Twitter’s strict 140 character limit is either eroding English grammar or sparking creativity, depending on your point of view. Shortenings such as lol, imo, tmi and icymi are all becoming part of our everyday language.
Learning a foreign language seems a huge commitment – – won’t it take years to be able to communicate fluently? And many of us still struggle to buy a train ticket or ask directions in French, despite years of slogging away at school!
We often hear about languages that are dying, or close to extinction. But linguists had reason to celebrate when they discovered the birth of a new language in a remote Australian village.
Where can you find world-class culinary competitions, a huge bakers’ fair and workshops on the latest food technology? Each year, thousands of food manufacturers, chefs, exporters, restaurant and supermarket owners travel to the World Food Expo in Manila, the Philippines.
When Britain seized power of one fifth of the world’s land in the 18th century, they also anglicised and heavily influenced their cultures. As well as shaping the politics, law, education and languages of the Empire, they also destroyed fundamental parts of their national identities. Many people consider their influence in India, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong a form of mass cultural genocide.
We’re delighted to introduce Paula Campbell, our guest blog writer, who is currently an intern at Lingo24. Paula shares her impressions of working with a global translation company, and considers whether a career in languages is for her.
It’s often said that music is a universal language. But Emmelie de Forest’s victory for Denmark continued the trend of English language Eurovision Song Contest winners.
Translators Without Borders has 10 million reasons to celebrate this week. That’s the number of words they’ve translated through a project connecting professional linguists with humanitarian organisations.
Fancy a job on the Starship Enterprise, but concerned you might not have the language skills? Don’t worry, Microsoft has come to the rescue – delighting Star Trek fans by adding Klingon to its Bing translator.
How do you say “May the force be with you” in Navajo?