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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(…)


Learning a Language through Social Media

There’s a lot of things to be said about social media, both good and bad, and chances are there is at least a couple of social media apps on all of our phones. We know about the importance of networking, creating the right image, even using the latest meme to get our point across, but(…)


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(…)


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,(…)


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(…)


Every Day is a [Language] School Day

Language is one of the truest demonstrations of every day being a school day, and that learning is never really ever done. Don’t believe us? Well hold on to your fez, because using some of our favourite pop culture we are going to demonstrate just that, by not only introducing some new vocabulary to you,(…)


Is Artificial Intelligence a Thing of the Past?

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?

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(…)


How Does A.I. Compare to Human Intelligence?

For the Sci-Fi fans among us, we have this famous Terminator quote—and gesture—down pat. Some of us grew up using it, some of the geekier ones might argue that “I need your clothes, your boots and your motorcycle” is a much more memorable quote from the franchise, but this one is the one that really(…)