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Reviving Yurok and Other Endangered Languages

8th July, 2014 I by Philip Ward

Why do languages fall out of use? Why are languages such as Yurok and others disappearing? Because of ever-present and continued globalism in the world, some languages are getting lost, while other languages are growing in order to use for business[HH1] . For example, in the last few centuries, the amount of Spanish and English spoken […]

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How Does Society Influence Language Use?

23rd June, 2014 I by Charlotte Klein

The complex relationship that exists between society and language has been heavily discussed, particularly over the past few decades. Several significant theories and hypotheses come to mind when considering this relationship; for example, the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis, which attempts to explain how language influences the way we perceive our world, is often cited as a major […]

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How Language affects Emotional Expression

9th June, 2014 I by Amanda Barnstien

Communication is universal. Regardless of what language you speak, humans aim to communicate with one another in order to achieve common goals. Despite this need to communicate common to all people, does emotional expression in languages differ? How people communicate varies from culture to culture. Can culture itself impact emotional expression and communication, something so […]

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Japanese Language Forms: Why Formality Matters

2nd June, 2014 I by Amanda Barnstien

People change their speech based on who they’re talking to. When speaking to an authority figure, people often use polite language. When talking among close friends, formality is often replaced with more casual, relaxed language. Language allows humans to adapt to social situations and present themselves appropriately. In some languages, politeness is associated with specific […]

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Talk to Yourself – It’s Perfectly Normal

19th May, 2014 I by Harry Hogue

It’s okay. I understand. We’ve all been there. We’ve all gotten strange looks. If you’re like me, you just smile and go on your way. No, really. It’s okay. Talk to yourself – it’s perfectly normal. How many people talk to themselves every day? Hard to say for sure, but likely most of us. Be […]

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German is Easier than You Thought

15th May, 2014 I by Harry Hogue

Anyone interested in studying German who has English as a first language comes at the task with some advantages. English is a Germanic language, which means that it has its roots in German, that is, many words found in English were originally German words. German also has many cognates, which are words that sound the […]

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Arabic Language Presence on the Internet Lower Than Expected

28th April, 2014 I by Lyssandra Allen

The Arabic language is the fifth-largest language on Earth. Yet despite having over 237 million native speakers, Arabic is the main language of less than 1% of web pages on the internet. In the early days of computers and internet connections, Roman scripts were the only ones available, so Arabic web users had to use […]

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A new pronoun or a new usage? – Translation Excellence

21st April, 2014 I by Lyssandra Allen

One of the difficulties of formal writing in English is how to delineate a gender-neutral, third-person singular when making generic statements. In the phrase, “It is particularly important for the researcher to keep ____ results from becoming overly biased,” where the blank needs a pronoun showing possession, the writer has a number of options, none […]

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Are You too Old to Learn a New Language?

14th April, 2014 I by Harry Hogue

People often say, “I’m just too old!” when confronted with the idea of learning a new language. Many people believe that it’s harder to learn a new language as you get older, but there’s no credible evidence to say that’s actually true. Are there strengths and weaknesses to be considered for learners depending on age? […]

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You Understand the Law, but do Your Clients Understand You?

7th April, 2014 I by Ryan Hennig

As the demand for legal representation of non-English speaking clients continues to grow, attorneys are responsible for establishing an understanding for their clients of what they face and what to expect while interacting with the United States legal system. These clients face a frightening and foreign process that can determine matters fundamental to their lives […]

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Attending an International Conference When You Don’t Speak the Language

1st April, 2014 I by Ryan Hennig

Have you ever heard about an interesting international conference that you didn’t attend because it was hosted in a foreign language you don’t speak? Maybe you’ve never even heard of such a conference because the thought of that doesn’t make sense to you. Now is the chance to stop and think about what you may […]

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Easiest Second Languages for English Speakers

27th March, 2014 I by Logan Simpson

It is common knowledge that English originated in Northern Europe and settled down in England before spreading to the U.S. For some reason, however, most Americans believe that all other European languages are extremely different from English and too hard to learn — an assumption that simply is not true. What many people are not […]

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