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Interesting web site from Cambridge University on translating languages.

http://www.mml.cam.ac.uk/call/translation/toolkit

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Web site that shows foreign language speakers in US by county

Below is an interesting web site that shows the location of speakers of major foreign languages in the US by country.

http://www.mla.org/map_single
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Interesting article about many aspects of machine translation of natural languages.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machine_translation
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Godfather Names Run through Google Translate

Some Godfather names run through Google Translate:

Clemenza - Clemency
Abandanno - abandonment
Neri - blacks
Fontane - fountains
Gatto - cat
Lampone - raspberry
Rossi - red
Brasi - Brazilian
Hagen (German) - hook (haken)
Ola (Spanish) - wave
Mancini - left-handed
Cuneo - wedge
Valenti - valiant
Vitelli - calves
Calo - drop
Falcone - falcon
Molinari - millers
Tessio (Tessitore) - weaver
Rosato (Brothers) - pinkish
Tramonti - sunsets
Fabrizzio (fabbricando) - fabricating
Bocchicchio (boccaglio) -mouthpiece
Corleone (Coeur de Lion) - Lionhearted (French)


and of course Bonasera (buonasera) - good evening

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Web Site on Endangered Alphabets

Below is a web site I came across on Endangered Alphabets.

http://www.endangeredalphabets.com/

I guess on general principles, everything else being equal, it is something of a shame to lose a language, there is a lot of human history in each language. I don't think an alphabet becoming extinct is really a big deal.

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Interesting wikipedia article on the differences that exist between human language and animal communication.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Design_...es_of_Language
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Some Interesting Videos on Youtube on the different components that go into speaking a language. I found it pretty amusing, the woman who does it, Amy Walker, is very talented.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJyTA...h_response_rev

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUx2T7gWCCA

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Below is the Wikipedia article on Pidgin languages. I found it interesting in itself, and I found the links to specific Pidgin languages to be interesting.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pidgin
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An interesting web site from Palomar University, with a lot of interesting information I have not read before.

http://anthro.palomar.edu/language/Default.htm
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Arabic to be taught to 11 and 12 year olds in Israel

My apologies if covered elsewhere in forums. Story in Jerusalem Post about the decision to focus more on teaching Arabic to Israeli Students.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=185862
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This link to the UCLA Language Materials Project has a lot of good information on and about "less commonly taught" foreign languages.


http://www.lmp.ucla.edu/Profile.aspx?menu=004
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Excellent source for learning German - University of Michigan web page

For anyone who might now or some time be learning German, here is an excellent website I found, from the German Department at the University of Michigan. This is excellent because of the higher level second and third year courses - I have found simple google searches will get you to web pages for different universities for all the common languages, but these are usually freshmen/sophomore type courses.

http://www.lsa.umich.edu/german/hmr/index.html

Also, here is a link to a webpage from the University of Iowa, which for English, Spanish, and German, has animations and videos for the pronunciation of each sound. I found it very interesting.

http://www.uiowa.edu/~acadtech/phonetics/#

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As far as learning a foreign language Hat off to you.

Speaking only of German, the school German should make you understood by all. However the answer to your question most likely well not be that understandable. German is loaded, I mean loaded with local dialects. Some differences can be found with in 20 miles of each other. Native Germans sometime have trouble understanding the south from the north or east from the west.

I've tested out as native speaker in German but have never spent an hour in school to learn the language. Just like a kid. Best to learn a language in country. At least that is my opinion.

A suggestion to Tonie. Read Spiegel in German and then the same report in English. You'll find a lot of difference in word usage. My Ex, German, prefers to read books in English as it's an easier language to present different ideas and feelings.
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I've been watching this this evening. Excellent. The bomber war from both sides. Seems very fair and balanced.

http://www.spiegel.de/video/video-1093569.html
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John, thanks for the as always good advice and for the excellent video.

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