Top Dialects of the Arabic Language

Arabic is a pluricentric language, which means that several different standard forms exist in various regions. In fact, different dialects of Arabic can be so distinct that speakers from each dialect can’t understand each other. With over 200 million native speakers in more than 20 different countries, Arabic has numerous dialects, each with its own(…)

Top Dialects of the Greek Language

The history of Greece is a widely studied topic in Western history, and with good reason: Greece has left an important historical, cultural, and linguistic legacy to the rest of the world. Indeed, in English, many of our words feature Greek roots; we inadvertently use Greek when we talk about polygons or phobias. Though the(…)

Top Dialects of the Norwegian Language

Norway is famous for its rich history and natural beauty. Indeed, from the legacy of the Vikings to the tranquility of its numerous fjords, Norway is a small country that has a lot to be proud of. The Norwegian language, too, is as beautiful as the country’s mountainous landscape. But like the Norway’s varied geography,(…)

9 Surprising Facts About the English Language

If you can successfully read and understand this article, you’re among the world’s 1.5 billion English speakers. Indeed, almost 1 in 5 people speaks English either as a first or a second language. But in addition to its immense worldwide prevalence, English has a lot of interesting quirks – ones that will surprise even native(…)

Top Dialects of the German Language

In the Middle Ages, a standardized version of the German language did not exist. Instead, there were a smattering of individual Germanic dialects, each of which belonged to a particular tribe or village. Given that Germany did not unify as a country until 1871, a standard variety of the German language was introduced relatively late(…)

9 Surprising Facts About the Portuguese Language

Portuguese is an ancient language with a rich history. A Romance language, it developed in Portugal after Latin was brought there by Roman settlers in the third century BCE. Despite the fact that it originated in Portugal, however, only a small fraction of present-day Portuguese speakers live in the country where it all started. Did(…)

9 Surprising Facts About the Danish Language

Denmark’s most internationally famous author is Hans Christian Andersen, whose fairy tales in particular are well-known and beloved across the globe. Indeed, many of his stories such as The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Ugly Duckling have been translated into over 125 languages. You’ve almost certainly read the English translations of these books, but do(…)

9 Surprising Facts About the Italian Language

Italy’s rich history, beautiful architecture, and delicious food are all reasons that it’s one of the world’s most sought-after tourist destinations. Especially in the realm of fine arts, many of history’s most famous figures have hailed from Italy, including Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Indeed, everyone can identify the Mona Lisa, but do you know(…)

9 Surprising Facts about the Greek Language

The Greek Empire: simply uttering those words conjures up grandiose images of the ancient kingdom, with its unmistakable art and architecture. Greece has produced some of the most influential figures in human history, including philosophers like Plato and Socrates, scientists such as Aristotle and Hippocrates, and leaders like Alexander the Great. But even if you’re(…)

9 Surprising Facts About the Japanese Language

You know all about anime, you’ve sung karaoke to JPop tunes, and you’ve dined to your heart’s content on sushi and sashimi. Indeed, Japanese culture has certainly made its mark internationally – but how much do you know about its language? Did you know about its complex system of honorifics? Or that Japanese speakers make(…)