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Donald Trump struggled to spell 'heal'. Twitter mercilessly mocked him

<b>On Saturday, United States President Donald Trump held a rally in Boston, Massachusetts, allegedly to promote 'free-speech'.</b><p>An attack in …

Donald Trump

Best Resources For Teaching Your Child A Second Language

<i>As you all know, my wife and I recently welcomed our son into the world (first child!) and I’m already talking with other polyglot parents to gain</i> …

Language Learning

Shocking figures: US academics find 'dramatic' growth of swearing in books

Textual analysis of more than 1m books by scholars shows startling proliferation of swearwords since the mid-1950s<p>Mark Twain wrote: “There ought to be a room in every house to swear in,” because “it’s dangerous to have to repress an emotion like that”. Today, the great American novelist might have …

Language

8 effective and creative ways to learn a new language as an adult

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>There are a lot of excuses for not learning a second language, especially as an adult. Many of us know the oft-repeated adage that …

Language Learning

Voice Recognition Software Flunks Irish Visa Applicant’s English Proficiency Test

Australia uses five different tests to evaluate potential immigrants’ mastery of English, but only one of those tests uses computer-assisted voice …

Malcolm Turnbull

How the once-ridiculed word “finalize” slipped into mainstream American English

“I found the class really impactful.” “I have no bandwidth for this conversation.” “Can you ping me when you’re leaving the house?”<p>Lovers of the English language cringe when they hear corporate speak seep into everyday conversation. But the jargon-ization of language, it seems, is inevitable.<p>In the …

Language

Robots Gossiping in a Secret Language?

I returned from Konstanz to find a whole slew of newspapers, websites, and news magazines had revived a language technology story from two months ago …

Google Translate

German language officially gets 5,000 new words

"Emoji" is now a German word, as are "Darknet" and "Tablet." The official dictionary of the German language, the Duden, is getting an update, adding …

Language

Sports Direct 'English-only' note a 'misunderstanding'

<b>Sports Direct has apologised for issuing a notice that appeared to ban staff from speaking languages other than English in its Bangor store, saying it was a "misunderstanding".</b><p>The note was understood to be posted on a wall telling staff only to speak in English for health and safety reasons.<p>A …

Plaid Cymru

Hindi imposition: Karnataka fight against Hindi has national implications. But it's the wrong fight

As inter-state migration increases, Indians must accept more languages with pleasure, not reject them through chauvinism.<p>Mannu gela majhya kannut. …

India

Where speaking several languages is a given

<b>Are you the kind of person who points at menus to be understood while you're abroad? If so, you're not alone and you'd fit in well in the UK - research out this week suggested more than half of UK people do the same, and nearly as many are embarrassed by their lack of language skills.</b><p>Some 15% of …

Language Learning

Do you make decisions with your head or with your heart? Effects of metaphors on moral reasoning

In the novel and movie <i>Sophie’s Choice</i>, a Polish woman, Sophie Zawistowska, is arrested by the Nazis and sent to the Auschwitz death camp. On arrival, …

Behavior

Invent Your Own Language By Playing Scrabble With Terrible Luck

Language

Want to sound cleverer than Jacob Rees-Mogg? Here are five long words to drop into conversation

The record for the longest word spoken in parliament has been broken with pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis – but there are plenty of alternatives<p>Is this the first sign of Moggmentum draining away? We can but hope. Jacob Rees-Mogg, the MP for North East Somerset and the 18th century, …

Language

Keith Baird, Linguist Who Fought the Use of ‘Negro,’ Dies at 94

Keith Baird, a linguist from Barbados who rose to prominence in the 1960s arguing persuasively against the use of the word Negro and in favor of the term Afro-American, died on July 13 in Atlanta. He was 94.<p>His daughter Marcia Baird Burris said the cause was myelodysplastic syndromes, a group of …

Black History

Could the language barrier actually fall within the next 10 years?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to travel to a foreign country without having to worry about the nuisance of communicating in a different language?<p>In a <i>Wall</i> …

Language

Exploring the future of English language teaching

by | | 0 Comments<p>This post is based on Michael Carrier’s talk at InnovateELT 2017 in Barcelona, <i>English for the underserved – technology to close the</i> …

Machine Learning

6 Famous Spanish-speaking Singers All Learners Should Know

Do you want to learn great Spanish while adding a little romance into your life?<p><i>Me encanta</i> (I love) Spanish-language music. With numerous talented …

Language Learning

Among or between?

• <i>Bill and Mark swam among the sunken ships.</i>• <i><br>Bill and Mark swam between the sunken ships.</i><p><i>What’s the difference between soup, consommé, and broth?</i>• <i><br>What’s</i> …

Wonders of the World

Why did Portuguese spawn so many creoles and pidgins but Spanish so few?

As far as I know: Spanish splintered with the expulsion of Jews in 1492 to form Ladino, there is a substantial population who speaks Chavacano in The …

Language

The ultimate guide to learning kanji like a boss

<i>You have photographic memory. Kanji? Pfft. No big deal. That list of Jouyou Kanji —the 2000 that are used in everyday life and prerequisite for</i> …

Language Learning

Why learn Russian?

When I started learning Russian as a young graduate student of history, achieving fluency seemed an unattainable dream. Now I’ve been functionally …

Russia

Has Swedish borrowed English words more recently than other languages?

I know they are both Germanic languages, but there are so many cognates down to the spelling. For example, central station translates to …

Language

27 Cool Chinese Words Adopted and Used by English Speakers

There are many surprises in store for you when it comes to learning Chinese.But this list below may hold the biggest surprise yet…<b>Thanks to your</b> …

Food & Dining

The Language of Chatbots

At Dashbot, we recently surpassed 7 billion messages processed.<p>As we mentioned before, it’s important to look at the messages users are sending to …

Language

11 Unmistakable Characteristics Of A Damn Good Language Learner

<i>Note: I’ve got some big announcements coming soon which I’ll only be sharing initially with mailing subscribers. If you’re interested then select the</i> …

Language Learning

23 Slang Terms You Only Understand if You Work in Antarctica | Mental Floss

Thanks to extreme conditions, a small research population, close quarters, and the unique experience of life there, Antarctica has developed a lingo …

Language

Do European languages other than English make use of the possessive mandatory in a lot of cases?

I'm talking English phrases like:He raised his hand.She talked to her father.These sentences make clear that the subject owns the direct object they …

Language