#ICYMI: Translation & Language Justice News for Feb. 1, 2023

This is a bi-weekly post of what I’m reading, watching, and listening to in the world of translation and language justice news. What are you reading this week? Feel free to comment & share!

  • What languages do we speak in the United States? Clearly, a lot, according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau report.
  • There are debates galore about categorizing the Spanish(es?) spoken in the United States. This short video on the U.S. Spanish variant gives a quick peek into the linguistic complexity, especially given that more people speak Spanish in the US than in the entire country of Spain. (A funny fact that’s definitely ignored by the xenophobic “We speak English here!” crowd.)
  • Putting Grammarly to the Test is a useful read and reminds me a bit of the best critiques I’ve seen so far of machine translation. Check it out if you want to consider potentially positive and negative aspects of Grammarly, including accuracy and privacy.  

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