The “Al” in Arabic Language

The prefix “al” means “the” in the Arabic language. Ever hear names in the news such as Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, Mowaffaq al-Rubaie, al-Badri, Ansar al-Sunna, or al-Zarqawi? Surely, we are all familiar with al-Qaeda; literally translated, al-Qaeda means “the base” or “the foundation”. But what does ‘al’ mean? The prefix “-al” is the equivalent of […]


Dzongkha-English Dictionary Created

Up to now, no official dictionary existed to help translate from Bhutan’s first language, Dzongkha, into English. Linguists estimate there are around 6,800 languages in the world. If my calculations are right, that means that if every language in the world had a dictionary for every other language, there would be over 42 million different […]


Language Translation: Happy Birthday USA!

Independence Day is celebrated by different peoples at different times around the globe. What is Swieto Niepodleglosci? It’s Polish for Independence Day. We celebrate with fireworks and barbeques on the 4th day of July. Independence Day is observed in the United States every year on this date. In France, a similar holiday entitled Bastille Day […]


Language Translation – New Military Universal Translator

Language translation development around the globe The development of language translation happens around the world over as new technologies arise from day-to-day. A new development in document translation is a new system in the SRI lab that can “recognize words” and “understand simple foreign phrases”. This technology was created for military use, although translations are […]