Language Insights

Languages Have Families, Too: A Look At The Indo-European Language Family

Languages Have Families, Too: A Look At The Indo-European Language Family

Did you know that almost every language spoken between Iceland and India has the same origin? That’s the Indo-European language family. Let’s take a look at this extremely diverse collection of related languages.
All In The Language Family: The Germanic Languages

All In The Language Family: The Germanic Languages

Which languages belong to the Germanic language family, and how similar are they today? An expert explains.
How Do You Watch Theater In Other Languages?

How Do You Watch Theater In Other Languages?

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s supertitles!
Multilinguish: Language Anxiety

Multilinguish: Language Anxiety

In this episode of Multilinguish, we discuss the not-so-fun parts of language learning — and how to keep going when the going gets tough.
How To Say ‘I Love You’ In 10 Different Languages

How To Say ‘I Love You’ In 10 Different Languages

Have you ever wanted to say “I love you” in French? Or maybe in Italian? Or Spanish? Impress your special someone by professing your love in 10 different languages.
What’s A Malapropism?

What’s A Malapropism?

For all intensive purposes, malapropisms are a fun figure of speech — and they can teach us something important about language.
What Are The Differences Between Accent, Pitch, Tone And Stress?

What Are The Differences Between Accent, Pitch, Tone And Stress?

Turns out when someone says “don’t use that tone with me,” they really mean “don’t use that intonation with me.”
The United States Of Accents: African American Vernacular English

The United States Of Accents: African American Vernacular English

What is AAVE? Where did it come from? How is it used today? All this and more are answered in this installment of the United States of Accents.
Which Language Has The Most Words?

Which Language Has The Most Words?

So which language has the most words? And how do you measure that? While we’re on the topic — what is a word, anyway?
Jargon Watch: The World-Building Language Of Architecture

Jargon Watch: The World-Building Language Of Architecture

No, a flying buttress isn’t a circus act.
Mutilinguish: Language Ch-Ch-Changes

Mutilinguish: Language Ch-Ch-Changes

Can people change language? They can! And they do it a lot. In this episode, we explore how that really works.
How Films And TV Are Saving Endangered Languages

How Films And TV Are Saving Endangered Languages

Can a surge of movies and TV shows protect endangered languages on the brink of extinction?
Slang From The 1920s That Needs To Make A Comeback

Slang From The 1920s That Needs To Make A Comeback

A lot can change for a language in 100 years. Here’s our list of lingo from the Roaring Twenties that deserves a comeback in 2020.
We Asked Thousands Of People About Their Accent In Another Language And Here’s What They Said

We Asked Thousands Of People About Their Accent In Another Language And Here’s What They Said

It turns out that more people are afraid of their accent than they are of flying.