Since the death of silent film and the birth of the ‘talkies’ in the late 1920s, the question of how to translate on-screen entertainment has been a worldwide conundrum. Almost a century later, film translation has developed into an art form of its own – yet approaches remain very different.


With Noto, Google has developed a font family that works for every language in the world. Here’s how the company is enabling global communication – and what IKEA and tofu have to do with it.





Biddschee(You’re welcome): our little Oktoberfest dictionary. We’ve collected some snippets of the Bavarian dialect all to do with attire, food and social culture to help make your Oktoberfest in Munich a linguistic success.




When you’re used to using the Latin alphabet, it can be easy to overlook one of the central questions of any language – how we write it down. A look at some of the more interesting ways in which languages have put pen to paper.





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The final days of Wimbledon are the perfect time to look at some of the baffling language served up alongside the strawberries and cream.




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So, you’ve booked that dream trip to Paris? Ready to soak in the good wine, fashion, museums? What about your French? “It’ll be fine,” I hear you say. After all, you might not remember everything you learned in French class but the English language is full of French words, isn’t it? But, wait! What if those words mean something else in France? Ooh la la*. Whether you’re going for business or for a little romance, here are seven words to remember.


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A Parisian client has invited you to dinner but you don’t speak a word of French? Supertext is here to help! All you need to do is follow our tips, and everyone will assume that French is your first language – without you having to put together a single sentence.