Language

Duolingo finally released a Chinese course—here’s a guide to get the most out of it

Learning Chinese is a thing now. Mark Zuckerberg is doing it. Donald Trump’s granddaughter memorized a 13th-century Chinese poem for Xi Jinping, the president of China. Many Hollywood films depict celebrities speaking bad Chinese.<p>For those who would like to join the ranks of new Chinese speakers, …

Language Learning

9 words and phrases that are undermining your success

• <b>The language you use when you're talking to yourself affects your behavior.</b> <b>Certain words can make it harder to achieve your goals.</b>• <b><br>Your language also affects how other people perceive you. Certain words and phrases can make you seem less intelligent.</b>• <b><br>To that end, we collected a series of words and</b> …

This Designer Thinks Spanish Should Be Simpler To Type

“Nueva Qwerty” from Studio José de la O compresses the Spanish alphabet down to just 19 letters.<p>Fun fact of the day: Did you know that there’s a 300-year-old government committee in charge of adding and subtracting letters from the Spanish language? La Real Academia Española (Royal Spanish Academy) …

'I bims': German Youth Word of the Year 2017

Every year, Germany's dictionary giant Langenscheidt selects the German Youth Word of the Year. In 2017, a new version of "I am" was singled out. …

World News

How a New Accent Overturned BBC Tradition and Messed With the Nazis

A man with the name of Wilfred Pickles brought regional dialect to the BBC as part of an anti-Nazi-propaganda strategy<p>Comment on this Story

History

On Translating the Stories Yet Unwritten: A Dalit Perspective from India

Mimi Mondal’s essay is the first installment in a special series featuring New York Foundation of the Arts Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program fellows …

'Alter Swede!': the surprising role of old Swedes in the German language

Every language has common sayings which, when directly translated, seem to make absolutely no sense, and the German phrase "alter Schwede", meaning …

Sweden

HelloTalk

<b>Pros</b><p>Encourages free-form interactions. Matches language learners with fluent speakers. Good privacy settings.<p><b>Cons</b><p>No structured learning content. …

Language Learning

‘Santé!’ Wine May Improve Foreign Language Skills | Health News | News & Features

Next time you want to impress others with your knowledge of trockenbeerenauslesen, you might want to take a few sips of one before you attempt to …

Wine

New Sentences: From Duolingo’s Italian Lessons

<b>‘Gli animali rimangono nello zoo.’ (‘The animals remain in the zoo.’)</b><p><i>— From Duolingo, a “science-based language education platform” available on Apple, Android and Windows smartphones and online.</i><p>Language-learning sentences are always slightly funny. They exist to teach you linguistically, not to …

Long-form Journalism

sonnettomania, n. : Oxford English Dictionary

1821 <i>New Monthly Mag.</i> <b>1</b> 644 Nothing..is on record as a specific for the sonnettomania.<p>1870 H. Brown <i>Sonnets of Shakespeare Solved</i> 241 Shakespeare …

Oxford Dictionary

Belay vs belie

<b>Belay</b> and <b>belie</b> are two words that are often confused. We will examine the definitions of the words <i>belay</i> and <i>belie,</i> where they came from and some …

Grammar

Words We're Watching: 'Pizzly' vs. 'Grolar'

In the spring of 2006, the untimely death of a very unlucky bear introduced to the English language the need for a new word, and thus was born a pair …

Etymology

21 Free, Printable Thanksgiving Word Search Puzzles for All Ages

Thanksgiving word search puzzles are a great way to reinforce vocabulary and spelling skills for children. Kids just won't be able to resist these …

Personal Finance

MOBAs are the No. 1 target for game developers’ localization efforts

The global market for digital games is set to generate more than $94 billion in annual revenue, according to a recent research from market intelligence firm Newzoo. This prompted my company, One Hour Translation, to analyze industry marketing trends by examining about 9,550 translation projects of …

Business

How to Self-Publish in France

Today’s guest post is by translator Laure Valentin (@LValentin_trad).<p>Since 2011, more books have been translated in France than in any other country. …

Publishing

Techniques To Improve Vocabulary For CAT 2017

Good vocabulary can help you enable and ease out the CAT Verbal Ability section. Various methods can be adopted into the lifestyle to help build a …

Trust Me: Meeting the Parents Is Even More Intimidating With a Language Barrier

While "meeting the parents" is always a nerve-wracking event, the pressure is compounded when there's a language barrier. Not being able to properly …

Language Learning

Mass. Legislature Passes Bilingual Education Bill

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Bilingual Education Bill<p>The State House and Senate overwhelmingly supported a measure to help students who are …

Boston

The Language We Invented as We Invented the Future

I wrote my first Technically Speaking column way back in June 2002. How long ago was that? Long ago enough that some companies that seem now to have …

Amazing

Council to make Welsh its first language ... but struggles to recruit bilingual staff

Anglesey Council has announced plans to gradually make Welsh the main language used internally

News (Wales)

Slack is now available in Japanese – Several People Are Typing — The Official Slack Blog

<i>Read this post in</i> <i>Japanese</i><i>.</i><p>Just two months ago, we launched Slack in French, German, and Spanish, and embarked on a journey to make Slack accessible …

Collaboration

Weekly Word Watch: mutineers, shero, and Ferry McFerryface

There was a lot of activity on our radar for this Weekly Word Watch, so let’s get straight to our latest round of ping-worthy words:<p>Mutineer<p>On …

Using periods in text messages means more than you think

“We’ve agreed that putting a period after a one-word response in a text conveys something like abruptness, annoyance, negativity”<p>This is the greatest …

Money

35 Brilliant and Interesting Words to Add to Your Vocabulary

Besides the complexity of speech, we are still creating new words. In the first three months of 2015, there were about 500 new words in the Oxford …

Amazing

Duolingo now supports Chinese, but it probably won’t help you become fluent

To be fair, learning Chinese is hard<p>Duolingo today added support for Chinese and that’s a big deal for a few reasons. The language learning app has provided Spanish and German since it was in private beta back in 2011, but didn’t add Asian languages until recently — Japanese was added in May and …

Language Learning

British English vs. Kiwinglish: adapting to your destination without losing your identity

As a Northern Englishwoman, making myself understood is always a bit of a struggle — even in the UK. The constant argument over the correct name for …

New Zealand

The Story Of The World's Most Annoying 'Word' You Can't Stop Saying

"Ope" is ubiquitous and terrible.<p>“Ope” is a mysterious noise that has no concrete definition, but you’ve likely had the displeasure of hearing it when accidentally bumping into someone or otherwise experiencing surprise.<p>Ope.<p>It sounds like “oh” combined with a “p.” It’s plaguing our offices and our …

Fashion

The Rise and Fall of the English Sentence - Issue 54: The Unspoken

“[[[When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people [to dissolve the political bands [which have connected them with another]] …

Michelle Obama

Language Acquisition Quote

If you are a teacher who teaches with comprehensible input (TCI) and accepts the research of language acquisition, I find it helpful to explain the …

Language Learning