Practice Your English And Spelling With Google’s Spell Up

Learning a new language is really hard. I’ve been there. Google is trying to make learning English easier with their new game Spell Up. Having it laid out as a game makes it a lot more fun. The concept is that you are trying to build a tower by spelling, guessing, pronouncing, or defining words. [...]


Learn ASL On Your iPhone Or iPad From Marlee Matlin

You probably recognize Marlee Matlin.  She is an award winning actress who I first got to know as Joey Lucas in The West Wing, but is currently a regular on Switched at Birth on ABC Family.  Fun fact: Marlee Matlin is the only deaf performer to win an Academy Award for Best Actress in a [...]


Learn A Different Language On Your Smartphone For Free

Games for smartphones and tablets are such time wasters. Why not learn something while you avoid work, chores, and your family? Here’s my advice: download Duolingo for your iOS or Android device and see how learning a language can be just as fun as Angry Birds. Plus, it’s free. Yup. This app is surprisingly fun—and [...]


Duolingo: Free Language Education For The World

I’ve had classes in high school and college, and have even considered throwing down cash on an expensive program. Duolingo is a program that offers language training via their website or any of your devices. It’s up to you to decide how much you want to put in to it in order to make it [...]

Star Trek Universal Translator

Microsoft’s Star Trek-like universal translator could transform how we communicate

You know how in Star Trek even though everyone spoke different languages (English, Klingon, Romulan, etc…) every character was able to understand each other perfectly? The reason for this was a piece of technology used in the Trek universe known as a universal translator. This week, Microsoft Research debuted some software that has functionality pretty [...]