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- 16/05/2017A history of mobility and global communication with some vintage pics of an ancient Palm Pilot, an even more ancient Batman game on an Apple II, and an old BBS (remember those?) Kids, you'll have to ask your parents about the olden days with ASCII & ANSI graphics ;)You've Got The Whole World In Your Hand - Yappn Corp.yappn.com How long did it take our world to fit into the palm of your hand? When did your community expand to include people in every country that you connect with via a device you keep in your pocket? The Post-Millennials, “Generation Z” are the only ones...
- Producer11/05/2017Don’t speak foreign languages? Stop making excuses!Often we don’t have the time to learn languages, other reasons include laziness and excuses. These days, there is no excuse. You download an app and learn languages during your commute or during a walk. We live in a digital world, where apps have...
Comments11/05/2017 #4 Rosanela QuinteroSI, recuerdo un libro que vi en Barnes and Noble que es" teach yourself", bien bueno de verdad, curso para aprender francés. Es cierto que vivimos en la era digital pero también es cierto que un método que igualmente nos apoyarnos en un libro que uno considere bueno, nos hace ampliar y variar la información que tenemos.
- 06/05/2017Would you like a beverage that's light of body and taste our coffee to most easy to drink? Um, maybe with a side order of human post-editors, eh, Starbucks? Great moments in bad translation!Wake up and smell the coffee! Starbucks' Welsh translation gaffewww.walesonline.co.uk A translation blunder has seen Welsh sentences left unfinished, and others with words...
- 29/04/2017Studying Russian or trying to speak? Read this now for Говорить (to speak) cheat sheet.Cheat Sheet for Говоритьthemoscowtimes.com The other day I tried to trot out an expression using the words говорить (to speak), так (so) and не (not), and got completely balled up. Now to make sure you don’t make the same mistakes, here’s my говорить cheat...
- 20/04/2017This is what happens when you run pop song lyrics through Google Translate - English to Hungarian and back. "I Can't Feel My Face" becomes "My Front Is Not Filmed" and Gloria Gaynor, recuperating from a relationship gone sour, vows "I Will Be Punctual"...Google Translate Songs with Anne Hathaway Anne Hathaway and Jimmy take turns singing songs, like P!nk and Nate Ruess' "Just Give Me a Reason," after running the lyrics through Google Translate....
- 19/04/2017My darling wife was playing a word game and needed a 9 letter word that started with CAS...
I love living in the Google age. This site not only gave me several options (including the right answer) but will let me search for words by length, by the letter they start or end with, or even letters they contain.
For all you Scrabble players out there, this should solve some arguments, or allow for creative cheating.
Comments19/04/2017 #6 Kevin Pashuk#4 To be fair, my wife wasn't playing Scrabble, but a word game on her phone. She has trouble sleeping, I am usually asleep by the time my head hits the pillow. She was stuck on a level and was bugging me to help. So I did. She was happy and I got to go to sleep.
A dictionary with Scrabble? That's a whole different story...19/04/2017 #3 Kevin Pashuk#2 Scrabble can get pretty intense. I remember one game when my kids were teenagers, when one got angry and stormed off muttering "Well F*** YOU!"... (He's grown now and much better)... You could cut the air with a knife until I said. "Actually, that's a pretty good score. F is worth 4..."
We still laugh about that.
- 18/04/2017Happy Scottish-American Heritage Month! We got to wondering where so many consonants went in Gaelic and why there's Canadian Gaelic but no American Gaelic considering how many Scottish-Americans there are.Gaelic - The Sound of Silents - Yappn Corp.yappn.com Why's there a world of difference between written Gaelic and the way all those letters disappear when it's spoken? Yappn's language detectives...
- Producer07/04/2017GoldwynismsSamuel Goldwyn, the film mogul, was known for his humorous statements using contradictory words and idioms. His phrases are often quoted, so much so that Goldwynism is a defined word in dictionaries. He was notorious for his misuse of language....
Comments08/04/2017 #25 John RylanceWhen somebody said to Oscar Wilde " I wish I had said that " He replied "you will you will" How many of us haven't quoted not only Oscar but Sam and others. Some quotes are becoming a bit dog-eared.
I think quotes are really sound bites I need disguise.
Don't quote me on that if you are telling others what I've written.08/04/2017 #15 Martin WrightI really enjoyed reading that. Even Sam Goldwyn knew some of the quotes attributed to him were actually old vaudeville jokes, he soon learned not to get upset by them because they made people warm to him. Also they may appear dumb but they are actually all true in their way.
An enjoyable post read by a real film nut.
- Producer04/04/2017Phrasals! Modern and Ancient ExamplesAnother segment of society that has constructed a language of its own is business. ... [The businessman] is speaking a language that is familiar to him and dear to him. Its portentous nouns and verbs invest ordinary events with high adventure; the...
- 04/04/2017Did you know we're in the middle of National Deaf History Month? Or just how richly diverse the sign languages of the Deaf community are? Or how much more linguistically different American Sign Language is from British Sign Language or the Australian Auslan? Or which sign language offered linguists the opportunity to document the birth of a *brand new language*?What's Your Sign? The Multilingualism of Sign Language - Yappn Corp.yappn.com Q: When does English become a foreign language to those fluent in English? A: When one communicates in sign language. There are 300 of...
- 28/03/2017J.R.R. Tolkien's love of language was world-famous. He didn't create languages for his Middle Earth books, he created stories to go with his languages. So much far did *you* get reading Lord of the Rings on Saturday, or did you weiner out and just read The Hobbit? :)J.R.R. Tolkien - The Godfather of Constructed Languages - Yappn Corp.yappn.com March 25th was International Tolkien Reading Day. J.R.R. Tolkien's high fantasy constructed languages were a 60-year-long project until his death in...
- 17/03/2017How to Say Happy St. Patrick's Day in Gaelicwww.wikihow.com A common way of wishing someone "Happy St. Patrick's Day" in the native Irish language is "Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!" If you want to sound like a well-versed Irishman or Irishwoman, though, there are a few other sayings and terms...
Comments15/03/2017 #1 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.Found my mother tongue: Dutch! Interesting share, thank you @Javier 🐝 beBee
- Producer15/03/2017My First Spanish Lesson/Mi Primera Lección en EspañolI know only one word in Spanish: “ole'”. Well, I also understand “vamos” and “jajaja”, thanks to Mamen Delgado. Shocked, I realize these three words are my Spanish vocabulary. Sin esperanza! I am resolved to learn more of the beautiful Spanish...
Comments22/04/2017 #62 Paul Walters@Gert Scholtz ah the gift of tongues. best way to learn is total immersion . Here without the local language one is pretty much confined to speaking with ex pats. Spanish , thats my next one as I KNOW that I am missing out on reading fabulous pieces right here on beBEE21/04/2017 #58 Tausif MundrawalaEarlier I have missed this excellent buzz of yours but today something struck me to read it as soon as possible. Even I want to learn this beautiful language as up till now I took help of Google translate. Even I know certain words like 'Gracias" , 'Hola" and "Buenos Dias". I would try my luck with duolingo and if someone have any suggestions please let me know.
Thanks for this wonderful buzz my friend, @Gert Scholtz17/03/2017 #54 🎭Seth Degyansky♻In teaching with Blended Learning (instructional, peer and electronic) I teach using Google Translate and the Discount Double Check. Much like I used to use bilingual dictionaries by checking the "translations of the translation" or defining new words by looking up their definitions in my "handy" two-volume paperback of the Real Academia Española dictionary, I coach my students to copy & paste a Google Translate translation, word or phrases, and click the double-arrow (language switcheroo button) to see if the output resembles the input. Unfortunately, Google Translate's isn't perfect. Occasionally using it to translate Hungarian, I find little clarity. What I prefer in several instances is Wikipedia. Find an article (wikipedia entry) you find interesting and then click on your language of choice; it's not necessarily a translation, but instead an authentic target language document written about the same topic. Personally, I use it all the time for niche or topic-centric translations; otherwise I use it to lecture on facts as answers to target language questions. In teaching foreign language to young Americans, the main obstacle is maternal language grammar familiarity. So, not only do I teach character education (with undertones from Seneca the Younger's Psychomacchia - the allegorical basis for modern, corporate, psychological personality profiles) through color-coded pronoun & conjugation tables, but also a little extra philosophy to answer -¿ser? o ¿estar? - ¡¡¡Esa es la pregunta!!! ;)
¡¡¡Buena suerte! compa!!17/03/2017 #52 CityVP 🐝 ManjitPART 1 of 2
I will only use Google Translate to communicate if it shows me a particular line that I want to highlight but then only highlighted from the original copy. If I copy anything from Google Translated form it will be for the most basic of sayings, so personally I don't think I will ever learn Spanish if I simply rely on Google Translate. Until one talks in Spanish that utilizes a different part of the brain, and most language speaking classes today begin with vocal rather than written language.
Now Gert Scholtz you do have an opportunity to practice spoken Spanish through the InterNations group in Johannesburg
Spaniards in Johannesburg
The only way I will learn Spanish is if I fell madly in love with a Spanish speaker, but that is not something I am contemplating and nor does my wife who has remain steadfast with me for nearly 32 years - so without romantic interest I find it difficult to get my own brain to entertain learning a third language - especially since my brain is not so welcoming of my current near but far from perfect bilingual status.17/03/2017 #51 CityVP 🐝 ManjitPART 2 of 2
These Spanish people who have moved and now live in Johannesburg. Furthermore when or if you make contact with this group, it is a great way of spreading the beBee message at the local level and then it is up to people at beBee in Madrid if partnering with this group has global opportunities.
This expat network has communities in 390 cities and a membership of 2.6 million. Interesting also is their guiding principles https://www.internations.org/team/guiding-principles/ and when I read principles that tells me at level the organizations thinking rests and with InterNations guiding principles it is clear to me that great thought has been applied.
Finally, learning a language is totally different from thinking a language. I find language learning very difficult, and am not even that proficient with my mother tongue and that is because even when I speak Punjabi, I think in English. The challenge is to speak Spanish and think in Spanish too. I wish you well on this adventure - best of all it, your quest brings beBee back to it's roots - and that is usually where the power exists, so kudos to you Gert for wanting to embark on this learning journey17/03/2017 #47 Gert Scholtz#45 @Helena Jansen van Vuuren As you would know, in South Africa there is virtually no Spanish heard. On video's and podcasts it does have is a rich and expressive sounding language. Thanks for your comments. / Como ustedes saben, en Sudáfrica prácticamente no se escucha ningún español. En videos y podcasts tiene un lenguaje de sonidos rico y expresivo. Gracias por tus comentarios16/03/2017 #45 AnonymousSpanish is great - love that you can get your whole mouth round the words - Spain was part of my sales territory so did Spanish business course - although can't remember much - that is an age thing and nothing to do with my tutor - but quite a few differences to how the Columbians speak but my customers in Spain were great and sommer spoke Engels.....16/03/2017 #43 Gert Scholtz#34 @Emilia M. Ludovino Thank you madam Ludovino. I shall listen to more Spanish podcasts as you recommend. I can't help but wonder how Spanish sounds spoken with a Dutch accent :) / Gracias señora Ludovino. Voy a escuchar más podcasts españoles como usted recomienda. No puedo dejar de preguntarme cómo sonidos españoles se habla con un acento holandés :)
- 05/03/2017Learn how to say numbers in Spanish Spanish for Beginners - I will teach you to count from 1 to 99 in Spanish. Learn the numbers in Spanish to talk about money, phone number, time, to count to...
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- Producer03/03/2017“More or Less” or More or Less?”Language is perhaps our greatest asset. Understanding others and being understood perhaps our greatest challenge. Language is the human capacity for acquiring and using complex systems of communication, and a language is any specific...
Comments03/03/2017 #21 Lance 🐝 Scoular#19 So true Debasish. Your mention of the signals in the noise factory reminded me of my primary school years in the 1950's where we had a small class of deaf children who coomunicated though sign language. 👌👍👎✊✋👏
Also a good freind of mine is an audiologist and can sign as well.
Of course there is also for all ofvus or body language and facial expressions and our vocal intonations.😊😆🤔😑😣😢😭
Thanks for your thoughts.03/03/2017 #19 debasish majumderlanguage true is a unique means of communication and it is equally in the continuous process of evolving. different country having different socio economic fabric and language also equally evolved. i have observed in a factory, workers are making effective signals to communicate within themselves and as owing to tremendous sound in the factory, their reflexes are equally evolved. even in our daily life we may use plenty of words which are traditionally being used and being carried on generation after generation, virtually ingrained in our reflex. we seldom ponder seriously about its pragmatic value. however, lovely insight @Lance Scoular! enjoyed read. thank you for the share.03/03/2017 #18 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee@Lance 🐝 Scoular- I am sharing this beautiful buzz for it contains great wisdom. I ask myself sometimes it is less or more or less and more together? I try to avoid separation thinking because it limits our choices.
You brilliantly showed why less is more. I have experienced myself that the less time I have, the more I am productive. People need as much time as you give them. We only then increase their slack time and giving more time means getting less work done.
I enjoyed reading your buzz immensely.03/03/2017 #14 Lisa 🐝 GallagherIf I can ever perfect "less is more," I will have a party for myself LOL! I'm too long winded when I write. Geez, I just let all my Scotish relatives down because my spending habits tend to be a bit on the higher side when it comes to groceries since I love to cook. I do need to work on that one! Thanks for sharing this @Lance 🐝 Scoular, great tips with excellent examples!03/03/2017 #11 Lance 🐝 Scoular#8 Culture is indeed an important factor.
Interesting that you mention "Rhapsody in Blue." In my youth I played cornet and trumpet with a number of brass bands, concert bands and an orchestra. In one in particular "Rhapsody in Blue" was in our repertoire. Great music. 🎼🎵🎶🎺03/03/2017 #10 Kevin BakerThe level of our understanding is not relevant to communicating within the sophistication of our audience. I tend to be overtly entrusted to the most complicated possibility yet when discovering the solution it presents itself with grating simplicity. The glass is half empty or half full. Is it refillable or do you get a different sized glass? Oh the possibilities ............03/03/2017 #8 Sara JacoboviciThanks @Lance 🐝 Scoular, for writing on a topic close to my heart; communication. Definitely interests me to look at how we use words and the meanings we ascribe to them. This does shape our choices and behaviours. Culture is also a factor that influences the meanings or expressions. Individual experiences also influence the meaning. My mother's eastern European culture of her generation put much value on more; more education, more titles, more money, "the more the better". In the movie Rhapsody in Blue (1945), a biography of the American composer and musician George Gershwin, the father always asks Gershwin how many pages is his latest composition. When he gets the answer, the father repeats the number and says, "A very important piece".
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- 28/02/2017Such a mensch he was! Leonard Nimoy passed away two years ago yesterday and today we remember him as a bilingual speaker and no, his second language wasn't Klingon! He was fluent in Yiddish from childhood. And guess what, his Live Long & Prosper sign is actually a Jewish blessing! The naughty boy peeked when he should have covered his eyes in synagogue while they offered a prayer to Shekhinah, the female aspect of God. Fortunately, he wasn't burnt or blinded by the light :)My Yiddishe Spock - Yappn Corp.yappn.com While everyone on Earth knows the late Leonard Nimoy as Star Trek's Mr. Spock, Yappn knows him as bilingual whose second language was Yiddish, not...
- 21/02/2017I'm sorry but I disagree ... German is not a sweet and musical language!Why AGGRESSIVE SOUNDING German Words are the MOST AWESOME Hey rabbits! The German language is claimed to sound edgy and aggressive very often and sometimes I am tired of hearing that. This is why I decided to turn...
- 27/01/201711 reasons to be happy you live in Spain. Would you add another one?Eleven very good reasons to be happy you live in Spainbit.ly January 16th is Blue Monday, officially the most depressing day of the year. But there are many reasons to be happy if you're living in...