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Get Happy! New Research Shows All Language Might Be Inherently Positive

Unfortunately, the same can’t necessarily be said for the people speaking it.

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Spend enough time on the internet, and you might start feeling an inescapable sense of melancholy from the constant barrage of bad news, mean-spirited tweets, and divisive Facebook posts from that guy you haven’t spoken to since high school. But while an endless stream of depressing words scrolling across your laptop screen might put you in a funk, a new study indicates that language itself isn’t necessarily such a bummer; There may, in fact, be an inherent trend toward the positive across the spectrum of human languages.

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Want To Change How Kids See The World? Teach Them A Second Language

For children, bilingualsm is much more than simply being able to speak in a different language.

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As a child in a dual-language elementary school, my teachers liked to explain that learning another language would enable me to meet more people, have conversations in new places, and generally be a better citizen of the world. And while my bilingual skills have gone woefully underused since my grade-school graduation, I am thankful for being exposed to a second language, if only for the fact that it’s given me an added “skills” line on my resume, and the ability to – every once in a while – randomly surprise some of the kiosk workers at my local mall. But, as it turns out, my learning a second language at a young age may, in fact, have affected me more profoundly than I, or anyone else for that matter, previously knew.

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All the Words in the World: Help Build Our Linguistic Database in Honor of MLK

Here at the PanLex Project we are working to build a massive database of all of the words of all of the world’s languages—a weighty and...


Here at the PanLex Project we are working to build a massive database of all of the words of all of the world’s languages—a weighty and ambitious goal, given that there are as many as 7,000 different languages spoken on Planet Earth, and many, many dialects among them.

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Word Lens App by Quick Visual Translates Through IPhone Video Watch This Cool Video Translation App Turn Spanish Signs Into English

Point your camera at a Spanish sign and your screen will show it in English. Like Photoshopping real life, in real-time, with a foreign language.

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New iPhone app translates basic Spanish via video on your cell phone: fun to play around with, not so good for Cervantes.

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The site's trademark bullying raises questions about who owns words.

Hide your face and your books! That ravenous social monster Facebook is on a trademark hunt. It’s vigorously going after websites—such as Teachbook, a proposed website for teachers—that in any way play on the name of Mark Zuckerberg’s creation. Stories have also spread about Facebook trying to trademark “Face." Whether the networking site is acting reasonably or not, they are certainly making a new name for themselves as a trademark bully.

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