linguistics

Latin Dictionary and Grammar Aid

From the page:
"Type in the form of the word that you would expect to find in a dictionary or a truncated form of the word (e.g., stem only). If you want help with the ending of a word, type the ending in the space provided. (If you prefer, you may leave this space blank). To see all the words in the dictionary that begin with "q", search for "q" as the stem. You can also translate English to Latin."

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Language Learning + Business Win

Luis von Ahn presents a brilliant real-life example of how the internet can be used in new ways to solve multiple problems simultaneously using massively distributed online collaboration and provide value to all participants while doing so.

This is mind-blowing from a business perspective, and world-opening from a world education, learning and language perspective. Watch, enjoy, be amazed!

(Video after the jump)

Language learning tricks: Using Wikipedia

We have a fabulous amount of beginner's language material available freely on the net - and that is great. And, as a tool for advancing specific translation needs, Google Translate is a great tool.

However, once you get into the more technical areas of a topic or industry, it can be hard to find materials that are written by native speakers for a natural translation. That's where Wikipedia comes in.

Scientific American Article: The Secret Language Code

Psychologist James Pennebaker reveals the hidden meaning of pronouns by running computer analysis on many thousands of emails and historical documents. Neat.

His book, "The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us" comes out on Aug 23 (2011), and there is a Kindle version, too.

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