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Top #language and #xl8 related tweets in April 2013

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This is the third post in the series. As usual, I found tweets with most retweets and mentions with the help of the website called topsy.com. April was especially fruitful on language tweets, but translation messages were no less interesting and useful. So check them out! I am sure you'll find something worth reading and sharing :)

Language tweets first:
slate Slate

oxfordwords Oxford Dictionaries
hyperlingo hyperlingo
deevybee Dorothy Bishop

grammarly Grammarly
erik_hansson Erik Hansson

babla bab.la

mit MIT

matthiasrascher Matthias Rascher
englishattack English Attack!

jaredromey Jared Romey

erik_hansson Erik Hansson

rinaneeman Rina Ne'eman
scheherezade_sl Scheherezade Surià
pauledgar1 Paul Sulzberger
uwemuegge Uwe Muegge

ruthahmedzai Ruth Ahmedzai

prozcom ProZ.com
linguagreca Catherine Christaki

jaynefox Jayne Fox

erik_hansson Erik Hansson


translation_uk Today Translations

eap_engandport Karen Sexton

jaynefox Jayne Fox

mstelmaszak Marta Stelmaszak

jessicarlondon Jessica Rathke

moraviaww Moravia

rschiaffino Riccardo Schiaffino

mstelmaszak Marta Stelmaszak



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