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20 Provençal French Phrases To Add To Your Vocabulary

20 Provençal French Phrases To Add To Your Vocabulary

Ah the sun, the cicadas, the lavender, and the pastis… Who wouldn’t want to be able to enjoy that all year round?
A Simple Guide To The Complex Topic Of Gender-Neutral Pronouns

A Simple Guide To The Complex Topic Of Gender-Neutral Pronouns

The singular “they” is now recognized by leading dictionaries and style guides in English. What about in other languages?
8 LGBTQ TV Shows In Other Languages You Should Be Watching

8 LGBTQ TV Shows In Other Languages You Should Be Watching

It’s a gay old time for queer representation in media.
Learning A Language For Love In Costa Rica

Learning A Language For Love In Costa Rica

Navigating love in a new language can be a challenge, but the rewards make it all worth it.
How I Went About Learning A Language From Scratch

How I Went About Learning A Language From Scratch

When you’re at square one, the road to language proficiency can look like a very, very long one.
How ‘Latinx’ Is Leading The Resistance Against Gendered Languages

How ‘Latinx’ Is Leading The Resistance Against Gendered Languages

In the fight for inclusivity, LGBTQ and gender equality advocates come face-to-face with the deeply intertwined nature of gender and language.
Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Punctuation?

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Punctuation?

You might know how to punctuate a sentence, but that won’t help you much here.
Is It Cultural Appropriation To Use Drag Slang And AAVE?

Is It Cultural Appropriation To Use Drag Slang And AAVE?

Sure, you want to describe your new ‘bae’ as ‘woke’ and your last weekend as ‘lit,’ but where do these words come from? (And should you be using them at all?)
Rediscovering Polari: How This Secret Gay Language Helped Create LGBT Culture

Rediscovering Polari: How This Secret Gay Language Helped Create LGBT Culture

The culture of Polari didn’t die when this secret language did. In fact, we can thank Polari for much of queer culture today.
Rediscovering Polari: How This Gay Dialect Is A Map Of Forgotten Subcultures

Rediscovering Polari: How This Gay Dialect Is A Map Of Forgotten Subcultures

While Polari was a secret language for gay men, it was originally created out of a multitude of subculture dialects. Here’s an overview of Polari’s etymology, and how all these languages came together.
Rediscovering Polari: What Is Polari And Why Did It Die Out?

Rediscovering Polari: What Is Polari And Why Did It Die Out?

What is Polari, where did it come from, and why did it become a dead language? We investigate.
Big In Japan (And Elsewhere)

Big In Japan (And Elsewhere)

The Britons, unknown at home, who adopted a second language and became famous abroad
How To Apologize In Portuguese

How To Apologize In Portuguese

Because you’ll probably mess up eventually.
LGBTQ+ Language And The Search For An All-Inclusive Term

LGBTQ+ Language And The Search For An All-Inclusive Term

How increased awareness and efforts for inclusivity have fueled the evolution of LGBTQ terms and queer language.
A Brief History Of Québécois (a.k.a. Canadian French)

A Brief History Of Québécois (a.k.a. Canadian French)

Québécois, the variant of Canadian French spoken in Québec, has its own unique characteristics and fascinating history far removed from its European roots. Here’s a portrait of the language and its evolution.
52 English Words That Are Actually German

52 English Words That Are Actually German

What do “hamburger,” “angst” and “hamster” all have in common?
The 10 Most Spoken Languages In The World

The 10 Most Spoken Languages In The World

Almost half of the world’s population claims one of only 10 languages as their mother tongue.
My Missed Opportunity To Grow Up Bilingual

My Missed Opportunity To Grow Up Bilingual

I never learned my family’s language, but I cherish the snippets I do know.