Ever since I started blogging, and #langchat started, and as I went to conferences, and as I got more involved in Twitter, I’ve seen them and you’ve seen them – post after post, tweet after tweet, videos on YouTube, of how bad Google Translate is. How inaccurate. How unhelpful.
There’s just one problem, and we’re not talking about it, because we’re afraid. We’re afraid we’re wrong. And we are. Because somewhere along the line, somehow, Google Translate got good. Like, really good. Like, you-can-use-it-to-communicate .....
When I moved to South Korea to be an ESL teacher, I only intended to stay one year. Three years later I returned to the United States, soon realizing that my time as an ex-pat would forever divide my life into two categories: ‘before Korea’ and ‘after Korea.’ Living overseas created a huge shift in my perception, far beyond the culture I experienced, the amazing things I saw and the great people I met. 1. Tourist vs. Expat
Earlier this week, I was talking with two Californians, Warner Henson and Praveen Shanbhag. We were discussing ways to teach people to respect the names of others, especially names that are hard to pronounce. This is a daily conversation for those two, who are co-founders of NameCoach.I had interviewed Praveen eaerlier in the year, and he shared stories about growing up as an immigrant kid and his family’s struggle with names. You can listen to his interview here.If you’re curious how to
Bilinguals get all the perks. Better job prospects, a cognitive boost and even protection against dementia. Now new research shows that they can also view the world in different ways depending on the specific language they are operating in.
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