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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(…)


Capitalising on Language Skills

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We have long known that listing more than one language on your CV is a career asset. Aside from the obvious benefits of being bilingual, or even multilingual, there are numerous transferable skills associated with dedicating yourself to learning and maintaining a second language such as: commitment, organisation and time management to list but a few.(…)


Tweeting in Other Languages: Advantages and Disadvantages

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As first steps in things that have become monumental, this very first Tweet by web designer Jack Dorsey is lacking in anything profound. Since that first Tweet back in 2006 Twitter has grown into an unbelievably useful and responsive social media platform, where people can type before their brains engage and bullies have brought new(…)


Is Artificial Intelligence a Thing of the Past?

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BASIC, C, C++, COBOL, FORTRAN, Ada, Pascal. For those of you who spot a foreign language in your midst, you are absolutely correct: the above are examples of computer programming languages learned and perfected by many a programmer around the world. When you want to speak to a computer to get it to do what(…)


Esperanto in its Natural Habitat: Part 3

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Esperanto might offer the hope of being a truly global language, but is there actually enough interest for the language to grow? Are there really enough resources out there for learners to use, and communicate in, to give Esperanto a chance? Let’s take a look! Websites Two essential websites for Esperanto speakers are Esperanto USA,(…)


Your Secret Life as a Language Ninja

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There are many of us native English speakers who are guilty of failing when it comes to languages. Too often we gesticulate vigorously, speaker loud and slow as though trying to communicate with a zombie, and perform an intricate mix of pictionary and charades to get our point across, rather than actually attempt to get(…)


Unearthing the Bookworms: First Novels in Original Languages

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As language lovers it is pretty much a given that we are also huge fans of books. So it goes without saying that combining these two things make us very happy indeed; happier than Samwise Gamgee in a field of potatoes and anyone with a heartbeat in the presence of Jamie Fraser. Okay maybe not(…)


Shakespeare and His Language Legacy

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Let us start out controversial. This week’s language maestro is essentially, at least to some, the Marmite of literature. Those of you who have studied Shakespeare at school will probably know what we mean: there are only so many interpretations of Romeo and Juliet a person can sit through, and even everyone’s favourite Macbeth has(…)


Wait, What? Badly Dubbed Adverts Driving the World Crazy

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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(…)


Internet Language: Internet Slang

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The internet may have been released to the public back in 1991, but it didn’t achieve popularity, or become “normalised” as part of our everyday lives, until somewhere between 1996 and 2001. Since then, it has shaped and moulded our existence, as we have crafted it to fit our needs; it’s sort of like a(…)