Slate published a fascinating article with several different maps showing which languages are most prevalent in each state. It starts to get really interesting when Mr. Blatt filters out Spanish and English. So what are people speaking in your state?
After studying 50 million tweets, linguists gained amazing insights into Spanish dialects. Through maps overlaid with demographic information, they could see the distribution of the dialects was affected by rural vs. urban areas, and that immigration played a major role in both the spread and containment of dialects.
Economies thrive on the global exchange of goods, services, people and information. The U.S. used to head the list of globally connected countries, but the latest data from McKinsey Global Institute and the McKinsey High Tech Practice shows that Germany now tops the chart followed by Hong Kong. The U.S. has sunk to 3rd place. And what about global powerhouse China? It is in 25th place, largely due to restrictions on the flow of people and information.
Why does global connectedness matter? This research shows that the more connected a country is, the faster it's GDP grows.
This post by IBM discusses the importance of planning for your global audience from product inception. Determine which markets will need to have localized products and include translation of the products and the product manual in your project plan from the beginning. This ensures that the UI and look and feel will work in the finished product. Read IBM's post for more on IBM's global product development best practice.
Back by popular demand, the Before Babel Brigade, a Korean non-profit group, has established a phone number people can call if they need help talking to their waiters, taxi drivers, or hotel staff while attending the World Cup. Volunteers who speak English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian and Korean are standing by, ready to help lost World Cup fans. The only charge is the cost of the phone call. Samsung has volunteered to pick up the tab for marketing and promotion. Find out more about the service here.