language

July 1, 2020
By Allison Annick
After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Grace Hopper remained in the naval reserve. In 1952, her team at Remington Rand created the first compiler for computer languages, which was a precursor for COBOL. In this 1960 report, Hopper stands next to a mainframe computer that ran using COBOL. Courtesy of the Computer History Museum

At 61 years old, the common business-oriented language is the same age as many college kids’ parents. The coding language had its own exhibit in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in 2013. Many in the industry now call it a “legacy language,” but its continued, widespread use tells a different story.

May 1, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

A new social language app for the iPhone takes learning out of the classroom. The free PlaySay app connects English and Spanish speaking players in a game setting where the goal is to practice real phrases and improve pronunciation. To play, simple take on a series of missions within the app that revolve around real-life scenarios such as introducing yourself or ordering food. PlaySay uses speech-recognition technology to evaluate your pronunciation and provide feedback. The app then tracks the phrases and keeps score of which items you've mastered. See PlaySay in action in this video.