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Questions tagged [language]

Questions concerning the language (e.g., English, French, German, Chinese) of academic publications, presentations, transcripts, or other documents. For questions on style, use 'writing-style' instead.

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The use of phrase “per se” in academic writing

Using expressions from Latin is a common theme in academia. Expressions like in/ex vivo, in vitro or in situ are very common in biomedical articles, since they are very concise way of expressing some ...
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How to write papers efficiently when English isn't my first language?

I am a PhD student from China. I can read papers relatively fast and get the main point. The problem is that I cannot write efficiently. I don't know how to express myself or I forget the appropriate ...
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Is there any reliable website other than google translate to translate from Chinese to English? [closed]

So I have come across a paper that will highly beneficial to me and my research group ,but the problem its in chinese and it heavily involves chemical formulas and mathematical data,so its hard to ...
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Figures in foreign language

I am currently writing my master's thesis in English in Germany. One of the sources I found has a relevant figure that I would like to show and properly cite in my thesis, however this figure is in ...
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Who set the rules for testing strategies in exams?

In a reading exam, we have a passage and questions are asked about the passage. They can be open questions, multiple choice questions, concept-check questions, and so on. In a vocabulary exam, ...
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How to speak fluent English being a mathematics teacher? [closed]

I am an assistant professor of mathematics (and pursuing in service Ph.D in mathematics ) a non native English speaker. I was not bad at English during my school days. Gradually, my effeciancy in ...
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How to pronounce SCImago?

My mother language is not English and I am not sure how I should pronounce in fron of my students the word "SCImago" for journal & country rank by Scopus at https://www.scimagojr.com.
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Does use of computer translation as an aide when writing a paper require a citation or disclosure?

Related (not duplicates): Is it appropriate to cite a paper in a language I don't understand? Would it be ethical to hire a proofreader for theses and academic articles? One of the things that I ...
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Is it appropriate to cite a paper in a language I don't understand?

Some months back I got into a situation where a paper with information that I considered important to prove a point was in a language I cannot understand. Since it was important but not crucial, I ...
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Publishing a monograph in two languages

I have published an academic monograph in Spanish based on my dissertation with a university press in Spain. I have reworked the book since then and translated it into English, would it be dishonest ...
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Is it necessary that your partner (wife/husband) have English proficiency, when you are going to study abroad? [closed]

I decided to go study Ph.D. in the United States. Is it necessary that my wife be good at English? I am expressly interested in legal and statutory requirements of English proficiency for a spouse if ...
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Can I use British English in an Australian conference paper?

I have written a peer-reviewed paper for an Australian academic conference. The reviews are favourable with a number of small and helpful suggestions. However, one reviewer has criticised the use of ...
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How to provide English translation of non-English words scattered in a thesis

I hope this is the right place to pose my question. I'm writing a thesis in English, but it's based on a project aimed to Italian native speakers (and so am I) and therefore I have often to refer to ...
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As an American, if I get a Master of Modern Languages in Italy, how hard would it be to get into an American PhD program?

As an American, if I get a Master of Modern Languages in Italy, how hard would it be to get into an American PhD program? My end goal is to be a professor of one or two languages at an American ...
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A student keeps using a native language while asking questions in the class when the course is taught in English

I am assisting a statistics course in a university, and my main job in the course is conducting problem solving sessions. The course is taught in English, and students interact with me in English. ...
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Cost efficient methods to lower language barrier for researchers without enough funding for publishing in peer-reviewed English journals?

Situation: we had many subjectively understandable articles in English. But they will never be published for the world in any peer-reviewed scientific journals. Why? Some reviewers seem very ...
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How can I provide proof that my paper has been proofread by a native speaker?

I have submitted my manuscript to a journal. After several weeks the editor sent me the comments of two reviewers. The editor said that "the authors should provide proof that the paper has been ...
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Applying for MS in CS - what are the programming languages I must know before starting graduate school?

I am an electrical engineer with basic programming skills in C, C++, Python and Java. I wish to pursue my masters in computer science to pursue research (PhD) after working for a couple of years in ...
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What is the best secondary language for an academic to know?

Let's say someone young (~PhD student stage, possibly earlier) wants to become a professor. He doesn't mind moving around and will go wherever the best offer is. He'll obviously need English, but he's ...
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Do non-native English speakers appreciate it when I carefully correct their English in peer reviews?

As a native English speaker, when I review papers I sometimes carefully go through the English and list my proposed changes, which adds a fair amount of time to the review process. The most extreme ...
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Using an English or French presentation to a French talk?

I'll be defending my Ph.D. this October. I submitted my dissertation in English and prepared an English presentation, but my supervisor along with the jury members surprised me by saying the defense ...
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Is it legal for me to write my thesis in my native English and have it translated to German at the end?

I am currently doing my master’s in German and need to start writing my thesis. Although I am already comfortable speaking the language, writing (especially academic papers) is not something I feel ...
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Writing the dedication in language different than the language of a thesis or a book

How is it received by the readers to see the dedication in, say, Chinese, while the entire other parts of the thesis or a book is in English? Would that annoy the readers who do not know the language ...
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What are good reasons to write my thesis in English?

I'm studying in Germany. German and English are not my native tongue, but I prefer to write my thesis in English for the following reasons: My English is better than my German (not a good reason). My ...
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Should I include non-English textbooks in the course?

This is set up in a Russian university with English as a working language, but may apply to any university with a large share of international students. Suppose I'm listing a set of course materials, ...
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Do language skills impair students' ability to assess their skill in other subjects?

I'm sure many of you have heard of the Dunning-Kruger effect which basically states that people with low skills in a given area tend to overestimate their skill level relative to the general ...
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What type of books to read to improve Academic English? [closed]

Are novels good type for that purpose?
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When did English come to lead in published research?

As any modern student knows, nearly all published research these days is in English. That's just the way of the world. But it didn't used to be that way. Many of the most pivotal pieces of scientific ...
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Where is the best place to refer to the system of transliteration in an article?

Following APA style, "if you are citing a work written in a non-Latin script (e.g., Chinese, Greek, Japanese, Russian), the reference must be transliterated into the English alphabet." Sometimes, for ...
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How do admission committees in US grad schools avoid a 'Native Speaker Bias' in evaluating recommendation letters?

For the first time (I am a relatively junior professor), a student has asked me to write a letter of recommendation for him for graduate school application in the US. I was glad to do so, as he is an ...
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How do universities verify your native language?

Many universities require that your native language be English or you will have to submit proof of language proficiency. Usually if you lie and say English is your native language while all other ...
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Exemption from language requirements for MSc?

My friend found a MSc program in Germany whose professors guaranteed to him full English courses plus they would let him write his thesis in English. However, the admission office at the University ...
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A bibliography with entries in several scripts

How should a bibliography cite works titled in several scripts? Up to now I've been putting all titles into a single list, in the original scripts and in the alphabetical order informed by their ...
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Is it acceptable to use non-English references in a computer science paper?

I am currently reviewing an interdisciplinary computer science paper which is heavily based on previous works in logistics and process engineering that have been unfortunately published only in German ...
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Acronyms at the start of a sentence

I was wondering if there was a rule regarding the use of acronyms at the start of the sentence in Journal Papers. If so, is there a difference between the state of use of that acronym (i.e., whether ...
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Is knowledge of foreign languages per se helpful for graduate applications?

Would this be considered at all, or is this not even important? I am not talking about fields which have these foreign languages as their object of study, or where it is obvious that the language ...
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Is it okay to switch languages in an email?

I am emailing a professor I have not met about a foreign exchange program. They teach Japanese, and I started out by writing my email in Japanese only to get halfway through and realize I would have ...
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Pointing out language mistakes in a review

In one of the reviews I received from a journal on a paper I sent there, there was a complaint that the paper contained a lot of language mistakes, so serious, that they change meaning of phrases. But ...
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How should the session chair introduce presentation titles which are ungrammatical?

As a session chair recently, I was to introduce a talk where the title of the talk was ungrammatical (in both the abstract and talk slides), likely due to the presenter not being a native English ...
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Is teaching on YouTube for non-teachers illegal? [closed]

I'm planning to start a YouTube channel to help non-Italian speakers learn how to speak Italian. I was wondering if it may be illegal to do so, given I'm not a qualified teacher. Can anybody help? :)
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Will Esperanto replace English as the new academic language? [closed]

There are already works in several academic fields written in Esperanto. Is it destined to become the new academic language, replacing English? Esperanto is a constructed language that is easier to ...
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Can one article be published in two different language journals? [duplicate]

Is it possible to publish the same article in multiple journals published in different languages? For instance, I have a published SCI journal article, but I want to publish the same article in a ...
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Do repositories of translated papers exist?

I've recently been told to read an article for my research, but do not speak the language it is written in ("Drei Vorträge über Diffusion, Brownsche Molekularbewegung und Koagulation von ...
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Coping with not speaking local language, as an academic? [closed]

One requirement in academia, especially as an early career scientist, is the the willingness to study or work in different countries. Personal motivation for the question: Apart from the ...
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Computer Science Papers - English Language Quality [closed]

Do you have any suggestions on how it is possible for a non-English speaker to publish a paper in a top-level journal without asking a native speaker to professionally edit the paper and fix the ...
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Capitalization conventions for departments, schools, etc

(Disclaimer: I'm unsure if this is more appropriate here or on English SE instead; Please do migrate this if deemed more appropriate elsewhere) Are there any general guidelines on when/how to ...
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Does the native language capability (for a foreigner) help in applying for a faculty position?

Consider an international scholar X, fluent in English, who currently holds a postdoctoral position in science (say, in particular, the fundamental science: physics, chemistry, math or biology) in the ...
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Should references in foreign language be translated to make popular audience get familiar with how academia works?

Typically, references in foreign language are cited with title and journal name in original language, whether they are academic or popular science books. As pointed out in this answer, popular science ...
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How should English reference be cited in a non-English work?

According to the Chicago Manual Style 16 edition, section 14.194 Translated Article Titles, non-English article cited in an English work follows this formula: Authors, "Original title," [English-...
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Mathematics Ph.D program foreign language requirement

I will soon be attending a Ph.D program in mathematics. I do not know how common this practice is, but the department has a requirement that graduate students must learn a foreign language and be able ...