking – out loud, in real life (IRL, if you…
  • As non Polish citizen, do you have to pay for the education of your child during your stay in Poland?

    Kasia
    12 Mar 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Image by Krzysztof Pacholak on Flickr.com Recently, some of my friends asked me this question. After doing some researching, this is what I came up with! Education (edukacja) is free of charge for foreign children (dzieci obcokrajowców) in public elementary schools, gymnasiums and secondary schools until the child turns 18 or completes the school he was enrolled in before turning 18 (e.g. in comprehensive high school). Exceptions are listed below: post-secondary schools (szkoły policealne) post-secondary schools for adults (szkoły policealne dla dorosłych) artistic schools (szkoły…
 
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    Ingls na Ponta da Lngua

  • Phrasal Verbs com Let

    Denilso de Lima
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Phrasal Verbs com Let Que tal aprender alguns dos principais phrasal verbs com let usados no dia a dia de quem fala inglês? Se você tem interesse no assunto, então continue lendo esta dica. Nela listo alguns dos mais comuns phrasal verbs com let para deixar seu inglês ainda mais natural. Então, vamos lá! LET DOWN » decepcionar, desapontar (alguém) Please, don’t let me down. (Por favor, não me decepcione.) I promised to do it; I can’t let her down. (Prometi fazer isso; não posso desapontá-la.) She failed to turn up and I felt badly let down. (Ela não apareceu e eu…
  • Expressões Idiomáticas: Confessions of an Idiom

    Denilso de Lima
    12 Apr 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Confessions of an Idiom Você curte aprender idioms? Se curte, creio que vai gostar e muito desta dica. Nela você encontrará uma lista incrível de idioms para ter sempre na ponta da língua. Todos os idioms estão presentes no vídeo Confessions of an Idiom apresentado abaixo. Antes, porém, devo dar algumas informações sobre o vídeo. Confessions of an Idiom foi dirigido por Amanda Koh e Mollie Helms. O vídeo foi publicado em 2013, ganhou alguns prêmios e fez muito sucesso. Todo ele é baseado em um esqueleto (a skeleton) que sai de dentro de um armário (closet) e é…
  • A Murder of Crows

    Denilso de Lima
    8 Apr 2015 | 6:40 am
    A Murder of Crows A sequência de imagens abaixo – intitulada A Murder of Crows – foi publicada originalmente no site Imgur. Ela é o que chamamos de visual story (história visual); ou seja, em cada imagem há um texto que deve ser lido na sequência apresentada. Achei a história curiosa e decidi publicá-la aqui. Assim, você poderá praticar suas habilidades de leitura e interpretação de texto em inglês. A história é reveladora; portanto, leia até o final. Se tiver dúvidas sobre uma palavra/expressão ou outra, recorra a um dicionário. Após a última imagem, fiz uma breve…
  • Como dizer em off em inglês?

    Denilso de Lima
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Em off em inglês Se você acha que para dizer em off em inglês basta dizer algo como in off, está redondamente enganado. Também nem adianta achar que é on off ou at off. Nada disso! Em inglês, a expressão em off, usada quando queremos dizer que algo é confidencial ou deva ser mantido em sigilo, é off the record. Embora nós aqui no Brasil dizemos em off, saiba que a origem da nossa expressão vem do inglês off the record. Para facilitar, seguem abaixo alguns exemplos: Although his comments were off the record, the newspaper published them anyway. (Embora seus comentários…
  • [eBook] Pronúncia Básica do Inglês

    Denilso de Lima
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:23 pm
    Pronúncia Básica do Inglês Você quer aprender a pronúncia básica do inglês? Conhecer os sons consonantes e vocálicos? Aprender o Alfabeto Fonético Internacional? Entender a diferença entre os sons de man e men? Ou feet e fit? Ou ainda mat e met? Identificar as dificuldades mais comuns enfrentadas por brasileiros e como superá-las? Se você respondeu sim a pelo menos uma das perguntas acima, tenho uma notícia boa para você! Estamos disponibilizando todo o material do curso Pronúncia Básica do Inglês em formato ebook. Isso significa que você poderá ter todas as apostilas e…
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  • Space as a Matter of Attention

    Blair
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:39 pm
    One of the interesting features of the book Attention and Meaning is the way different authors have personal stories about how they found their way to interest in attention. Chapter 4 is by Kai-Uwe Carstensen, whose web page either boasts or confesses, "I am one of the few who believe that selective attention plays an important role in cognition, much more important than currently acknowledged." His chapter is titled, "A Cognitivist Attentional Semantics of Locative Prepositions," and states early on, "Attention-related phenomena… seem to have come to the fore only recently…. In this…
  • What Attention Is

    Blair
    9 Apr 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Sometimes I still enjoy listening to my old, analog LP records, even with their snaps, crackles and pops. If we are going to argue that language is a system for harnessing attention, we ought to be clear which of the two general theories of attention we are talking about, information oriented or consciousness oriented. Information oriented attention was proposed by Donald Broadbent in the 1950s and is still favored by artificial intelligence investigators who seek to model attention on a computer. It defines attention as a filtering process that buffers some input before it moves on to short…
  • Attention-Based Syntax

    Blair
    5 Apr 2015 | 9:08 am
    The Rosetta Stone Last June I posted a three-part series titled "I'm Tired of Chomsky" in which I summarized Chomsky's theory, put forth an alternate theory, and reached some conclusions (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, All 3 in 1 PDF). At the end I found that there was some overlap in our ideas about language: Internal language: Although I do not accept Chomsky's theory of innate, elementary concepts, I do believe that humans enjoy a subjective, sensory knowledge that language can evoke but not reproduce. A Merge system: I disagree with Chomsky's idea that language is produced by combining symbols…
  • What Makes Humans Different

    Blair
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:37 pm
    Giraffes check me out as I check them out. Attention is much older than the genus Homo but we have turned it into a liberating power. Attention began as a reflex action. Something unexpected happens—there is a sudden noise, bright color, disgusting scent, hard poke—and an animal focuses on it, becomes aware of it. I was once on a walk in Zambia and far away, maybe a quarter of a mile distant, viewed from one ridge to another, a giraffe came out of a clearing and began walking down a slope toward water. It was the first time I ever saw a giraffe before it saw me. One of the people I was…
  • Here’s a surprise: I picked the right teachers

    Blair
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:40 pm
    I started this blog almost nine years ago, not being sure I had enough for nine days' worth of posting. To get myself started I prepared about 15 posts in advance of launch. As I began my research, almost immediately I came across the notion of "joint attention," two or more individuals paying attention to the same thing and knowing they are sharing their attention. Joint attention turns two individuals into a self-conscious unit, and supports cooperation by enabling members of the unit to think of themselves as an us. Linguistic interactions depend upon joint attention. In an early post I…
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  • Language and words in the news – 17th April, 2015

    Liz Potter
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:07 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: tolerance

    Liz Potter
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of  language tips we look at how metaphor is used to express some common concepts in English. This week’s tip looks at metaphors used to talk about tolerance and intolerance: Having an attitude of tolerance […] [This is a content excerpt only. Visit our blog for the full post].
  • Ain’t nothin’ (grammatically) wrong with no double negatives

    Stan Carey
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    When Mick Jagger sings that he ‘can’t get no satisfaction’, there’s no confusion over what he means – we know he’s not saying he can get some satisfaction. In a different context, ‘can’t get any satisfaction’ might be better, but we give singers poetic licence when it comes to grammar. We should, anyway. But we […] [This is a content excerpt only. Visit our blog for the full post].
  • Language and words in the news – 10th April, 2015

    Liz Potter
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:08 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: holiday

    Liz Potter
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:26 am
    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, usage, etc. This week’s language tip helps with the differences in how people talk about holidays in American... [This is a content excerpt only. Visit our blog for the full post].
 
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  • La Langue Francaise (The French Language)

    Pimsleur Approach
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:26 am
    Once upon a time, for around 300 years (from the 17th to the 20th century), French was widely considered to be the most important language of diplomacy and commerce, a veritable lingua franca before it was supplanted by English. Today, many hands are wrung in the Francophone world about the health or otherwise of the language, with particular levels of despair reserved from the encroachment of English words into the French vernacular. However, doomsayers should take a moment to look at the statistics. Image Credit: @ Think Stock dot com French is an official language in an incroyable 29…
  • World Foods February Edition: Time to Indulge!

    Pimsleur Approach
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:29 am
    Every month different foods and dishes are in season across the world, yet most of us don’t know what to order. For many travelers, the food makes half the vacation, so knowing what is at its best when can have a huge impact on your experience. This is our guide to the top things to eat across the globe right now for the ultimate travel taste experience. Image Credit: @ Think Stock dot com What to eat in the Northern Hemisphere February, that often cold and wintry month, is the time for warm soups, hearty pasta and soft pastries, mouth-watering delicacies most travelers would be more than…
  • Lost in Translation: Tips for Travelling to Foreign Places

    Pimsleur Approach
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:25 am
    You’ve booked your ticket to somewhere you’ve always wanted to see. Your bags are packed, your passport is in your pocket and your camera is hanging around your neck. You have everything in order, except for one thing — you don’t know the language. Image Credit: @ Think Stock dot com It can be intimidating visiting a new destination without some knowledge of the language spoken there. You have a lot to keep in mind. You might be wondering how you will communicate if an accident occurs or how you will get around without being able to read the street signs. Traveling to a foreign…
  • Perfecting the Art of Language Learning: A Story Told by Pimsleur’s Customer of the Month

    Pimsleur Approach
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:55 am
    - Customer Of the Month - Many Americans can trace their heritage back to another part of the world where English isn’t the native tongue and another language takes precedence. A language can capture the essence of a people and a place in a way no other aspect of culture can. For those looking to truly immerse themselves in their cultural heritage, language provides a way in. For Mariel Scalerandi, this month’s Pimsleur Approach Customer of the Month, it was her family roots that fed her desire to learn a new language. “Approximately, one and a half years ago, I purchased the Pimsleur…
  • Valentine’s Day Special: Multi-lingual Terms of Endearment & More!

    Pimsleur Approach
    10 Feb 2015 | 11:15 am
    It’s that Hallmark time of year again, when fluffy teddy bears are out in force and red hearts adorn store windows as far as the eye can see. Image Credit: @ Think Stock dot com Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is happening. Here at Pimsleur Approach, we decided to get into the spirit of the celebration: multi-lingual style! Peruse our list of pet names and cheesy chat-up lines. Who knows, you may just fall for a new term of endearment. Happy Valentine’s Day! French French is a Romance language, which is considered by many to be the most romantic language of all.
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  • What is Pseudo-Localization?

    16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
      If you have ever been involved with a software or website translation project, pseudo-localization is a process you will be very familiar with. For those unfamiliar with the term, pseudo-localization is a form of QA testing to determine if your files are ready for translation.  Quite simply, it's a trial run for the actual translation. Test, Fix, Translate   The correct way to begin any localization project is to first invest time preparing your files.  This is where pseudo-localization happens.  The additional time you spend on these series of tests will save you a…
  • Sitecore CMS and Multi-language Sites - Part 2

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Sitecore is a customer experience management company that offers leading Web Content Management System (WCMS) and multi-channel marketing automation software solutions.   Sitecore is highly scalable, yet very easy to use. It allows website managers and authors to better engage with their customers online across multiple channels and to derive customer intelligence.   The company was founded in 2001 and has offices in Australia, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, and the United States.   Sitecore has been…
  • Business Etiquette around the World

    14 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Globalization is one of the best and fastest ways of growing your business, but it comes with certain challenges. Cultural differences result in different sets of business etiquette and ethical practices from country to country. Respecting and adopting these practices can lead to your business's success globally.   There is an ongoing debate over whether businesses should adapt to the local environment or if there should be a standard set of principles for business etiquette around the world. Globalization, social media and technology, along with factors like environmental issues and…
  • Angel Investors

    12 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend two major events on global investments and new business opportunities in the MENA region.   Both events discussed foreign investments in the MENA region, the incentives governments are willing to give to attract investors, and the role investors play in startups. But one term kept coming up, "Angel Investors."   The first event was the annual investment meeting, AIM Dubai 2015, which highlighted the role of sustainable development through FDI induced innovation and technology development.  The second event was the AMCHAM MENA…
  • Business Card Etiquette

    9 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Surprisingly, mom is not always right, especially in the world of networking. Contrary to our mothers' constant reminder to never talk to strangers, the art of socializing and networking requires us to do exactly the opposite!   In fact, the more strangers you share information with, the more chances there are for socializing which can lead to career or business opportunities.   We may have been taught not to speak to strangers, but at the end of the day a profitable future awaits if we make the right connection, and isn't that what makes most moms happy?     Evolution of…
 
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  • 3 steps to become a storyteller while travelling abroad

    Yasmim
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:01 am
    Travelling is something most people love doing. It is great to be in a new city or in a completely foreign country. The tourism is huge activity nowadays because travelling became essential to many people looking to broaden their horizons in life. But travelling is more than doing tours in buses or staying in a fancy hotel. An important part of travelling abroad is experiencing the culture by its people, the foreigners that you will meet. If you are passionate about taking pictures of beautiful places and love sightseeing, you should also consider recording your experiences with people you…
  • 3 passos para se tornar um contador de histórias no exterior

    Yasmim
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Viajar é uma coisa que a maioria das pessoas amam fazer. É ótimo estar em uma nova cidade ou em um país completamente novo. O turismo é uma atividade gigantesca porque viajar se tornou algo essencial para muitas pessoas procurando ampliar seus horizontes. Mas viajar é mais do que fazer tour de ônibus ou ficar em hotéis caros. Uma parte importante de viajar para o exterior é experimentar a cultura pelas pessoas, através dos estrangeiros que você vai encontrar. Se você ama tirar fotos de lugares lindos, você deveria considerar também registrar suas experiências com as pessoas que…
  • 3 SPANISH SPORT MIRACLES

    Andrés
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:01 am
    If I asked you about the Spanish athletes you know, you would probably come up with some of the following famous names: NBA players Pau and Marc Gasol, tennis player Rafael Nadal, Formula One driver Fernando Alonso, swimmer Mireia Belmonte or any of Spain´s national football team players. Now, what if I talked to you about Javier Fernández, Carolina Marín or Lidia Valentín? Would you know who they are and the sport they practice? If the answer is no, do not worry. I will introduce them to you. Javier Fernández López is the current world figure skating champion. At only 23 years of…
  • 3 MILAGROS DEL DEPORTE ESPAÑOL

    Andrés
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Si os preguntaran por deportistas españoles en general, los primeros que os vendrían a la cabeza serían probablemente los hermanos Pau y Marc Gasol, Rafael Nadal, Fernando Alonso, la nadadora Mireia Belmonte o cualquiera de los futbolistas de la selección nacional. Sin embargo, si os hablaran de Javier Fernández, Carolina Marín o Lidia Valentín, ¿sabríais quiénes son y qué deportes practican? Tranquilos, no os preocupéis si la respuesta es no. Aquí os los presento.   Javier Fernández López es el actual campeón de Europa y del mundo de patinaje artístico. A sus 24…
  • The Keeper of the Lost Causes

    Charlotte
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Director: Mikkel Nørgaard Writers: Jussi Adler-Olsen (novel), Nikolaj Arcel Stars: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Sonja Richter, Peter Plaugborg Language: Danish (English subs) We have all seen and probably liked them: the American crime movies. A local hero fighting some omniscient, fraudulent authority and surviving several gunshots. The American movie industry doesn’t seem to get saturated with them. The last few years Danish cinema has however gained more and more recognition by rising above the American clichés and producing high-end crime movies. But can it once again confirm its reputation with…
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  • Noche Oscura en Lima - Chapter 25

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Grant echó una mirada hacia abajo. Le parecía que la tierra se levantaba rápidamente. En cuatro horas y media, poco más o menos, habían recorrido los ochocientos kilómetros de Lima a Arequipa. --¿Tiene Vd. verdaderas esperanzas de encontrar a Pablo? --preguntó Carlota--. ¿Qué piensa hacer ahora? --Tres hombres --contestó Grant-- no pueden perderse de vista sin dejar alguna señal que nos indique[1] sus movimientos. Hay que tener fe, señorita. Aunque yo…
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  • JLPT BC 158 | Divorce in Japan

    Clayton MacKnight
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:47 am
    I should start off by saying that I’m not getting divorced.  I’m still happily married and probably will be for the foreseeable future.  Some of my fellow expatriates and Japanese friends haven’t been so lucky though. Which, to my naive self, seems a little surprising.  Don’t get me wrong, I come from a divorced family and pretty much everyone in my family has gotten divorced at one time in their lives.  I know it exists and is out there.  I just didn’t think it was all that common in Japan. The divorce rate (the red line in the linked article) is in line…
  • Using Categories to Speak Fluently

    Clayton MacKnight
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:42 am
    You might have heard that a core of about 2000 words of any given language make up somewhere around 80% of all communication in that language. And that if you can master those 2000 words you can use the language fairly well. And you might have already learned a good 2000 words in Japanese. Just to put that in perspective, N4 requires you to know close to 2000 words. And it is hard for a lot of people to think they are fluent after passing that test. But, to be honest, you pretty much have all the tools you need to communicate pretty well. It will definitely help for you to add a lot more…
  • JLPT BC 157 | Back to jDramas

    Clayton MacKnight
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:28 am
    I’ve been spending (or wasting depending on how you look at) with keeping my streaks up on Memrise. I think it is great to have that daily goal, but I have busy days and not so busy days and it can make it hard to keep up with keeping a good streak going. This has lead me to ‘learn’ a lot of words, only to score 50% on the tests afterwards. This can get a little frustrating. Other than bulking up on vocab, I picked up a new jDrama, Hirugao, which literally means afternoon face. It is a pretty risque drama about two women involved in affairs during the day, hence the whole…
  • JLPT N5 Grammar: Using mada and mou

    Clayton MacKnight
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:56 pm
    This month, we go over how to use mada and mou to talk about changes in states. These two words are sometimes translated as yet and already. They mark a change in states or emphasize the fact that a state has not changed. Do know how to these grammar points? Do you know how to form them? I go over all that and more in the video below: For over 7 hours of videos like this one, be sure to subscribe to the JLPT N5 Grammar YouTube Channel Or check out some of the other N5 grammar videos: Japanese adjectives Japanese adjectives – past tense Japanese adjectives – polite past tense…
  • JLPT BC 156 | The Realities of Living in a Foreign Country

    Clayton MacKnight
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:41 am
    There seems to be a small subsection of the expat population in Japan, that likes to shower the world with negativity and tell you about how horrible it is to live in Japan.  Some of them came over seeking the easy profits and seemingly easy lifestyle of teaching the language that they grew up natively speaking.  When they grow older, they start to realize that Japan, like pretty much everywhere else on the planet, requires some hard work for you to get ahead and move into a position of comfort. A perfect example of this type of character is Arudou Debito, who likes to rant on about the…
 
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  • Language and words in the news – 17th April, 2015

    Liz Potter
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:07 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 A History of the Hot Take Calling something a “hot take” is an increasingly popular way to dismiss the value of a piece of writing.
  • Language tip of the week: tolerance

    Liz Potter
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of  language tips we look at how metaphor is used to express some common concepts in English. This week’s tip looks at metaphors used to talk about tolerance and intolerance: Having an attitude of tolerance is like being in a broad, open space. Being intolerant is like being in a small, closed, and narrow space. My parents are very broad-minded. Anyone who works with young people needs to be open-minded. The scheme shows extraordinary breadth of vision. We were…
  • Ain’t nothin’ (grammatically) wrong with no double negatives

    Stan Carey
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    When Mick Jagger sings that he ‘can’t get no satisfaction’, there’s no confusion over what he means – we know he’s not saying he can get some satisfaction. In a different context, ‘can’t get any satisfaction’ might be better, but we give singers poetic licence when it comes to grammar. We should, anyway. But we don’t always make the same allowances for people who use double negatives in their everyday speech. Note that multiple negation is a better name, since there are sometimes three or more negatives, but double negative is the more established term. The Merriam-Webster…
  • Language and words in the news – 10th April, 2015

    Liz Potter
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:08 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 Women Are Far More Innovative Than Men In This Crucial Part Of Life In modern societies, especially, the difference between how people talk…
  • Language tip of the week: holiday

    Liz Potter
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:26 am
    In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, usage, etc. This week’s language tip helps with the differences in how people talk about holidays in American and British English. In the UK, a holiday, often called your holidays, is a period of time during which you do not go to school or work, and usually you go to a place away from home to relax: Where are you going for your holiday? American speakers…
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  • Why I Hate Interpreting and Translating: multilinguals are not “natural” interpreters and translators

    admin
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Just because somebody speaks two languages, he/she is not a natural, automatic interpreter and translator. A multilingual person can’t translate anything anybody wants, and can’t do simultaneous interpretation. I have received many requests and demands to translate and interpret on the spot from monolingual people and from multilinguals who aren’t used to being in situations where they have to interpret or translate. The idea that just because somebody is bilingual that they should make a career as a translator and an interpreter or do it for friends and family as favors is…
  • Brazil: A Failing State

    admin
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    I digress from my usual topics on language learning to discuss my recent trip to Brazil that left me stunned at how the country is going downhill. Brazil has been a country that I’ve adored ever since I went to Brazil the first time about 15 years ago, when I lived in Argentina. On my second visit to Brazil, I went to Rio de Janeiro and the city took my breath away in a way that only one other place had done in the past. I literally forgot about my life when I was there. I was so mesmerized by the beach, mountains, islands, fresh fruit juices and experimenting different creative sandwiches,…
  • You are not your language. Linguistic snobbery blocks language learning

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

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

    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…
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  • How To Find The Motivation To Learn A Language

    Donovan Nagel
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:47 am
    Recently I wrote about how one of the biggest struggles people face when learning another language is finding time (according to many of you who I surveyed). The response I gave can pretty much be summed up like this: Minimalist living → Less work → Less hours stuck doing things that enslave us → More time to truly live and do the things we love It doesn’t take into account everyone’s own situation but for many it does. You know what the second biggest problem people said they face? Finding motivation. The difference between the time issue and the motivation issue is that…
  • How To Learn Grammar Easily And Enjoyably

    Donovan Nagel
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:58 am
    Much of the advice on this site for language learning can be summed up like this: Get out there and talk to people. Even if you only know two words – hello and goodbye – it’s enough to get you started. Fact: books are dead and don’t reflect the living, organic nature of languages that are spoken by real people. I’m a hold-nothing-back, face-your-fears language and cultural immersion guy. Grammar rules are something we invented to try and make sense of languages that are forever evolving and breaking those rules. Ironically, the best language learners are the ones who…
  • What To Do When You Can’t Find Time For Things That Matter

    Donovan Nagel
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    I recently sent out an email asking people what their biggest hurdles are when learning another language and before long my inbox was flooded with responses. Of all the responses I got from people, you know what the most common problem was? Time. I half expected to mostly hear things like speaking, listening, learning vocab, overcoming fear, etc. but nope! The majority of people say that they just can’t find enough hours in the day to learn a foreign language. Key word here: find. What I picked up from the emails people sent me was that it’s not just about managing time –…
  • Learning The Irish Language? These Are The Resources You Need

    Donovan Nagel
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    Seachtain na Gaeilge shona daoibh! Happy Irish Language (Gaeilge) Week! Every year in the run-up to St. Patrick’s Day there’s a festival that runs in Ireland and in many other pockets of the globe from the 1st to the 17th of March which is aimed at celebrating and raising awareness of the Irish language and culture. As far as I’m aware, Irish is the only language in the world that gets 17 straight days of celebration. From the Seachtain na Gaeilge website: Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Language Week) is an international Irish language festival and one of the biggest celebrations of…
  • The One Thing You Can’t Bullshit In Foreign Language Learning

    Donovan Nagel
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    I made this comment a while back and figured it was worth repeating here: Learning to ‘speak’ a language quickly is not as difficult as people think, but being able to actually comprehend language that’s spoken naturally and quickly takes a lot of time and exposure. It’s the one aspect of language learning that can’t be faked. Gimmicks that talk about ‘fast fluency’ are flawed for this reason. There’s no such thing as ‘fast comprehension’. Comprehension, particularly listening comprehension, is the one aspect of language learning…
 
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    EVS Translations Blog

  • Referendum – Word of the day

    EVS Blog
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    In almost every election, politicians, pundits, and the press will, in order to better resonate with voter sentiment, attempt to make the election focus on a specific issue or policy. Overall, a referendum may be used in a traditional specific-issue sense or as a more liberal interpretation of the views of the voting public. Looking […] The post Referendum – Word of the day appeared first on EVS Translations Blog. Related posts: Shrapnel – Word of the day War of the words – Word of the day SMS – Word of the day
  • Puppet (Government) – Word of the day

    EVS Blog
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    When most people think of puppets, images of Punch and Judy come to mind. However, in the political world, there is, unfortunately, a darker and more sinister definition applied to this word. Whether it be a small scale local government with ties to and exercising the will of an important local business entity or, on […] The post Puppet (Government) – Word of the day appeared first on EVS Translations Blog. Related posts: Silhouette – Word of the day Watt – Word of the day Picnic – Word of the day
  • Juku – Word of the day

    EVS Blog
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Juku is the Japanese word often translated as “cram school”. The word first appeared in 1931, when the New York Times wrote an article entitled: “New teaching idea spreads in Japan. Obara, founder of the Juku system explains its aims and progress.” In fact, Juku gained in popularity following Japan’s post-war era since which time […] The post Juku – Word of the day appeared first on EVS Translations Blog. Related posts: Hobson’s choice – Word of the day Karaoke – Word of the day Hashtag – Word of the day
  • Tulip – Word of the day

    EVS Blog
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:54 pm
    The Tulip were originally a wild flower growing in the Central Asia and were first cultivated by the Turks as early as 1,000 AD. The Turks called the flower tulband or tulipant, which were their vulgar ways to pronounce the Persian dulband (turban). The name of the flower either referred to the resembles to a […] The post Tulip – Word of the day appeared first on EVS Translations Blog. Related posts: Teddy bear – Word of the day Farfalle, rigatoni, penne, linguine – Words of the day Typhoon – Word of the day
  • Paskha – Word of the day

    EVS Blog
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Following the Eastern Orthodox traditions, the most important fasting of the year – the Great Lent just finished and to celebrate it, most Russian countries would prepare a traditional festive cake – a Paskha. Paskha is a cheesecake, in a pyramid shape, made by a drained mixture of curds or cottage like cheese, eggs, cream, […] The post Paskha – Word of the day appeared first on EVS Translations Blog. Related posts: Plimsoll/Plimsoll Line – Word of the day Ratatouille – Word of the day Polio / Poliomyelitis – Word of the day
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  • 4 Basic Strategies for Teaching Spanish Verbs

    Diana Caballero
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    Check out these strategies for teaching Spanish verbs that include activity and game ideas for each one. Read More >The post 4 Basic Strategies for Teaching Spanish Verbs appeared first on Speaking Latino.
  • ¿Adónde vas? by Jarabe de Palo: Spanish Song to Practice the Verb IR in the Present

    Diana Caballero
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Practice the verb IR in Spanish with the song ¿Adónde vas? by Jarabe de Palo. Includes cloze activity and sentence construction with the form VOY + A. Read More >The post ¿Adónde vas? by Jarabe de Palo: Spanish Song to Practice the Verb IR in the Present appeared first on Speaking Latino.
  • Spanish Teaching Guide for Substitute Teachers

    Diana Caballero
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:40 am
    Use this Spanish teaching guide with ideas and examples to create activities for when a substitute teacher needs to cover your Spanish class. Read More >The post Spanish Teaching Guide for Substitute Teachers appeared first on Speaking Latino.
  • Si nos duele by Victor Manuelle: Spanish Song to Practice DOLER and Pronouns ME, TE and NOS

    Diana Caballero
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    With the song Si Nos Duele your students will practice the verb DOLER and the personal pronouns ME, TE and NOS. Includes cloze activities. Read More >The post Si nos duele by Victor Manuelle: Spanish Song to Practice DOLER and Pronouns ME, TE and NOS appeared first on Speaking Latino.
  • Parents’ Guide to Teach Spanish at Home

    Diana Caballero
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:03 am
    This guide to teach Spanish at home will give parents some ideas on where to focus to teach and practice Spanish with their kids. Read More >The post Parents’ Guide to Teach Spanish at Home appeared first on Speaking Latino.
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    Translation Source

  • Translation Source Translator Spotlight: Hazal Kaya -Turkish

    Camilo
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:27 pm
    To most people translations can be a mysterious thing. Where do your documents go when you need something translated into a language you know little about?  Who are these people who see thousands and thousands of pages of sensitive materials every year? Our Translator Spotlight series serves to strip away this sense of mystery and  introduce you to the professionals on the other side your translation projects. Q: Where are you from and where do you live now? A: I’m from Turkey and I live in Istanbul.   Q: What languages do you speak? A: Turkish, which is my native language, and…
  • Bilingualism in the USA: Spanglish is Here to Stay

    Camilo
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Spanglish, defined by Amherst College Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture Ilan Stavans as “the verbal encounter between Anglo and Hispano civilizations,” is a defining feature of the language of the U.S. Hispanic population, estimated at over 50 million. Spanglish is abhorred by some, such as writer Octavio Paz, who famously called it a “gross deformation,” but seen by others as a positive language change. Columbia University Professor Gustavo Pérez Firmat states that “Latino literature is already making the English language vibrate in a different way, and therein lies…
  • Insider Scoop: Jeannette Waldie of JK Waldie & Associates

    Camilo
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:11 am
    Q: Can you tell us a little bit about the services you offer at JK Waldie & Associates? A: We offer businesses a unique approach to their business communication – we weave the threads of their vision, culture, and what makes them unique to craft written documents that connect them to clients, their employees and the world – whether it is a proposal for services, website for a global market, or company processes. Q: How did your company start out? A: I started JK Waldie & Associates in 2012 when I had an opportunity to team with one of the top proposal consulting firms in the US,…
  • SAP Localization from Planning to Implementation: Top 5 Missteps to Avoid

    Camilo
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:18 pm
    SAP localization projects are often large initiatives that may span all areas of a given company.  In the past, we’ve discussed the linguistic, cultural, and technical aspects of SAP localization projects. Now we’d like to focus on the relationship between customer and provider with the top 5 missteps to avoid from planning to implementation of your SAP initiative.   #1 Incomplete Definition of Requirements Problem: Inaccurate or inadequate definition of your organization’s requirements for a SAP localization project can lead to problems in design, testing, and functionality that…
  • Medical Device Translation: Top 5 Considerations

    Camilo
    11 Feb 2015 | 3:12 pm
    A medical device is any instrument, equipment, or implant used to diagnose, prevent, or treat a medical condition; covering anything from stethoscopes to pacemakers. Almost half of the top 30 medical device companies worldwide are headquartered abroad and all of the major U.S. medical device companies have branches in other regions. This means that translation plays a large role in this booming international industry. In addition to the legal documentation necessary to cut through the red tape associated with the sale and distribution of medical devices in most countries, there are a host of…
 
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    Blog at Fluent Language Tuition

  • How I came to Online Teaching: A TEFL-Free Story

    Kerstin Hammes
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:48 am
    Many people who find me and my work through Fluent often assume that I took the classic route of learning how to teach online after studying for a TEFL exam, but that's not actually true. In fact, I never set out to be an entrepreneur at all. In today's blog post, I want to share this awesome interview with me and Gabby Wallace from Laptoplanguageteacher.com.It's an in-depth look at how I started out in language teaching, and how my independent streak actually helped me discover my own niche in this market. As you can see, I'm just as scared as you are when it comes to that niche challenge!
  • Upgrade Fluency Made Achievable on your iPad or Mac

    Kerstin Hammes
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    If you are a regular Fluent reader, you'll already know that I have published two language learning guides so far. They're called Fluency Made Achievable and The Vocab Cookbook, and both have been for sale exclusively on Kindle this year. Well guys, it's time to break free and announce the launch of my new iBooks version of Fluency Made Achievable. Over the past weeks I decided to work on creating this special edition of the book, and it's now been approved for sale on the iBooks store.Why is this cool?This is not just an ebook you can't do anything with. While every language guide I write is…
  • How to Fall in Love with a Language: Inspiring Stories from Learners like You

    Kerstin Hammes
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:45 am
    A few weeks ago, my partner and I decided to watch the oscar-nominated film Nightcrawler. You may be aware that things get a bit scary in the film, so I allowed myself a distraction from watching it. I was watching the film in English with Spanish subtitles.And I realised two things:Spanish doesn't swear sexually but religiously (¡diablos!)I prefer Spanish to French, even though I've been learning French for 20 years and only studied Spanish from 2001 to 2003Soon I found myself wondering if this is normal. Does every language learner have a favourite among their languages?What…
  • How to enjoy Language Learning more by being lousy at it

    Kerstin Hammes
    5 Apr 2015 | 11:47 pm
    If you are a long-term follower of the Fluent blog, you might already be familiar with my love of Pinterest. I spend the odd free minute over on that website, admiring pictures, getting inspiration and using it to learn about education and teaching.. The Growth Mindset Today I came across a really great graphic illustrating the growth mindset (previously discussed in episode 9 of the podcast), which is such a helpful way for language learners and strivers of any kind to treat perfectionism and become ongoing learners. Adopting a growth mindset has been proven to contribute to both learning…
  • Learn to speak Dog in 6 weeks: The Top 5 April stories for Language Lovers

    Kerstin Hammes
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Back in 1957, eight million astounded Brits gathered around their television sets to learn about a magnificient cultural spectacle. The popular BBC programme Panorama was showing exclusive footage of the epic Spaghetti Harvest in Switzerland. They had been enjoying tinned spaghetti from the greengrocer's shelves and relished learning more about how this exotic dish was made. In fact, the BBC has a long history of bringing us groundbreaking news like that. Just think of their discovery that penguins can fly! What the What? Okay, by now you may find yourself wondering if I've gone completely…
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    Learn Spanish My Way

  • The Irregular Past

    Keith Walters
    12 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Last time, I introduced the two types of past in Spanish: the Preterite and the Imperfect. I covered the uses for each and showed you how to conjugate the regular verbs for both. Right now, I want to go over the irregular verbs using both the Preterite and the Imperfect.There's a lot to cover, so let's dig in!I'm going to run through the irregular Imperfect verbs first since there are so few of them. These verbs don't quite behave like their regular counterparts which is why they are classified as irregular. Luckily, there are only three (3) irregular verbs: Ser (to be), Ir (to go), and Ver…
  • The Past Is a Foreign Country

    Keith Walters
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    "The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there."–Leslie Poles Hartley, The Go-BetweenThis quote says much about the differences between the past in Spanish and that in English.Spanish has two forms of the past tense: the Preterite and the Imperfect. Why would someone need two forms of the same tense? That’s nuts, I tell you! But is it?It all comes down to perception of the past. I’m not debating whether something in the past has happened. Instead, it’s about time and your perception of that time. Time's affect on something or someone in the past.For example, “I…
  • Ad Errors: Número Uno ~ La Respuesta

    Keith Walters
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Last time, I introduced something new to you. Ad Errors is a game, sort of, where you must try and locate the error or errors in Spanish in an advertisement that I post. It should be fun and I hope that it is fun.Here is the advertisement with the answer:I've circled the word "las" in this ad. It happens to be the only error in the ad. But why?To answer this question, you must know something about telling time in Spanish.The time after the word "las" is 1 p.m. One is a singular time unlike the rest of the numbers on the clock. In Spanish, the word "las" is plural. The singular form is "la."…
  • Ad Errors: Número Uno

    Keith Walters
    13 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    I decided to start something new with my blog. Let me introduce Ad Errors. As you can probably tell, it's not the most original of names.From time to time, I'll find an advertisement in Spanish. I'll post it in the hopes that you will comment below with your answers. It'll contain one or multiple errors in Spanish. Can you identify the error(s)?The following week, I'll post the answer. Post your comments below and good luck!So here is the first ever, Ad Errors: Número Uno:¡Hasta Luego!~Keith
  • The Flashcard Method

    Keith Walters
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Many have struggled, including myself, with trying to learn tons of vocabulary words, verbs and verb conjugations in Spanish.One sure way is to use flashcards! This might seem "old school" to some, but this method really does work. You can modify it to help you learn faster and incorporate new ways of learning Spanish.I always advocate creating your own flashcards. More kinetic learners do better if they can put their whole body into the process of learning. By making your own flashcards, you are immersed in the activity of creating them just the way you want to help reinforce your learning.
 
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    Smoke & Croak

  • ccTLDs – an automatic choice?

    Liam Curley
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:20 am
    There are many articles on domain structure for international sites. Many, if not all, recommend the use of ccTLDs (i.e. example.de) due to the geo signals that they send to Google, but I’ve read very few articles that substantiate this type of claim with any research or evidence. Is this recommendation out-dated? With every passing year, Google gets better at reading and setting geo signals. By introducing Hreflang and improving Webmaster Tools with regards to setting target countries, it’s so much easier to get geo signals right than it was a few years ago. With these changes that…
  • Content for an international audience

    Liam Curley
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:37 am
    Can you create a piece of content that’s successful and targeted at multiple markets and cultures? Or, can you only create something for a specific market? I believe that you can create one piece of content that draws an international audience, or more accurately a multi-national audience. That said, it may not always be the best way of creating content for different international audiences. An international piece of content may look similar to a piece of content that’s solely targeted at one country, but I think there are characteristics within a piece of international content that are…
  • Registering a Glocal ccTLD – the Benefits & Challenges

    Liam Curley
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    Website structure is a fundamental element of international SEO and online marketing. By structure, I’m talking about the top level domain used by your website (example.com, example.co.uk, example.de, etc.). I want to use this post to address some of the benefits, challenges and misconceptions that surround the registration and regulations. What is a ccTLD? A ccTLD is a country coded top level domain that corresponds to a country, territory or geographic location. So, for the UK we have .UK, in Germany it’s .DE. Why use a ccTLD? The main reason for using a ccTLD is if you’re targeting a…
  • Cultural Consideration in Landing Page Design

    Liam Curley
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    The term ‘website localisation’ is often used interchangeably with ‘website translation’. However, whilst translating an existing piece of content from one language to another allows you to communicate with a new audience, you can’t expect that same web page to draw an identical response from two users with different cultural backgrounds. No two cultures are the same, and our personal experiences and biases influence the way that we receive any brand or content. An identical web page for an ecommerce site will not deliver identical conversion rates from users in Brazil and France if…
  • 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…
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    Inbox Translation (London, UK)

  • A Few Words on the Translation and Localization Conference 2015

    Alina Cincan
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:52 am
      I can’t believe the TLC is over.  Even harder to believe is that it’s been more than 6 months since I was invited to submit my proposal. Where does time fly? For those of you who did not attend this year’s event, I strongly recommend you consider it next year. Some of the reasons […] The post A Few Words on the Translation and Localization Conference 2015 appeared first on Inbox Translation (London, UK).
  • Guest Information that Hotels Should Translate (but Often Overlook)

    Alina Cincan
    4 Feb 2015 | 2:52 am
    The hotel business is very competitive nowadays and top hotel owners know very well how important it is to offer services and important information in various languages that provide added value for international guests. But there are certain kinds of information most hotels simply overlook when it comes to translating them, thus leaving foreign customers […] The post Guest Information that Hotels Should Translate (but Often Overlook) appeared first on Inbox Translation (London, UK).
  • Why Bad Translations of Hotel Documents Are Bad for Your Business

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

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

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

  • BEAR020: Business English Ace Radio Class Notes

    BizAceSite
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:01 am
    Listen to the Episode Below (00:14:57) Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Subscribe via RSS Join my Mailing List + Get 3 Instant Bonuses Improve your English today! Powered by the Simple Podcast Press Player Welcome to Ace Radio Episode 20 to strengthen your English skills for more career options. Listen to every episode of the Business English Ace [...] The post BEAR020: Business English Ace Radio Class Notes appeared first on Business English Ace.
  • Erroneous English Question 20 – Do vs. Make

    BizAceSite
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:35 am
    Your Erroneous English Question #20 challenges you to distinguish between  Do vs. Make. Can you use these words correctly? Find out in Episode 20 of the  Business English Ace Radio podcast on Tuesday. Even native speakers occasionally confuse them. Enhance your ability to use English grammar every week and learn to avoid Erroneous English by listening to the podcast! Meanwhile, check out [...] The post Erroneous English Question 20 – Do vs. Make appeared first on Business English Ace.
  • Read a Review of Isaacson ‘s The Innovators

    BizAceSite
    11 Apr 2015 | 5:31 am
    In Walter Isaacson´s , enjoy hundreds of stories of inventors and their discoveries with a focus on the people who created the computer and the Internet. Isaacson earned high acclaim in his first tech tome, the of Apple. In his latest , from digital prophet Ada Lovelace to Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Isaacson [...] The post Read a Review of Isaacson ‘s The Innovators appeared first on Business English Ace.
  • Prepare for the IELTS Exam with a Mother Lode of Videos!

    BizAceSite
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:44 am
    Are you ready to maximize your score on the IELTS? Hit your target with these videos today! Get videos for the 7 main areas of ! Each is hand-picked from an English prof who has been preparing students for both the IELTS and  for many years now. Preparing for the TOEFL or IELTS exams is serious [...] The post Prepare for the IELTS Exam with a Mother Lode of Videos! appeared first on Business English Ace.
  • 3 Ways Audiobooks Easily Polish Your English Skills

    BizAceSite
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:15 am
    Discover 3 ways to polish your English skills by listening to audiobooks. Get a free 30-day trial membership at Audible.com to start today. Note: The Business English Ace Radio podcast by businessenglishace.com is sponsored by Audible.com and links below are affiliate for which we receive compensation from any trial membership or purchase. Thank you. Listening is [...] The post 3 Ways Audiobooks Easily Polish Your English Skills appeared first on Business English Ace.
 
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    Languages, Games, and Science

  • Tree Testicles

    immersians
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:02 am
    Etymology #7 (3.25.2015) DID YOU KNOW? THE ENGLISH WORD “AVOCADO” COMES FROM THE SPANISH “AGUACATE” WHICH COMES FROM THE NAHUATL WORD ĀHUACATL WHICH MEANS “TREE TESTICLE”.
  • Ass Burrito

    immersians
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:55 am
    Etymology #6 (3.1.2015): ASS BURRITO: HERE’S ONE WAY TO NEVER FORGET A WORD IN SPANISH – REALIZING JUST HOW SILLY IT IS. THE WORD “BURRO” IN SPANISH MEANS DONKEY. THE SUFFIX ITO IN SPANISH IS DIMINUTIVE, AND SO THE WORD BURRITO ACTUALLY MEANS “LITTLE DONKEY”. ONE OF THE POSSIBLE REASONS FOR THE NAME IS THAT THE DISH REMINDED PEOPLE OF THE PACKAGE ON THE BACK OF THE DONKEY, AS IN THE PICTURE. AND IF YOU FIND THIS WEIRD OR JUST PLAIN STUPID, JUST THINK OF THE LAST TIME YOU YOURSELF HAD A NICE WARM CANINE FOR LUNCH, WITH EXTRA MUSTARD ON TOP.
  • DUDE, BUY ME A COCONUT!

    immersians
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:07 am
    Etymology #5 (3.1.2015): To really start talking Spanish, it’s not enough to know the words – you have to feel them rrrrolling down your tongue. For that, nothing beats a good ol’ tongue twister. Here is one we really enjoyed: Compadrecómpreme un coco. Compadre, no compro coco, Porque poco coco como, poco coco compro The translation goes something like this: Dude, buy me a coconut Dude, i don’t buy coconut Because i eat little coconut, I buy little coconut. And there’s a tune, too (check out the link)!
  • Adishesha and the story of Hindu grammar

    immersians
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:46 am
    One day, Lord Vishnu came back from the temple and went to sleep on his snake with a 1000 heads, Adishesha, where he usually slept. And the snake said: my god vishnu, you’re so much lighter than you were before the trip! what happened? Vishnu told him about his trip and the snake said: sounds fabulous! I wanna go too! So Vishnu let him, and he went, not before the goddess shiva put him into human form (although still with a thousand heads). He was known as Patanjali, and when he got to the temple, he became a teacher, and with his 1000 heads, he taught 1000 students, hiding behind a…
  • THE INTERNETS OF 1755

    immersians
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:40 am
    Anecdote #3 (3.1.2015): THE INTERNETS OF 1755 The year is 1755: Marie Antoinette is born ; a horrible earthquake destroys the Portuguese city of Lisbon; and the internet is invented. Well, not exactly. British writer Samuel Johnson chose “internets” at the best word of 1755. Internets, of course, as in a series of tubes. The more observant of you might have noticed the fine print. If that last sentence at the bottom isn’t the most prophetic piece of text you’ll ever see, we don’t know what is…
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    English to French IT Translator - Professional Services

  • Why Some Professional Translators Occasionally Work At Low Rates, And Why I Don’t

    Anthony T.
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:37 am
    I used to be very surprised to see very capable and apparently successful translators occasionally accept working at rates most of us would consider very low, if not ridiculous. After talking to such professionals, I came to realize that it was mostly down to personal values and work approach. Here, I will be talking about full-time professional translators, not students, part-timers, those who translate as a hobby and so on. Let’s also forget about cost of living considerations this time. The question here is: Why would one work for (much) less than what they normally consider a…
  • I Don’t Offer Machine Translation Post-Editing Services, Here Is Why

    Anthony T.
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:38 pm
    The increasing number of Machine Translation Post-Editing (MTPE) jobs posted online seems to be one of big trends of the translation industry. These jobs essentially consist in fixing translation provided by an automated tool (Google Translate, Bing Translator, etc.) for a lower price than ordinary, 100% human translation. The idea sounds good on paper, but faces a major issue: MTPE takes more time and energy than human translation for poorer results A translator will typically read the source text, think about the translation and write it out. MTPE adds a step before that: comparing the…
  • SDL Trados Studio 2014 Review

    Anthony T.
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Here is my short review of SDL Trados 2014. It is aimed at translators who already have a good understanding of what CAT tools are and how they work. Going over each and every feature of SDL Trados Studio 2014 would take ages. I will try to go straight to the points of interest for freelance translators, in a hope that it will make your purchasing decision easier. Notable changes over Studio 2011 -Faster: SDL Trados 2014 introduces performance improvements over its predecessor. File opening/saving is much faster, project creation takes a little less time, and since SP2, Multiterm…
  • Outsourcing Accounting as a Translator: Don’t Wait Any Longer!

    Anthony T.
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    When independent translators’ businesses start to take off, things tend to get busy really fast. You start getting more work than you can handle, or you have to sacrifice time spent on other important tasks, such as marketing, to satisfy the demand. At this point, translators generally start thinking about the tasks they can outsource: proofreading, bookkeeping, marketing, and so on. In my case, accounting is the first thing I started outsourcing and I’ve never had any regret about it. Some will say this costs money that could be better spent somewhere else. While accountants are…
  • 12 Tips to Reduce Localization Costs for your Software or Game

    Anthony T.
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:15 am
    Even if the benefits of software localization are well known, the associated costs are often a turnoff for developers. Yet, by applying a number of rather simple tips, you can significantly reduce the price you’ll have to pay to see your product available in new languages. There are of course limits to how much you can reduce the amount of work need for the localization process, but savings of 10-30% can reasonably be expected depending on the characteristics of your software’s texts. Write with localization in mind: When you write the texts for your software or game, it is…
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