Language Tree

Language Tree {0}

Ever wondered whether Finnish was actually related to another language? Or how close English is to other languages with European roots? This pretty language family tree has some of the answers.   Check it out here.

What makes a word “real”?

What makes a word “real”? {1}

In this TED talk, language historian and English professor Anne Curzan explores the roots of slang words and discusses who and what makes a word legitimate. She questions the authority of the English dictionary and encourages listeners to the same. Watch the episode here.

Steep Decline in Language Learning

Steep Decline in Language Learning {0}

A recent study shows that the number of students taking a foreign language at university in the U.K. has steeply declined.

What’s the world’s happiest language?

What’s the world’s happiest language? {0}

“A team from the University of Vermont studied movie subtitles, Twitter feeds, literature, websites and song lyrics. They created a list of 10,000 of the most commonly used words in 10 languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Korean, Chinese, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Indonesian and Egyptian Arabic. For linguistic happiness, Spanish scored the highest. This was followed by(…)

The Interpreter in My Pocket: Do Interpreter Apps Work?

The Interpreter in My Pocket: Do Interpreter Apps Work? {0}

Have you ever found yourself wishing that the world just had subtitles? With rapidly advancing smart phone applications, we might just be getting closer to a world where technology can serve as our translators, our phones and iP@ds our guides. BBC News test drives some of these apps in Bilbao, Spain, and finds some mixed(…)

Happy Words Dominate Most Languages

Happy Words Dominate Most Languages {0}

According to a new study, the most commonly used words in 10 languages were all ‘skewed’ towards the positive. The research was published on Feb. 9 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [Biased Toward Happiness? (Infographic)]. After analyzing the language data, Danforth and his team went on to develop an interactive(…)