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Microsoft Unveils Skype Speech Translator, But Don't Ditch Your Vocab Flash Cards

Current AffairsEducation

As a native Mandarin speaker and a diligent student of English and German, I can't help asking whether machine translation signals the obsolescence of learning a foreign language.

On Shanghai Education: A View From the Streets

A Shanghai tailor's shop, photographed on July 21, 2011. (Lynn Lin/Flickr)
Education

Is Shanghai a model of educational equity, as the OECD international school rankings suggest? Asia Society's Jeff Wang offers a ground-level view.

On a Day for Languages, Discovering, Celebrating, and Saving Our Mother Tongues

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Education

On International Mother Language Day, Asia Society's Chris Livaccari argues that while a lingua franca is important, so is linguistic diversity.

A Rock By Any Other Name: Asia's Premiere Language Game of 2012

Education

What's in a name? Territorial disputes in the Pacific Ocean tap into a much older tradition of organizing reality and creating social order through naming.

How You Can Help Hurricane Sandy Victims in New York City's Chinatown

A darkened street in Chinatown, lower Manhattan, after Hurricane Sandy. (Several seconds/Flickr)
Lifestyle

CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities is providing supplies, electricity — and translation services — to those in need.

To Boldly Go … Where Foreign Faces Speak Mandarin

A scene from Hunan TV's
Education

"When I first went to China in the mid-1990s," writes Asia Society's Chris Livaccari, "I often felt like a zoo animal with all the attention I got just from walking down the street."

Samosapedia: Decoding the UrbanDictionary of South Asia

Limca — an official
Multimedia

Founded in 2011, Samosapedia is a comical crowd-sourced guide to the lively linguistic stew of South Asia.

Going, Going, Gone: Five of Asia's Most Endangered Languages

Japanese tourist with two Ainu in Hokkaido, date unknown. (Sgt. Steiner/Flickr)
Lifestyle

Meet the "hairy Ainu" of Japan, Taiwan's Saaroa, the Kusunda of Nepal, the last Manchus and the Jarawa of India's Andaman Islands.

Grads: Get 'Globally Competent,' Get a Job

Pedestrians crossing the street in the Central Business District of Hong Kong in October 2008. (Mike Clarke/AFP/Getty Images)
Education

Whether you are eight, 18 or 28, it's clear: global competence can open up new job opportunities for you.

Hyperpolyglots: Paragon or Folly?

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Education

Michael Erard's new book, Babel No More, demonstrates that there's much more to being fluent in another language than mastering grammar and vocabulary.