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Singapore: The Multilingual Social Experiment

On our quest to seek out all the multilingual places in our world, our next stop takes us to a country whose city streets are said to be some of the cleanest in the world. So if you happen to find yourself heading to the beautiful Singapore, litter is not a word you’ll need in(…)


Canada: Multifaceted, Multicultural, and Multilingual

So far, we’ve looked at the multilingual nations South Africa and India. In continuing our look at countries with multiple official languages, our next visit is to North America. Come with us as we look at the languages of the Great White North, the land known for its maple syrup, kindness, and Canucks (other hockey teams(…)


Can You Teach Your Child a Language You’re Not Fluent In?

The majority of parents probably wouldn’t mind having their children grow up speaking more than one language. Whether it’s learning Chinese because of its global influence, or acquiring the native language of a country you’ve immigrated to, learning more than one language is certain to give your child a head start in life. However, many(…)


The Languages of Our Leaders

We expect a lot from our world leaders. We want them to be incorruptible, selfless, and diplomatic—three qualities that, apparently, is a bit too much to demand of some of them, currently, but that’s a discussion for another time. We also want our leaders to lead by example; compassion, strength, and determination as more of(…)


Learning More Than One Language at Once? Here are Some Tips to Help

A common theme that seems to come up amongst most language learners is whether or not it’s actually possible to learn and maintain more than one language at the same time. If you identify as an overachiever who has to do everything at 100% (or more), then you’ve probably played with the idea of tackling(…)


How Far Can You Get in the World Only Speaking English?

There are plenty of people who travel and live abroad, yet somehow manage to get by with only knowing English. The falling rate of people learning languages in the U.K. and U.S. perhaps points to a sort of English-speaker arrogance—because English is considered such a global language, we tend to assume that everywhere we go(…)


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(…)


Many languages = many personalities

Or so says a new study by psychologists at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The researchers say that the language spoken can lead the person speaking it taking on the personality traits of the culture that is associated with the language. For example, when native Chinese students spoke English, they were observed to adopt more “Western”(…)