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The joy of languages

Imagine if we all spoke the same language

There are thought to be between 5,000 and 7,000 languages spoken around the world depending on which linguist you ask. But why? Why is it that I, as an English speaker, would say “Oh no, my hat fell off”, whereas… Continue reading →

¿Sabes any Spanglish? Or maybe, un poco de inglañol?

“Spanglish” – You have most likely heard this word before. Or maybe “Inglañol”? Whether you have heard it before or not, you can probably hazard a guess at what it might be. Spanglish is the fascinating result of Spanish and… Continue reading →

Why French is much easier to learn than English

French is the language of love. With its romantic cities, world-class wines, delicious cuisine, and stunning coastline and beaches, who wouldn’t want to learn this beautiful language? Well, as it turns out, many of us have a sort of fear… Continue reading →

Portuguese and Spanish: What’s the difference?

Back in the day, both Portuguese and Spanish both evolved from Latin, and so naturally, they both have many similarities. Many Portuguese speakers even find it very easy to understand Spanish, and vice versa. This also makes it much less… Continue reading →

European Spanish and American Spanish – what’s the difference?

¡Hola! ¿Qué tal? Or should I say, ¿Qué onda?? Or maybe ¿Diay?? Or ¿Cómo estái?? With millions of speakers, Spanish is one of the largest and most-spoken languages in the world, and is an official language in 20 countries. Like with… Continue reading →

Why Do People Code-Switch?

Ce moment when you start penser en deux langues at the same temps… ever had it? When people start switching words from different languages into and out of their sentences, it turns out they’re not just been pretentious. Well at least, not… Continue reading →

Chinese, Japanese and Korean – how different are they really?

Chinese, Japanese and Korean are the three most studied Asian languages, but how similar are they? How much can learning one help you master the other two? Where do these languages come from? There are various theories about the origins… Continue reading →

Learn Authentic Japanese With These Films

Different social groups in Japan all use very different language to communicate: just by changing the way you say things you can sound more masculine, girly, scary, young, or even samurai-esque! Let’s watch some Japanese films to learn how to… Continue reading →

Why English isn’t written the way it sounds

English spelling – it’s weird, right? I mean, just take the word “right” – there are four sounds: R-A-Y-T, and so of course, we spell it “RIGHT”. To the untrained eye, it might seem like some form of masochism to… Continue reading →

How Aztec and Mayan languages influenced Mexican Spanish

Mexico isn’t only about tequila, mariachi music, and chipotle sauce. If that was your idea of Mexico, you’d better keep reading to find out the true sauce of this mythical country. People often talk about Christopher Columbus ‘discovering’ the Americas,… Continue reading →

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