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Watching Adults Try To Define Teenage Slang Will Make You Feel Old -- Really Old

Teens' favorite slang words seem come and go faster than Miley Cyrus posting a new Instagram selfie. So it's understandable that adults can get a little behind on the times.<p>But watching grown-ups try to define slang terms of the younger set is another (hilarious) thing, entirely.<p>In this video from …

Here's Your Cheat Sheet To College Slang

Slang in contemporary culture abounds -- regional slang, generational slang, and yes, college-specific slang.<p>If you just showed up at your dorm and found yourself lost in a sea of jargon, or you've been around for a few semesters and still find yourself firing up Urban Dictionary a couple times a …

’90s Slang We Need To Bring Back Immediately

The ’90s were a glorious time. I mean, when else was it socially acceptable to wear tye-dyed jeans or drink Surge like water or have a very …

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7 German Words We Should Be Using in English

As I settled into the barber’s chair and once again attempted to allay my long-held fear of a man with a sharp implement in his hand and questionable …

What Does It Mean "To Read a Yellow"? Let's Learn Some Colourful Italian Expressions!

In this article, we will explore some Italian expressions which contain colour terms and we will discuss the symbolic and emotional meanings attached …

9 Wonderful French Expressions That Have No Good English Equivalent

But, there are still a few untucked conceptual or expressive corners it could use some help with.<p>And while everyday English continues to batter its walls, French, which loaned so many words to English 800 years ago, could help plug some of these gaps if we let it.<p>So are nine words or concepts that …

Coming First With English As A Second Language

Students who don’t speak English as their first language would seem to be at a fundamental disadvantage in English-speaking schools, but a focused approach is seeing them outperform their peers, showing that it is possible to come first with a second language.<p>The rapid growth in the number of …

The Latest Sign That Millennials Are Infiltrating The English Language

These represent only a small selection of the new words that have been added to OxfordDictionaries.com— the free online dictionary from Oxford Dictionaries — in an update that demonstrates the growing influence that the internet and social media culture have on the English language.<p>Other new …

Here's How Russian, French, Portuguese, And German Native Speakers Screw Up English

Computer scientists at MIT and Israel's Technion recently developed an algorithm that analyzes quirks and errors in English-as-a-second-language (ESL) essays to predict the author's native tongue, potentially unlocking new tools for translation and teaching and also producing an alternative map of …

10 fabulous German words with no English equivalent

<i>It’s the end-of-year, time-for-reflection time and we’re thinking back to all the HelloGiggles stories that we (and you!) truly loved in 2014. Here’s</i> …

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7 reasons why it is good to speak another language

It's one of life's truths: Being bilingual or multilingual can only be considered a good thing. The ability to travel seamlessly in another country; …

Are You a Hyperpolyglot? The Secrets of Language Superlearners

When God put the kibosh on the Tower of Babel, 72 languages were said to have been created from the one that unified those hubristic humans. In his …

Teen Polyglot Speaks 23 Different Languages (WATCH)

If you thought learning one foreign language was confusing enough, try learning over 20 by the time you graduate high school. One incredible student, 16-year-old Timothy Doner, is the world's youngest polyglot, putting all our of language-learning skills to shame. Timothy speaks 23 languages, to be …

Learning second language 'slows brain ageing'

<b>Learning a second language can have a positive effect on the brain, even if it is taken up in adulthood, a University of Edinburgh study suggests.</b><p>Researchers found that reading, verbal fluency and intelligence were improved in a study of 262 people tested either aged 11 or in their seventies.<p>A …

The History of the English Language

The story of English—from its start in a jumble of West Germanic dialects to its role today as a global language—is both fascinating and complex. …

The Ugliest Words in the English Language

As it turns out, what makes a word beautiful is one of the Internet’s favorite discussion topics. It’s right up there with kitten GIFs, celebrity …

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8 pronunciation errors that made the English language what it is today

Someone I know tells a story about a very senior academic giving a speech. Students shouldn't worry too much, she says, if their plans "go oar-y" after graduation. Confused glances are exchanged across the hall. Slowly the penny drops: the professor has been pronouncing "awry" wrong all through her …

The Most Beautiful Words in the English Language

Apart from inspiring a slew of deranged Halloween costumes, Donnie Darko also offers some very valuable lessons about literature. No, I’m not talking …

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