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Three career benefits of being multilingual

In the age of globalization when numerous companies are moving into international markets, the ability to speak more than one language has become a valuable asset in the workplace. According to the Department of Labor, fluency in a foreign

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Japanese onomatopoeia and their meanings

Aside from manga fans, most people probably don’t realize that the Japanese language can be animated and lively. Japanese has over 1,000 onomatopoeia with syllabic and repetitive words—that’s thrice more than in English! Some words might not have English equivalents,

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English education in Japan: Challenges and changes

Ranked at number 30 out of 70 countries in the 2015 EF English Proficiency Index, Japan has a moderate proficiency compared to other developed countries around the world. As a mostly homogenous country, Japan seems to be torn between

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The 2016 Rio Olympics at a glance

Often considered a universal language, sports bring people together from different nationalities and diverse backgrounds. To promote fair play, sportsmanship and camaraderie among nations, languages play a vital role especially at one of the world’s biggest and most watched sporting

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Pros and cons of living overseas

In 2013, there were a total of 232 million international migrants—defined by the United Nations as people who have lived a year or more outside their country of birth—around the world. Whether your own choice or due to

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10 must-read books for language lovers

Reading is as essential as it is mandatory when learning another language and trying to understand facets of communication. This list of our favorite fiction and nonfiction books aims to inspire and entertain language lovers, writers, bookworms and anyone fascinated

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Russian language day: 8 useful expressions and how to use them

Each year on June 6 marks United Nations Russian Language Day. This date also commemorates the birthday of the father of Russian literature, Alexander Pushkin. Here’s our list of top idioms and expressions to give you a deeper understanding

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Eight hilarious localization fails in advertising

Going beyond translation, localization can make or break marketing campaigns. The process of adapting a product or content to a specific country or target market, localization requires a deep understanding and comprehensive study of the culture. Some brands make the

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10 online translation tools recommended by translators

The translation process can often be somewhat tedious—sometimes covering a multitude of topics, requiring extensive research and contextual knowledge. Fortunately, the digital revolution triggered the creation of tools, software and resources that helps ease the burden of translation and improve

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English language day: The origins of popular English idioms

In celebration of United Nations English Day on April 23, we’ve compiled a list of English idioms that non-English speakers might find downright strange or hilarious, especially when translated into their native tongue. Languages evolve and idioms are formed with

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