“Nearly two decades ago, a landmark study found that by age 3, the children of wealthier professionals have heard words millions more times than those of less educated parents, giving them a distinct advantage in school…”
“Millions of words” is an abstract figure in this context but it’s an impressive one nonetheless. More alarming is the fact that new research out of Stanford University has found that the gap begins to widen as early as 18 months; at which point the children of lower income familys were already found to be several months behind their more affluent peers in language proficiency. The difference in number of words a well-off child and a less well-off child hear by age three is now thought to be close to 30 million.
It’s a gap that looks to only be widening, prompting calls for expanded prekindergarten programs to help combat the problem. Research also suggests that early deficiencies in language comprehension continue to affect reading ability later in life, meaning it’s a problem that’s unlikely to resolve itself.
Whether technology will address or exacerbate this issue is a likely a question of access. I.e. If there’s a language-learning program or app to help increase vocabularies and languages skills that’s great, but if the family lacks the necessary device or connectivity to use that technology only those children with means may be able to benefit.
While legislators and educational reformers try tosort out the details, it seems that if you’re a parent of small children, your best bet is still to read to and speak with them as much as possible. They’ll thank you later.
We all know that viewing video over the internet demands faster connectivity and it is of course in Dotsub’s interest that connectivity speeds are as fast as possible throughout the world. Akamai has recently released a report that shows which countries have the best average speed – South Korea if you are interested – and also where the unique IP addresses are located – USA is winning with China catching up.This reporter is very pleased to be above average, at least in the connectivity speed category.
This report also has some statistics about threats from attacks. It turns out that Indonesia is the main culprit here with about 38% of attack traffic. Not surprisingly the US was the most popular target for Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.
In addition the report provides stats about which is the most popular mobile browser – hint: it is the one that comes with a popular iOS based mobile phone.
Here we are again with the monthly feature of who has been visiting the Dotsub website, what country they are in and which language they are using. This month we have some extra data about which languages our visitors are using for captioning and for translation. See the most asked for at the end of this article.
Visitors by Country
As I say every month, I am fascinated by the visitors at the other end of the list. This month, the visitors that caught my eye were 5 visitors from Tonga, 2 from Greenland and 1 from Lesotho. Come on Greenland, winter is coming. What could be better than making and captioning some videos? I want to see that number increased next month.
Visitors By Language
One of the issues that I have in compiling these statistics is that some of the language codes that Google Analytics report do not seem to appear in their official list of languages. We have a significant number of visitors, significant is several thousands, from the code XU which as far as I, and seemingly Google, are concerned doesn’t exist in any of the lists, If anyone knows the answer please send me an answer at firstname.lastname@example.org
As I said at the beginning we looked at what languages were being requested from our system over the last quarter or so and found that
A new report by the Pew Research Center confirms that the amount of people consuming online video is growing rapidly. And while the news that people are viewing and downloading online video is hardly news at all, the latest numbers about the exact scope of the increase are impressive.
According to the report 78% of adult internet users (or 8 in 10) now watch or download online videos. Interestingly, the depth of users’ engagement with online video has also increased markedly, as evidenced by the amount of people who post videos online, as opposed to simply being passive consumers. According to the Pew report, the number of users posting videos online has jumped 17% since 2009 to 31% of users. Furthermore the number of people actually creating online video content (as opposed to just sharing) has increased to 1 in 5, or 20% of total web users.
The travel insurance site Insureandaway has created an excellent infographic that compiles a host of useful pointers for the world citizen. Whether you’re a transplant in a foreign land or simply an avid globetrotter hoping to avoid unnecessary embarrassment in your travels, learning a bit about local customs can help you avoid any number of misunderstandings.
Below are some of the best tips on the list, and you can view the infographic in its entirety HERE.
1. Watch your hands. They may be saying more than you think.
2. Be careful what you say. The results could be much worse than an awkward silence.
3. Watch what (and how) you eat.
4. Be aware of your body language. Physical actions can speak as loudly as words.