Taking A Closer Look at Lingua Franc...

A few years ago, me and a group of Spaniards were temporarily stranded in Turkey on our way to India. I can still remember the indignance of one of the men toward the airline employee who was charged with the...

Two Koreas. Two Languages? One Dicti...

Languages are living things! They adapt to circumstances and change with use. I mean the English that was spoken in Shakespeare’s time is not the English that reigns in London today. Nor is the English in...

Avoiding Translation Blunders

One person’s laughter can be another person’s pain. And so it goes with translation blunders, when communication and language go horribly wrong. One prime example is KFC, who began to advertise their slogan...

Fired for Not Speaking English Well ...

It’s oft repeated that you should learn to speak the local language in order to get a good job in your location of choice. Whether that’s Spanish in Mexico, French in France or English in the United States,...

Millenials Don’t Necessarily Want to...

The Millenial Generation was born between 1980 and 2004. For better or for worse, a lot has been written about these Millenials (or should I say, us Millenials). How they’re confident and open-minded, as well...

Decoding Hand Gestures with Kinect

While I previously thought that Kinect was just about badly losing to my sister in a string of Xbox videogames, it turns out that researchers have found a better use for Microsoft’s motion sensing device...
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