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Languages and Their Power to Stave off Alzheimer’s

It is a well-known fact that bilingualism can be a big help in certain areas throughout one’s life, but it would seem that it saves its greatest benefits for old age. In addition to boosting concentration and attention, as well as rounding out a person’s knowledge and culture, studies have shown that learning a language […]

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Translation: Specialty of Cultural Interpretation

“The Spanish language has to undergo massive changes in preparation for the future without borders,” warned Gabriel García Márquez in the Congress of Zacatecas 1997. This declaration from the Colombian writer was shown to be prophetic as a little more than a decade after this Congress, Spanish was declared the second most spoken language in […]

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The Varieties of Fonts as Aspects of Culture

In a previous article we made an introduction of the many challenges for technology as it aims to respond to cultural needs. Today we would like to make a brief description of the different types of fonts, according to culture. The “fonts” have a wide variety of items such as letters, characters, digits, symbols, ideograms, […]

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Technology and Cultural Aspects

While we are all globalized, there are certain day-to-day intrinsic cultural factors that are imposed on the phenomenon of globalization. These are factors that respond to cultural values and principles and others to the daily practices that build on these principles. Standards also provide a legal framework for these cultural principles. Other factors respond to […]

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One Japanese New Year’s Celebration

While taking my time to look around and appreciate all that other cultures have to offer in terms of variety and uniqueness, I stumbled across this fantastic post describing the tradition on the Japanese peninsula of Oga: http://samuraidave.wordpress.com/2009/03/04/japanese-devils-scare-the-laziness-out-of-kids/ In short, the tradition centers around Namahage, a local mountain deity who…well, he must be seen to […]

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Book Club Meeting #2

Just in time for Christmas, I have found “On the Death and Life of Languages” by Claude Hagege is now available at my favorite bookstore and I must say that I am intrigued. Here is a description from the publisher: Twenty-five languages die each year; at this pace, half the world’s five thousand languages will […]

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