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Posted by Tammi Coles on Tue, Apr 17, 2018 @ 11:45 AM

We love sharing the informative, the provocative, and the jaw-dropping from today’s ever-evolving language technology landscape. Let's dive in!

Posted by Tammi Coles on Fri, Jan 26, 2018 @ 01:06 PM

As you may have noticed, localization into Indian languages is becoming a hot topic. With greater volumes of Indian-language speakers accessing the internet and using mobile phone apps, companies are perking up and finding ways to reach out to this large population of potential consumers. And Microsoft is one of the frontrunners.

Posted by Tammi Coles on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 @ 01:08 PM

¿Hablas español? Well, according to a recent report by the government-run Spanish language organization Instituto Cervantes, as reported in the Guardian, the United States is now the world’s second largest Spanish-speaking country — after Mexico — with 41 million native speakers, plus another 11.6 million who are bilingual. According to U.S. census figures from 2014, Hispanics accounted for 17 percent of the total population, some 55 million people. These statistics are important for many reasons, including the fact that Forbes estimates Hispanic purchasing power to be $1.5 trillion in 2015, with the market growing larger every year: the overall Hispanic population in the U.S. grew a full 2.1 percent between 2013 and 2014.
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Posted by Tammi Coles on Tue, Oct 27, 2015 @ 09:25 AM

Have you ever heard of Southern Saami? How about Mikasuki? Ainu, anyone? Dahalo? If you aren’t a linguist or anthropologist, you might be forgiven for being unfamiliar with these languages. Sadly, according to the Google-backed Endangered Languages Project, they are all spoken by less than 1,000 people in communities being subsumed by the dominant language of their countries: Southern Saami has 600 speakers in central Sweden; Mikasuki speakers live mostly in the southern tip of the U.S. state of Florida; Ainu boasts only ten speakers, all on the island of Hokkaido in Japan; and Kenya’s coastal Dahalo language has less than 400 speakers.
In the News

Posted by Tammi Coles on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 @ 02:03 PM

A few years ago, American journalist Joshua Foer went to the Republic of Congo to research some of the world’s last hunter-gatherer societies. In order to embed himself to the degree he thought necessary, he decided to learn Lingala, a language spoken by several million in the Congo basin. And in just 22 hours, spread out over ten weeks, he did it, with the assistance of an app called Memrise. He then completed his research, successfully communicating with people in ways that would not have been possible had he had to rely on an interpreter.
In the News

Posted by Tammi Coles on Fri, Jul 17, 2015 @ 01:18 PM

The Tour de France is big business. This year’s Tour is the competition’s 102nd edition, and as of 2013, according to the French newspaper Le Monde, the Tour was viewed by 1 to 3.5 billion people in 190 countries (article in French). One of the French teams’ sponsors told Le Monde that in 2011, for an investment of €8.3 million, it received the equivalent of €63 million of publicity. To the uninitiated, cycling may seem like an individual sport. After all, when a big race like the Tour de France concludes, one victorious rider’s name and photo is all over the front pages.
In the News

Posted by Tammi Coles on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 @ 02:24 PM

On 25 April 2015, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake ripped through Nepal, killing nearly 9,000, injuring 23,000, and displacing an estimated 450,000. Among those responding with support and expertise internationally was a team of Nepali language experts, who have been partnering with government, global businesses, and international aid organizations since the quake and the many aftershocks. We spoke with linguist and anthropologist Mark Turin about his projects in the region, his collaborations with communities in Nepal, and what is still to come.
In the News

Posted by Tammi Coles on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 @ 12:47 PM

“The Search Giant has just released one of the most emotional Google Translate commercials we have seen,” reported Android Authority. We agree. While marking an impressive milestone — 100 billion words translated daily — the video is also a powerful reminder of how translation and translation tools have shaped how we connect with friends, family, and colleagues around the world.

Posted by Tammi Coles on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 @ 12:56 PM

Got Android? Prefer writing with a pen to typing with your thumbs? Google has released an app that could free you from the constraints of tiny touch-screen keyboards. Best of all, it’s available in English, en français, auf Deutsch, and more.
In the News

Posted by Tammi Coles on Tue, Jun 09, 2015 @ 11:52 AM

As a sponsor of Translators without Borders, Moravia understands the value of translation in meeting the critical needs of communities in crisis worldwide. Last week, we took an opportunity to speak with Asi Burak, the president of Games for Change, a social innovator that helps spur the creation and distribution of social impact games to aid in humanitarian and educational efforts worldwide.



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