‘Bilingual children are better than monolinguals at problem solving’

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Toronto: Kids who can speak in two or more languages have a better command on routine functioning, reveals a study.

According to researchers, bilingual children are better than monolinguals at a certain type of mental control, and those children with more practice switching between languages have even greater skills.

“This switching becomes more frequent as children grow older and as their vocabulary size increases,” said senior author of the study, Diane Poulin-Dubois from Concordia University in Montreal, published in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

“Therefore, the superior performance on these conflict tasks appears to be due to bilinguals’ strengthened cognitive flexibility and selective attention abilities as they have increased experience in switching across languages in expressive vocabulary,” Dubois added.

“For the most part, there was no difference between the bilingual and monolingual toddlers,” Poulin-Dubois stated.

It was not surprising to the researchers that the bilingual children performed significantly better on the conflict inhibition tasks than did their monolingual counterparts, the study found. (IANS)

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Now, Google Assistant May Read Web Pages in 42 New Languages

The screen will also highlight the text that Assistant is currently reading so users can follow along on the page as it is being read out loud

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To use the feature, one can simply say: "Hey Google, read it" or "Hey Google, read this page" for the Assistant to read the text on the screen. Pixabay

Search engine giant Google has started rolling out its article-reading feature ‘Read Out Loud’, which works with 42 languages, to all the Android smartphone users across the globe.

“With Google Assistant, your browser can now read web articles out loud. Whenever a web article is displayed on your browser in your Android phone, you can say, “Hey Google, read it” or “Hey Google, read this page” it will immediately read aloud the content of the web page,” the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

To use the feature, one can simply say: “Hey Google, read it” or “Hey Google, read this page” for the Assistant to read the text on the screen.

The screen will also highlight the text that Assistant is currently reading so users can follow along on the page as it is being read out loud.

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Search engine giant Google has started rolling out its article-reading feature ‘Read Out Loud’, which works with 42 languages, to all the Android smartphone users across the globe. Pixabay

One can also alter the reading speed and choose from multiple voices.

“You can use the translation menu to select the desired language, and all pages will be automatically translated and read out in that language,” the company added.

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The feature is rolling out now and will be available to all Android devices running Android 5.0 or above. (IANS)

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Google Translate to Add Support for 5 More Languages

Google Translate adds support for five new languages

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Google Translate will be adding support for five new languages to its service. Pixabay

US based search engine giant Google has announced that it is adding support for five new languages to its translation service. This is the latest news.

Now one can finally translate things from Kinyarwanda, Odia, Tatar, Turkmen and Uyghur.

“Languages without a lot of web content have traditionally been challenging to translate, but through advancements in our machine learning technology, coupled with active involvement of the Google Translate Community, we have added support for five languages: Kinyarwanda, Odia (Oriya), Tatar, Turkmen and Uyghur,” Isaac Caswell Software Engineer, Google Translate said in a statement on Wednesday.

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“Languages without a lot of web content have traditionally been challenging to translate,” said Isaac Caswell Software Engineer, Google Translate. Pixabay

Google says that these new languages support both text and website translations, with Kinyarwanda, Tatar and Uyghur specifically supporting virtual keyboard input.

“These languages, spoken by more than 75 million people worldwide, are the first languages we have added to Google Translate in four years, and expand the capabilities of Google Translate to 108 languages,” Caswell added.

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Kinyarwanda is the official language of Rwanda and Odia is the language spoken in the Indian state of Odisha.

Tatar is spoken primarily in Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan while Turkmen is the official language of Turkmenistan and Uyghur is spoken by about 10.4 million people. (IANS)

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10 Indian Languages Used By Less Than 100 Indians

Less than 100 Indians use these 10 languages

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International Day of Indigenous Languages on 9th August raises concern over Indian vernacular languages going extinct. Pixabay

At about 450 living languages, India’s rich linguistic heritage is one to be proud of and be conserved. On Friday, as the world celebrates International Day of Indigenous Languages (IYIL) though it is worrisome that at least 5 Indian languages are extinct, and 10 have less than 100 speakers all over the country.

As per the online chapter of Unesco Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger, 197 languages in India are either vulnerable, endangered or extinct.

The extinct languages are Ahom, Andro, Rangkas, Sengmai, Tolcha — all spoken in the Himalayan belt.

It’s not all gloom and doom for 81 Indian languages — including Manipuri, Bodo, Garhwali, Ladakhi, Mizo, Sherpa and Spiti — but they are still in the “vulnerable” category and need organised effort to undergo a revival.

Globally, there are around 7,000 languages in the world today.

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Unesco Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger reveals that 197 languages in India are either vulnerable or extinct. Pixabay

“About 97 per cent of the world’s population speaks only 4 per cent of these languages, while only 3 per cent of the world speak 96 per cent of all remaining languages,” as per Unesco.

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A great majority of those languages, spoken mainly by indigenous people, continue to disappear at an alarming rate.

Of thousands of indigenous languages spoken today, four in 10 are in danger of disappearing, rights experts had said ahead of the IYIL, in a call for a decade of action to reverse the “historic destruction” of age-old dialects. (IANS)