Emoji We Lost

Who doesn’t love a good Google blob? From 2013-2017, these doughy emoji served a special role in the digital universe. They represented humans in the form of blobs and gum drop faces, with actual personalities. Often transformed by the type of gloves, hats, and wigs they wore, they spread joy over Android operating systems. But in 2017, Google wiped these guys from messages and emails and replaced them with more conventional emoji shapes – circles for faces, humans for humans. Similarly, between 2008 and 2018, Apple morphed their creepy evil twins with bunny ears into bland, happy dancers with bunny ears and a expressive rendering of two wing-shaped egg shells hovering over an egg into an ordinary frying pan. Boring. Read More >>

Welsh Language Folk Banger Tops UK iTunes Chart

We have a Welsh name and song title in the clipboard of this computer, as thanks to one of those viral efforts that doesn't usually work the UK iTunes chart is currently topped by Dafydd Iwan ac Ar Log - Yma O Hyd. We laugh, but the number two song is Tones and I - Dance Monkey which we haven't heard of either and have an equally low chance of being able to accurately hum. Read More >>

Language App Boosts Uptake of Scottish Gaelic Courses

Being able to learn languages on a smartphone is fuelling another rise in the taking of courses in Gaelic, with 127,000 signing up to learn Scottish Gaelic following a wave of recent positivity on learning platform Duolingo. Read More >>

How to Make Google News Show Multiple Languages

If you're multi-lingual, the Google News app just became a whole lot better. Read More >>

Analysis of Ancient DNA Suggests Finnish and Estonian Languages Came From Siberia

Northern Europeans who speak Uralic languages, such as Estonian and Finnish, can thank ancient migrating Siberian populations for their dialects, according to a fascinating new study that combined genetics, archaeology, and linguistics. Read More >>

Online Platform Teaches Dying Languages To Save Them From Extinction

There are heaps of ways to learn languages online, from intensive tutored courses to fun cartoony apps. You can even learn made-up languages, like Dothraki, Klingon and Esperanto - a fact that must be somewhat frustrating to Inky Gibbens, founder of the Tribalingual platform for dying languages. Read More >>

Google Now Gets Multilingual Update

The latest version of Google's Voice Search allows you to choose up to five languages as your default instead of just one—which means you can search in different languages without having to change a single option anywhere. Read More >>

A Bilingual Brain is a Healthy Brain

I bet you wish now you had listened a bit more closely in your French and Spanish lessons, right? A new study by researchers at the University of Edinburgh suggests that taking up a second language can have a positive effect on your brain, slowing down the ageing process and delaying the onset of dementia. Read More >>

BASIC, the 50-Year-Old Computer Programming Language for Regular People

Computer coding ability has become especially hip recently. People who can't code revere it as 21st century sorcery, while those who do it professionally are often driven to fits by it. Read More >>

Multicultural London English is the New Cockney of London’s Diverse Population

The traditional East End cockney accent is slowly being wiped out of existence, thanks to new multicultural groups taking over from the old generation and introducing such modern words as "mandem" and "blud" to the local language of the city. Read More >>

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How to Learn a Foreign Language for Free

In the modern hustle-bustle of 21st century living, there's every chance that work, study or romance will take you overseas into another country. If you want to make a good impression, it doesn't hurt to bone up on your foreign language skills, and what’s more, it’s easy to do without spending a penny. Read More >>

The Latin Revival Starts With Mars Image Captions

A group of volunteers is attempting to bring the language of Latin back to the masses, by offering translated captions of Nasa's photos of Mars in the wording favoured by historians, posh people and the Pope. Read More >>

The Longest Words in Different Languages are So Much Fun to Say

Though we know the real longest word in English takes three and a half hours to pronounce, more reasonable ones can be done in less than five million breaths. Like these! This video lets you hear the longest word in different languages like Czech, Danish, Slovenian, Dutch, etc. and boy some of them are a doozy. Read More >>

Google Can Now Translate Handwritten Notes

Say you have some scribbles in an unfamiliar language you want to translate. Better find a native speaker. Or you could just turn to Google Translate, which now supports handwritten translation in 45 different languages. Read More >>

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Five Free Online Tools to Learn Another Language

Rosetta Stone costs £400? Thank you, no. There are too many free language-learning resources on the Internet to warrant that sort of expense. Here are just a few that will cost you nothing but time and effort. Read More >>