Monthly Archives October 2016

Oct
31
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Have A Happy Multicultural Halloween

Forget the ancient Celts. Halloween as we know it is largely an American invention. Or re-imagination, as it were. The parties, the costumes, the trick-or-treating all descend from immigrant customs – largely Scottish and Irish – that came to America and Canada in the mid-nineteenth century and had become a more widespread practice by the Details >>
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Oct
26
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EXPO 2025: Multicultural, Multination, Multilingual!

Toronto: A World-Class City We’re diverse. We’re multicultural. We’re proud. We’re Toronto. Now we want to prove it to the rest of the world by hosting Expo 2025. Today (Wednesday, October 26th), Yappn CEO Ed Karthaus will present his deposition to Toronto City Council on why Yappn (among many others) supports bidding for Expo 2025 Details >>
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Oct
24
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Lost In Translation: Character Names in Fiction

“To la pâtisserie and beyond!” Buzz L’Éclair might cry as he raises his mighty fist in the air and prepares to save the world from…uh, we don’t know, healthy snacks? Ask the French, that’s their translation for Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear. Why? Qui sait? Maybe because Buzz L’Anné-Lumière is a bit lengthy. Sometimes a Details >>
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Oct
17

Why Your eCommerce Site Should Speak Chinese

Why Chinese? Chinese eCommerce growth is like a kudzu vine; this morning it’s over there but pretty soon it’ll be everywhere, because today’s China is populated with a growing middle class that’s young, educated, and has money. It’s already the largest eCommerce market in the world, having surpassed the United States last year and expected Details >>
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Oct
12
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How Do You Say ‘Hockey Puck’ In Chinese?

No one loves hockey more than Canadians. We invented it. We invented the National Hockey League too, and the National Hockey Association before it, and we killed the Americans in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Did you see that? We killed them. And that was just the women’s team. Then the mighty Sidney Crosby/Team Canada gold-mining Details >>
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Oct
06

Star Wars: But Can C3PO Speak Yakut?

Star Wars: A New Hope may be coming soon to a Yakut-language theatre near you. Assuming you live in the Russian Federation’s Republic of Sakha, where the vast majority of the world’s half-million Yakut speakers live. If not, prepare for a bit of a nippy hike as the Republic of Sakha is located in the Details >>
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