Why being bilingual helps keep your brain fit   Most people in the world speak more than one language, suggesting the human brain evolved to work in multiple tongues. If so, asks Gaia Vince, are those who speak only one language missing out? In a café in south London, two construction workers are engaged in […]

Deaf People Teach Us Bad Words In Sign Language   Even if you can’t hear them when they’re signing, deaf people swear just as much as the rest of us – they’re just more discreet. YouTube channel Cut posted a video in which deaf people show us how to swear in ASL (American Sign Language), […]

Where is language in the brain?   Language is all around us but where does it sit inside us, and will we ever be able to ‘read’ our brains? Gaia Vince investigates. If you read a sentence (such as this one) about kicking a ball, neurons related to the motor function of your leg and […]

Jokes You’ll Understand If You Know Some Spanish 1. Is Soy milk trying to send us a message: (source) 2. #YOLO: (source) 3. The dime whisperer: (source) 4. Those two words have completely different meanings: (source) 5. Because these sentences will be very useful someday: (source) 6. Another way to learn Spanish: (source)   7. […]

This Amazing Tree Shows How Languages Are Connected   Minna Sundberg captures in an elegant illustration of a linguistic tree how languages are connected to another. Using data gathered by Ethnologue , the tree reveals some fascinating links between languages. Sundberg explains what’s missing and where the data came from: “Language trees for the language lovers! I’ve gathered pretty […]

Un étudiant allemand invente sa propre langue   Fynn Schlemminger savait exactement ce qu’il voulait faire pour son projet de fin d’étude: créer une langue à partir de zéro. Et c’est exactement ce qu’il a fait. La langue qu’il a inventée s’appelle le Garadálava, et selon son créateur, elle est unique. “L’idée derrière la création […]

The 10 Most Spoken Languages In The World   Assigning hard data to the number of native speakers in a language is not an easy task due to the many dialects and sub-dialects out there. Also how do we trust the reliability of the number of data sources made by several different institutions. Below is […]

  How Many American English Expressions Do You Know?   Almost everyone can agree that learning English is a journey. Once you think you have mastered all the rules, you come across another exception. What really makes English difficult is that various countries around the world in different regions have their own slang and expressions. […]

Making Friends In French Is Tough         Tips On How to Make Friends In Paris   On a more serious note. Paris is beautiful and full of culture, but many foreigners find it difficult to make friends when arriving in Paris. Here are some tips to help you find and make friends […]

The Top 5 Best Translation Apps for Language Learners   It is a mobile world! In fact more and more people cannot live without their cellphones near their side and this is for a good reason. Apps are important tools for us in our everyday on-the-go lives. So it is no wonder why more and […]

It seems that a few things get more attention than money. Why? Well people use money everyday – sometimes multiple times per day. People plan where they live around money, where they travel around money, and what they eat around money. So it is no wonder why it has developed such a rich and colorful […]

So while the French might not have invented cooking, the French were the first and best at creating systems and rules for cooking, writing them down, and passing them on. Here are some words that stuck in the English language: 1. Apéritif When you have a little glass of something before sitting down for a […]

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet To Have Conversations In Any Language   Find a Language Partner Plan An Activity, Set A Time, Create a Cheat Sheet Be Confident, Practice & Repeat So let’s just say you decided that you want to jump in and learn a language ‘au naturel’. You’ve taken several languages courses before, but […]

How Do You Get Started Finding A Language Exchange Partner?   So you downloaded the Vivalanga app, found a language partner, and set up a time to meet! Congrats! These are the first steps in your journey of becoming #fluent! And if you are stressed about meeting strangers and sounding silly… DON’T! On the Vivalanga […]

Why have a language exchange partner? Learning a new language is tough and most people can agree that the best way to learn a language is through immersion. Having a language exchange partner is given you an opportunity to learn the way we are suppose and that is by speaking the language. Below you will […]

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