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  • New York high school Chinese test

    Published: 19/01/2017
    Zhuang Pinghui, in the South China Morning Post (1/18/17) has an article that is truly baffling:  "US high school Chinese test stumps internet users in China". A high school in New York has produced a ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • Coffee Yao, Finger Chen, Doy Chiang, and colleagues

    Published: 18/01/2017
    Thorin Engeseth noticed that, at the end of the Taiwanese video game "Detention", there are some interesting adopted Western names among the people involved in the game's creation — especially C ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • The perils of pronunciation

    Published: 17/01/2017
    Distinguishing between "four" and "ten" in rapid, slurred Modern Standard Mandarin (MSM) is not always easy:  sì 四 vs. shí 十.  Try saying sìshísì 四十四 ("forty-four") quickly and it starts to feel like ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • Après Babel in Marseilles

    Published: 16/01/2017
    At La Musée des Civilizations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée in Marseilles, there's an exposition called "Après Babel, Traduire", which includes a translated version of "The directed graph of stere ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • MLK day: Pitch range

    Published: 16/01/2017
    In honor of MLK day, I've replicated something that Corey Miller did for a term paper in an introductory phonetics course in the early 1990s. The point of the exercise is that any given speaker can ex ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • Zhou Youguang 1906-2017

    Published: 14/01/2017
    Zhou xiansheng, You were my dear friend for decades.  I wish that you had gone on living forever.  You will be sorely missed, but yours was a life well lived. As the "Father of Pinyin", you have had a ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • The perils of literacy

    Published: 14/01/2017
    I see this on zdic (online dictionary of Literary Sinitic / Classical Chinese) from time to time: The inscription says: Rénshēng shìzì yōuhuàn shǐ 人生識字憂患始 ("misery / suffering / worry / hardship begin ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • "You have foraged relationships with many presidents"

    Published: 14/01/2017
    Here's the transcript of that John Lewis exchange w @chucktodd, via @SZilberstein https://t.co/HIFbpKx4WX pic.twitter.com/a8GFM0iMeH — Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) January 13, 2017 Accordi ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • IBM's "THINK" motto

    Published: 14/01/2017
    Photograph taken by Hervé Guérin in the main lobby of IBM France: First we have to determine what IBM means by its famous slogan.  Here are some of the many meanings of "think":  "ponder; reflect (on) ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • Monumental laughing face

    Published: 14/01/2017
    From an anonymous reader, who spotted this photograph on Instagram, where it was posted by nanorie, who has given her permission to repost it: The LL reader says: [I] was amused by the peculiar blend ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • Chinese lung cancer poeticizes in English

    Published: 14/01/2017
    For several days I've been aware of a strange poem that has gone viral in China: "Read The Smog-Inspired Poem That China Can't Stop Talking About" (NPR, 1/12/17) The strangeness of the poem is due to ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • Ask LLLOG: "(the) people who"

    Published: 12/01/2017
    A retired English teacher sent in this question: Please look at a) and b): a) The American government spends billions of dollars a year defending the rights of people who cannot defend themselves beca ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • Dr. Dolittle springs eternal

    Published: 6/01/2017
    Nicola Davis, "Bat chat: machine learning algorithms provide translations for bat squeaks", The Guardian 12/22/2016 It turns out you don’t need to be Dr Doolittle to eavesdrop on arguments in the anim ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
  • Portable air filter for North China smog

    Published: 5/01/2017
    Ad in the Beijing subway: From "A Beijing subway ad gives a glimpse at a dystopian future".  Be sure to watch the 12 second Instagram video posted by Chas Pope that shows a bank of AQI400+ (!!) smog r ... Read more
    Source: ldc.upenn.edu
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