Speaking 20 Languages and Rethinking “Fluency”

Speaking 20 Languages and Rethinking “Fluency” {1}

I’ll be the first to admit (or maybe I’m just odd) that every time I meet someone who can navigate through a few languages pretty effectively, or perhaps even just a language that I am studying with way more smoothness than myself, I feel a bit small or self-conscious. After all, I love languages, and(…)

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The Return of Manx

The Return of Manx {4}

Despite being declared extinct by the UN in 2009, Manx is making a comeback. This Gaelic language is spoken on the Isle of Man and is closely related to the Irish of Ulster and Scottish of Galloway, having been brought from those areas to the Isle of Man in the 5th century AD. This small community(…)

Body Language: 6 Mistakes to Fix

Body Language: 6 Mistakes to Fix {0}

We spend a lot of time focusing on the effects and benefits of verbal language. But what about the importance of non-verbal language? Presentations and networking are just as big of a part of college life as they are of office culture. This Forbes article focuses on six body language mistakes people often make and(…)

What Would a World Without Language Barriers Look Like?

What Would a World Without Language Barriers Look Like? {0}

Last December, the company announced the limited release of Skype Translator, which can translate a conversation between two people videochatting in different languages, in real time. The software, which is still invite-only, can handle English, Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin. …. Small annoyances piled up in the form of mangled meanings and misheard words, but I(…)

Chinese-English Bilingual App for The Economist After 171 Years

Chinese-English Bilingual App for The Economist After 171 Years {0}

A new app is available from The Economist that allows individuals to read articles while toggling in between Chinese and English. Of course, this is great for Chinese native speakers who would like to improve their English, though the reception of the Chinese government on the availability of this application is yet to be known.(…)

P.S.L.

P.S.L. {0}

In Pakistan, where hundreds of languages already coexist, a unique one may be about to join the mix; Pakistan Sign Language is increasingly used in schools for deaf children, vocational and technical training, parent training, and teacher education–a big step for a country where not too long ago “often [deaf people] were shunned or ostracized by people who(…)