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(…)

“The Pronunciator” Language Tool Review

“The Pronunciator” Language Tool Review {0}

Though I was unable to create a free account on The Pronunciator (http://www.pronunciator.com/), I took a virtual tour of the website and learned what it has to offer. It teaches 80 different languages from the point of view of 50 different languages. I think this is a particularly useful feature, since it isn’t always the(…)

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 {1}

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(…)

Busuu Language Learning Tool Review

Busuu Language Learning Tool Review {0}

I tested out the Busuu language learning program, found at http://www.busuu.com/enc/. I initially registered for Spanish and then wanted to try learning a different language to actually test the program out for a language I did not know. When I went to switch languages, the site prevented me and said I had to ‘pay’ to(…)