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An Introduction To The Japanese Language

An Introduction To The Japanese Language

The Japanese language is as interesting as it is intimidating to new learners.
Jargon Watch: The Language Of Gymnastics

Jargon Watch: The Language Of Gymnastics

Before it became a startup buzzword, ‘pivot’ was something gymnasts did.
Why Is French Spoken In Belgium?

Why Is French Spoken In Belgium?

There’s a lot going on in Belgium, linguistically speaking.
The Etymology Of Sporting Event Names

The Etymology Of Sporting Event Names

From Ancient Greek to French, English, and Japanese, sports lexicon reflects a number of different linguistic influences.
Why Is Germany Called Deutschland?

Why Is Germany Called Deutschland?

Since we’re on the topic, why is it called all those other things too?
31 English Words That Are Actually French

31 English Words That Are Actually French

It’s estimated that 30 percent of English words come from French, but you probably don’t recognize all of them.
The Buzzy History Of Spelling Bees

The Buzzy History Of Spelling Bees

Strangely enough, spelling bees weren’t named after the insect.
What Are The 10 Most Spoken Languages In Europe?

What Are The 10 Most Spoken Languages In Europe?

Europe is home to hundreds of languages, including some of the most widely spoken languages in the world. But what languages dominate this diverse region? We rank the top 10.
Who Invented The First Printing Press?

Who Invented The First Printing Press?

Hint: It’s not Johannes Gutenberg.
Do You Need To Speak French In Quebec?

Do You Need To Speak French In Quebec?

Moving to Quebec? You may want to brush up on your French.
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.
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.