Tag Archives: German

Could the Languages We Speak be Inherently Sexist?

The language we choose to use is important, both in terms of the individual words we say and getting our point across. Language reveals us, our values and our views in the words we choose and the ones we carefully omit. But what if our mother tongue is inherently biased in its word choices? What(…)


Explaining “High German” and the Many Other German Variants

Sometimes us native English speakers forget that the variety we see in our own language is to be found in other languages as well. That is to say, for every American correcting a Brit on spelling, for example, there is a Brit looking down on what some see as the simplification of English by Americans,(…)


Switzerland: Where Multilingualism Works

Switzerland might be synonymous with cheese, chocolate, and skiing, but there is another area that the country specialises in that should be celebrated, and that’s multilingualism. And while multilingualism is not something unusual to find in a country, perhaps this level of successful integration is. Let’s take a look! Facts and figures Okay, so here’s(…)


There’s More that Meets the Eye: Languages of the United States

So America is the land of the monolingual, the place where only English is spoken and no other language exists—aside from for the more than forty million people who speak Spanish as a first language, and the estimated eleven million speaking it as a second, of course, but who’s counting those? And other than English(…)


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(…)


How to Step Up Your Language Game with Upcoming Brexit

English might be perceived as the lingua franca of this world, and we’ve touched on many reasons why that’s not the case, but what happens when the United Kingdom leaves the EU, leaving behind it 27 other nations who, by majority, do not have English as an official language? Will English still be listed as(…)


Capitalising on Language Skills

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.(…)


4 Reasons Why German Isn’t as Hard as You Think

The German language has a reputation for being a difficult one. From its elaborate rules governing word order to its complicated case system, German certainly has its fair share of obstacles for learners. But still, there are several reasons why German is actually easier than many other languages, especially for English speakers. Below is an(…)


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

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.(…)


The Most Confusing Consonants in Europe

When you are learning a new language or even just travelling to a new country, you can find yourself wrapping your lips around tongue twisters that you never even expected. Letters are not necessarily pronounced the same abroad. Adventures in paella To illustrate that point, take the humble paella. To an English speaker who has(…)