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Coining new languages Gaia Vince celebrates the newcomers in our evolving linguistic landscape. Every year humanity loses 30 to 50 languages. Of the roughly 7,000 languages we still have, just 10 account for half of the world’s speakers. It seems inevitable to me that eventually the world will use one single language – Spanish, perhaps, […]

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 […]

The Most Complicated Word In The English Language, According To A Finnish Comedian   Learning any language is a journey. Once you think you mastered the language you discover words that have no logic like the word “ass”. During his time in the United States, comedian ISMO tells us the small nuances in learning a […]

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. […]

French Expressions That Will Have You Rolling On The Floor Laughing       French people don’t “have a lot on their plate”…they “have bread on the board” (J’ai du pain sur la planche). French people don’t say “for next to nothing”…they say “for a mouthful of bread” (Ça coûte une bouchée de pain).   French […]

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 of these French Expressions Do You Know?   Learning French is tough and with all the bizarre expressions out there it is no wonder why it leaves people scratching their heads with confusion.  Below we put together a quiz with illustrations create by James Chapman to see if you can guess what some […]

  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 […]

There is a lot of french material circulating the web. Let alone the thousands of podcasts out there! So we break down some of our favorites for you.   1. Coffee Break French  Listeners get to follow along as host and language teacher Mark teaches french to his student Anna in a lively manner. (iTunes – website) […]

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