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Lara Cowell

Finding A Pedicure In China, Using Cutting-Edge Translation Apps - 0 views

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    A traveling journalist in Beijing utilizes both Baidu (China's version of Google) and Google voice-translation apps with mixed results. You speak into the apps, they listen and then translate into the language you choose. They do it in writing, by displaying text on the screen as you talk; and out loud, by using your phone's speaker to narrate what you've said once you're done talking. Typically exchanges are brief: 3-4 turns on average for Google, 7-8 for Baidu's translate app.

    Both Google and Baidu use machine learning to power their translation technology. While a human linguist could dictate all the rules for going from one language to another, that would be tedious, and yield poor results because a lot of languages aren't structured in parallel form. So instead, both companies have moved to pattern recognition through "neural machine translation." They take a mountain of data - really good translations - and load it into their computers. Algorithms then mine through the data to look for patterns. The end product is translation that's not just phrase-by-phrase, but entire thoughts and sentences at a time.

    Not surprisingly, sometimes translations are successes, and other times, epic fails. Why? As Macduff Hughes, a Google executive, notes, "there's a lot more to translation than mapping one word to another. The cultural understanding is something that's hard to fully capture just in translation."
chasemizoguchi17

When things are so bad you have no words, don't reach for an emoji | Rhiannon Lucy Coss... - 0 views

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    This article talks about emojis and why they are not good to use when texting someone. An edition of the newspaper USA Today last week chose to supplement all its front-page stories with Facebook's new "emoji reactions"*. Of course, the internet's response was largely one of horrified bemusement (currently we lack an emoji for "horrified bemusement" so, apologies readers, you're going to have to do the hard work yourselves by reading the words the old-fashioned way).
christopherlee17

How Headlines Change the Way We Think - 0 views

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    This article talks about how headlines affect the way we think. This is speaking about headlines of news articles. Studies show that by drawing attention to certain details or facts, a headline can affect what existing knowledge is activated in your head. It explains how differently worded headlines can change what you remember when reading an article.
ansonlee2017

Ancient Egyptian Stories Are Being Translated Into English For The Very First Time - 0 views

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    When you think of Egyptian hieroglyphics, you probably think of looking at them. What you probably don't think of is reading them. However, for the first time ever Ancient Egyptian stories have been published in English for people to read. Writings from Ancient Egypt published by Penguin Random House contains stories that are over 2,000 years old.
ansonlee2017

Why do people switch their language? - 0 views

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    Due to advances in the modern day language around the world is constantly changing and evolving. In fact, there are even some people who decide to give up one language in favor of another. In this article scientists attempt to explain why this happens by following the history of a language movement in Southern Carinthia, Austria and using methods from the field of physics originally devised for the use of identifying the motion of atoms.
christopherlee17

What Are the Benefits of Positive Reinforcement in Kids? - 0 views

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    Reinforcing good behavior while discouraging disobedience and anti-social behavior generally produces positive results in children. Positive reinforcement helps children feel good about their choices, which motivates them to increase the behaviors that bring rewards. Praise and positive reinforcement usually produces both short-term and long-term positive results. This article talks about how positive reinforcement and encouragement from a young age affects the development of the character of a child.
arasmussen17

Torwali, an endangered Pakistani language, has been added to Gboard - 1 views

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    Gboard, is the keyboard that is used for Android devices. On keyboards, like this one, you may choose which language to type in according to the language you speak. However, not every language can be accounted for since there are so many. In order to help with this problem, an organization partnered with Google to preserve the endangered language of Torwali, which is spoken in Pakistan. This allows the 80,000 people that speak Torwali to connect with each other and keep the language.
codypacarro2018

He's Brilliant, She's Lovely: Teaching Computers To Be Less Sexist - 1 views

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    Computer programs often reflect the biases of their very human creators. That's been well established. The question now is: How can we fix that problem? Adam Kalai thinks we should start with the bits of code that teach computers how to process language.
kaylynfukuji17

Probing the Moist Crevices of Word Aversion - 1 views

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    Did you cringe or feel super uncomfortable reading any of the words in the title? Well, if you did, you're not alone. It's actually a real and common feeling called word aversion. In fact, researchers say that 20% of the population equate hearing the word "moist" to hearing fingernails on a chalkboard. In this article, Paul Thibodeau of Oberlin College tests his hypotheses toward word aversions with a language experiment. One of his explanations for the origin of word aversion is the word's phonological properties. Another, is that the word has to do with concepts people tend to associate with that word. Read this article to learn about Dr. Thibodeau's results from conducting five experiments to provide data for these two competing explanations.
arasmussen17

Babies Can Pick Up A New Language In The Womb - 0 views

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    In this article, research shows that babies in the womb are affect by different languages that are spoken. In the last trimester of pregnancy, when the baby is able to recognize voices, they get used to the sound of their mother. Babies are more familiar and comfortable with the language that was spoken by their mother so when Korean born babies were adopted into Dutch speaking families, they were still able to make Korean sounds.
    Many people also believe that teaching an infant multiple languages can confuse them or make it more difficult for the child. However, this is not the case.
kmar17

Could early music training help babies learn language? - 1 views

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    A study was performed on a group of 47 nine-month-old infants to test if music could help babies learn language better. The results of the study showed that infants who listened to music were more responsive to speech than the babies who played with toys and did not listen to music. It was also concluded that music can help in social-emotional development. Two children who had never met before felt closer after they played music together. Babies were also "more likely to show helping behaviors toward an adult after the babies had been bounced in sync with the adult who was also moving rhythmically."
kmar17

In Philly, Sign Language Has Its Own Accent - 1 views

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    Researchers have noticed that in Philly, signers have a distinct accent just like the language spoken there. The sign language in Philly is so different from ASL that it would be almost impossible for a person who uses ASL and a person who use Philadelphia sign language to communicate with each other. This is because Philadelphia sign language is similar to French Sign Language. As more advancements are made to help deaf people hear, the less people are learning how to sign and slowly the usage of the unique Philadelphia sign language decrease. Researchers are trying to find ways to help preserve this unique way of signing.
ellisalang17

It's Official: The 'Internet' Is Over - 1 views

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    This article discusses the important issue of capitalization of the I in "Internet" and how it has evolved. According to the New York Times, "In some ways, uppercase "Internet" was always a bit of an anomaly, since it is not really a proper noun comparable to a company name or an official place name."
ellisalang17

Becoming Bilingual: It's an Asset, Not a Waste - 0 views

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    This short article discusses the fact that being bilingual should not be looked down upon and rather be encouraged by those who are not. More individuals should attempt to learn more than one language as there are many benefits. "Instead of looking down, inadvertently or intentionally, at children whose first language is not English, and discouraging their self-confidence, let's look to them as our teachers."
camilleyim17

How to Become a Motivational Speaker (Even If You Don't Know Where to Start) - 0 views

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    How to Become a Motivational Speaker (Even If You Don't Know Where to Start) Recently I was flying from California to Oklahoma. I had an excess of frequent flyer miles and I was yearning for a warm toilette, so I upgraded to first class.
camilleyim17

The Linguistic Evolution of 'Like' - 0 views

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    In our mouths or in print, in villages or in cities, in buildings or in caves, a language doesn't sit still. It can't. Language change has preceded apace even in places known for preserving a language in amber. You may have heard that Icelanders can still read the ancient sagas written almost a thousand years ago in Old Norse.
urielsung18

3 habits of Successful Language Learners - 0 views

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    This article gives simple, key steps to learning a new language. Many people are learning a new language right now. Nearly 1.2 billion people in this world are in the process of developing a second language. The study shows that the most efficient way to learn a language is not in the amount of hours you put in, but how often you practice. Cramming in massive amounts of hours one day each week is not an efficient way of learning something new. You need to be immersed in the language as frequently possible. You also need to review what you have studied before. Learning it once and then forgetting is not helpful in the long run. Reviewing will help turn your learning into muscle memory. This article helps and motivates new language learners and helps them seek their end goal of speaking fluently.
gchen18

'It's just a joke': the subtle effects of offensive language - 0 views

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    Whenever someone is called out for using sexist language, as in the recent case involving Collingwood AFL president Eddie McGuire's comments about journalist Caroline Wilson, the first line of defence is always "but it was just a joke".
liannachen18

The Big Problem With Emojis - 1 views

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    If you are on the far side of 70, as I am, you may not even know what emoticons and Emojis are, but trust me, your grandchildren do. Emoticons - those little smiley face icons used to show various emotions, and their descendants, Emojis - icons illustrating almost anything, from Santa Claus to a screaming cat to a pile of excrement - have become so popular with young people who communicate by texting and emailing, that some Emoji experts converse only through pictographs. You don't need to know the other person's foreign language - or even how to read!
gchen18

Failure to Communicate Part 1: Words Can Never Hurt Me - 0 views

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    The chair squeaked quietly as I fidgeted, swiveling left, right, left. I sat toward the back of a long wooden table flanked by my fellow graduate students, while a pair of eminent biologists led a discussion on how to talk to skeptical non-scientists about evolution.
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