After More Than Two Decades of Work, a New Hebrew Bible to Rival the King James Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Feature The pre-eminent scholar Robert Alter has finally finished his own translation. Robert Alter in his office at home in Berkeley, California. Credit Credit Mark Mahaney for The New York Times Supported by ByAvi Steinberg Dec. 20, 2018 One morning this fall, at his home high in the Berkeley hills, the literary critic and translator Robert Alter chatted with me about the dilemmas he faced while translating the Hebrew Bible. Alter, who is 83, sat on a sofa with a long-limbed, feline watchfulness. Behind him, a picture window looked out onto a blooming garden; now and then a hummingbird appeared over his left shoulder, punctuating his thoughts with winged flourishes. He occasionally cast a probing eye on his brand-new, complete translation of and commentary on the Hebrew Bible — from … [Read more...] about After More Than Two Decades of Work, a New Hebrew Bible to Rival the King James
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To a certain extent, native English speakers have it easy. The language is spoken by 1 in 5 people globally, making it easily understood anywhere from Athens to Zagreb. And for those of us who learned English as toddlers, the languages we picked up in high school or fine-tuned during study abroad make the world feel even more interconnected. PIXABAY Google Translate’s technology is now available to developers all around the globe, which means more savvy translation tools than ever before. Some are specialized for particular languages or regions, some can listen to your voice in addition to reading text and some can even auto-detect languages or use image recognition to supply the words you’re looking for. To a certain extent, native English speakers have it easy. The language is spoken by 1 in 5 people globally, making it easily understood anywhere from Athens to Zagreb. And for those of us who learned English as toddlers, the languages we picked up in high … [Read more...] about Work or play, the best translation apps for travelers
By MARY H. K. CHOI OCT. 24, 2018 Candy is controversial. Scouring the globe in search of the sweet stuff reveals just how different our palates are — and how much we have in common. Candy is controversial. Scouring the globe in search of the sweet stuff reveals just how different our palates are — and how much we have in common. By MARY H. K. CHOI OCT. 24, 2018 Photo Illustration by MASSIMO GAMMACURTA Whenever I land in a new country, before I’ve even left the arrivals hall, my mind turns to shopping. Not the boutiques or cosmetics counters, no duty-free sunglasses and designer perfumes for me. No, the pressing calculus as I make my way to baggage claim is driven by drugstores, kiosks, supermarkets and vending machines. In a new port of call, I like to know what sort of candy I’m dealing with. As with breakfast foods, I believe candy is often tastier the less expensive it is. I like my confections approachable. Low-rent. Basic. Shot through with … [Read more...] about These Are the World’s Best Candies. Want to Fight About It?
Initiative Will Expand Resources for Students /EIN News/ -- New York, NY, Oct. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Berkeley Language Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkeley Educational Services of New York, Inc. (BES), on October 17, 2018, acquired Rennert International, a New York City-based international language school, teacher training center and translation services provider, for an undisclosed amount. BES is the parent of Berkeley College, a family-owned institution with campuses in New York and New Jersey. “The venture allows Berkeley College and Rennert to scale our international offerings, combine resources and better serve students through a one-stop approach to language … [Read more...] about Acquisition of Rennert International Sets Pathway to World-Class International Learning Hub at Berkeley College New York
William F. Brooks, Jr. and Mary Ward Manley For the Free Press Published 2:57 PM EDT Oct 8, 2018 Nov. 11, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that concluded World War I, known variously at “The Great War” and “The War to End All Wars.” The latter title as evidenced by subsequent wars proved, unfortunately, inaccurate. World War I pitted the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Turks) against the Allied Powers (Great Britain and her Commonwealth Allies, France, Russia, Italy, Japan, and the United States) beginning in 1917. Over 65 million men around the globe answered the call to arms during this time, with some 8.5 million meeting their deaths in combat (mostly from heavy artillery) and over 21 million sustaining wounds; nearly 8 million are still listed as missing in action and are unaccounted for. In addition to these casualties, the Great War, by numerous estimates, caused 13 million civilian deaths from starvation, … [Read more...] about History Space: How Vermonters responded to WWI