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Remaining Neutral: Gender Roles, Pronouns and Language Change

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Gender roles and understanding gender fluidity is a very much 2018 sort of topic. With so many countries, policies and attitudes moving in the direction of acceptance and anti-discrimination, languages, not just English, are ever-evolving. At the end of the day, the language we use about ourselves and others is ultimately what defines us. And(…)


Black Panther Brings Xhosa into the Limelight

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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(…)


Top Ways to Reduce the Physical Strain of Travel

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Whether you’re a young person ready and eager to explore the world, or more of a late-bloomer on the travel front, there’s no denying that travelling takes a toll on the body. From the unhealthy habits of sleeping sporadically and downing junk food on the road to lifting heavy luggage and being exposed to the(…)


Immerse Yourself in these 5 Oscar-nominated Foreign Films

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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

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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(…)


Explaining “High German” and the Many Other German Variants

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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,(…)


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

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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(…)


Switzerland: Where Multilingualism Works

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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(…)


How to Lose a Language in 10 Days

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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.(…)


Lithuanian: the Origins of it All

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If you’re already dreaming of summer holidays and are considering a little backpacking in Europe, a popular route to take through Eastern Europe thanks to cheap bus travel tends to be Tallinn-Vilnius-Riga. And though we hate to play favourites, there is much about Lithuania’s capital that has stolen our heart. So with that in mind,(…)