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Google Translate Adds Handwriting Support

Google Translate Adds Handwriting Support

Google launched their latest functionality for Google Translate today. The new feature, which currently supports 45 languages, lets you translate a handwritten expression without the need for a keyboard.

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Lynx Launches Translation App to Help Lads Pull Girls on Holiday

Lynx Launches Translation App to Help Lads Pull Girls on Holiday

Lynx, the Unilever-owned brand of male grooming products, has created a unique mobile application in order to engage young lads when they’re on holiday this summer.

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Archaeologists Discover Oldest Chinese Inscriptions in Shanghai

Archaeologists Discover Oldest Chinese Inscriptions in Shanghai

Archaeologists recently discovered inscriptions in Shanghai that pre-date the oldest known Chinese language by 1,400 years.

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Forensic Linguistics: Words on Trial

Forensic Linguistics: Words on Trial

Nowadays, the word 'forensic' reflects an image of a quirky scientist, a medical examiner and a team of very good looking investigators on a “C.S.I.” show.

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Is Google Launching a Speech Translator?

Is Google Launching a Speech Translator?

Google has recently acquired a portfolio of American patents and patent applications from a privately held company that develops tech for speech recognition

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Names, Surnames and the Royal Baby

Names, Surnames and the Royal Baby

With the royal baby boy being born yesterday, the world is curious what his name will be. This made us think about names. Everyone has got one since it serves the useful purpose of identification.

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The Origins of Two of English’s Most Popular Swear Words

The Origins of Two of English’s Most Popular Swear Words

Swear words have existed in the English language since the days of our forebears – and their forebears, too.

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Keep Calm and Carry On in Other Languages

Keep Calm and Carry On in Other Languages

We've translated Keep Calm and Carry On into loads of different languages! They look great and are very funny, so take a look and share away.

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Grammatical Genders in Different Languages

Grammatical Genders in Different Languages

When speaking of grammatical genders, one might wonder what grammar has to do with sex. Not much, to be honest. The original meaning of ‘gender’ was ‘race’, ‘type’ or ‘kind’

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Social Media and Machine Translation: A Recipe for Disaster?

Social Media and Machine Translation: A Recipe for Disaster?

Can you trust a machine to translate your social media messages without inadvertently causing offence by not understanding humour or sarcasm

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The Notorious Oxford Comma

The Notorious Oxford Comma

The Oxford comma is an optional comma that clarifies the meaning of a sentence, and is also known as the serial or Harvard comma.

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Neanderthals and Early Humans Shared Common Language

Neanderthals and Early Humans Shared Common Language

A recent study argues that not only did Neanderthals and modern humans interact and interbreed, but they also shared some elements of speech and language.

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Punctuation in Different Languages

Punctuation in Different Languages

The rules of punctuation vary greatly between languages.

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Will Google Local Carousel Affect International SEO?

Will Google Local Carousel Affect International SEO?

It has been a few weeks since Google official launched their Local Carousel functionality for users based in the United States. So what is it? And what does this mean for interrnational SEO?

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Google Translate Helps Save Lives of Russian Tourists

Google Translate Helps Save Lives of Russian Tourists

Google Translate Helps Save Lives of Russian Tourists. A river outfitter in the New Jersey town of Frenchtown used his wits and smart-phone translation technology to avert disaster this week.

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Can the Language You Speak Affect Your Finances and Health?

Can the Language You Speak Affect Your Finances and Health?

Keith Chen, behavioural economist at Yale University, explains the connection between how you feel about the future and how your language forces you to talk about it.

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The Importance of Security in the Internet Age

The Importance of Security in the Internet Age

Cyber security is currently big news. Reports are published on a weekly basis describing cyber criminals’ attempts to access the personal details of internet users held within the databases of high-profile internet organisations.

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Turkish Language Version of World War Z Makes No Mention of Israel

Turkish Language Version of World War Z Makes No Mention of Israel

The Turkish language version of World War Z, the recent blockbuster adapted from the 2006 apocalyptic horror novel by Max Brooks, has made headlines by removing all references to the Jewish state of Israel from the film's plot and dialogue.

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New Language Discovery: Light Warlpiri

New Language Discovery: Light Warlpiri

Light Warlpiri, a newly emerged mixed language that is spoken in a remote Indigenous community in northern Australia, has been discovered.

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Loan Words in the English Language

Loan Words in the English Language

Have you ever wondered why there are three different concepts for one word in the English language, for instance weird, odd and strange? This is because native and foreign terms co-exist in English: weird derives from Old English, odd from Old Norse and strange from Old French.

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