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Laughs Around the World: How to Have Fun in Different Languages

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If your friend sent you this meme, how would you answer? The most likely options are “haha” or “LOL” (which means “Laughing Out Loud”, if you didn’t know). But if you found this meme hilarious, you may want to laugh hard and use “HAHA”, “hahahahaha”, or “ROFL” (Rolling On the Floor Laughing). The problem is(…)


2020: what predictions for the future came true?

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As we head into 2020, which seems like an impossible year to imagine, how does our reality measure up to what we expected of our future? Have any predictions from our past come to be true for our present? Let’s take a look!     Destination Mars In a 1997 edition of Wired, Peter Schwartz(…)


Learning French? Follow these 5 Instagram accounts.

Looking for a new way to brush up on your French? Why not try Instagram? With thousands of bloggers using the platform for everything from sharing their photography to getting followers for a food blog, Instagram is an amazing place to find new talented people sharing their expertise. Including languages! Here are some of the(…)


Why Does it Seem Like My Mandarin Gets Better After a Few Drinks?

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Based on anecdotal evidence from popular media, it’s widely believed that alcohol improves the ability to speak in a foreign language, ostensibly due to the anxiety-reducing effects of booze itself. Based on personal experience, a couple of drinks goes a long way toward loosening my tongue no matter what language I’m speaking. I’m currently on(…)


15 Forgotten Christmas Words to Make Your Holiday Merry

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Are we too late? Or perhaps right on time. Possibly… but it’s that time of year again. For all those language lovers out there, have a sit after all the gift unwrapping is said and done and take in a little Christmas linguistics fun. Here are some long and perhaps not-so-long forgotten words associated with(…)


6 Gift Ideas Perfect for Language Learners

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Sometimes the holidays can be more a season of stress than festive cheer, especially if you’re agonising over what to get who (not to mention what to buy for that one friend who seems to already have everything). If you know someone who is learning a new language, or you are a language learner yourself,(…)


Taipei Night Markets 101, Part 2: Things to Know Before you Go

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Last week we covered the very basics of Taipei night markets in Part 1. Now that the stage has been set, we’re going to talk about getting you prepared. So without further ado, on with the show! 1. Bring: An open mind Forget all your homeland standards of sanitation, culinary taste and tradition, and human(…)


Hungarian and Polish: An Unlikely Language Alliance

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We know what you’re thinking. We’ve taken two of the, arguably, more difficult languages to master, and attempted to force them together like Mrs Bennett did with Elizabeth and the awful Mr Collins (Pride and Prejudice, folks), but we promise, there is a little more in common between these two languages than those two unfortunate(…)


The Key to Success? Talk to Yourself More Often

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How many times have you been walking around the grocery store talking to yourself? “Okay, John, don’t forget the milk,” you say out loud. Or sometimes you catch yourself debating on which colour shoes you want: “Alright, but if I get the blue ones, they’re not going to match anything I own.” Perhaps you’re even(…)


English: The Universal Language Obstacle Course

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Maybe we might have mentioned before the importance of being anything other than monolingual. That, not only does speaking a second language improve your work prospects, but that by embracing a new language and the culture that goes with it, language learning can, we feel, make us all better human beings. However, if you aren’t(…)