By Emily Burnham, BDN Staff As a college freshman, Portland resident Holly Maniatty decided to study American Sign Language at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York — partially because it seemed like a good challenge, and partially because it just seemed interesting. The fact that it has led to her hobnobbing with musical…

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By Katy Steinmetz @katysteinmetz Four times per year, the Oxford English Dictionary fleshes out human history just a little bit more. Four times per year, the Oxford English Dictionary fleshes out human history just a little bit more. After months of sifting and searching, their experts announce which words will be added, defining who English-speakers…

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I’ve read some news back in 2009 when OneHourTranslation.com tried to emerge as our rival in the translation industry that they have developed a cool translation tool for tweeter users: Twitrans. This marketing gimmick has helped them to land some serious PR coverage from titans such as Forbes, CNN and TechCrunch. But in reality, this…

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by The Commentator Turkey’s version of World War Z starring Brad Pitt is reported to have removed references to Israel, instead labelling the Jewish state, “Middle East” The Turkish language translation of hit book-turned-movie World War Z has been found to obscure references to the Jewish state, instead subtitling the Israeli parts as simply, “Middle…

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I thought I’d share/comment on this news story as I was shocked to read about it in the news yesterday.  Not only because of the ridiculousness of the story, but because it takes place near my hometown where I grew up. While I didn’t attend this school myself, the area is known for being more…

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By Olga Khazan , The Atlantic Light Warlpiri in Northern Australia blends English with an indigenous tongue. The Warlpiri people, an indigenous group that lives near the remote Tanami Desert of Australia’s northern territory, have kept a lot of things the same for centuries, such as living within unique kinship structures and performing traditional tribal…

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The World Wide Web. Globalization. Multinational corporations. We live in a time where the international market is becoming increasingly important to a business’s bottom line. In fact, some companies barely differentiate between domestic and foreign—everything is under the giant umbrella of “international.” And it’s not just those giant multinational corporations like Sony, Microsoft, or Disney…

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By Simon Kelner Overheard on the No. 14 bus: “So I got him, like, a red wine thing. It’s, like, a bottle or whatever, and it, like, sits on a table.” Leaving aside the solipsistic, egocentric impulse that permits people to conduct private conversations in public places, I was interested in the substance and tone…

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By Jordan Teicher Humans have a burning desire to verbally communicate with dolphins, especially when it comes to ad folk. First it was Megan Fox, Acer marine biologist, taking a scientific approach to dolphinspeak, and now we have a Dolphin Translator app from Green Works, the eco-friendly arm of Clorox, essentially creating the digital version…

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Added by Stasia Bliss A hand raised to wave as you drive away, tears in your eyes, the other hand covering your heart.  Jumping for joy with fists punching the sky, wide eyes and broad grin opening up with shouts of glee. Hunching over with spine curled over the heart, face staring at the passing…

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