24 Jul 2014

The Importance of Food in Language Development

It’s difficult to overestimate the impact of food on the development of modern languages. The word for the cereal we eat in the morning is derived from Ceres – the Greek goddess of agriculture – while dinner originates from ‘disner’ […]

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17 Jul 2014

Forget Hindi and English: Hinglish is the Future of Advertising in India

The British have been borrowing Indian words since the earliest days of the Raj. Some of the most well-known examples to have made their way into the English lexicon include guru, yoga and curry. But you might be surprised to hear […]

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07 Jul 2014

The Difficulties of English Translations

It is often said that English is a difficult language to learn. Even native speakers of languages such as Mandarin or Russian – often thought by English speakers as difficult languages to master – have been known to throw their […]

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16 May 2014

Learning to COPE with Your Content Marketing

The pace of change in the world of digital media is becoming so fast that today’s technology can seem in danger of soon becoming, well, yesterday’s news. Such mind-boggling change can leave some professionals struggling to cope. Yet COPE is […]

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01 May 2014

eBay Using Machine Translation to Support Russian Expansion

Any mobile user who has sent or received predictive texts will know the exasperation there can be in getting technology to communicate exactly what it is you want to say. Indeed, conveying messages across the worldwide web to consumers in different […]

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08 Apr 2014

New Book Highlights Borrowed English Words

If you have ever watched a foreign film, you may have been surprised to hear more than the odd English word coming through loud and clear as part of the dialogue. This is not really surprising, considering Britain’s imperial ambitions […]

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03 Apr 2014

Translated Literature Celebrated

The English-speaking world has, over the years, been spoilt by a wealth of great literature for children. Authors such as Roald Dahl, A A Milne, Enid Blyton, Theodor Seuss Geisel (he of Dr Seuss fame), and even Huckleberry Finn-creator Mark […]

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25 Mar 2014

Gambia to drop English as national language

The president of Gambia is looking to shift the country’s official language from English, calling it a “colonial relic”. Yahya Jammeh said that “we no longer subscribe to the belief that for you to be a government you should speak […]

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05 Mar 2014

Personal Digital Assistants: A Modern Love Story

“Hello, HAL. Do you read me, HAL?”. “Affirmative, Dave. I read you.” 2001: A Space Odyssey The recent film by Spike Jonze titled Her tells the story of a reclusive and lonely writer, Theodore Twombly, who falls deeply in love […]

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07 Jan 2014

Last Bid to Keep 1483 Dictionary in UK

Dictionaries such as this have their origins in the Catholicon Anglicum The UK has a rich tradition involving language. Home of Pinter, Ayckbourn, Orwell, stretching back through Austen and Dickens, to arguably the greatest playwright in history, William Shakespeare, Britain […]

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