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China's Zhou Youguang, father of Pinyin writing system, dies aged 111

<b>Chinese linguist Zhou Youguang, who created the writing system that turns Chinese characters into words using letters from the Roman alphabet, has died aged 111.</b><p>Mr Zhou and a Communist party committee spent three years developing the Pinyin system in the 1950s.<p>It changed the way the language was …

China

Indus OS: India's multi-lingual operating system

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India

Emoji translator wanted - London firm seeks specialist

<b>A company in London has advertised for an emoji translator in what is thought to be the first such job worldwide.</b><p>The role will involve explaining cross-cultural misunderstandings in the use of the mini pictures, and compiling a monthly trends report.<p>Agency boss Jurga Zilinskiene said emojis were a …

Language

Google's AI Can Now Translate Between Languages It Wasn't Taught to Translate Between

AI of “Interlingua”<p>Neural networks are machines and algorithms developed to behave like the human brain—but a development from Google Translate shows …

Artificial Intelligence

Google Translate: 'This landmark update is our biggest single leap in 10 years'

Google boasts that its latest update to Google Translate has given it the biggest leap of the past decade in natural language translation.<p>Google …

BBC World Service announces biggest expansion 'since the 1940s'

<b>The BBC World Service will launch 11 new language services as part of its biggest expansion "since the 1940s", the corporation has announced.</b><p>The expansion is a result of the funding boost announced by the UK government last year.<p>The new languages will be Afaan Oromo, Amharic, Gujarati, Igbo, …

Africa

When a drink gets lost in translation

<b>Would you help yourself to a beverage labelled Free Tea?</b><p>That was the choice one shopper made recently at a Japanese convenience store.<p>The non-Japanese man was seen openly drinking from a bottle of lemon iced tea which he had taken from the shelf, resulting in an argument with store staff.<p>"What did …

Freebies

Has auto-translation software finally stopped being so | Cosmos

<b>If you’ve ever put a phrase into an online translator and then laughed</b> at the garbled results, your fun might be coming to an end. Google claimed …

Artificial Intelligence

Britain's centuries-old secret slang

Susie Dent is one of the UK’s best-known word experts. In her new book she explores the fascinating alien codes and colourful slang spoken for centuries.<p>The word ‘eavesdropper’ originally referred to people who, under the pretence of taking in some fresh air, would stand under the ‘eavesdrip’ of …

Language

Interpreters say it’s nearly “impossible” to translate Donald Trump’s rhetoric into other languages

The job of language translators and interpreters is never easy, but the task becomes especially dicey in the realm of politics. Differing interpretations of a turn of phrase, after all, have been known to lead to war.<p>The challenge is even greater when the translator is attempting to interpret words …

Language

The foreign words that seem like English – but aren’t

Pseudo-anglicisms are words in other languages that seem like English but aren’t. Though some people are still concerned about them creeping into use, writes Matthew Anderson.<p>Before a special night out, a glamorous Parisienne might treat herself to <i>un brushing</i>, at which her hair will be blow-dried …

Language

Microsoft’s Skype Translator now speaks Russian

Microsoft is announcing today that its Skype Translator feature of the Skype messaging, voice, and video-calling app is now capable of translating speech into and out of Russian. Now Skype Translator can be said to speak a total of nine languages. This comes after Arabic speech translation support …

Plea to make Hindi as national language filed in Delhi HC - Firstpost

<b>New Delhi:</b> A petition has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking a direction to the Centre to take appropriate steps to declare Hindi as the …

3tags.org

The case for doing away with arbitrary national languages in Pakistan and India

For a nation seven decades old, Pakistan is dealing with a surprisingly fundamental political and cultural problem: a struggle over what language to use for government.<p>Pakistan’s supreme court has ordered the government to use the constitutionally mandated national language, Urdu, in place of …

Language

Tokyo quake drill focuses on tourist language barrier

<b>Tokyo has carried out an earthquake drill focusing on how to safely evacuate masses of foreign tourists when faced with a language barrier.</b><p>The exercise took place on the 350m (1148ft) high observation deck of Japan's tallest building, Tokyo Skytree, and involved evacuating more than 100 foreigners …

Yuriko Koike

Why More and More Japanese Companies Are Doing Business in English

Adopting the English language is vital to the long-term competitiveness of Japanese business.<p>Originally published by <b>Hiroshi Mikitani</b> on LinkedIn: Japan's New Business Language<p>In March 2010, I stood before several thousand mostly native Japanese speakers and addressed them in English. From now on, I …

Employment
Linguistics

AI’s Language Problem - MIT Technology Review

About halfway through a particularly tense game of Go held in Seoul, South Korea, between Lee Sedol, one of the best players of all time, and …

Artificial Intelligence

ICYMI, the Oxford English Dictionary added new words, and TBH, it's getting wacky

FWIW, the Oxford English Dictionary recently added hundreds of new words to its vaunted pages, and some of them — like "budgie smugglers," "butt ugly" and "Scooby Snack" — will deffo have you ROFL.<p>The newly added words, phrases and abbreviations reflect the growing influence of texting and …

Google Now on Tap translates languages in any app

You no longer have to select text or keep a mini-app running to translate text in your Android apps. Google is expanding Android Marshmallow's Now on Tap feature to support text translation from any screen. If you're looking at text that doesn't match your phone's current language, Now on Tap will …

Facebook's new multilingual composer will let you post status updates in multiple languages

Facebook has announced a new tool that aims to break down language barriers. Previously available for Pages on the social network, the multilingual …

English language could be dropped from European Union after Brexit

English could be banned as an official language of the EU after Brexit despite being the most spoken in Europe, an official has admitted.<p>Although it is the main working tongue of European Union institutions, it might be dropped when Britain leaves the bloc - further reducing the UK's influence on …

Wife cake and evil water: The perils of auto-translation

<b>Imagine a far flung land where you can catch a ride from the Jackie Chan bus stop to a restaurant called Translate Server Error, and enjoy a hearty feast of children sandwiches and wife cake all washed down with some evil water.</b><p>If such a rich lunch gets stuck in your gnashers, you'll be pleased to …

Language

APIs For Translation Services

<b>In this post we will discuss what are APIs, and how can APIs for translation services be useful to website developers, content managers and</b> …

Language Learning

Wordpress Localization - A Quick Look

<b>WordPress localization has become an important aspect of web publishing as WordPress has become the unanimous winner in the open source content</b> …

MLB is addressing a need with Spanish language interpreters

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball and the players union sent a memo to all 30 teams informing them that, beginning this 2016 season, they must hire a full-time Spanish language interpreter for players. The players union, spurred by star outfielder and Puerto Rican native Carlos Beltran’s …

Baseball

Skype's universal translator bridges the language gap, mostly

Skype has unveiled a new feature for Windows users – a real time translator for instant messages. Users can translate voice-to-voice in seven …

Microsoft Translator now works offline and with your camera

Microsoft has released an update for its Translator app on iOS and Android that gives each version a different new feature.<p>Android users now have an AI-powered translations engine, which works offline. To get started though, users need to download the additional free language packs first, which are …