language

Ring Me After You've Been Put Through The Wringer

It’s not pleasant to be put through the wringer, a common metaphor for a draining experience. It’s also not pleasant to see that spelled incorrectly as put through the ringer.


Skype Translator Preview Is Now Available To Everyone

Windows: Last year, Microsoft announced an app that would allow you to have real-time conversations with people who spoke different languages, built on Skype. While the service was only available to a small group of testers, it’s now open to everyone.


Flares Are Back In, So Wear Them With Flair

Fashion cycles dictate that flares are “in” again. We’re not sure how we feel about this. What we are sure of is that you shouldn’t confuse flares and flairs.


Top 10 Tips And Tools For Learning A New Language

Knowing another language is a valuable skill — one that could boost your salary and your brain. While there are many paths to picking up a foreign language, here are ten of the most tried-and-trued ways to become bilingual or even a polyglot.


Gist Is Not Spelled With A J, Folks

The gist is simple: gist is spelled with a G, not a J. It’s one of a handful of English words which begin with a soft G sound and are spelled that way. Gin, anyone?


Why We Spell 'Focusing' And 'Focused' With Just One S

Focusing and focused are words that cause frequent spelling confusion. Do they have one S or two? And why?


Do You Pronounce GUI 'Gee-Yu-Eye' Or 'Gooey'?

Yesterday, Lifehacker attended the Unified Communications Expo in London where assorted industry experts converge to discuss the future of collaborative business technology. As you’d expect, many of the presentations focused on new graphical user interfaces (GUIs) that aim to disrupt touch screens. During these speeches, we couldn’t help but notice an interesting anomaly — around half the presenters pronounced the aforementioned acronym “gee-yu-eye” while the other half plumped for “gooey”. Which do you prefer?


Shorten Breakfast To Brekkie For Maximum Accuracy

When breakfast sounds too informal, we’re happy to shorten it to brekkie. But what’s the correct way to spell that?


What’s The Second Most Common Language In Each Country?

Determining the primary language in a given country isn’t too tough, because it’s usually the official language. But what about the second-most used tongue?


Readlang Helps You Learn A Foreign Language As You Surf The Web

The most effective way to learn a foreign language is to immerse yourself as much as possible in it. Readlang is a web app and Chrome extension that helps you learn by translating websites, and creating flashcards and word lists for you.