Why English is one of the most challenging languages to learn

TikTok star Stage Door Johnny (stage_door_johnny) has made a name for himself creating content about the English Language on the app TikTok. The app has soured in popularity over the last few years and was quickly dubbed the new ‘Vine’ of social media apps. There is a very wide variety of content on the app, […]

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Business Language Services Are you Bilingual?

Defining bilingualism is an issue which has plagued linguists for decades. While it’s estimated that half of the world’s population is bilingual, its definition varies. The traditional definition of bilingualism was defined by Leonard Bloomfield as “the native-like control of two languages”. This however is rare and a rather strict rule on what makes someone […]

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Business Language Services Sally Rooney refuses Hebrew translation of Beautiful World, Where Are You

Having had her previous 2 books, Conversations with Friends and Normal People translated into Hebrew, this time around things are a little different. Acclaimed Irish author Sally Rooney is refusing to have her book translated into Hebrew in protest of the current human rights issues in Palestine. But it’s not as bad as it sounds. […]

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Business Language Services Squid Game - Do linguistic issues mean you're watching a different show?

With the release of the new hit show Squid Game, a conversation has surfaced about the accuracy of the English Dub. This is not the company’s first attempt at a dub like this and certainly won’t be their last. But why has this show in particular sparked such controversy? With a number of things to […]

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Business Language Services Machine Translation: I am Robot!

Machine Translation: The Robotic Language Apocalypse   There’s a lot of talk going around about Machine Translation: how good is it? Is it really worth it? Will it surpass humankind in the linguistic arts, eventually causing some kind of robotic, language-apocalypse? Probably not. At least not any time soon. But, while we may still have […]

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Business Language Services Machine Translation: I am Robot!

Machine Translation: The Robotic Language Apocalypse   There’s a lot of talk going around about Machine Translation: how good is it? Is it really worth it? Will it surpass humankind in the linguistic arts, eventually causing some kind of robotic, language-apocalypse? Probably not. At least not any time soon. But, while we may still have […]

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Business Language Services Stanley Unwin's Comic Language: Unwinese

  Stanley Unwin: Accessed 12/08/2018 http://shootingparrots.co.uk/2018/05/30/u-is-for-stanley-unwin-2/   Gobbledygook The film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, is famous for many things, not least of all the car, but it does feature a particular actor who appears to speak in gobbledygook and that actor is none other than Stanley Unwin. Gobbledygook is defined as language that is either unintelligible […]

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Business Language Services The Dialect of Norfolk

Norfolk Dialect It is quite common to read articles focusing on the revival of the Cornish language or the increase in Welsh speakers. Rather less well known is that Norfolk also has its own dialect, famously pilloried on television in programmes such as All the King’s Men, where the inhabitants of Norfolk sounded more like […]

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Business Language Services Word of the Year 2018

Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year Following hot on the heels of ‘selfie’, ‘post-truth’ and ‘omnishambles’, the Oxford Dictionary has awarded ‘youthquake’ the title of ‘Word of the Year’. Oxford Dictionaries define this Word of the Year as, ‘a significant cultural, political or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people’. Usage […]

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Business Language Services Machine Translation Services: What does the future hold?

[ Machine Translation: The Big Tech Companies As Google and its main big tech rivals continue to announce developments in their machine translation services, should human translators be fearful that their role will one day be completely replaced by a chatbot? Machine Translation: A Viable Alternative Early machine translation services were woefully inadequate, but as […]

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