Tag Archives: translation

Language News: Facebook translation

Facebook appears to have launched a new translation tool.  No gaurantees on how accurate it might be, but machine translation is defintely improving.  Let us know what you think! Advertisements

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Resources: American Translators Association (ATA)

The U.S. is such a monolingual country that many Americans do not consider the issues of translation until they are confronted with someone who doesn’t speak English or who doesn’t speak it natively.   Yet, businesses are finding that they … Continue reading

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Resources: Online Translation Dictionary

WordReference.com offers to translate a number of languages into English and vice versa. I can’t make any claims about the quality of these translations, but it’s worth taking a look. They currently offer translations for: Spanish – Diccionario inglés-español French … Continue reading

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Language Fun: Origami: The Paper Tiger | The Japanese Culture Blog

Image by forzadagro via Flickr J. Sensei’s The Japanese Culture Blog provides a beautifully illustrated explanation of the Chinese metaphor “a paper tiger” in one of his latest entries: Origami: The Paper Tiger | The Japanese Culture Blog.  

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Resources: Patricia Ryan says “Don’t insist on English!” | Video on TED.com

TEDxDubai hosts Patricia Ryan, a language teacher at Zayed University.  Ryan speaks against English-only ideologies and begs the question:  “I ask you, what happened to translation?”  And, she provides examples where knowledge of a different language has helped to push … Continue reading

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Language News: Phantom power of language

Author Mini Krishnan discusses the art and effects of translation in The Hindu.  In this article, she provide a three English  translations of a passage of Premchand’s Shatranj ke Khilad which was originally written in Urdu.   The Hindu : … Continue reading

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Language News: New Bible Draws Critics Of Gender-Neutral Language : NPR

Pronoun usage is one of the most common topics in any writing class, but these discussions tend to be about whether or not the pronoun has a clear antecedent (the word the pronoun substitutes for).  English speakers often don’t realize … Continue reading

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Resources: DotSub Video Sharing and First Nation Languages

DotSUB is a video sharing platform that bills itself as “any video any language.”  It appears to be selling transcription, translation, and subtitling services, but it also has a large video collection which you can search by language and genre. … Continue reading

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Language Fun: Readers recommend foreign language versions – the results | Music | guardian.co.uk

Looking for fun ways to explore foreign languages with your students? Or translation issues?  The British newspaper The Guardian has compiled a list of popular English songs that have been performed in other languages. Readers recommend: foreign language versions – … Continue reading

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Language News: Churnalism.com Reveals Press Release Copy in News Stories | PBS

In addition to teaching students media literacy, ethical standards, and lessons about plagiarism, this link offers another linguistic opportunity:  the chance to talk to them about word creation.  “Churnalism” is a portmanteau–a linguistic blend of two words.  This link also … Continue reading

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