Canada and the Use of Technology for Indigenous Languages Preservation


When a language dies, we lose a culture. We lose a sense of identity and belonging. Imagine that the language you speak is slowly becoming extinct. What would you do? How would you react? This is what many Indigenous peoples in Canada, and in other parts of the world, are experiencing right now. The National […]

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From Faux-hawk to Super-spreader: Merriam-Webster Adds 455 New Words to Dictionary


The English language is constantly evolving. Just last month, Merriam-Webster added 455 new words to the dictionary; that’s on top of the 520 words added in January of this year. It makes sense that the dictionary would be updated over time; long gone are the days of Shakespearean English. But how do neologisms like faux-hawk […]

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Which Are the Most Gender-biased Languages?


According to a study by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), the implications of gender bias may extend well beyond the usual sociopolitical dynamics in the U.S. While inequality in the workplace remains top of mind, women are still falling behind their male counterparts in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), but why? What explains this disparity […]

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Podcasts as a Language-Learning Tool


Having enjoyed exponential growth in popularity over recent years, podcasts are now a common part of many people’s everyday lives, with nearly one-third of Americans listening to podcasts at least once a month for education, entertainment, inspiration, and news. In particular, podcasts have proven to be a great tool for learning and practicing foreign languages […]

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What Is Language Preservation and Why Is It Important?


Communication through language is one of our most fundamental needs as human beings. As social creatures, we crave the connection that language provides, but what connects us also separates us. Thousands of different languages keep groups of humans from communicating and cooperating. As the world becomes more interconnected, more and more we rely heavily on […]

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Unfaithful Journalism


A while ago we talked about the functionality and faithfulness of translations. We said that, although we must keep a certain faithfulness to our source text, it is often necessary to adapt the target text so that it achieves the desired effect towards the readers. This time, we are going to talk about how journalistic […]

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