Category Archives: technophile

The Rising Popularity of Foreign Language Content on Netflix

When it comes to learning a language, you have to find the learning methods that work for you, and that includes finding material in the language you’re learning. For some that could be favourite YouTube channels, and for others finding new music to learn the lyrics of so you can sing along or film and(…)


The Future of Translation, Technology and the Fall of Language Barriers

The fear, or assumption, that technology will one day break down all language barriers and replace the need for anyone to learn a foreign language may not quite be an age old one, but it is something that those involved in all the intricacies of learning, studying, and teaching languages do digress on from time(…)


What Exactly is Business English?

For those of you who aren’t already in the know, Business English is A Thing when it comes to the matter of learning English as a foreign language. Amongst General, Academic, ESP (English for Specific Purposes), and others, there are learners who seek out courses or tutors specifically to learn Business English on the basis(…)


The Language Behind Science

Scientists, those of us in pursuit of knowledge rather than lining our pockets or seeking our own personal gain, can be relied upon to be the most neutral of the neutral, the pinnacle of unbiased thinking in a world that is so tarnished by opinion and personal point of view. Right? Mmm, sort of. Science,(…)


To Infinity and Beyond: Language and the Golden Record

Okay, so, perhaps this isn’t the ideal way to extend a warm greeting to our visiting neighbours from the stars. But the aliens in this imagination of a close encounter were not exactly extending a tentacle of friendship, so, perhaps on this occasion we can be forgiven. Although, considering some of the things we have(…)


Why English Remains Today’s Lingua Franca: Part 2

English being considered the lingua franca of this world is sure to get the back-up of those whose own native tongue is vastly more widespread in use—or at least equal to it—across the globe. We can look to Mandarin, Spanish, or even Russian as other contenders for this coveted title, and yet the fact remains(…)


Removing the Human Factor: Could Translation Truly Ever be Automated?

Speculating on the future of translation devices means going beyond mere wishful thinking about which of our favourite translation gadgets from the best science shows we can bring to life. From Google Translate making a wealth of languages available at our fingertips, to Skype facilitating instant translation during our video calls, it is easy to(…)


The Top 5 Sci-Fi Language Translation Tools of the Future

Google Translate and its counterparts have revolutionised the way we translate language. That is a bold statement, we know. However, if you had the pleasure of translating a word or two by yourself, before these services came to life, which for Google Translate was in April 2006, trawling through website upon website for a good,(…)


Badly Translated TV Show Titles Around the World

If there is one true thing that brings us all together, from whichever corner of the globe we reside in to whatever we do to fill our days, surely it is something that is noble, profound, the kind of thing that gets us up in the morning, puts a spring in our step, and shines(…)


Language Trends: Even Words Come Back into Fashion

Whether you despair at the latest slang trending on your Twitter feed, or kid yourself you’re still relevant by using the lingo that the kids say, it is impossible to ignore that language does indeed come in waves. Groovy, wicked, cool and bad are all words that were once on the tip of everyone’s tongue,(…)