Constructed languages – Na’vi, Klingon, High Valyrian

Constructed languages – Na’vi, Klingon, High Valyrian

Rytsas everyone! Kirimvose for visiting our blog post about constructed languages! You just learned your first two words in High Valyrian: Rytsas – Hello – and Kirimvose – Thank you. David J. Peterson is the person who developed High Valyrian for the fantasy world in G.R.R. Martin’s book series The Song of Ice and Fire, also known as Game of Thrones. This is only one of many languages that were constructed for movies or TV series. But what’s behind these constructed languages? What rules do they follow? Let’s have a look at some of the most popular constructed languages for movies and series worldwide. Basics about constructed languages First of all, a constructed language is a language that was consciously invented by one individual and that has an elaborate linguistic system consisting of a specific phonology, vocabulary and grammar. Invented language, planned language and artificial language represent three of the many names for this phenomenon. As opposed to other languages we know such as English, French, Spanish, Japanese, etc., constructed languages have not evolved from thousands of years of development. There are many different reasons why people create new languages, for example: universal communication, research on already existing languages, and most importantly for our topic, to make a fictional world seem more authentic. The process of inventing a new language is complex. Thus, it is mostly professional linguists who do the job. There are two types of constructed languages – a posteriori languages and a priori languages. A posteriori languages contain aspects from already existing languages. Moreover the elements are usually simplified and mixed with other ones. A priori...
These Free Online Language Courses will make your life easier!

These Free Online Language Courses will make your life easier!

Free Online Language Courses Are you interested in learning a new language?  Learning languages has never been easier: Free Online Language Courses are here to help you make your dream come true. When thinking about learning a new language, we usually make up a list of excuses not to. One of them is “I don’t have the time to go to a language school”. There is also “I do not have enough money to pay for it”. This may have been true years and years ago, but not now. Thanks to technology and the Internet, all languages are at our fingertips! We are now able to study languages for free, online, at our own speed, and as many as we want.Yes, it’s true! There are many free online language courses that you can look up before deciding on one. Here we made a list of the four most popular free online language courses.   Read this information about the most popular and Free Online Language Courses: Website Pros Cons Languages Prices Duolingo   Duolingo itself is free.   Lessons go deep.   Speaking, writing, listening and reading exercises are equally balanced in each lesson and each language.   Good for long-term and committed learners.   Mobile app and website offer the same.   You can join clubs related to the language you are learning. Duolingo Plus, a more complete version of Duolingo, is paid.   Fast conversational skills are not developed, so it is not good for tourists trying to pick the language up before traveling.   There is no chat option to interact with native speakers. Spanish, French,...
New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

2018 Resolutions Did you make your list of New Year’s Resolutions? New Year’s is here, and we cannot yet believe it! The magic of Christmas is still in our hearts, but we are already thinking about what we are going to accomplish in this 2018. A new year always comes with lots of wishes, opportunities and the optimism of a fresh start. Are you ready to take advantage of it? What are New Year’s Resolutions? New Year’s Resolutions are things people want to accomplish in the new year. They go from simple activities like planning a trip to more complex ones like changing a personality trait or losing weight. They are meant to help you improve your life.  Why can’t we stick to our New Year’s Resolutions? Only about 8% of people stick to their New Year’s Resolutions. There are many reasons why, but the main one might be making too many changes at the same time. For instance, a lot of people want to stop eating sugar, but they don’t start cutting it down a bit at a time so the change is progressive. It is a matter of being realistic and knowing ourselves: what we like, what we can do, and what we can achieve. To help you with this, we came up with a list of 5 popular New Year’s Resolutions and some useful tips to actually achieve them.     Losing weight: Stay focused. This is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. People always want to be in good shape but it seems to be really difficult for everybody to make it happen....
Top Travel Tips for 2017 – An International Language Tour

Top Travel Tips for 2017 – An International Language Tour

Lonely Planet: Best in Travel 2017 For those who are dreaming of this year’s holiday but find themselves overwhelmed by a deluge of exotic options, help is at hand from the experts at Lonely Planet. The travel guide company has published its list of the top places to visit in 2017. Published every October, the list predicts the hottest trends and experiences, highlighting the top five countries, cities, regions and best value destinations for the months ahead. TOP 5 Countries and its Languages 1. Canada The Lonely Planet Traveller 2017 guide presents Canada as the top country to visit thanks to its beautiful scenery, friendly locals and a weak Canadian dollar. Thumbs up, Canada! LingoStar will be happy to guide you through Canada’s language mosaic! Check out our wide range of translation services provided in Canada >>. 2. Colombia Colombia, sitting at number two on the list, was lauded for its “rich tapestry, nature and hospitality”. Pictured is Cartagena in Colombia. Spanish is a beautiful language and it’s one of the main languages we translate into: English to Spanish translation is one of the most requested language services in Canada.  3. Finland Finland was awarded third place, with a whole host of events planned for the country’s centenary this year, including outdoor concerts, communal culinary experiences and sauna evenings. Yes, we translate English to Finnish as well! 4. Dominica Dominica. “The Caribbean’s ‘Nature Island’ opens its doors this year with first class resorts.” The official language in this beautiful beach country is English. Locally Dominican Creole French is spoken. 5. Nepal Nepal. “Witness its road to recovery from the devastating...
Google Translate Online vs. Professional Translators

Google Translate Online vs. Professional Translators

Will Google Translate online replace professional translators in the future? In this blog post we will be looking at how Google Translate online is trying to compete with professional translators. Google Translate online is a fast and easy way to translate words and short sentences. But how accurate are these online translations? Is it possible that they match the translations done by a professional translator? Is it possible that translators will become obsolete due to the free online translation services provided by Google? In this article, we want to show you how Google Translate works. It is in fact an easy and fast way to translate a text. Nevertheless, it is unlikely that it will become a competitor to professional translators. Google’s Translate Online New System This week, Google announced their new version of Google Translate, which reportedly translates texts as well as human translators. The system is more accurate and comes closer to matching the fluency of humans for some languages, such as Spanish or Chinese. It uses a technique known as “deep learning” which uses networks of mathematical functions to recognize objects and translate speech in real time. Test subjects with fluency in two languages were asked to compare the translation work of Google’s new system to that of professional translators. There wasn’t much difference between the translation done by Google online and the one performed by a human translator. What does this mean for translators? Translators are worried that people will start using Google Translate to get their translations done faster and free of charge thanks to the new system. It is in fact an easy...
“Autumn/Fall” In Different Asian Languages

“Autumn/Fall” In Different Asian Languages

How to say “fall” in Asian Languages “Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.” – Shira Tamir   Dear reader, Summer is over and autumn/fall is here! Have you ever wondered how to say “autumn/fall” in Asian languages? Check out our picture below! The languages offered: Azerbaijani, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Lao, Mongolian, Tajik, Thai, Uzbek and Vietnamese.   Feel free to leave a comment on our Facebook page. Here at LingoStar, we have professional translators who are native speakers of various Asian languages. We also have a range of other services to offer such as revising, updating and localizing your content into more than 100 languages. And if you ever wish to improve your language skills to have better job opportunities, we also provide language tutoring services! Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 604-629-8420 or email us at info@lingo-star.com to discuss your next language-related project. To get a free quote, click here. We look forward to hearing from you!  ...