Folium: The Exploding Internet via NewScientist.com

The Exploding Internet via NewScientist.com In academic institutions, I sometimes have a difficult time convincing students (and other faculty) why languages are no longer an elective – but should be a requirement for all programs. Nothing upsets me more than a student who is born, raised, goes to school, and gets a job in the […]

Folium: The Inner Workings of Google Translate via Engadget.com

Google gives us some insight on the inner workings of Google Translate via Engadget You darn kids with your iPods and your Facebooks and the Twitters … All this technology doesn’t grow on trees y’know! Did you know that Google can translate stuff? And that they’re pretty darned good at it too! In fact, Google […]

Folium: Inspirational St. Patrick’s Day Quotes on Parenting via Strollerderby

Inspirational St. Patrick’s Day Quotes on Parenting via Strollerderby What? We can cover other languages and cultures besides Spanish and French! Because of fast-approaching St. Patrick’s Day I thought that we could take a few minutes to think about the Emerald Isle. Have you ever seen this place? It’s incredible! And while I’m not a […]

Folium: 5 Insane Ways Words Can Control Your Mind via Cracked.com

5 Insane Ways Words Can Control Your Mind via Cracked.com There’s something that you realize after your first few linguistics classes. Your perception of the world is shaped by the words you use to describe it. We can only understand those things that we are able to express to others, in our own system of […]

Folium: How Are You Today? via Visual.ly

How Are You Today? via Visual.ly We write a lot on LEAF about how everyone around the world is more alike than we realize. Peoples is peoples! Today’s Infographic comes from Skype via Visual.ly (am I crazy for not being used to international web address endings yet?) When we meet new people, there is always […]

Folium: How to Plan for Long-term Travel via Fodor’s

How to Plan for Long-term Travel via Fodor’s “I just don’t have the time!” This, and financial concerns, are the two most common reasons why people don’t engage in travel. And to a certain extent, I can sympathize. Traveling can be very expensive, and time seems harder to come by as we get older. This […]

Folium: International Dining Etiquette Rules via BudgetTravel.com

International Dining Etiquette Rules via BudgetTravel.com Food and culture are inseparable ideas. They are symbiotic concepts, you cannot embrace one without the other. Learning to love food is learning to love the people who grow, prepare, and consume the food. And for many people, food is the first baby step to learning about different cultures. In […]

Folium: Novalima On World Cafe via NPR

Novalima On NPR’s World Café This isn’t your abuela’s Peruvian flute band. Well known for drug store kiosks and shopping plazas across America, the peruvian flute band evokes scenes of rugged mountains, majestic condors, and lots of indigenous Peruvians in colorful wool hats. Novalima doesn’t project any of those images, and perhaps it is a […]

Folium: 10 Best Places to Live for Escaping World Conflict via Expatify.com

10 Best Places to Live for Escaping World Conflict via Expatify.com Travel scares some people. I won’t deny the fact, but I also know that knowledge conquers fear. One of the things that I find difficult to understand is the idea of staying in one place forever. I have met countless people who are born […]

Folium: The Get More Out of Google Infographic Summarizes Online Research Tricks for Students via Lifehacker.com

The Get More Out of Google Infographic Summarizes Online Research Tricks for Students via Lifehacker.com The people over at HackCollege put together a great infographic detailing the finer points of Googling. Normally, most academics shudder at the thought of students blindly Googling topics, but this guide teaches us how Google is a far more powerful […]