Tag Archives: culture

The Language Behind Science

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Scientists, those of us in pursuit of knowledge rather than lining our pockets or seeking our own personal gain, can be relied upon to be the most neutral of the neutral, the pinnacle of unbiased thinking in a world that is so tarnished by opinion and personal point of view. Right? Mmm, sort of. Science,(…)


To Infinity and Beyond: Language in Space

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According to the Ethnologue, there are some 7,099 living languages spoken across this world today. That is a fair old amount, isn’t it? And if those languages were evenly spread amongst speakers, that would be around 10,000 people conversing in each language – although we know that isn’t the case; we are just trying to put(…)


Why English Remains Today’s Lingua Franca: Part 2

English being considered the lingua franca of this world is sure to get the back-up of those whose own native tongue is vastly more widespread in use—or at least equal to it—across the globe. We can look to Mandarin, Spanish, or even Russian as other contenders for this coveted title, and yet the fact remains(…)


And So It Continues: Badly Translated Films

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We all love a (good) bad translation, don’t we? There a wealth of web pages and entire blogs dedicated solely to the joy that is the word gone wrong, and last time when we began delving into the beauties available in pop culture we looked at the titles of our favourite TV shows overseas. This(…)


Howdy Partner, Where Ya From?: A Guide to American Accents

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The United States of America is a huge country made up of 50 states, 48 continental and 2 separate, each of which has its own identity, sense of pride and history. There is however one common denominator: the English language. In total, there are 225 million native speakers of English and 25.6 million speakers of English(…)


Put on Your Yarmulke, Let’s Recap Hanukkah!

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Hanukkah 2016 began on December 24th and will last until January 1st. Just as title implies, join us as we give a breakdown of those Eight Crazy Nights. Even if you’re not Jewish, you’ve probably heard of Hanukkah but you might not have the foggiest clue as to what it is, why it’s celebrated or(…)


Thanksgiving: Your Food Guide to the US Holiday

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Thanksgiving is coming up quickly, but what’s going to be on your plate? Etymology The word thanksgiving was first used in the 1630s, approximately a decade after the first Thanksgiving. The compound word thanks (a noun) and the present participle of give is used to refer to the ‘public celebration acknowledging divine favours.’ Certain prayers(…)


Malta: A Small Country with a Big Heart

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Bongu! Hello! We hope you are well! Welcome to this week’s travel Tuesday, which, like last time, is also on an island (technically, islands), but one with a climate we think you might appreciate if you’re after catching some sun. With a Mediterranean climate and an incredibly diverse history that has resulted in some of(…)


Learn a Language, Gain a Culture: a Study of German and English

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For those linguists out there, we would like to pose you a question. Does a language sound the way it does because of the culture in which it is spoken, or has the language shaped the culture? According to a recent Independent article, your view of the world changes depending on what language you speak.(…)


A Quick Guide To Snacking The South African Way

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Being a South African means fully encompassing the country’s diverse group of people, odd cultural traditions and, most of all, the variety of weird and wonderful foods. While an American perspective on authentic South African food might not suffice as proof of how delicious it truly is, we’re definitely impressed with what the guys from(…)