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Secret Languages, Discreet Loves: How Does Queer Slang Differ Around The World?

Secret Languages, Discreet Loves: How Does Queer Slang Differ Around The World?

Throughout the world, queer people have developed forms of communication with one another that outsiders can’t understand. What are these secret languages like?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jargon Watch: Surfer Slang And The Language Of The Waves

Jargon Watch: Surfer Slang And The Language Of The Waves

If your knowledge of surfers stops after “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” you might want to learn a little bit more about the sport’s lingo.
How To Use Your Right Brain For Language Learning

How To Use Your Right Brain For Language Learning

New research suggests your creative mind may play more of a role than previously thought in your language studies.
What Does It Mean To Dream In The Language You’re Learning?

What Does It Mean To Dream In The Language You’re Learning?

Answering the question, “What language do you dream in?”
English As An International Universal Language

English As An International Universal Language

Don’t be surprised if in the world’s nooks, crannies and corners you find that little language called English.
Your Quick Guide To (Almost) Every English Accent

Your Quick Guide To (Almost) Every English Accent

There are dozens (upon dozens) of English accents across the globe, but here’s a quick guide to the most notable.
Can Language Learning Help You Relax?

Can Language Learning Help You Relax?

Drilling pronunciation may not be everyone’s idea of a relaxing time, but hear us out.
What Is Kashubian, And Where Is It Spoken?

What Is Kashubian, And Where Is It Spoken?

It may sound like the name of a rock band, but it’s an actual living, breathing language spoken in Kashubia (Gdańsk), in the historic Eastern Pomerania region of Poland.
The Hardest Spelling Bee Words Tend To Have This Thing In Common

The Hardest Spelling Bee Words Tend To Have This Thing In Common

The English language has borrowed a lot from other languages, and as it turns out, some root languages present trickier spelling conundrums than others.