Category Archives: showbiz

Black Panther Brings Xhosa into the Limelight

Black Panther is currently and rightfully getting all sorts of attention for so many important, beautiful things. Even if you watch films just for the sake of watching films, oh, what a film Black Panther is to watch. From our perspective though as language people, we have an additional reason to love Black Panther even more: its(…)


Immerse Yourself in these 5 Oscar-nominated Foreign Films

Oscar season is always an opportunity to discover new things to watch; especially those epic movies of the year that win despite not one member of the general public having seen them to determine whether they really are epic or not. As language lovers, we’d like to take a look at the Oscar nominees for(…)


Learning a Language through Social Media

There’s a lot of things to be said about social media, both good and bad, and chances are there is at least a couple of social media apps on all of our phones. We know about the importance of networking, creating the right image, even using the latest meme to get our point across, but(…)


Music and Language: 10 Artists Who Inspire Language Learning

We might have mentioned this once or twice before, but we are big believers that listening to music is a great way to help you learn a language. Our message here today is twofold; first, to give you a few examples of non-English artists who might enhance your own language learning journey, and second, to(…)


9 Earworms that Will Help You Learn Languages

Sometimes when you turn on the radio, you find yourself mumbling along to words to songs you’d not normally want anything to do with. These earworms wriggle their way into your head, and the next thing you know, you’re word perfect for the lyrics to a Justin Bieber song. The horror. But what if these(…)


Esperanto Pop Culture is Alive and Kicking

Esperanto is merely a language pipe dream of international communication and understanding, right? An almost-obsolete experiment that few people have heard of and even fewer actually use. If that’s the case, then why has it cropped up so often in some of our favourite pop culture? Before you disagree, let us cite our sources… TV(…)


Adverts Around the World: Make or Break the Sale?

With the amount of money that is poured into advertising and the cutthroat competition there is for that prime advertising spot in the middle of the Superbowl, or for the English amongst us, Coronation Street, we know that TV advertising is a very big deal indeed. Gone are the days where you could just have(…)


Wait, What? Badly Dubbed Adverts Driving the World Crazy

Whether you’re a Reddit regular or a sofa soapboxer, the plight of the viewer watching badly dubbed TV adverts is well-versed, widely known, and well… so very British, perhaps? This may or may not come as news to you, but the odd creature that is the Brit, both abroad, and in its native habitat, likes(…)


Picturesque Movie Locations and Their Languages

Film-making is a truly international business, and there are so many exotic film locations, we think it would be an amazing idea to visit each and every one. Now that we are thinking about it more, that actually sounds like a travel plan and a half! To give you a taster, here are some of(…)


Learn Chinese Through Music – Here’s How (and Why)

Learning a new language, especially one with a totally unfamiliar writing and phonetic system, is always challenging when it comes to vocabulary and fluency. Luckily Chinese is already a lyrical language, so using music to help propel learning can make it truly fun and memorable. A couple of things to keep in mind before adding(…)