languages

healthcare

Opinion: Doctors Privately Use Cruel Words to Describe Their Patients

The field's "professional language" can be pejorative, paternalistic, and aggressive.
Michael Zirulnik
Jonathan Cartsonis
5.28.19
Emojis

Emojis Bridged the Language Barrier Between Me and My Father

They're doing the same for many in households that speak multiple languages.
Arimeta Diop
8.16.18
languages

How ‘Westworld’ Uses Multilingualism to Explore Prejudice

From Japanese to Lakota, the show's foreign language episodes spotlight themes of identity and memory.
Becky Ferreira
6.11.18
relationships

14 Kinds of Love That English Doesn't Have a Word For

Love is more complicated than swooning, star-crossed romance.
Tim Lomas
2.16.18
The Written Word

This Algorithm Creates Its Own Alien Alphabets

The magic of mathematics makes a mysterious glyph that would make Tolkien or Klingon fans proud.
John Wenz
6.21.17
Tower of Babel

This Old School Wearable Puts a Thousand Languages Around Your Neck

Modeled after the Rosetta Stone, this nickel-sized wearable has 1,000 languages on it, including Swahili, Arabic and Hindi.
Nadja Sayej
5.31.17
Motherboard

‘Russia’s Google’ Is Collecting a Database of Rare Languages

Including Elvish.
Becky Ferreira
4.13.17
Stuff

Are Duolingo Users Actually Learning Anything Useful?

Addictive language-education apps are essentially mobile games, and they add to your second-language vocabulary. But are users making any real gains toward fluency?
Mike Pearl
1.12.17
Google

Shitloads and Zingers: The Perils of Machine Translation

"Rather than be defensive about the possibility of being replaced by a machine translator, I am aware of the remarkable feats of which machines are capable."
Arthur Goldhammer
11.24.16
americas

Indigenous languages are dying in Canada. Here's how people are trying to save them

The fear is that, over time, the vast majority of Canada's Indigenous languages will go extinct. But there's a movement afoot to not just preserve them, but to get them back in active use.
Meagan Wohlberg
6.24.16
Internet

This Entrepreneur Wants to Build a Kurdish Alternative to Google

Egerin is a Kurdish search engine that aims to bring Kurds online and preserve their languages.
Emiko Jozuka
3.18.16
News

Here's Why Windows Users Quit With Alt+F4, Not Alt+Q

It actually makes a lot of sense.
Matthew Braga
12.10.15
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