Spanish-English False Friend Words #1

Since a human being is able to articulate a limited number of sounds, it is inevitable that languages have many similar sounding words in their vocabulary. However, that does not mean that they share some similarities in terms of meaning.

For example, Turkish word “mama” means “baby food” but it has a complete different meaning in English!

Here, I found some Spanish-English words that are similar in articulation but different in meaning. I hope my Spanish friends (or Spanish-learners) like it! :)

Thanks http://mentalfloss.com/ for this great compilation!

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3 Ways to Speak English

When I first came across this video, I thought this is all about dialects and different usages of English; however, it turned out to be something totally different and something political and cultural.

I really liked the way she expresses herself and the remarks she made such as “This is not a promotion of ignorance, this is a linguistic celebration.” at the end of the video.

I really wonder what do you think about it. :) Please write your comments after watching. :)

 

 

 

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Funny Children Spelling Mistakes

I remember saying things and not understanding why people laugh at me. Those times, I was quite confident that I said something serious but it always turned out to be something rude or inappropriate. :) Thanks God, I don’t have any written proof for those embarrassing times. :)

These children are not lucky enough like me. :) Here are some funny children spelling mistakes which they will laugh hard when they grow up! :)

 

Horse vs Hores

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Math vs Meth

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Account vs Acunt

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Whole vs Whore

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For more spelling mistakes: http://www.boredpanda.com/funny-childrens-spelling-mistakes/

 

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Are we old fashioned? :)

Today, I saw a caricature which made me think about all the grammar rules that I’ve been defending and being snoop about that. :) For me, grammar or the use of the language is a kind of indication of proper education and communication. However, sometimes I find myself quite arrogant and bossing around. I usually correct the grammar mistakes even if in daily chats with my friends.

Some friends just understands me because they are as sensitive as me when it is language. On the other hand some of my friends find grammar rules kind of “useless”. :) I just cannot stand this idea because in my opinion the personal rules organize one’s everyday life. This should be a principle.

I just wonder what do you think about that? And after seeing that caricature. :)

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New “Londoner” Meanings

I’ve seen this funny list on Buzzfeed the other day. Last year, I posted “New Meanings for Old Words” post. This time, I found the version of “Londoner”!

Actually, most of the words on this list applies to all big metropolitan cities. You’ll see what I mean! :)

These are the ones I liked most. You can always read the whole list by clicking the link at the bottom! :)

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“Commute”

Used to mean: A journey to work, often driving through quiet roads, or maybe a quick walk through town.
Now means: A vicious crusade through an urban hellscape, with detours into subterranean metal canisters stuffed with people and sweat.

 

“Flat-Hunting”

Used to mean: The process by which you find a new flat.
Now means: The process by which you are humiliated, broken, terrified, exploited, and then you find a new flat.

 

“Dinner”

Used to mean: The meal you carefully prepared in the evening.
Now means: Either what you spend too much on after a quick drink late at night, or something jammed together from random foods in the fridge because you can’t be bothered to shop.

 

“Silence”

Used to mean: No noise.
Now means: The sound-sucking vacuum that exists on the tube every morning, despite the presence of hundreds of people. There is nothing quieter. Monks visit it when they need a break from the racket at the monastery.

 

“Rent”

Used to mean: The part of your wages that goes on having somewhere nice to live.
Now means: The part of your wages that goes on having absolutely anywhere to live, and leaves roughly enough for you to survive on stale bread for a month.

 

“Coffee”

Used to mean: A pleasant morning drink.
Now means: Mandatory life fuel.

 

Source: http://www.buzzfeed.com/lukebailey/words-that-mean-something-completely-different-in-london

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European Nationalities, According To Google Autocomplete

We generally type so fast and never look at the keyboard that we hardly see how Google autocompletes our sentences. It is kind of funny because after reading this post, I see that Google’s offers are sometimes crazy and amusing at the same time. :) Take your time and give it a try!

Here you can see how Google autocompletes the sentences starting with European nationalities.

 

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source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/05/02/european-nationalities-google-autocomplete-spoof_n_5254267.html

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Real-time translated conversations

Well, it happened. On 27th May, Skype announced that they have been developing this tool for some time and they are not doing it with machines only! We always believe that machines cannot replace human translation but it seems that Skype combined them both.

Here is the news that published in Microsoft’s blog the other day.

You can always click the link at the bottom to read more.

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During his conversation with Walt and Kara, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella discussed his views on how we’re evolving to a more personal, more human era of computing, and I had the good fortune to join Satya on stage to demo – for the the first time publicly – an exciting new capability we’re developing for Skype.

Imagine in the very near future technology allowing humans to bridge geographic and language boundaries to connect mind to mind and heart to heart in ways never before possible.

Skype Translator results from decades of work by the industry, years of work by our researchers, and now is being developed jointly by the Skype and Microsoft Translator teams. The demo showed near real-time audio translation from English to German and vice versa, combining Skype voice and IM technologies with Microsoft Translator, and neural network-based speech recognition. Skype Translator is a great example of why Microsoft invests in basic research. We’ve invested in speech recognition, automatic translation and machine learning technologies for more than a decade, and now they’re emerging as important components in this more personal computing era. You can learn more about the research behind this initiative here.

Skype Translator first will be available as a Windows 8 beta app before the end of 2014. Skype itself is available across a number of devices and computing platforms. If you aren’t already using Skype for voice and video calls, I encourage you to download Skype and create your account.

 

source: http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2014/05/27/microsoft-demos-breakthrough-in-real-time-translated-conversations.aspx

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