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Chinese Whisper with Google Translate

Published 17th November 2017

Chinese whisper anyone?   A little while ago we wanted to see how reliable google translate was, especially when it came to back translation. Our resident Spaniard wanted to test Google on two Spanish phrases and see what happens when you put it through their back translation.   Take a look! Example 1: To prefer what one is accustomed to From what it should’ve said: ‘To prefer what one is accustomed to’, to ‘Peeling the mountain goat’… That’s rather impressive! Not many would link those two together. Example 2: To flee hastily At least with this one, its on the same topic. This ones goes from ‘To flee hastily’ to ‘Running away from my legs helps me’. The end translation doesn’t make much sense though! Surely you can’t run away from your legs…. and surely that would not help you! As you can see the back translations are very far from the originals! That’s the case with Chinese Whisper… its starts correctly, but after being passed around it becomes something completely different. We know that Google Translate is a wonderful tool that so many people use, but you really should not relay on it in its current format. Idioms, similes, …

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New Zealand and the Autumn Internationals

Published 17th November 2017

New Zealand The last of our Autumn International anthems is the Kiwis, the all blacks and the triple world champions. When you think of Rugby, you think of New Zealand. Go anywhere in the world… whether rugby is played there or not, and they will know about the All Blacks. They will also know a bit about the Haka. We wrote about the Haka a few months ago for the Lions tour of New Zealand… you should check it out! New Zealand Rugby team was founded in 1884 and played their first international test match against the Aussies in 1903. From the start the Kiwis were a force to be reckoned with. In 1905 they went on a tour of Europe and North America, playing 34 games (5 of them were test matches) and lost once! It was this year they were given the nickname the All Blacks as their strip was completely black besides a silver fern emblem. Strong competition In the 100 odd years of playing Rugby they have faced 19 nations. Over that time only 6 of those countries have ever recorded a win against them. How impressive is that?! New Zealand have been 1st in the …

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Japan and the Autumn Internationals

Published 17th November 2017

Japan National Rugby Union Team   Like a lot of our teams, Japan too has a nickname. The Brave Blossoms. Rugby has been played in Japan since 1866, with universities creating teams by the turn of the 20th century. Japan recorded their first victory in 1932 against Canada and are known as the strongest Rugby union power in Asia.   Japan have been in all 6 of the World Cups. Although the Brave Blossoms are a second-tier team they have knocked a few teams off their high pedestals. In 1971 they narrowly lost to England 6-3! They closest they have ever come to beating the English. In 1989 Japan recorded their first victory against Scotland. Japan then beat Wales in 2003 with a thumping 23-8 score line! But these almost victories and victories are nothing compared to their 2015 win. Arguably the biggest upset in Rugby Union. Japan beat the Springboks 34-32… That’s right, the two-time champions South Africa…. Impressed? You can thank Eddie Jones the coach for bringing the team together to bring us that magical match. On a sour note though, Japan became the first ever team to win 3 out of 4 games in the pool stage …

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Australia and the Autumn Internationals

Published 16th November 2017

Australia The Wallabies – one of the most successful Rugby nations out there. Australia have been playing rugby since 1899 and have been rather dominant in the sport. The Wallabies have competed in all 8 Rugby World Cups, winning in 1991 in Twickenham and 1999 at the Millennium Stadium. They have also appeared in 4 out of 8 finals. They were close to making it 3 world cups in 2003 when they were in the final against England at home. Thanks to a late drop goal from Jonny Wilkinson, they were denied the 3rd title. Why the Wallabies? Well couldn’t get out-done by the All Blacks! At the start of the 20th Century, the English press dubbed New Zealand the All Blacks after a tour down under. It was suggested that Australia ought to have a nickname as well. The original idea was the rabbits – but the Aussies deemed rabbits an imported pest, and opted for the native Wallaby instead. It stuck, and thank God it did! The Wallabies sound a lot better than the Rabbits. Australia are one of the 4 teams in the Rugby Championship (4 Nations). They were the 2nd most successful team in the 15 …

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Beaujolais day

Published 16th November 2017

Beaujolais day Beaujolais day…. Is it just Swansea that celebrates it after all? Beaujolais nouveau day is a day to celebrate the first harvest of Gamay Grapes that makes the Beaujolais wine from the Burgundy region of France. It normally happens on the 3rd Thursday of November, which is 16th November this year. The wine is produced, bottled and released within a few weeks of the harvest. Beaujolais nouveau will taste different year after year, depending on the weather the region had. Due to the quick fermentation process, the wine does not have the depth and structure of other wines but is fresh, fruity and can have tones of cherry, strawberry and raspberry. It’s not known as a well-established wine due to the speed it takes to get the drink produced. Nevertheless, Swansea celebrate this wine above all others. So, what’s the hype then Swansea?? I have lived in France, and knew nothing of this day. Clearly someone somewhere in France must be celebrating it outside of the Beaujolais region! It wasn’t until I moved to Swansea that I noticed half the city has the day off to attend this event. Beaujolais day is something you book for months in …

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Wernicke’s Area | Área de Wernicke

Published 15th November 2017

Wernicke’s area It is well known that the brain is a complex organ that controls all functions of the body. Since the late nineteenth century, Wernicke’s area is considered to be one of the two parts of the cerebral cortex linked to speech. It was first described by German neurologist Carl Wernicke. This area is involved in the comprehension of written and spoken language. It is located in the posterior third of the upper temporal convolution of the left hemisphere of the brain. Thus, it lies close to the auditory cortex.   Wernicke’s area is connected to another brain region called Broca’s area, which is involved in language processing. This area controls the functions involved with speech production. These two brain areas together enable us to speak, interpret, process and understand spoken and written language. Wernicke’s area functions include: Language Comprehension Semantic Processing Language Recognition Language Interpretation   Individuals with damage affecting their Wernicke’s area can develop a condition called Wernicke’s aphasia or fluent aphasia. These individuals experience difficulties comprehending language and communicating ideas. They are able to speak words and form sentences that are grammatically correct, however, the sentences do not make sense. They may include unrelated words or words …

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South Africa | The Autumn Internationals

Published 15th November 2017

South Africa Next up on our Autumn International list is South Africa, the 2-time World Champions. South Africa’s relationship with Rugby is long and complicated, but it does make for some entertaining and inspirational rugby! Known as the Springboks, they have been representing the country in international rugby union since 1891. South Africa never competed in the first two world cups because of the apartheid, but they hosted the 1995 cup. To everyone’s surprise, they won it as well. They beat the All Black giants 15-12, also known as one of the country’s greatest sporting moments. 12 years later, they won the trophy again at the Stade de France against England, promoting themselves to 1st place in the IRB rankings. South Africa are one of the four teams in the 4 Nations – southern hemisphere tournament along with Argentina, New Zealand and Australia (all of whom are currently touring in the Autumn Internationals).  Currently they lie in 5th spot on the IRB rankings, after a rather dismal display in the southern hemisphere championship. The Springboks had their worst defeat against the All Blacks in September where they lost 57-0 in Auckland.   1995 world cup – ‘one team, one country’ …

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Samoa and the Autumn Internationals

Published 15th November 2017

Next on our Autumn International list is the Samoan team! The Samoan rugby team is also known as “Manu Samoa”. This is in honour of a famous Samoan warrior. Like Fiji, the Samoans too perform a war dance before each game. Theirs is called the Siva Tau.   The Samoans started playing rugby in the 1920s and are part of the Pacific Tri Nations alongside Fiji and Tonga. Originally, they played as “Western Samoa”, but in 1997 they changed their name. They have competed in the World Cup since 1991, reaching the quarter finals in 1991 and 1995. An impressive result for the Island nation and reached their highest ranked IFU score in 2013, becoming 7th in the world. As it stands they are currently 16th in the world, their lowest ever ranking. Wales, Argentina, Italy, Ireland, Scotland and even Australia have felt defeat by the hands of the Samoans. Against Wales they have won 4 of the 10 matches played against them. They can be, at times quite a team to come across. With a strong heritage of rugby, they can on their day topple the greats. The Banner of Freedom This has been the Samoan anthem since they …

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Georgia and the Autumn Internationals

Published 14th November 2017

Georgia Next stop on our tour of the Autumn Internationals is Georgia. Like many rugby teams, Georgia too have a nickname. The Lelos come from lelo burti, a traditional Georgian sport with similarities to Rugby. The Lelos are considered a second-tier rugby nation, but are growing quickly! Their first match was only a few decades ago in 1989 and they have grown since then. Before 1989 Georgian players were in the Soviet Union team. Georgia participate in the Rugby Europe Championship and have won it 9 times since 2001. A rather impressive display of power over that championship. Only Romania and France (before they joined the 4 nations) have won it more than Georgia.   Rugby is one of the most popular sports in Georgia. Their national team has qualified for the Rugby World Cup four times since 2003. Their first win came in 2007 when they beat Namibia 30- 0. Georgia have an impressive win ratio of 61.08% winning 124 of their 203 matches. They have beaten World Cup regulars Canada, Fiji, Japan, Portugal, Samoa and Tonga. But they have never beaten any members of the 6 Nations or 4 Nations in the southern hemisphere. They are currently ranked …

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The brain and language | Lingua Translations

Published 14th November 2017

Brain and language The benefits of speaking a foreign language are well-known. Communication with a wider audience can be achieved, travelling without worrying about communication issues, having higher prospects of a better job, etc. But what are the effects of learning foreign language in your brain? Swedish scientists have discovered that learning a foreign language can increase the size of your brain. Technology like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and electrophysiology can reveal all. MRIs can show us what is happening in our brains when we hear, understand and produce second languages. In the study published in 2012, at the Swedish Armed Forces Interpreter Academy in the city of Uppsala. Young people with a skill for languages go from having no knowledge of a language to speaking it fluently in the space of 13 months. As a control group, other students who study hard, but not languages, are monitored as well. Both groups were given MRI scans before and after a three-month period of intensive study. While the brain structure of the control group remained unchanged, specific parts of the brain of the language students had grown. The parts that increased in size were the hippocampus. This is a deep-lying brain …

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Chinese Whisper with Google Translate

Chinese whisper anyone?   A little while ago we wanted to see how reliable google translate was, especially when it came to back translation. Our resident Spaniard wanted to test Google on two Spanish phrases and see what happens when you put it through their back translation.   Take a look! Example 1: To prefer what one is accustomed to From what it should’ve said: ‘To prefer what one is accustomed to’, to ‘Peeling the mountain goat’… That’s rather impressive! Not many would link those two together. Example 2: To flee hastily At least with this one, its on the same topic. This ones goes from ‘To flee hastily’ to ‘Running away from my legs helps me’. The end translation doesn’t make much sense though! Surely you can’t run away from your legs…. and surely that would not help you! As you can see the back translations are very far from the originals! That’s the case with Chinese Whisper… its starts correctly, but after being passed around it becomes something completely different. We know that Google Translate is a wonderful tool that so many people use, but you really should not relay on it in its current format. Idioms, similes, …

Read More

New Zealand and the Autumn Internationals

New Zealand The last of our Autumn International anthems is the Kiwis, the all blacks and the triple world champions. When you think of Rugby, you think of New Zealand. Go anywhere in the world… whether rugby is played there or not, and they will know about the All Blacks. They will also know a bit about the Haka. We wrote about the Haka a few months ago for the Lions tour of New Zealand… you should check it out! New Zealand Rugby team was founded in 1884 and played their first international test match against the Aussies in 1903. From the start the Kiwis were a force to be reckoned with. In 1905 they went on a tour of Europe and North America, playing 34 games (5 of them were test matches) and lost once! It was this year they were given the nickname the All Blacks as their strip was completely black besides a silver fern emblem. Strong competition In the 100 odd years of playing Rugby they have faced 19 nations. Over that time only 6 of those countries have ever recorded a win against them. How impressive is that?! New Zealand have been 1st in the …

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