Something deep in the history of the German language pulled speech sounds toward hisses rather than pops. Words like that and ship end with a small popping sound in English, Dutch, and other Germanic languages—but in German, they end in softer s and f sounds—dass, Schiff. Centuries ago, before German was even German, this change was already underway, an example of one of the many small shifts that ends up separating a language from its close cousins and sending it off as its own distinct tongue. How does change like this happen? One of the major reasons is speech efficiency. Speakers are constantly walking a tightrope between being understood and making speech as easy as possible—over time, this tension pulls languages in new directions. But if efficiency pushed German speakers in this direction, why not Dutch speakers, too? That is, if two languages share a given feature, why does that feature sometimes change in one language but not the other? A paper published in … [Read more...] about Food innovations changed our mouths, which in turn changed our languages
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Google Assistant made big waves at CES 2019 with a tsunami of new integrations and applications. Interpreter Mode was among the announced products, which, at the time, Google promised to roll out was “over the next few weeks.” Earlier this week, Google followed through and unleashed Interpreter Mode. Instead of a big event or a flashy announcement, Google chose to inform the world of the arrival of Google Assistant’s new feature on a Google Home Help page, first reported by Android Police. The Interpreter Mode rollout is for Google Home smart speakers, some third-party speakers that integrate Google Assistant devices, and all Smart Displays. You can’t use Google Assistant in Interpreter Mode on your smartphone when you’re traveling in other countries or when you want to talk with people when their native language is other than your own. But hold that thought. Hopefully, Android smartphone support for Interpreter Mode will be available soon. … [Read more...] about Talk with people in other languages with Google Assistant’s Interpreter Mode
Contrary to popular Anglocentric belief, English isn’t the world’s most-spoken language by the total number of native speakers — nor is it the second. In fact, the West Germanic tongues rank third on the list, followed by Hindi, Arabic, Portuguese, Bengali, and Russian. (Mandarin and Spanish are first and second, respectively.) Surprisingly, Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and Microsoft’s Cortana recognize a relatively narrow slice of those. It wasn’t until this fall that Samsung’s Bixby gained support for German, French, Italian, and Spanish — dialects collectively spoken by 616 million people worldwide. And it took years for Cortana to become conversant in Spanish, French, and Portuguese. So why the snail’s pace of innovation? If you’re looking for an explanation, a good place to start might be the techniques used to train speech recognition algorithms. AI assistants, as it turns out, are … [Read more...] about Which voice assistant speaks the most languages, and why?
Apple has rolled out its “Everyone Can Create” curriculum in German, French, Spanish, and Italian languages. Support for Swedish and Dutch will also follow later this spring. The free project guides for iPad are intended to help students to “develop and communicate ideas” using music, video, drawing, and photos. They are also suited for teachers hoping to better incorporate creativity into their lesson plans. education-oriented media event back in March last year. Apple Stores have since used its lessons as part of its “Today at Apple” Teacher Tuesday sessions. In 2018, more than 40,000 students and teachers attended sessions including tutorials on art and design, photo and video, and music, across Europe alone. photography, music, video production and drawing — can be downloaded at the respective links. The project is similar to Apple’s “Everyone Can Code” initiative, albeit with a focus on creativity … [Read more...] about Apple launches ‘Everyone Can Create’ curriculum in new languages
By Roger Fingas Monday, January 21, 2019, 05:49 am PT (08:49 am ET) Apple on Monday released four new translations of the "Everyone Can Create" curriculum on Apple Books, meant to develop music, video, photo, and illustration skills —specifically using Apple's iPad. The initiative is now available in French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Dutch and Swedish translations are coming sometime in the spring of 2019, Apple announced.Everyone Can Create has been downloaded "nearly 100,000 times" by European parents and teachers since the program was expanded to eveyrone almost four months ago, Apple continued. It used examples such as London's Anson Primary School and Manchester's Olive Tree Primary School. Apple Teacher, a program designed to get teachers into Macs and iPads, is said to be in use by over 63,000 people in Europe. Providing a glimpse into App Store numbers, Apple noted that there are "nearly" 200,000 educational apps available worldwide. Everyone Can Create is a … [Read more...] about Apple translates ‘Everyone Can Create’ curriculum to new European languages