As a sidebar, this amazing chart contrasts the meanings of over eighty colors across ten different cultures. For instance, black is the color of mourning in the West, but if you’re Chinese it’s white, Eastern European it’s yellow, and South American it’s purple. Purple also has connotations of insight in Japan, whereas the same is green in Hindu culture, and yellow in Native American. (Incidentally, red signifies passion just about everywhere.)
When translating involves more than two languages: dealing with the Greek and Latin in Negima!, and trying to keep it all consistent. Here’s a bit of straightforwardness about the process in general, and here’s a bit about the editor’s job, including the history of the industry.
An opera written and sung entirely in Klingon. And the reviews say the music and performances are actually good. What’s Klingon for “FTW”?
The importance of baby babbling, and how to encourage it.
Somebody went and uploaded the entirety of The Story of English on YouTube. It’s an Emmy-winning documentary from the ’80s, with enough breadth and depth that it doesn’t date itself in embarrassing ways – only in interesting ones. (Which is to say, it’s more “this is a snapshot of the world at the time” than “this is a laughably inaccurate declaration about how language will work in the far-off year 2000”.) Including glimpses of speculation for the future of computer communication, long before the Internet came into its own.