March 18-26 is French Language Week (or more properly, Semaine de la Langue Française et de la Francophonie). In that spirit, we’d like to offer our own salute to the French language. Over the past few years, it’s become somewhat fashionable to say that French is passé. For example, see this article in the New Republic, called “Let’s […]
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It’s St. Patrick’s Day! In honor of the occasion, let’s get to know the Irish language a little better. Here are 11 facts about Irish that will make you sound smarter when you’re out celebrating with a pint tonight: Approximately 1.77 million people speak Irish in Ireland today. Anywhere from 30% to 40% of the […]
Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs . . . but sometimes they get lost in translation! We’ve scoured the Internet for funny sign translations, and this is what we found. We certainly didn’t translate any of these, but we hope they give you a laugh: Well, that’s not helpful Lost in translation If this place catches […]
It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, the time of year when everyone is at least part Irish (or pretends to be.) But put down the green beer – it’s time to take your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to the next level. And we’re here to help, with a round-up of St. Patrick’s Day traditions from around the […]
Computer scientists began trying to solve the problem of machine translation in the 1950s. Since then, both the availability and quality of machine translation have improved tremendously. But in the battle of human translation vs machine translation, are humans now expendable? Some scientists working on machine translation claim that with recent improvements, algorithms are almost […]
Around 840 million people speak English around the world, according to Ethnologue. (335 million people speak it as a first language, and 505 million speak it as a second language.) That’s a lot of people, but where do they all live? Read on to find out which countries have the most English speakers and the […]
Are you in love with all things linguistic? Do you fancy staying in to watch a movie this weekend? We’ve got some recommendations for you. Presenting . . . 13 movies for language nerds like you! Arrival (2016) A science fiction movie that centers on translation and interpretation, with a linguist as the main protagonist? Yes, please! […]
We often talk about information getting “lost in translation.” But translation can also reveal information that was originally concealed. For example, earlier this week, the studio released translated versions of the title for the upcoming Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi. As the Star Wars storyline expands, dedicated fans play detective, trying to anticipate upcoming plot twists. […]
Which city speaks the most languages? It’s not London, nor any of the metropolises of Europe. It’s actually New York City. This city of immigrants is also the most linguistically diverse city in the world. Want to learn more? Here are 7 interesting facts about New York City and its languages. There are over 800 languages […]
“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning might have had an easier time if she’d incorporated some other languages in her poetry. Different languages use different words and phrases to describe different aspects of love. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we went around the world to collect 36 of our […]
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