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Written By: Jonathan Haddad on May 4, 2011 1 Comment
Of Bin Laden, Empathy, and Translation

As a U.S. citizen, I have had one reaction to the killing of Osama bin Laden.  However, as a student of literature, I have found little to say about this symbolic victory in the “War on Terror” except, perhaps, that it is extremely distracting from the research papers I should […]

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Written By: daveski on March 12, 2011 1 Comment

The 8.9 earthquake that hit Japan two days ago, the continuing revelations about the loss of life, the massive water damage, and now the minute-by-minute unfolding of an already bad and potentially horrific situation in a number of nuclear reactors in Japan … these seem to have reduced language to nothing. These are […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 1, 2010 No Comment
Google Translate for Animals!

Incredibly exciting news for those of us who’ve been waiting with bated breath to find a device that will translate what our pets are saying. Communicate with animals with this groundbreaking technology courtesy of Google, in only 8 steps. Click on the image to find out more!

And, oh….

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Written By: Nicko on February 7, 2010 3 Comments

Few years ago, when I was an undergraduate student learning Korean, one of my professors started his methodology class about Korean studies with these two questions: Where is “Korea”? What do you call “Korea”?

Back then, everyone was quite sure about the answer and was wondering why a professor would ask that kind of question to […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on May 9, 2009 No Comment
Sign Language

I found a massive gallery of “strange signs and bizarre translations” on the UK’s The Telegraph. Check it out!

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on March 2, 2009 2 Comments

Is anything ever found in translation?

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on December 11, 2008 2 Comments
Lost in Translation

The Independent, UK, has an article about how the highly reputed German scientific journal, Max Planck Forschung, unwittingly used a cover image with Chinese text from a Macau brothel to highlight its China issue. In place of what the editors imagined was ancient Chinese poetry, they ended up with some clearly racy text. […]

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