Invading Italian

Nick Squires in Rome reports for Telegraph.co.uk that Italians are using—and stressing—about the growing incursion of Anglo-Saxon words and phrases into everyday use. From...

Spring drama with Sun and the big Blue yonder

There has been much speculation on the talks that IBM and Sun Microsystems aren’t officially having, ever since word leaked out that they weren’t...

English into 3D

In a previous speculative blog, I suggested that text to visual 3D ‘translation’ might one day enhance our access to content. This report from...

Cultural bias in taxonomies

Numerous bloggers, especially John Battelle, have picked up on David Weinberger’s dissection of bias in the apparently neutral Dewey Decimal system. As Weinberger says,...

AI-Powered Speech Translation: Propelling Connectivity Beyond Borders

For many organizations, connecting with a global audience using limited resources can be challenging. But with AI speech translation, they can unlock new ways of communicating.

How does the future look and how do we feel about...

A guest post from Roberto Silva, Technology Solutions Manager, Conversis At the beginning of a new year, many people take a look at the past and...

Language in the News – LanguageNews.net

There is an interesting new blog on the web. Language News is a two month old blog that lists the latest news story headlines...

Mental Acculturation

The world flattens by means of technology, brand names, and apparently even psychology, according to the New York Times:  "Behind the promotion of Western ideas...

Learn language with bears

Well, not exactly, but this flash card widget might be a fun addition to your web page. The Language Bear website offers language flash cards...

“The hottest jobs”

First, the good news: Translation was listed as one of the “hottest jobs” in the annual “what people earn” article Sunday (April 15) in...

World library for kids

I just ran across the International Children's Digital Library, whose lofty mission is "to support the world's children in becoming effective members of the...

A sweet goodbye to the Year of Languages

UNESCO’s International Year of Languages (2008) comes to a close with International Mother Language Day on February 21, 2009. The Orphan’s Lullaby project, a...

Employee experience: the new company-health barometer?

Customer experience has long been touted as the ultimate barometer for the health of companies, but isn’t the employee experience just as foundational to business performance? Improving your brand or product and building a strong customer experience certainly requires the support of your employees.

Conference to Highlight Language Access Issues in Arizona

Arizona State University (ASU) is slated to host a nationwide conference for translation and interpretation professionals later this month, with a particular emphasis on...

Bilingual document to the rescue

Ian Austen reports in The New York Times ("The Comma That Costs 1 Million Dollars (Canadian)” published on October 25, 2006) that a comma...

Laurel Wagers, Rest in Peace

Laurel Wagers, managing editor of MultiLingual died on February 13, 2010. An employee at MultiLingual Computing, Inc. since 1998, Laurel quickly found a home and...

Word of the day

“A.Word.A.Day” is “a worldwide online community of some half-million readers who share a love for words, wordplay, language, and literature.” The selected words may...

Social network, meet social translation, meet semi-homemade

The networking site Facebook has launched a crowdsourced application, Facebook Translations, that “allows people to suggest translations and vote alternatives up and down,” says...

Microsoft Word 2010 Translation

"Learn how you can translate entire documents easily with Microsoft Word 2010 Translation features by watching this quick tutorial,” claims a recently-posted video on...

Brazilian General Data Protection Act

What is the Brazilian General Data Protection Act? Inspired by the European regulation (General Data Protection Regulation - GDPR), the Brazilian General Data Protection Act...

The Importance of Language Classes for Aging Migrant Communities

In aging migrant communities, language barriers can create limitations on seniors’ way of life. In research conducted by linguists at The University of Groningen,...

Opinions, Business, and Chicken Sandwiches

I have enjoyed Terena Bell’s “Macro/Micro” column in MultiLingual. She is usually spot  on with her insights, and her sense of self-deprecating humor is...

What Localization Can Learn From Dolphins in Asia

Quite a lot actually! In this case, it's not  Flipper you need to chatter with, but read the great user experience-driven article featuring Dolphin...

Timnit Gebru and The Problem with Large Language Models

In December of 2020, Google fired Timnit Gebru, a co-leader of their Ethical Artificial Intelligence team (Google continues to maintain Gebru resigned, though even...