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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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How Big Is Your Vocabulary?

How Big Is Your Vocabulary?

It is impossible to provide an accurate word count for the English language. However, it is safe to say that The Oxford English Dictionary contains over 300,000 entries. According to a recently conducted study by The Economist...

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6 Tips For Global eCommerce Success

6 Tips For Global eCommerce Success

6 Tips For Global eCommerce Success. Many UK online businesses are becoming increasing reliant on global demand to increase profitability.

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German Language Loses Longest Word

German Language Loses Longest Word

The German language, well known for its long words, has decided that it will no longer include its longest word in its lexicon.

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Does Language Affect Our World View?

Does Language Affect Our World View?

The question of where language comes from has been an interesting, yet controversial issue for many centuries. There are two dominant theories on how different languages lead their speakers to contrasting thoughts and perceptions:

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Cambridge University Linguists Track Changes in Welsh Language Using Twitter

Cambridge University Linguists Track Changes in Welsh Language Using Twitter

Cambridge University researchers announced today that they have been using a database of Welsh tweets to track the evolving Welsh language.

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Localisation Increases Conversion by an Average of 70%

Localisation Increases Conversion by an Average of 70%

Clients witnessed a 20% increase in conversion when landing pages and ads were translated into the local language and a staggering 70% when their client’s websites were fully localised.

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Microsoft Adds Klingon to Bing Translator

Microsoft Adds Klingon to Bing Translator

Microsoft Adds Klingon to Bing Translator. Microsoft has added the fictional language of Klingon to their Bing Translator machine translation tool.

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The Top 5 Constructed Languages in Films and TV Shows

The Top 5 Constructed Languages in Films and TV Shows

The Festival De Cannes will start in less than two weeks and we thought it would be interesting to conduct some research into the best constructed languages in films and TV.

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Google Translate Adds Five New Languages

Google Translate Adds Five New Languages

Google Translate has announced that it has added five new to its translation tool, taking the total up to 70 languages.

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Linguists Identify Words Over 15,000 Years Old

Linguists Identify Words Over 15,000 Years Old

A research team led by Mark Pagel at the University of Reading in the UK claims to have identified 23 “ultraconserved words”. They concluded that these words have remained largely unchanged for up to 15,000 years.

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Polish Restaurant Offers Cervical Cancer on Menu Due to Translation Error

Polish Restaurant Offers Cervical Cancer on Menu Due to Translation Error

A British holiday-maker on a trip to Poland was horrified to find that one of the dishes on his menu was rather unappetising.

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How Technology Can Help Children Learn Different Languages

How Technology Can Help Children Learn Different Languages

It is no exaggeration to say that knowing a second language, a foreign language, is more significant and perhaps more useful that it has even been in the history of humankind.

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Star Wars Goes Native American

Star Wars Goes Native American

“May the force be with you”. Can you imagine that these words would echo in the world of Native Americans? In particular, in the language of Navajo, spoken in Navajo Nation

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Multilingual Social Media in Melbourne

Multilingual Social Media in Melbourne

Multilingual Social Media in Melbourne. Simon Jackson, who works at ESRI Australia, a provider of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, has recreated the study focusing on the Australian city of Melbourne.

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IKEA Lost in Translation

IKEA Lost in Translation

The world’s largest furniture retailer IKEA caused controversy this week: the pillow case Gosa Raps translates into English ‘cuddle rape’ when using Google Translate.

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5 Tips for Implementing Successful International Search Campaigns

5 Tips for Implementing Successful International Search Campaigns

TranslateMedia has some tips on how to better manage international search marketing campaigns.

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Teenager Learns 22 Languages in Just a Few Weeks

Teenager Learns 22 Languages in Just a Few Weeks

New Yorker Timothy Doner is just 17 years old but he has managed to teach himself 22 different languages in just a few weeks.

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The Perils of Poor Translation

The Perils of Poor Translation

If your organisation is creating communications intended for a global audience, you need a professional translator.

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Search Engines, Browsers and Social Networks of the Top 10 European Internet Markets

Search Engines, Browsers and Social Networks of the Top 10 European Internet Markets

Your international marketing campaign begins with laying your sites on new target markets for your product.

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