Sunday, September 04, 2011

Transcending the Blog Language Barrier

Now that the internet has carried the concept of a "shrinking world" to its digital max, the human desire to communicate globally with other humans has led to an unprecedented quest to learn English.

There are many ways of accomplishing this. Many tools, tutorials and apps are available on the internet, including EverNote, as well as blog platforms and browsers that offer advanced translation services. expediting the availability of, let's say a Portugese blog to an English audience.

Consider Cindi Li, who blogs under the twitterer hat. Now 35 years old, the Chinese native (of mixed Chinese/Spanish/Irish parentage) didn't learn English until she was in her late 20s: "I had to learn English because I wanted to blog and wanted my blog to be read by people all over the world, not just in Asia. I bought books and tapes, took an English class, and learned. you are NEVER too old to do that!" Cindi admits she still THINKS in Chinese...
Manila-based blogger Mils Bassig suggests it may be an advantage for bloggers to learn to THINK in English: "...we learned about observation and inference, the moon and the stars, monsoons and photosynthesis. With it, we learned about shapes and colors, about meter and rhythm. I learned about God in English, and I prayed to Him in English."

While Cindi and Mils have American-style English accents when they speak, Singaporean bloggers like Wendy Cheng and Miss Izzy have British-accents that carry a tease "I might be Chinese" - and just as English rock stars like The Beatles had thick Liverpool accents, their songs didn't seem to carry any hint of that: like the blog articles posted by Cindi, Mils, Wendy and Izzy.

While researching this article I came across a blog where you can test your proficiency in English. And if you want to improve, there's, a New Jersey based company that is dedicated to helping others world wide (as well as Jersey Residents who are studying ESL in NJ).

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  2. Great review! It is a special network for translators and translation agencies. Keep posting!


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