Home » Archive

The Archives

Written By: Youki on March 26, 2009 1 Comment

caught this language blog on the New York Times:

Schott’s Vocab is a repository of unconsidered lexicographical trifles — some serious, others frivolous, some neologized, others newly newsworthy. Each day, Schott’s Vocab explores news sites around the world to find words and phrases that encapsulate the times in which we live or shed light on […]

more→
Written By: Youki on March 25, 2009 1 Comment

Incredible timelapse video.  Applies photo/video techniques to real footage to create an surreal video.

Bathtub IV from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.

more→
Written By: Youki on March 24, 2009 12 Comments

Who here learned the English alphabet to the “Twinkle, twinkle, little star” melody? Of course since we have many international readers I’m half expecting a few people to say “I didn’t!” (or maybe you did? I’m curious). Well, from my own experiences growing up, the link between music and language was strong. From more→

Tags: [, ]
Written By: Youki on March 19, 2009 1 Comment

A series of four line long poems:

 

mesmerizing.

 

reminds me of “For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.

more→
Tags: [, ]
Written By: Youki on March 17, 2009 No Comment

Studying language and technology, it’s inevitable that the concept of memes will come up.  Whether it’s rickrolling, LOLcats, or “25 random things…“, memes are a ubiquitous part of internet culture.  So, I thought I’d start off this series with a great talk by Dan Dennett on “Ants, terrorism, and the awesome […]

more→
Tags: []
Written By: Youki on March 14, 2009 No Comment
Where Education and Assimilation Collide

In-depth New York Times article on English language instruction for foreign-born students.  A few excerpts:

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Walking the halls of Cecil D. Hylton High School outside Washington, it is hard to detect any trace of the divisions that once seemed fixtures in American society.

Two girls, a Muslim in a headscarf and a strawberry […]

more→
Written By: Youki on March 11, 2009 2 Comments

In the quest for learning more about, ahem, language and learning, here’s a New York Times article on intelligence.  The article was written by Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang, two neuroscientists famous for their award-winning book, “Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys But Never Forget How to Drive […]

more→
Written By: Youki on March 11, 2009 6 Comments

Do you dream in different languages?

It rarely happens to me, but last night I dreamt in Spanish.  Which is pretty interesting because I’d hardly consider myself fluent in Spanish, although I did grow up learning Spanish along with English (and a bit of Japanese).  I grew up in downtown Los Angeles — all my neighbors […]

more→
Written By: Youki on March 10, 2009 No Comment
Wordle – Word Clouds

Neat little site that converts text into visual word clouds.

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle […]

more→
Tags: [, ]
Written By: Youki on March 10, 2009 No Comment

New York Times article on metaphor problems and suggestions on fixing them (examples taken from actual published NYT articles):

Nip That Metaphor in Its Tracks

My colleague Adam Bryant, an editor in Business, notes that business writers tend to reach for metaphors to try to make complicated aspects of finance and economic policy more accessible. It’s […]

more→
Written By: Youki on March 3, 2009 1 Comment

Short article from the New York Times suggesting a link between forward-facing strollers and babies’ language development:

ARE forward-facing strollers having a negative effect on babies’ language development? British teachers have for some time been observing a decline in the linguistic abilities of many children, and some have wondered whether this might be one contributing factor.

There […]

more→
Written By: Youki on March 1, 2009 1 Comment
FIT in Review: February

Be sure to check out “FIT in Review: January” if you missed it.

Found in Translation is an open community and we welcome posts from new people!  Not sure how to make a post?  Visit our FAQ.

March 5th marks FIT’s 3rd anniversary, and we’ve just hit 300 posts!  Congratulations to the FIT community and […]

more→
Written By: Youki on February 26, 2009 3 Comments
The negotiation of non-negotiable identities

In a recent talk by Claire Kramsch, she said: “Transcultural competence is not the bland coexistence of multiple cultures under the happy banners of diversity. It is the much more risky circulation of values across historical and ideological timescales; the negotiation of non-negotiable identities and beliefs.”  


What does it mean to negotiate the […]

more→
Written By: Youki on February 17, 2009 3 Comments

100 days ago, Dave Malinowski was announced as a finalist in the 2008 Blogging Scholarship.  Since then, FIT has grown considerably, both in readership and in the content offered.   A few random facts for the 100-day period:

The FIT admins have sent 2144 emails to each other.  That is not a typo.  There are probably a […]

more→
Tags: []
Written By: Youki on February 17, 2009 9 Comments

Bobbie Johnson, writer for the UK Guardian’s Technology Blog, recently wrote an article entitled “Why aren’t ebooks taking off? Not enough pirates” in which he examines the role of piracy in the conversion from analog to digital music, video, and books:

Everyone’s looking at the pattern they’ve seen in music and video – an […]

more→
Written By: Youki on February 8, 2009 1 Comment

quick video that teaches a pretty easy way to convert to/from binary and base 10:

 

and my joke of the day month:

There are only 10 types of people in the world: Those who understand binary, and those who don’t.

more→
Tags: [, ]
Written By: Youki on February 3, 2009 4 Comments
A strange place… for graffiti?

On Saturday my wife and I took a stroll through Tilden Park in Berkeley.  Just off Lake Anza we came across a small trail that led into Wildcat Gorge, shrouded by trees and cutting deep into the earth.  It was a fairly isolated trail, far removed from any sounds of civilization.  We even came […]

more→
Written By: Youki on February 1, 2009 1 Comment
Can you name the most commonly used words in the English language?

On the subject of 100 words, here’s a language game where you try to guess the 100 most commonly used words in the English language.

How many can you get? (I got 47)

 

 

more→
Tags: []
Written By: Youki on February 1, 2009 No Comment
FIT in Review: January

Be sure to check out “FIT in Review: December” if you missed it.

Found in Translation is an open community and we welcome posts from new people!  Not sure how to make a post?  Visit our FAQ.

We’ve added a calendar feature to FIT!  We’ll be listing upcoming language events, conferences, and activities; mostly […]

more→
  Copyright ©2009 Found in Translation, All rights reserved.| Powered by WordPress| WPElegance2Col theme by Techblissonline.com