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To Infinity and Beyond: Language and the Golden Record

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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(…)


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

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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

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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

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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(…)


Christmas Gets Quirky: Fascinating Christmas Traditions from Around the World

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Everyone has their own customs and traditions they follow whenever the Christmas season rolls around. It might be an apple pie recipe that’s been in your family for generations, or Christmas decorations that represent a different time in your personal history, or even gathering around the piano on Christmas Eve for good ol’ fashioned caroling.(…)


Capitalising on Language Skills

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We have long known that listing more than one language on your CV is a career asset. Aside from the obvious benefits of being bilingual, or even multilingual, there are numerous transferable skills associated with dedicating yourself to learning and maintaining a second language such as: commitment, organisation and time management to list but a few.(…)


Is Artificial Intelligence a Thing of the Past?

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BASIC, C, C++, COBOL, FORTRAN, Ada, Pascal. For those of you who spot a foreign language in your midst, you are absolutely correct: the above are examples of computer programming languages learned and perfected by many a programmer around the world. When you want to speak to a computer to get it to do what(…)


Is A.I. En Route to Mind Manipulation?

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Be honest. If it wasn’t for the fabulous Benedict Cumberbatch, it is likely that you would neither know anything about the enigma machine, nor would you know about the genius that was Alan Turing. The Imitation Game, a movie based loosely on the events of Alan Turing’s life and work, was actually the title of(…)


Useful Phrases to Help You Get by with… Esperanto?

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Saluton! Dum longa tempo mi ne vidis vin! Kiel vi? If you have been even the slightest bit interested in our recent peek at the language that is Esperanto, perhaps you will have dabbled enough to recognise the above sentence as Hello! Long time no see! How are you? Or maybe you haven’t. Maybe you(…)


Esperanto Pop Culture is Alive and Kicking

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Esperanto is merely a language pipe dream of international communication and understanding, right? An almost-obsolete experiment that few people have heard of and even fewer actually use. If that’s the case, then why has it cropped up so often in some of our favourite pop culture? Before you disagree, let us cite our sources… TV(…)