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Sign language translating gloves turn sign language into audio

Two undergraduate students from the University of Washington have created a glove that could make a huge different in how people who use sign …

Google Translate now lets you chat to anyone in a foreign language

Google has released a major upgrade to Google Translate that makes it much easier to chat with someone in a foreign language.<p>A new feature on Android phones will allow users to translate text within any app, meaning users of chat apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger will instantly be able …

Indigenous languages are vital to telling Canada’s story

<i>Six Degrees: Experiments in Pluralism is an essay series devoted to exploring Canada's emerging identity as an experimental society. The inaugural 6 Degrees "citizen space," presented by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, will take place in Toronto from Sept. 19 to 21.</i> 6degreescanada.com<p>In a …

Baby talk: how to help kids discover language

I have always hated baby talk. The sing-song intonation, the goo-goo-gas, the high-pitched repetition.<p>People who speak to each other and their pets …

Parenting

Important to expose kids to different mother tongue languages: MCI

SINGAPORE: It is important to expose little ones to the different mother tongue languages so they can build a strong bilingual foundation, said …

Brain waves predict speed of second language learning

For the first time, researchers show how a short test of brain wave patterns can predict how fast an adult can acquire a second language.<p>The study of …

Language Learning

Bilingual babies get head start in language skills, Singapore study finds

SINGAPORE: Babies exposed to two languages learn languages faster and develop language skills before they turn one year old, compared to those who …

How To Visually Identify Any Language At A Glance

You don't have to understand every language in the world to be able to identify the language in which words are written, you just have to know a …

The language you speak affects the way you view the world, study finds

Letters and other objects look significantly different to people familiar with them, a study has found.<p>Researchers looked at how experts and novices …

Language

A theory on how soccer players communicate in the age of highly multilingual clubs

During this season’s Champions League group stage, a photo circulated online of Italian club AS Roma’s “Player Languages” sheet. The list denoted the …

Is there a best age at which to learn a second language?

If you want to learn a foreign language, should you begin before a certain age in order to fully master it? Popular opinion holds that young children find it easier than adults because childhood is a “critical period” for language learning.<p>It has been difficult to prove this, but new research …

Welsh-language literature tells a local, but universal story

With a relatively small audience, Welsh writing is nonetheless full of energy and invention – and grappling with cultural questions that we all face, writes the next national poet of Wales<p>We live in a world of plural identities – and Wales is no exception. I live in Caernarfon. The young man who …

Linguistics