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.








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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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.



Comic-based movies are ruling the box office, including Deadpool 2, the sequel for Marvel’s manic mercenary who loves breaking the fourth wall almost as much as saying “chimichangas.” But have you heard of the great lengths creators and publishers will go to reach their audience – sometimes using terrifically terrible translations for comedic effect?


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The Lord of the Rings is one of the best-selling novels ever written, so it’s no surprise that it’s been translated into 38 languages and counting. But getting there (and back again) is a tricky process…