Tag Archives: Language Evolution

Getting þorny with Old English


You did a double-take there, didn’t you? Whilst we hope we won’t be accused of click-baiting you into reading this article, we are happy to have enticed you in. Hello! And if you’re a frequenter of social media, it’s likely you’ve seen this letter in use in all manner of incorrect ways (along with other(…)

From Hieroglyphs to Emojis: Maintaining a Visual Presence


When we think of cultures using pictograms, a visual representation of a person, place, or thing, and ideograms, a visual representation of an idea, we tend to think of ancient cultures, right? Sketching on a cave wall or in the dirt to pass on information to the next generation of the tribe probably started soon after homo-sapiens(…)

Foreign Language Decline: Which Have Fallen out of Favour?


In our final look at language learning being on the decline, it seems fitting to try and get to the bottom of which languages are dragging down the averages. Let’s take a look! United Kingdom At one point in the UK, French and German were two of the holy trinity of modern foreign languages to learn(…)

The Last Speaker on Earth


You may not generally think about how many people speak your language unless you find yourself in a situation where you’re surrounded by people who speak a different language than your own. Whether it be in the middle of a market in Jaipur, or arguing with a tuk tuk driver in Phnom Penh, you start(…)

Foreign Language Decline: Why is Language Learning on the Out?


We think we are preaching to the choir and repeating ourselves unnecessarily when we reiterate just how important it is for your career to have a second language on your CVs and resumes. As language lovers, we feel this is pretty obvious. It turns out, however, that that message is not actually being heard by(…)

The Creation & Evolution of Language in Game of Thrones


Undoubtedly one of the biggest modern sensations in television has been the HBO series Game of Thrones. Based on George R.R. Martin’s as-yet-unfinished series of fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, the TV series, like the books, has taken the world by storm. The richly detailed world that Martin created has a mythology(…)