June 29th, 2015

Pickatale: Learning through Multilingual Story-telling App

In a world run by technology, it is no longer surprising to see once- dominant industries slowly falling, succumbing to the efficiency that ever- evolving technology brings to the table.  The slowly diminishing publishing industry is what motivated Sigbjorn Dugal to start Pickatale, a digital publisher of interactive, multilingual storytelling books seeking to educate children aged 0-8 through the use of modern tools.

June 26th, 2015

CSOFT to Attend Dell Entrepreneur Women’s Summit

With the sixth Dell for Entrepreneurs Women’s Summit on the horizon, the excitement and preparation is in full flow. We are excited to announce that our president and CEO, Shunee Yee, will once again attend the invitation-only conference held on June 28-29, 2015.

June 24th, 2015

Wacky Word Wednesday – Humdudgeon

Once in a while, almost everyone has a day where they just can’t summon themselves to go to work or class. For all those experiencing that feeling today, Wacky Word Wednesday has a solution: a humdudgeon.

Humdudgeon

/ˌhʌmˈdʌdʒən/

-noun

Imaginary Illness

June 24th, 2015

Chinese Wedding Slang 101

The air is warm, the flowers are blooming, and the birds are chirping, which can only mean one thing: wedding season has arrived. By now, your social media pages are more than likely overflowing with content like dresses, flower arrangements, and photography ideas, all captioned with the help of the newest wedding lingo. Keeping up with the latest bridal language trends is hard enough in your native language, let alone in a language as complex as Chinese.  Luckily for you, we’ve taken the liberty of creating a mini glossary of China’s mainstream marriage slang, allowing you to be an expert in the next jargon filled conversation.

June 19th, 2015

In the News: 3D Printers that Can Print Human Skin, The New E-bike with Swappable Batteries, Password Storage Company Hacked.

This week in the news, there is more progress regarding 3D printers as the prospect of printing human skin arises. As well as this, a Taiwanese company launches a new form of e-bike with a swappable battery and the self-proclaimed “safest” place to store your most valuable information was broken into.

June 18th, 2015

CSOFT’s Three to Watch in the World Cup

Women’s football is something that has massively increased in popularity in recent years, and the ongoing 2015 Women’s World Cup has proved exactly why. The tournament has been electrifying so far, providing plenty of thrills and spills as well as its fair share of tears. With the tournament well and truly underway, we want to share the profiles of three key players to keep an eye on.

June 16th, 2015

How Words Change Over Time

The development of languages can lead to a change in meaning of words. In historical linguistics, this phenomenon is known as semantic change. The meaning of a word can either be slightly altered, or it can evolve greatly.  While this can cause confusion and misunderstanding, it is also seen as a positive step forward in the growth and adaptation of languages. In a modern world where businesses thrive on effective communication and creative marketing campaigns, it is important to have not only clarity of message, but also an understanding of how others interpret words.

June 11th, 2015

The Growth of the Translation Industry

In the 21st century, cross-cultural communication has brought about numerous changes and challenges, particularly for those providing language conversion methods.  A report released last week by the website careerbuilder, has placed translation and interpretation services as the fastest growing industry in the United States in terms of job growth. Despite advancements in technology, machine translation has failed to overturn human translation services, with the demand for professional translators now higher than ever.

June 10th, 2015

Wacky Word Wednesday – Thrasonical

A little confidence can take you a long way, but arrogance may keep you stuck in a rut. In today’s Wacky Word Wednesday, a celebration of the wackiest and most interesting words from around the world, we’ll come across some historically notorious braggers and explore the connection between arrogance and creativity.

Thrasonical

[THRAY-SON-i-kuhl]

Adj.

Bragging or boastful.

June 9th, 2015

The Big Data Boss

66% of all jobs are at risk of computerization over the next two decades according to a 2013 Oxford University study. While the workers of the world tear out their hair, wondering what they’ll do once the Robotron-5000 masters customer service, their managers gloat in back offices, dreaming of profits unfettered by the costs of labor. But they too are under threat from the robotics revolution.