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Throughout the world, queer people have developed forms of communication with one another that outsiders can’t understand. What are these secret languages like?
Secret Languages, Discreet Loves: How Does Queer Slang Differ Around The World?

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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.
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 died. In fact, we can thank Polari for much of queer culture today.
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 langauge? We investigate.
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?
The World’s Most LGBTQ-Friendly Travel Destinations

The World’s Most LGBTQ-Friendly Travel Destinations

Here are the countries and regions where members of the LGBTQ+ community are likely to be safe, accepted and celebrated (as they should be!).
Why Does The English Alphabet Lack Accent Marks?

Why Does The English Alphabet Lack Accent Marks?

It’s not like we couldn’t benefit from them, considering how counterintuitive English spelling can be.
Why Do Our Brains Remember Certain Words Over Others?

Why Do Our Brains Remember Certain Words Over Others?

Is there some sort of weird trick to this thing?
11 Wonderful Summer Words From Around The World

11 Wonderful Summer Words From Around The World

Nothing says summer more than these 11 summer words from around the world.
Crossword: How Much Do You Know About The French Language?

Crossword: How Much Do You Know About The French Language?

Left, right, up, down — there’s no wrong way to practice French.
Spanish For Business: 18 Phrases To Know When Working Abroad

Spanish For Business: 18 Phrases To Know When Working Abroad

Doing some work in a Spanish-speaking country? Here are 18 phrases you should know, pulled from Babbel’s new Spanish for business course.
10 Fruit Names And Where They Come From

10 Fruit Names And Where They Come From

Turns out, people used to call a lot of different things “apples.”
A Guide To Foreign Language Reading

A Guide To Foreign Language Reading

Whether you’re starting out or are an advanced learner, here are tips for making the most of reading books in another language.
Quiz: Do You Know The Colors In Indonesian?

Quiz: Do You Know The Colors In Indonesian?

It’s hard to describe the beauty of Indonesia without knowing your color words. Take our Indonesian colors quiz to see how much you really know.
How To Talk About Transportation In Norwegian

How To Talk About Transportation In Norwegian

Sadly, there is no dog-sledding vocab on this list.
An Educational Crisis? 5 Ways That Schools Fail To Teach Languages

An Educational Crisis? 5 Ways That Schools Fail To Teach Languages

Even the best educators can fall short of providing a great language learning environment to their students. Here are some of the biggest mistakes and a few ideas on how to fix them.
What Speakers Of Other Languages Call Their Fathers

What Speakers Of Other Languages Call Their Fathers

Move over, music and math. Dad jokes are definitely the world’s universal language.
9 Hilarious Untranslatable Words In Other Languages

9 Hilarious Untranslatable Words In Other Languages

There may not be a term for these ideas in English, but other languages have really funny words to express them.
10 Fabulous Flag Facts To Celebrate Flag Day

10 Fabulous Flag Facts To Celebrate Flag Day

Whether you’re a casual flag admirer or a seasoned vexillologist, hopefully your interest won’t flag when reading these facts.