Languages In The News

How to talk in Chinglish

How to talk in Chinglish {0}

Chinese people have come up with Chinese English words in daily conversations and they are extremely popular on SNS. They usually have origins from Chinese idioms, and some words are the direct translation from Chinese. So these words and sentences are grammatically wrong in English, but appropriate in certain situations in Chinese to get some(…)

Technical terms in languages other than English

Technical terms in languages other than English {0}

This article was in the Economist about some the challenges that the Mozilla Foundation has faced when translating technical terms like “crash” and “aspect ratio” to some of the world’s 7000 different languages. I particularly liked  how the translation of “windows” in Zapotec took into consideration the socio-cultural reality of people who speak it… and the fact that their(…)

Happy European Day of Languages!

Happy European Day of Languages! {0}

In honor of today being the European Day of Languages, I encourage you to take a look at this site that was created to celebrate the day as well as create links for interesting language resources, facts, trivia, events  from around the world. My favorite is this one:  it allows you to learn the names of(…)

Computer Games Saving Native Languages

Computer Games Saving Native Languages {2}

As reported in Indian Country Today, here is a story about how computer games for children, especially games that can be played on mobile devices, are working to help save indigenous Mexican languages such as Mazahua, Chinanteco, Nahuatl of Puebla, Tzeltal, Mixteco, Zapateco, Chatino among others. “Three years ago, before we employed these materials, we were(…)

Neuroscientists discover the key to language learning?

Neuroscientists discover the key to language learning? {0}

  According to this article from the website Science World Report,  neuroscientists may have just found the origins of language. The discovery of a gene mutation that arose more than half a million years ago may be the key to humans’ unique ability to produce and understand speech.   “This is an important brick in the wall saying that the form(…)

Untranslatable Words Across Languages {0}

This awesome article identifies words that are untranslatable across different languages. “Somehow narrowing it down to just a handful, we’ve illustrated 11 of these wonderful, untranslatable, if slightly elusive, words. We will definitely be trying to incorporate a few of them into our everyday conversations, and hope that you enjoy recognizing a feeling or two(…)