Category Archives: technophile

2018 Technology Review: Advances in Language Detection

The idea that we can speak to, and write in natural language to communicate with our computers until recently has been little more than a futuristic dream. And the thought of a kind of personalized robot assistant who could turn our every whim into reality nothing but the stuff of wild imagination. But now, with(…)


What is ‘Feminism’ And Why is it the 2017 WOTY?

Feminism has been named the WOTY (word of the year) for 2017 by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, and you probably won’t have too hard a time guessing why. Feminism has been huge in the last year, especially with the downfall of powerful figures like Harvey Weinstein, the rise of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, and the(…)


5 Creative Ways to Study a Foreign Language

Because language learning is, well, a type of learning, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking you need to treat it like a graduate thesis. The result is often that you either fall into a rut, get bored and give up, or, most importantly, stop having fun picking up that new tongue! While(…)


Right Swiping Your Way to a Second Language

Allow me to introduce myself: My name is Aaron and I am an American living and studying in Barcelona, Spain.   Ever since moving abroad, my answer to the inescapable “de donde eres” question has strategically shifted from ‘the U.S.’ to ‘California.’ I must admit, it’s a great strategy. As soon as the word leaves(…)


Giving Life to Language: How New Words Are Created

Not yet halfway through the year and already Webster’s has added a 1,000 new words to their dictionary. Though the old man Noah Webster himself might have been stymied by words like humblebrag, photobomb and listicle, the lexicographers at Merriam-Webster are encouraging the unstoppable language revolution. It’s true that none of these words are necessarily(…)


Learning Myths Debunked

True or false: Metacognition (the thinking about thinking) is just as important for learning as raw intelligence? Learning should be spaced out over time? Right brain thinkers learn differently from left brain thinkers? Intelligence is fixed at birth? A good teacher can teach any subject? Any thoughts? Well, these are just a few of the(…)


Are You Woke?

Slang is one of the few aspects of language that has the ability to change in the blink of an eye. As soon as it’s born, it mutates, evolves, and then passes through an extensive transformative process on social media where memes, GIFs, tweets, and status updates spit out any kind of new meaning. While(…)


Pokémon’s Influence on the Language of Virtual Reality

Unless you have been living under a rock these past few weeks, you’ll know what Pokémon Go is. Chances are, even if you haven’t played the game for yourself, you have become familiar with some new vocabulary such as pokestop: And pokemon gym – even if up until now you were clueless as to what(…)


Talking to Our Computers: The Rise of Natural Language Search

Cast your mind back to the late nineties, if you’re old enough, with the sound of your dial-up internet connecting as background music. You open AskJeeves and enter a question into the search bar: “Who are the spice girls?” While AskJeeves may have faded in relevance in the face of the giant of all search(…)


The Tower of Babel, Translation, and Earpiece Technology

The year is some indeterminate point in the future. Gone are our pocket guides teaching us standard phrases to use when we travel abroad. Disappeared are the dual-language signs in restaurants and bars the length and breadth of the world over, that previous have caused us everything from amusement to hilarity with their attempts at(…)