Tag Archives: translation

Viva L’Italia: Italian Idioms and Expressions

Italian is a colourful language, as all the Latin languages are, and like every other language it has its own proverbs, expressions and idioms. Below are a few common Italian phrases to learn, so you can convince people you’re a real Italian. Non si puo avere la botte piena è la moglie ubriaca Literally translating […]


Learn and browse with Flewent

If you use Chrome as your browser, you could kill two birds with one stone and learn a language while perusing your favourite websites. Flewent is a plugin for Chrome that will translate words on a webpage into a different language, meaning you can pick up new words in your target language as you read. […]


Little translation mistakes = big problems

Speaking two or more languages is a great thing. But it doesn’t mean you have the ability to translate between them accurately – as we’ve seen this month, some words in other languages don’t have an English equivalent, for example. Mental Floss has some examples from new book Found in Translation to show just how […]


Facebook Translate

According to Lifehacker, a new Facebook feature allows you to translate posts and comments on Facebook pages. The “translate” link is shown when a comment is made in a different language. It’s placed right next to the “share” and “like” links. Whilst the service is currently only available on Facebook pages, there are plans to […]


Crowdsourcing translation

An interesting article from Wired looks at a company who are crowdsourcing translation to provide a better online translation service. Ackuna uses a Facebook app and a pool of multilingual people along with a crowdsourcing model to provide accurate translation that will get more effective the more it’s used. “The process works by breaking text […]


Word Lens – instant translation

There’s been a lot of hype in the last couple of weeks about Word Lens, a new iPhone app that offers instant translation. The app works by using the built-in camera on the phone. You point the camera at some foreign text and the translation will appear instantly on your screen. It sounds like magic, […]


iPhone app mimics mouth

I know a few people who have iPhones, and they seem to be massively addictive, and almost an extension of their arm for many. A new app from the airline Emirates could make the phone an extension of their mouth instead! The free app, iLingual, provides you with useful travel-related phrases in French, Arabic and […]


Google Translate vs The Humans

An interesting article from the New York Times compares human translation to Google Translate. The conclusion of the article seems to be that Google Translate is useful, but not for translating ‘real’ writing – novels, for example. It does provide an informative snapshot into how Google Translate works: Google Translate is a statistical machine translation […]