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'Vaccine': The Word's History Ain't Pretty

Regardless of how you feel about getting a shot, it's very possible that what you're about to read will make getting your next vaccine even less …

Public Health

Dollar Words: The Logophile Game That Has Math Geeks Hooked, Too

Besides anagrams and palindromes, if there’s one thing wordplay aficionados like to mess around with, it’s the numerical value of the letters of the …

Juicing

WATCH | American Man Speaks Flawless Punjabi

Hack:<p>An American speaking fluent Punjabi is not a common sight and this one is sure to amuse you<br>• The video has gone viral and here's how Twitter …

Language

At Russia's World Cup, Google Translate breaks language...

At Russia's World Cup, Google Translate breaks language barriers<p>KAZAN, Russia, July 5 (Reuters) - Soccer might be the most universal language on the …

Language Learning

11 Beautiful Words to Make You Fall in Love With the Bulgarian Language

Bulgarian and the Cyrillic alphabet might seem a bit strange and perhaps even intimidating at first, but once you learn some phrases and maybe a few …

Language

What Belgium’s World Cup team says about the spread of English across Europe

Linguistically, Belgium is complicated. The country is wedged between France, The Netherlands, and Germany. And so Belgians speak versions of French, Dutch, and German, depending on where they live in the country.<p>The result is that the <i>lingua franca</i> of Belgium’s national soccer team—one of this …

Europe

If You’re Multilingual, What Language Do You Think In?

Research in cognitive science and linguistics has suggested to us that the answer to this question really involves disentangling <b>thought</b> <i></i>from <b>internal</b> …

Language

The Best Free Language-Learning Apps of 2018

Learning a new language requires a huge investment of time, but it doesn't necessarily call for a big investment of money. These are the best free …

Language Learning

Never mind the Brexiteurs: why it’s time to learn French | Phil Daoust

<i>Putain de bordel de merde. Ces rosbifs sont cons comme des bites</i>. Pardon my French, but we must make the most of the obscenities while we can. English children are increasingly unwilling to learn the language of Molière and MC Solaar, according to the British Council, which reports that within a …

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The haughty history of the letter H

Throughout history, those with social clout have set the standards for what’s the more acceptable pronunciation.<p><i>This article originally appeared on The Conversation, and is republished under a Creative Commons licence. The authors are Kate Burridge, senior fellow at the Freiburg Institute for</i> …

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These Are the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy

Italy is home to some of the most spectacular, art-filled cities out there, but the country’s true charm lies in the countryside, where life revolves …

Italy

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Honors an 83-Year-Old Ticket

In Monday’s feel good news, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines surprised a 90-year-old grandfather by honoring a ticket that was issued 83 years ago.<p>In 1935, …

Air France-KLM

If You Can Identify Every One of These Terms, Your Vocabulary Is in the 99th Percentile | HowStuffWorks

ABOUT THIS QUIZ<p>Think you have a gargantuan vocabulary? The English language has one of the largest vocabularies of any language, due to its diverse …

Language

I am raising my daughter to speak three languages. A stranger demanded I 'speak English' to her

I felt her staring at me on the playground as I called out to my daughter.<p>She must be someone’s grandmother, I thought. She must be curious, as people often are.<p>Then she took one step toward me — pink fingernails, dark blond hair — and opened her mouth, e-nun-ci-a-ting each word.<p>“Speak English,” …

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One of English's Most Beautiful Words

Now, the VOA Learning English program Words and Their Stories. Each week, we take a close look at words and expressions commonly used in American …

Where Did Kim Jong Un Go To School In Switzerland? He Reportedly Had A Lavish Youth In Europe

Intent on solidifying his power at home, the supreme leader of North Korea hasn't stepped foot outside his country in years, making his upcoming …

10 Long-Haul Flight Survival Tips and Tricks

A long flight in an economy seat doesn't have to be something to endure. Try and get an aisle seat for easy access to the galley when required (or …

5 Languages That Could Change the Way You See the World - Facts So Romantic

<i>I went to my neighbor’s house for something to eat yesterday.</i>Think about this sentence. It’s pretty simple—English speakers would know precisely what …

'You're getting on my biscuits': can you translate these world idioms? – quiz

The South Korean saying "칭찬받은 고래도 춤춘다" translates as “even a whale will dance if you compliment it”. What does it mean?<p>No one is immune to flattery.<p>It's hard to resist a good dance session.<p>Whales are complete narcissists.<p>A Spanish saying used in Argentina, "Querer la chancha, los veinte y la …

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25 Spanish Words With No English Translation That Will Make Your Life More Complete

130 Shares<p>Have you ever wished there were a word to more accurately describe something you’re feeling or doing?<p>There probably is one–it just doesn’t …

5 Tricks for Learning a New Language as an Adult

Children can pick up new languages like it’s no big deal, but adults have to really work to get even the basics. While it may seem daunting, it’s not …

5 Translation Fails That Led To Comedy And Madness

The rise of automatic machine translation gives us a wonderful tool for communication. Still, there will be no shortage of jobs for human translators …

Learn A New Language In Your Spare Time

This program is equivalent to one college semester of language study.<p>On top of giving your resume a boost and being able to converse with the locals …

15 fascinating untranslatable Finnish words we need in English

If you have ever heard any Finnish, you are most likely familiar with words like sauna, Nokia, and muumi. Here are just 15 examples of untranslatable …

Sociolinguistics Definition and Examples

Glossary of Grammatical and Rhetorical Terms<p><i>Sociolinguistics</i> is the study of the relation between language and society—a branch of both linguistics …

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 …

What is your birthday word? | Oxford English Dictionary

<i>Which word entered the English language the year you were born? Use our birthday word generator and find out which word shares your birthday.</i><p>Do you …

35 trips every couple should take in their lifetime

There's nothing quite like travel to put any relationship to the test, no matter whether you and your SO are adventure-seekers, lovers of luxury, or …

22 phrases Americans say that leave foreigners completely stumped

1/<p>When a task is easy or straightforward, Americans will say it's a "piece of cake."<p>NBC Universal<p>The phrase likely derives from a line in "The …

The cost of changing an entire country’s alphabet

The Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan is changing its alphabet from Cyrillic script to the Latin-based style favoured by the West. What are the economics of such a change?<p>The change, announced on a blustery Tuesday morning in mid-February, was small but significant – and it elicited a big response.<p>…

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