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Do you know how is Hanukkah celebrated abroad?

Do you know how is Hanukkah celebrated around the world? Click here to find out!

Happy Hanukkah!   Hanukkah 2018 may be drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look at some of the places around the world that have celebrated Hanukkah — in ways we possibly didn’t expect! Come with us as we take a look!   Australia   Since it is summer in the Southern(…)


Deleted Words from the Dictionary in 2018

Every year there is a group of us who bemoan the new words that enter our dictionaries. There is always someone wailing about the desecration of the sanctity of the English language with phonology that doesn’t sit right on our tongues. So for those few complainers, here is a treat that is sure to cheer(…)


Cultural Commentary: ‘Calcio’ and the Language of Italian Football

For those of us who love football, there is no irony in the phrase the beautiful game. It is an art form, a grass-pitched battle. For those who possibly love it a little too much, it is a flawless, romantic dance. The rest of us will look on such descriptions with anything from disdain to(…)


How to Lose a Language in 10 Days

Alright, so we’ve all lost things. We sometimes lose our keys. Occasionally we lose our heads. Kate Hudson taught us how to lose a guy (hence the title). Heck, even Elizabeth Bishop wrote a whole poem about it (“One Art”). But what about a language; how can you lose a language? Boy are you in for a treat.(…)


New Year’s Eve Celebrations Around the World

New Year’s is just around the corner, putting an end to turkey and chocolate feast and probably putting an end to that glorious time off work. Yes, soon you will have to put on real clothes, not pyjama onesies and venture back out into the world. But before you do, there’s one last party to(…)


Cornish: Greetings from the Southern English Coast!

When you think of Cornwall, chances are you might be thinking of the humble Cornish Pasty—even if technically they originate from Devon! But did you know that Cornwall, one of the most beautiful counties on the southwestern coast of England, also has its own language; one that is recognised as a minority language by the(…)


Guarani in Paraguay: An Indigenous Outlier

When you think of the languages of South America, it’s a fair bet that Portuguese and Spanish are the first ones most people will come up with. English, French, and Dutch might also get a mention owing to colonial history. But in addition to these, there are a wealth of indigenous languages spoken, some of which share(…)


English Alternatives: The Most Common Second Languages to Learn

English might be the most popular second language for people around the world to learn, but it certainly isn’t the only one. Which makes sense, right? We live in a society where people are constantly moving, and that often means relocation for jobs, remote working, communication with overseas clients, etc. There is definitely more than(…)