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A linguistic visionary is raising funds for an online tool that could translate complex English sentences into emoji.

Emoji Translation Project / THE WASHINGTON POST
Two sample emoji translations by Fred Benenson, who believes that he and his Emoji Translation Project can create a language made up of the images many of us use in tweets and phone mesages.
 
Medallions are discs, goujons become fish fingers, and locally sourced means 'bought round the corner': Translation tool changes pretentious food terms into plain English
  • Simpler Menus converts overblown language in menu into plain talk 
  • Tool developed by Great British Bake Off finalist Luis Troyano and Bosch 
  • Says home cooks scared to experiments as cooking terms are intimidating
Spain’s leading linguistic consultancy serving blue-chip companies and multinationals in Spain’s marketing and advertising industry is seeking a native English-speaking Project Manager to reinforce its core project coordination team. Successful candidates will report directly to the company’s management, based in Madrid, and will be responsible for coordinating linguistic resources and ensuring the highest quality multi-lingual creative communications for its clients.

CEO David Bailey describes how he taught himself French in only 17 days

Answer by David Bailey, CEO of Spotnight, on Quora. I’ve learned several foreign languages as an adult. I was able to learn French to conversation fluency in 17 days using the following techniques. Note that I had previously learned Spanish to fluency so this was not my first foreign language. In summer of 2005 I stayed with a French friend in a tiny village in the Beaujolais region of France. No one in the village spoke English and, since my friend knew I had an ambitious learning goal, she refused to speak to me in English as well.
Thinking in a foreign language is an important step in the long road that is fluency in a foreign language, but it’s a step that, for some reason, many language learners tend to ignore. Thinking in the language you are learning is not necessarily easy, but it’s something you can practice at any time of the day. Chances are you will NOT wake up one day thinking in a foreign language just because you’ve been learning it for X amount of months/years. Well, it can happen eventually, but I’d like to suggest an alternative that is a bit more, shall we say, efficient, and that will both jump-start your vocabulary acquisition and your fluency. What I’m proposing is that thinking in a new language is a decision you can make, and that you should make from Day 1.
Our cousins across the pond may have invented the English language, but over the past 240 years or so, Americans have made some... shall we say... "improvements." Often, people travel from the U.S. to England wrapped in a sense of comfort, thinking, "Well, they speak the same language, so I'll be able to get by just fine." Or will you?
An earlier version of this article was published in May 2013. We're revisiting it in light of the interest awakened by our earlier posts on Spanish words with no direct English translation. Warning: This article contains explicit language that some readers may find objectionable. Aviso: Esta nota contiene palabras que podrían ofender a algunos.
Being able to speak more than one language opens people up to an array of amazing experiences. Spanish is the most spoken non-English language in the United States. And for those who speak both English and Spanish, it can sometimes be a frustrating process when you can't find the exact word you want in the language you need.
  • British accent triumphed in poll of 11,000 people's favourite in English
  • It was followed by American, Irish and Australian accents in global survey
  • French accent voted for by just 7.7% of people, coming in fifth place
Sacre bleu! French has lost its place as the language of love – to English.  A British accent was chosen as the most attractive by 26.7 per cent of people answering a global survey of 11,000 people in 24 cities - followed by American, Irish and Australian accents. French was chosen as the sexiest accent by just 7.7 per cent of respondents to Time Out’s Global Dating Survey, coming in at fifth place.
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