Smartphones Continue to Revolutionise the Learning of New Languages

In this digital age we are fortunate to have a huge array of tools at our fingertips which make learning any subject easier, especially given that all individuals learn differently. While some bemoan the introduction of smartphones as something which has had a detrimental effect on language, mainly with the introduction and boost in popularity […]

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Translation that Gets Tails Wagging

There’s a new translator on the block that is trying to spread the word about the importance of understanding the language of dogs. Boffins in Sweden and Finland have worked tirelessly to invent a programme that enables owners to understand their canines in plain English. The prototype is called “No More Woof” and it examines […]

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Fans of Game of Thrones May Now Learn the Dothraki Language

There are a plethora of reasons why learning a second language could prove beneficial. Some research, for example, suggests that those who are bilingual may benefit from a higher level of cognitive ability than those who speak only their native tongue. With so many diverse and colourful languages to choose from, it may seem difficult […]

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Machine translation raises confidentiality issues

Machine translation raises confidentiality issues     Time and cost are often cited as the factors that prompt companies to use computer software to translate documents. Unlike professionally translated texts, machine translation cannot guarantee accuracy but there seems to be another worrying issue for those using this method, and that is client confidentiality.       When […]

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Sign Language Interpreter at New York press conference gets all the headlines

When interpreters and translators are used for public events like court sessions or press conferences, they are usually unobtrusive; a backdrop to the main event. Not so, however, at a recent press conference in New York City where the interpreter on duty jived, swayed and gave an expressive commentary to the event – the city’s […]

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A tablet that can translate sign language into speech

A San Francisco-based start-up has created a tablet that can translate sign language into speech, promising to act as a bridge between hearing and non-hearing people. The creators of the mobile device MotionSavvy, have installed technology in the tablet case that can detect motion, such as sign language gestures, before translating these into text. There […]

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Interactive map illustrates spread of languages in London

Have you ever wondered how languages would look if they were placed on a map? A researcher from University College London (UCL) has created an interactive map of the capital, which shows in graphic form which languages in London are most common in different parts of the city. Oliver O’Brien, who specialises in geo-visualisation and […]

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