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'ExcuseMe' Translates 200 Useful Travel Phrases

Part of the fun of travelling to a foreign place is learning the language. Even if you’re not fluent, it helps to keep some useful phrases in your back pocket. ExcuseMe is a free app that makes sure you’re prepared.


Know Your Business Acronyms

Acronyms have their uses, but even the most dedicated of jargonauts can agree that littering your conversations with them is hardly helpful. Still, over time a significant reservoir of general business acronyms have been added to office lexicons and it can be handy to familiarise yourself with them.


Write Better By Focusing On Structure Rather Than Style

Writing is a hard medium to grasp. Good writing is self-evident, but the reasons it’s good may not be. While an interesting style or a clever turn-of-phrase can make a line stand out, the structure of what you’re writing is what makes a piece powerful.


How To Correctly Refer To People With Disability

For those considerate souls who are interested in referring to people with disability in a modern, acceptable way, the People With Disability organisation has released a document which makes things easy by laying out some clear guidelines. It’s called the Guide to Reporting Disability, but obviously it’s not limited to reporters.


The Easiest Languages For Native English Speakers To Learn

Depending on your circumstances, some languages can be harder to grasp than others. If English is your first language, these languages are widely considered to be the easiest to learn how to speak, read and write.


How Your Brain Benefits From Learning Multiple Languages

Learning a second language is great for travelling and getting a better paying job. It can also make your brain healthier and prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.


Click The Listen Link Twice For A Slow Pronunciation In Google Translate

Clicking the “listen” button in Google Translate is a great way to listen to a translation, but it’s often hard to understand what it says. Google Operating System points out that when you click it again, it speaks slower.


Become More Convincing By Using Image-Based Words

When you want to persuade someone, using certain words to tell a story can help sway them. Next time you’re trying to convince someone, use words that help them see a clear picture of your point.


Skype Translator Adds Support For French And German Spoken Languages

Skype’s real-time translator software is pretty awesome, and it has some new tricks. It can now translate to and from French and German, from spoken word to spoken word.


Expensive, Rigid And Painful: What IT Acronyms Really Mean

Technology loves a three-letter acronym (TLA), but those letters often conceal the full horror of what lies beneath. These are the best “real” translations we’ve encountered.