Source: Fox News A man being criticized by sign language experts for providing fake interpretations while standing close to President Obama and other heads of state at Nelson Mandela’s memorial says he becomes violent “a lot” and was hallucinating during the event. Thamsanqa Jantjie did not describe his qualifications for being a sign language interpreter,…

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Google Translate is a pretty great free tool, but it’s only useful if it actually works where you need it. Today it works in even more places, as Google has updated both the web service and the Android app with nine new languages, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Here’s the full list: Hausa (Harshen Hausa)…

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After over 100 years of effor, the Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources has finally been completed this week, launching the publication of the 17th volume in the dictionary. The British Academy started the research project in 1913, and it’s taken three different editors—and what the Guardian’s Liz Bury describes as “a small army of contributors”—to complete the dictionary. As Bury…

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Once again, bad translation is to blame for an international “incident” involving those at the top level of government. According to Washington, an interpreter is to blame after reports U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told President Park Geun-hye in Seoul on Friday that, “betting against the U.S. is a bad bet” (or at least that’s…

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Casino language – Allows you to enjoy the games with thrill and excitement   When online casino invaded the internet, it practically brought with it everything about casino with no exception to the slang or jargon commonly used by the casino industry for communication. The primary reason in using casino jargon is to keep the…

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by Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic The short answer is “no,” but the long answer is much more interesting. An underwater keyboard at Epcot Center, shown at TED by dolphin researcher Denise Herzing It started innocently enough, as rumors do: A friend of a friend and I were chatting about Google and he said that…

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Source: It’s Useful Stuff   Recently, It’s Useful Stuff (itsusefulstuff.com) took a look at Ackuna, the free app translation platform for developers. Launching a mobile app requires a lot of work: design, programming, marketing, monitoring … not easy to get to the top positions in the charts, but if we have the option to offer…

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Source: Windows Observer In a software and app world without many borders developers these days are missing opportunities for additional income and exposure by not being able to easily get their apps into other languages. I have witnessed Windows Phone devs help each other with translations via Twitter and that seems to work pretty well…

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As a species, we love to gossip and listen to music.  But which came first?  Most would argue we limped our way up to language via grunts and noises we began to associate with objects, however some believe we danced our way up the evolutionary ladder singing show-tunes (well, not exactly). However there seems to…

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Source: Galido.net   John Heywood, a famous writer once said. “Many hands make light work.” Well, crowdsourcing is just that and more. Crowd-sourcing gives professional translators opportunities and creates a window for further knowledge. Mastering a language doesn’t happen over night. Even at a proficient level you should always leave room to perfect your skills…

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