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Nov
18

Cringeworthy Bad Google Translate Fails Explained

What on earth could possibly translate into “Today’s mother cooking something to eat some rats”, or “Like a chicken in rats with”? Yesterday this cringeworthy excerpt from a Thai English language learning book was posted on a number of sites and caused a lot of questions about a number of topics.  How can Google translate […]

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Nov
13

Your Dog Can Help Coach Your Tones when Learning a Tonal Language

“You Speak So Well!” Have you ever been learning a language like Thai, Chinese or Vietnamese and received a compliment in the very beginning stages along the lines of “You speak so well!” While providing that much needed motivation to keep going in the language, receiving such compliments can start to be detrimental to your […]

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Stuart Jay Raj – 101 East ‘The People Smugglers’ on Al Jazeera

Meeting with the Smugglers and the Smugglees – All are Victims (Watch the full documentary below) For those people who have been following my most recent often sporadic posts, you would know that language has taken me into the world of People Smugglers, particularly in Indonesia. I have just spent the past month or so […]

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