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(…)

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(…)

What happened to the hammock?

What happened to the hammock? {2}

If you’ve come back to the CILC after the summer and noticed the hammock missing, fear not! It still exists, it’s just temporarily in storage to make room for some group study space in that corner while we wait for a giant bed-sized beanbag chair to arrive. In the meantime we have more space for multiple people to(…)