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Facebook messaging app adds real time translations

San José, United States | AFP | Facebook on Tuesday gave its popular Messenger app the ability to translate missives in real time, deploying artificial intelligence to enable text conversations between people using different languages. Messenger has become a tool for businesses to connect with customers, and the ability to converse …

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Macron unveils plan to boost French, ‘language of liberty’

Paris, France | AFP | President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday unveiled plans to get more people speaking French, saying the “treasure shared by 700 million people” belonged to all and should be given more prominence in the EU ahead of Brexit. France’s youthful president has impressed foreign audiences with his near-flawless …

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Making French great again: Macron looks to Africa

Paris, France | AFP | He’s France’s most anglophone president ever, who reaches for the language of the old foe when telling global audiences that “France is back”, or that he wants ecologically to “make our planet great again.” Emmanuel Macron’s mastery of English has wowed foreign leaders, who are …

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‘Youthquake’ named Oxford Dictonaries’ word of 2017

London, United Kingdom | AFP | “Youthquake” was crowned Friday as Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year 2017, following a five-fold increase in usage. The word is defined as “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people”. It first rose during Britain’s …

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BBC Pidgin takes to the airwaves in Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria | AFP | Imagine a language without an alphabet, held together without grammar or spelling, which changes every day but is nonetheless spoken and understood by more than 75 million Nigerians. So how would a global mega-broadcaster like the BBC go about reaching this vast, young and un-tapped audience? …

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Baboons make vowel-like sounds, similar to humans

Paris, France | AFP |  Baboons make sounds that are similar to the vowels a,e,i,o and u, researchers said Wednesday, suggesting that some monkeys have had the physical capacity for language for millions of years. The findings in the journal PLOS ONE add a new dimension to the long-running debate …

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Why ‘Surreal’ was named 2016 ‘Word of the Year’

Washington, United States | AFP |  Donald Trump’s upset win in the US presidential election astonished people so much that they rushed to the dictionary to look up the word everyone was using to describe the event: surreal. Indeed, Merriam-Webster’s dictionary on Monday named surreal its Word of the Year …

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