Langauge 101

The Sapir Whorf Hypothesis and Language's Effect on Cognition

This article was originally published in April 2017 and has been updated. Language plays a big role in our lives. But can it affect the way we think? So would say a dedicated Whorfian, arguing that the language we speak determines how we see the world and ...

The Growing Importance of Arabic in Business

When a language gains prominence around the world, there is a rise in the demand for speakers of that language in governments and businesses around the world. Higher salaries and unique job positions attract and motivate employees, while businesses benefit ...

Language Services: The Biggest Industry You’ve Never Heard Of

When people think of up-and-coming industries, they likely conjure up images of tech companies in Silicon Valley. What probably doesn’t come to mind is language services. But it should. According to Common Sense Advisory (CSA), the translation and ...

Virtual Reality is the Next Step in Language Learning

There’s a lot that goes into learning a language. Taking classes, studying textbooks, using apps, watching foreign movies, listening to foreign music, playing video games…the list seems endless. But another method of language learning is starting to arise ...

Where is Facebook Translation Going from Here?

Facebook is by far the largest social media platform on the Internet. Its global reach is impressive, with a total audience reaching nearly two billion. What’s even more impressive is how many of those users come from outside North America. As of June 2016, ...

10 More Words That Don’t Translate into English

Not too long ago, we looked at some words that have no translatable equivalent in English. We now know that Kummerspeck, which literally translates to “grief bacon” in German, refers to weight gained from emotional overeating. If you’re trying to express ...

The Immersive Experience of Video Game Language Learning

Language learning is an immensely satisfying activity, and there are many well-documented benefits to bilingualism. Of course, language learning can also be frustrating, as you will eventually reach a plateau where you’ll feel like there’s no way to progress ...

Lao: How to translate an untranslatable language

In the country of Laos, made up of many ethnic groups, the population speaks about 86 different languages! The lingua franca there is Laotian, also known as Lao or Thai Noi (“lao language”). It is the official language, where it is spoken by 3 million of the ...

Bilingual Speakers Able to Perceive Time Differently, Study Says

How much time has passed since you clicked on this article and began reading? Depending on how many languages you speak, your answer may vary. That’s according to a new study published late last month that looks at the effect language has on our perception of ...

The Emoji Language

Emojis are everywhere in texting, social media, memes, and advertising. They’ve gained such a large cultural presence that there is even an emoji movie, and Chevrolet put out a press release written with emojis, which was later translated into English. Emojis ...