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Ready For A Linguistic Controversy? Say 'Mmhmm'

Pop quiz: What's a word you use a hundred times a day — that doesn't show up in the dictionary?<p>Give up? Mmhmm.<p>You got it! Mmhmm is a small word that's often used unconsciously. But it can actually tell us a lot about language, bias and the trans-Atlantic slave trade.<p>Once upon a time, English …

Linguistics

Grammar vigilante highlights £7,000 Welsh signs blunder

New parking signs which cost more than £7,000 will have to be replaced following errors in the Welsh translation.<p>It comes after a grammar vigilante …

Wrexham

Getting the most from OneNote, part I: A hidden Office gem

The more information you put into OneNote the more useful it is. You can tag, flag, recognize, record and search just about anything.<p>Microsoft's …

Software

It's True: Alcohol Helps You Speak a Foreign Language Better

Those who dabble in learning a new language sometimes find that alcohol — in moderation — helps them speak more fluently. In a way, that makes sense: …

How does the world's second most populous nation speak?

Census authorities have revealed the results of the latest language data in India, taking into account the languages spoken by the nation's over 1.2 …

Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk on his book becoming a bible for the incel movement

Very little of what I do is invention – most of what I do is journalism<p>It’s fascinating that the incels have adopted Fight Club. It shows how few metaphors men have. Just that and The Matrix<p>First his father-in-law died of cancer. Then came the suspicion that his income for the last few years had …

Books

21 books you don’t have to read

21 books you don’t have to read<p>We’ve been told all our lives that we can only call ourselves well-read once we’ve read the Great Books. We tried. We …

Why no-one speaks Indonesia's language

Bahasa Indonesia was adopted to make communication easier across the vast Indonesian archipelago, but its simplicity has only created new barriers.<p>The woman stood in her roadside stall in a quiet neighbourhood in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta, chopping tomatoes, beans and spinach, plus one red …

Language

Why Did I Teach My Son to Speak Russian?

When bilingualism isn’t obviously valuable, you have to decide what you think of the language.<p>I no longer remember when I started speaking to Raffi in Russian. I didn’t speak to him in Russian when he was in his mother’s womb, though I’ve since learned that this is when babies first start …

Language Learning

The 15 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Will Make You Lock Your Doors

Serial killers, sadistic cartels, and sinister cults abound in our list of the absolute-best crime documentaries on Netflix (US) right now.<p>It’s no small secret: we’re obsessed with true crime. There’s probably a reason stories of assassination, murder, and torture keep us coming back for more. But …

How ‘Westworld’ Uses Multilingualism to Explore Prejudice

From Japanese to Lakota, the show's foreign language episodes spotlight themes of identity and memory.<p>Since its pilot episode, HBO’s <i>Westworld</i> has used dream sequences to channel the show’s central theme of awakening into consciousness. The park’s robotic hosts, haunted by shadowy memories that hint …

13 Underrated European Cities You Should Visit in Your Lifetime

There’s so much more to Europe than the overcrowded cities that most tourists flock to. These overlooked cities are just waiting for you to …

From Mouth to Mind: How Language Governs Our Perceptions of Gender

Take a second and try to talk about a person without mentioning gender. If English is your native tongue, odds are you failed. But if you had been …

Terribly sorry – but Britain’s famed politeness may be a myth | Lynne Murphy

Research shows that English speakers are rather keen on saying thank you. But are we really expressing our gratitude?<p>In 2015, Simeon Floyd, then of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, gave a lecture in Antwerp about expressions of gratitude in eight cultures around the world. I was …

Can English remain the 'world's favourite' language?

<b>English is spoken by hundreds of millions of people worldwide, but do the development of translation technology and "hybrid" languages threaten its status?</b><p>Which country boasts the most English speakers, or people learning to speak English?<p>The answer is China.<p>According to a study published by …

Confused about parentheses and brackets? Here’s help

Parentheses and brackets set off portions of text from the whole for various purposes.Parentheses, appearing almost exclusively in pairs, are usually …

Why Spanish speakers in US are getting into trouble

<b>Two high-profile incidents of Spanish speakers being challenged for not using English have raised familiar arguments over language and immigration in America.</b><p>What happened?<p>Ana Suda and Mimi Hernandez were queuing inside a petrol station in rural Montana when a Border Patrol agent demanded to see …

You're never too old to become fluent in a foreign language

A new study on second language learning has recently taken the media by storm. A range of headlines – from the BBC to the Daily Mail and The Guardian …

I’m English, and there’s one thing Americans always get wrong about British people that really works to my advantage

There are plenty of American stereotypes of what it's like to be British.<p>Some of them are true. Most of us are polite and will apologize profusely for just about anything.<p>But some of them are so, so wrong.<p>From thinking we know the Queen — most of us don't — to the mistaken belief that all British …

Language

5 Better Ways to Say 'Green' : Verdant

\PRAY-zeen\<p>Definition: having the green color of a leek<p>The Latin word for “leek,” <i>prason</i>, gave us several words in English. <i>Prasine</i> itself was once …

Vocabulary

How Much can Your Physiology Manipulate Your Learning Abilities?

Posture can trigger our brain to work for us<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur India, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>In human beings, the mental landscape is often manifested in their physiology. Children with some …

The Brain

11 Common Mistakes to Avoid in Thailand

While fluent English speakers make up only 15 to 20 percent of Thailand’s population, many more locals know enough to give directions, make …

Tap Water

12 signs you've totally nailed the Spanish language

1. When no matter what somebody says, whether it be good or bad, it never feels wrong to throw in a <i>claro</i> or a couple of <i>vale</i>s whenever an opportunity …

Language

Why Are Bananas, Nuts, and Crackers the Only Foods That Say ‘Crazy’?

The English language has a multitude of terms for insanity, although few of them are diagnostic terms for mental illness. Slang terms for "crazy" are …

Mental Disorders

Blogs

Creativity is a critical ingredient to learning<p>JULY 2018<p>Brain and Cognitive Sciences<p>When I was quite young I asked my mother if I could take apart a …

Court translations criticized online

A district court in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, is garnering rather unwanted attention online for inaccurate English translations of some of its …

Man Booker International Prize Announces Its 2018 Shortlist

The 2018 Man Booker International shortlist spans four European languages: French, Spanish, Hungarian, Polish, and includes Han Kang and Deborah …

Books

How bilinguals process language: Psychologists show that bilinguals regulate their native language when reading in the second language

Psychologists show that bilinguals regulate their native language when reading in the second language<p>Psychologists and cognitive neuroscientists show …

Arabic translation comes of age

When the British Arabist Robert Irwin was putting together his <i>Penguin Anthology of Classical Arabic Literature</i> in the 1990s, still an essential port …

Does Language Alter How We Perceive Time?

It turns out, Hollywood got it half right. In the film <i>Arrival</i>, Amy Adams plays linguist Louise Banks who is trying to decipher an alien language. She …

Language