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IDF Generals' Letter: 'Embrace Saudi Plan'

Here’s the complete text of the open letter to Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from 100-plus retired generals, Mossad directors and …

Israel

How Every App Developer Helps Defend Android And iOS Against A Smartphone Revolution

You can work on your alternative mobile operating system as much as you like, you can throw money at the sales teams and the developers, and you can publicly state you are going to take on the incumbents. It doesn’t matter. When it comes down to it, Android and iOS are two of the most defensible …

EU Interpreters

Pope urges leaders 'to leave no stone unturned' in quest for two-state solution

Pope Francis urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders “to leave no stone unturned” in their quest for a “just and lasting solution” to the ongoing …

Israel

Pope Francis calls for two-state solution, stops at Israeli apartheid wall

<b>Updated at 2:00 pm:</b> Pope Francis made an unscheduled stop at Israel's towering West Bank apartheid wall in Bethlehem Sunday after calling for an end …

10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …

My life in London's houseboat slums

Most Londoners will know someone suffering from the extortionate expense of finding a place to live. For those trapped in the rental market, the outlook is particularly bleak. In 2011 the Resolution Foundation reported that the price of securing a tenancy can be over £2,000 in upfront costs, while …

Duolingo: The future of language learning that puts a personal tutor in everyone's pocket

In mid-December, Apple named Duolingo – a piece of language-learning software – its 2013 iPhone app of the year. Since then, I swear every native …

17 Misused And Made-Up Words That Make You Rage

Language is flustrating sometimes.

Documentation and description of endangered languages

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics<p>Documentation and description of endangered languages<p>Department of …

Translations of I love you in many languages

Language<p>I love you<p>Сэ шІу усэлъэгъу<p>Txin yaxtakuq<p>Ich hàbb dir lïab<p>Мен сени сӱӱп jадым (Men seni syyp ĵadım)<p>አፈቅርሻለሁ። (əfäqrəšallähw) >m<br>አፈቅርሀለሁ። …

Are women really better at learning languages?

It's dangerous to proclaim any characteristic as sweepingly male or female, but is there any truth behind this theory, asks Anne Merritt<p>When it comes to education, females have certainly been covering lost ground. Girls now <b>outperform boys in GCSEs</b> and women outnumber men at most UK universities.<p>In …

Asetrad

La Asociación Española de Traductores, Correctores e Intérpretes se fundó en 2003 con el fin de impulsar el reconocimiento de la traducción, la …

Is 'Spanglish' Proof that English has Diluted Spanish?

<i>"Spanglish"</i> has been called English's assault on the Spanish language; an implementation of English in routine speech or writing of Spanish-speakers …

The French Language Police Exist And Would Like You To Stop Using “ASAP” ASAP

Just because the Oxford Dictionary made “selfie” the word of the year doesn’t mean <i>every</i> language is so lax with their standards. The French even have …

Why Machines Alone Cannot Solve the World's Translation Problem

Sixty years ago this week, scientists at Georgetown and IBM lauded their machine translation "brain," known as the 701 computer. The "brain" had successfully translated multiple sentences from Russian into English, leading the researchers to confidently claim that translation would be fully handled …

Scientists create 'micro-windmills' that could power your cellphone

Researchers at the University of Texas Arlington have developed tiny "micro-windmills" so small that ten of them can fit on one grain of rice. If you were to glue a hundred of them onto a cell phone case and hold it out the window, researcher J.C. Chiao says, you could potentially revive your dead …

Why there really shouldn't be a 'word of the year'

We are a species that loves categories and lives for (and by) lists, which means that December and January must be months of utter bliss as myriad "of the year" lists are released.<p>We word nerds, of course, are happy to put our oar in, and so a number of word(s) of the year have been released. …

Lynne Truss has a grammatical axe to grind

In her weekly column, Lynne Truss argues that if something isn't done about compound words, English is doomed<p>So here we are in yet another new year, and I have an especially trivial linguistic point to make. I feel it is time to take note of a lamentable development in written English, which I have …

How Language Seems To Shape One's View Of The World

Lera Boroditsky once did a simple experiment: She asked people to close their eyes and point southeast. A room of distinguished professors in the U.S. pointed in almost every possible direction, whereas 5-year-old Australian aboriginal girls always got it right.<p>She says the difference lies in …

It's time to challenge the notion that there is only one way to speak English

Why do we persist in thinking that standard English is right, when it is spoken by only 15% of the British population? Linguistics-loving Harry Ritchie blames Noam Chomsky<p>Did you see that great documentary on linguistics the other night? What about that terrific series on Radio 4 about the …

12 Old Words That Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms

English has changed a lot in the last several hundred years, and there are many words once used that we would no longer recognize today. For whatever …

Civil Rights

Language news in review: 2013's 10 big stories

From Polish becoming England's second language, to a Guardian investigation revealing the alarming rate of university language department closures, 2013 was a busy year for languages. Here are 10 big language stories from the past year:<p><b>1.</b> <b>Polish becomes England's second language</b>. The most recently …

Animated history of the English language

If you've got 10 minutes, you can learn the history of English — including some interesting background on where specific words and phrases came from. …