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

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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Italian Gesticulation

The fact that Italians talk with their hands is generally accepted as a stereotype, a joke, and the truth. Far from simply being an outlet for feelings and emotions, however, the movement of an Italian’s hands can convey depth and inflection that words just don’t cover. Gesticulation is something that is passed down through generations,

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Can One Language Define a Country? A Look at the New Ukrainian Language Law

As of February 23, Ukraine, a country that has faced four months of protest in bitter winter conditions, has been retaken by the people. The government, initially pushing ties to bring the country closer to Western Europe, raised the citizens’ ire when it cut those ties and showed signs of reopening relations with Russia, a

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How Eliminating Language Barriers Helps People Understand the Value of Water

Let’s say you want to tackle the issue of clean water access. Around the globe, 783 million people lack access to safe, clean water, according to the UN, and you work with a group that wants to do something about it. No doubt your company or organization will plan systems to improve water treatment, quality

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What Language do you Tweet?

What’s the most popular language for a Tweet? Still English, as it turns out. According to a recent study released by French media research company Semiocast, English-language Tweets make up 34 percent of Twitter content on an average day. But Twitter is far from monolingual. The social media site has about 232 million users worldwide,

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Deciphering Language in the Genes

Researchers have isolated a gene that appears to affect the production of language. It was discovered when half of a single large family in London showed difficulties with articulation and grammar, all of whom possessed a disrupted version of the gene, called FOXP2. According to evolutionary biologists, the gene “differs significantly in its DNA sequence”

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Which Arabic Dialect Should Translators Master?

Learning any language requires choosing a dialect, but in Arabic this choice is perhaps more important than in other languages. Differences in Arabic dialects are sometimes so large that speakers from different areas cannot communicate with one another. This poses a problem for anyone considering learning Arabic for translation: unless the translator already has a

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