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. Neat. » 8/15/14 5:40am 8/15/14 5:40am

The Most Common Languages Spoken in the U.S. After English and Spanish

What's the language that the most Americans speak after English? As you'd probably guess, the second-most common language spoken in the U.S. is Spanish. But if you look at the most common languages after English and Spanish, the results get a little more surprising, especially when you parse them by state. » 5/13/14 2:40pm 5/13/14 2:40pm

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

Computer coding ability has gotten 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. And it was 50 years ago today, two Dartmouth professors debuted a coding language designed to be easy enough for anyone to use. The… » 5/01/14 2:20pm 5/01/14 2:20pm

Here are some more impressions of foreign languages that sound so real

She's good. After nailing her first edition of doing impressions on foreign languages, Smoukahontas is back for the sequel and it's just as impressive. It's so fun to see her make up very believable words and get animated depending on which foreign language she's doing. Her impressions are pretty much spot on to… » 3/11/14 12:31am 3/11/14 12:31am

What foreign languages sound like to people who don't speak them

Scandinavians are great with languages, but Finn-Swede smoccahontas isn't speaking any foreign tongue in this video, even while it sounds like it. She's just making up most of the words and make it sound like she speaks them perfectly. Having travelled through almost all of these countries, I've to admit that she… » 3/04/14 7:13pm 3/04/14 7:13pm

That Coke Super Bowl Ad Would Have Been Illegal in 1910s Iowa

Idiots, racists, and old-fashioned xenophobes took to social media this past weekend to express their disgust with Coca-Cola. The international beverage company had the audacity to run an ad during the Super Bowl that featured people singing "America the Beautiful" in different languages. This, of course, was… » 2/04/14 5:38pm 2/04/14 5:38pm

The Longest Words in Different Languages Are So 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 ones! 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.… » 8/06/13 11:00pm 8/06/13 11:00pm

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. » 7/25/13 9:56am 7/25/13 9:56am

Five Free Online Tools to Learn Another Language

Rosetta Stone costs $500? 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. » 7/20/13 11:00am 7/20/13 11:00am

What Different Languages Think Different Animals Sound Like

Hello. Hola. Bonjour. Ni Hao. We all say things differently because each language has their own words. Like, duh. But what about how different languages think animals sound? We're not exactly saying words as much as we are simply enunciating simple sounds and yet, different languages have their own take on each… » 7/10/13 8:30pm 7/10/13 8:30pm

How to Say Google in Different Languages

Google, the word not the company, has become such a common word for anyone who uses a computer (other than the yahoos who still use Yahoo, I guess) that it's surprising to learn that other languages have a different word for it. Like Italians say Googlare. Or that the Portugese say Googlar. It gets weirder. » 12/06/12 9:20pm 12/06/12 9:20pm

AT&T Wants to Automatically Translate Your Texts From English to Spanish

AT&T is working on a service that will automatically translate text messages from Spanish to English and vice versa, no additional software required. So next time you want to shoot a text to a friend who doesn't speak English all that well, you don't have to worry about anything getting lost in the language barrier. » 9/26/12 6:40pm 9/26/12 6:40pm

Streuth! Aussie Robots are Being Taught Their Very Own Spoken Language

And I don't just mean a particularly-bogan strain of Orrstrayan, either. Researchers at two Queensland universities are creating a robot lexicon for a new language spoken purely by the shiny metal-bummed 'bots, which have been dubbed the Lingodroids. Makes sense. » 5/17/11 11:00am 5/17/11 11:00am

This Will Change Everything: Google Translate Android App Translates…

A new feature built into Google Translate for Android, Conversation Mode is a little rough around the edges, but it's basically your own personal Babel Fish. It does what Wordlens does but in real-time speech, translating English and Spanish. » 1/13/11 4:40am 1/13/11 4:40am

Translate Signs and Menus Instantly Using Word Lens' Crazy-Amazing…

Holy crap. Sometimes do you almost pinch yourself, because you just can't believe you're witnessing such creations in your lifetime? Word Lens, which uses augmented reality to translate things in front of you, has given me that exact feeling. » 12/17/10 3:40am 12/17/10 3:40am

Do Different Languages Equal Different Realities?

We usually assume words are just a way of expressing ideas already in our heads. But what if it's the other way around? Some linguists say the languages we speak fundamentally alter the way we think, and even perceive reality. » 8/27/10 11:59am 8/27/10 11:59am

Man Spoke Only Klingon to His Son for Three Years (And Wrote Us a…

d'Armond Speers isn't really a huge Star Trek fan. The reason he spoke only in Klingon during his son's first three years of life was to learn about language acquisition processs. Yeah, sure. What a petaQ. Updated: Speers wrote in. » 11/19/09 12:40am 11/19/09 12:40am

Tower of Babel Translator For Picking Up Hot Foreign Girls

Why limit yourself to knowing only one language when you pretend to know many more? That's what a bunch of U.S. scientists figured when they set about to create a "Tower Of Babel" translator. A series of electrodes connect to the user's neck and face to detect movements that are made when users mouth words. That is,… » 10/26/06 10:38am 10/26/06 10:38am