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  • Apr 23, 2012
  • 05:02 PM

New Native Language App Starts Small, WIth Animal Names in Four Tongues

Leeanne Root / Indian Country Today Media
A new American Indian language app hit the iTunes store January 20 that features translations of animal names from English to Diné, Lakota, Mvskoke and Ponca. The menu screen offers a choice of four languages. Once a language is chosen, a short list of animals appears from which to choose.
  • Apr 20, 2012
  • 01:14 PM

Best translator apps for Windows Phone

Ben Griffin / Know Your Mobile
We'd still urge you to give learning a language a go, but until then there are a few augmented reality apps that can translate on the fly. They are also some of coolest applications to show anyone who's yet to see what a smartphone can do as it almost looks like magic.
  • Apr 19, 2012
  • 08:26 PM

Best Apps to Learn a Language

Julie Ashton-Townsend / Literacy News
Learning a new language is something that takes time and effort, but now you can do it on the move. This is a guide to the best android, iPhone and BlackBerry apps to help you learn a new language.
  • Apr 16, 2012
  • 04:05 PM

Maltese speech synthesiser ready to go

This coming July, the Maltese Speech Synthesiser will be available for free download for the Maltese speaking community across the world. The Speech Synthesiser transforms electronic text into spoken Maltese, providing additional support to Maltese speakers including disabled people, such as blind people, as well as people with low vision or dyslexia.
  • Apr 16, 2012
  • 11:45 AM

Ojibwe iPad app brings language to world

Rick Garrick / Wawatay News
Baxter originally recorded about 140 words or phrases for the app but has only made about 70 phrases available so far. “Over the next couple of weeks we will be loading up 300 to 400 words and phrases along with objects and a lot more syllabics,” Baxter said. “So it’s going to be a pretty intense tool, and of course we are developing it further so this could be the model for language curriculum, not only in Ontario, but throughout Ontario, Manitoba and the United States.”
  • Apr 11, 2012
  • 02:45 AM

Living Tongues: Endangered Language Technology Kits To The Rescue (video)

Rezwan / Global Voices Online
A typical Language Technology Kit (LTK), which will enable the activists to record their languages, consists of a laptop computer, a handheld digital audio recorder, a still digital camera and a portable video camera. The activists will also receive training and mentoring from media specialists.
  • Apr 05, 2012
  • 12:14 AM

Death To The Space Bar (video)

John Herrman / BuzzFeed
"You could type a whole sentence without using a space," SwiftKey's Joe Braidwood told me. "You could write an entire essay, though you might get every word you want. Technically you could write a novel without spaces." No more slapping the spacebar every half-second. No more stretching your thumbs.
  • Apr 02, 2012
  • 06:20 PM

Next for Siri: Language Translation?

Karen Haslam / PCWorld
A patent filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office last spring shows that Apple is planning to equip its Siri voice recognition with a babel fish-like language translation capability. The patent describes a cloud-based system that captures audio in one language and then issues a translation in the user's language.
  • Apr 02, 2012
  • 02:50 PM

The computer finds its voice... in true Maltese

Sarah Carabott / Times of Malta
For the past two years, Crimsonwing – a company originally established in the UK – has been developing a synthesiser which will produce spoken Maltese by recognising keyboard and verbal input and transforming text into audio. This will facilitate access to Maltese electronic text for readers with physical, sensory or cognitive needs.
  • Mar 31, 2012
  • 12:42 PM

Searching for speech technology's holy grail

Heesun Wee / USA Today
The iPhone 4S not only recognized the specific words, but its context. This is known as flexible, natural-language processing — speech technology's holy grail. No matter how many ways you ask about the weather ("Do I need a raincoat today?), the system understands your meaning and context to offer the correct response.
  • Mar 31, 2012
  • 11:42 AM

Google Launches Translator Toolkit, Makes It Easier To Bridge The Language Gap In Your Apps

Eric Ravenscraft / Android Police
The toolkit will allow developer to upload certain files from their apps to translate the text to another language. Of course, this will be about as good as Google's translations are already (read: okay, but not great). However, developers can then share their translations with local translators who can fine tune the results in the Translator Toolkit's WYSIWYG editor.
  • Mar 31, 2012
  • 11:39 AM

W.Va. courts to showcase remote language interpreter system for judges from 8 states, DC

Washington Post
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Court officials from eight states and the District of Columbia will observe two mock trials in Charles Town next week to see how West Virginia provides language interpreters from afar.
  • Mar 29, 2012
  • 07:10 PM

App may help autisic children speak
Oliver Wendt, an assistant professor of speech, language and hearing sciences who worked with the students developing the, said the app, called SPEAKall!, allowed the children to construct sentences by choosing photos and graphic symbols. The app speaks the sentence, which allows a child to communicate a thought and helps a child learn to talk.
  • Mar 29, 2012
  • 03:26 PM

Dene Languages Apps

Government of the Northwest Territories
The five Dene languages available in these apps are Tlicho, North Slavey, South Slavey, Gwich’in and Chipewyan. The apps are available for the touch-screen technology platforms and have language learning components, games and quizzes. Categories include family, actions, commands, food, animals, trapping and hunting. The next language apps to be developed will be in Cree, Inuvialuktun and Inuinnaqtun.
  • Mar 29, 2012
  • 02:09 AM

IT insiders see huge potential for growth in Arabic apps

The Daily Star
BEIRUT: International IT corporations and software developers see huge potential for growth in Arabic-language mobile applications. Speaking during a series of workshops held ahead of the ArabNet Digital Summit 2012, which opens Thursday in Beirut, IT insiders noted that smartphone sales are gradually dwarfing those of personal computers.
  • Mar 28, 2012
  • 07:23 PM

Mash-up aids translation of obscure languages

Jacob Aron / New Scientist
Software that invents languages by mashing up words from existing languages could help translate foreign texts for speakers of little-used tongues. Luis Leiva and Vicent Alabau at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, were inspired by the film Blade Runner, in which characters use a street language called "Cityspeak", a mix of languages including Japanese, Spanish and German.
  • Mar 28, 2012
  • 02:52 PM

New Languages Democratising Social Media in the Middle East

Journal of Turkish Weekly
Digital communication, as a way to share information and debate ideas, is now central to many parts of life. One prominent example is the focus on online activity in contentious political activities. Twitter and similar networks have been hailed as important tools of communication and organisation for opposition movements to authoritarian regimes.
  • Mar 26, 2012
  • 02:49 PM

BYU professors developing language app for London Olympics

Paige Fieldsted / Daily Herald
The technology will allow the smart phone to act like a translator between volunteers, athletes and spectators at the 2012 Olympics. "Google Translate does the same thing but sometimes it might convey the meaning but it comes out funny," Tata said. "If you are giving commands or directions you want to be sure you are providing the correct directions and commands."
  • Mar 26, 2012
  • 11:36 AM

Tablets that support 23 Indian languages launched

The Hindu
Wishtel, a Mumbai-based company, last week launched two tablet PCs, Ira and Ira Thing, which support 23 Indian languages. The seven-inch portable devices run on Taiwanese chipmaker VIA Technology's 800 MHz processor and operate on the Google Android ecosystem.
  • Mar 26, 2012
  • 10:52 AM

The Pros and Cons of Cyber-English

David Gelernter / The Wall Street Journal
Social networking, texting, email and digital messages have borrowed the keys to the English language and are joy-riding all over the landscape, smashing body panels and junking up the fancy interior. Many thoughtful people are worried. But it's good for English to get shaken up occasionally—by people who are using it in new ways, not by academics ordaining from on high.
  • Mar 24, 2012
  • 05:33 PM

Text messages provide deaf with new means of communication

Kurt Madar / Farmington Daily Times
In the last 10 years, phones that make texting easy have changed life significantly for the deaf and the speech impaired. No longer is distance an almost insurmountable obstacle. Deaf wives can text their husbands at the supermarket, and interactions between deaf people and the hearing no longer have to rely on written notes, sign language interpreters or expressive body language.
  • Mar 23, 2012
  • 11:18 PM

Students learn Chinese via remote teachers in Spring-Ford

Frank Otto / The Mercury
To interact with the remote teacher, such as Liang, students can turn on their own web cameras and click on a button that is the equivalent of hand-raising. At that point, the teacher can “call” on the student and share a split-screen webcam window with the student while they either ask or answer a question or make a statement.
  • Mar 23, 2012
  • 06:42 PM

An app for Ojibway language

Garett WIlliams / Daily Miner and News
The language of Ojibway is reaching a new generation through the magic of technology. Through an application developed by Ogoki Learning Systems Inc., the next generation of First Nations are learning the language and keeping the dialect alive.
  • Mar 23, 2012
  • 11:33 AM

Microsoft Launches First Machine Translator For Hmong

The translator is a free web-based application that allows the Hmong community access to any material on the Web, including the vast majority of content that does not exist in Hmong. The tool is able to provide a translation from any of the Microsoft supported languages to Hmong and vice versa.
  • Mar 20, 2012
  • 03:22 PM

The importance of bilingual care delivery

Ian Jones / Local Government Chronicle
At the council, we are dedicated to promoting the use of the Welsh language. Using a bilingual mobile device everyday helps us to achieve this and also gives carers an opportunity to develop their Welsh language skills. We can identify whether each carer uses English or Welsh, with the aim of increasing Welsh users over time.
  • Mar 20, 2012
  • 01:50 PM

On-line Kiswahili teaching pays well

The Citizen Daily
He was not surprised when students from different parts of the world registered in droves to benefit from his High Intensive Language Drilling (HILD) system meant to teach the language online. The system enables him to teach from the comfort of his office using Skype.
  • Mar 20, 2012
  • 12:08 AM

Can Speech-Recognition Software Work in Mandarin?

Venessa Wong / BusinessWeek
In anticipation of Apple’s (AAPL) introduction of Siri in Chinese this year, I decided to try Dragon, a line of smartphone voice apps by Nuance Communications (NUAN)—the company behind the speech-recognition technology that powers Siri. It comes in a number of languages, including Mandarin Chinese.
  • Mar 19, 2012
  • 11:20 PM

Google gives us some insight on the inner workings of Google Translate (video)

Michael Gorman / Engadget
...Google Translate has become a workhorse platform, lending its multi-lingual chops to Chrome, Google +, Android, iOS, Gmail, and even Google eBooks. Few of Google's other services can claim to serve the company's core mission "to organize the world's info and make it accessible" as well as the digital interpreter. Since many take Translate's prodigious powers for granted (guilty), we figured a quick history lesson was in order.
  • Mar 15, 2012
  • 08:23 PM

Digital spell-checking may be killing off words

Charles Choi /
The death rate of words has apparently increased recently while new entries into languages are becoming less common, both perhaps because of digital spell-checking, according to a Google-aided analysis of more than 10 million words. More than 4 percent of the world's books have now been digitized, a trove that includes seven languages and dates back to the 16th century. All of this text offers new opportunities to study how language evolves.
  • Mar 15, 2012
  • 03:32 PM

Vocre Opens Up A World Of Languages For Free [Review]

Giles Turnbull / Cult of Mac
Vocre (pronounced voh-creee) is a translation app that’s not new on the App Store, but has one important new feature: it’s free. As of a few days ago, Vocre costs nothing and supports an impressive 23 global languages. And just this week, a private beta has begun offering live translated video calls.