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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.
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
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.
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.
8 German Phrases Native Speakers Never Actually Use

8 German Phrases Native Speakers Never Actually Use

Which “German” words do you use that would sound totally strange to any native German speaker?
Real Language Teachers Share Their Favorite Tips For Learning

Real Language Teachers Share Their Favorite Tips For Learning

You heard it straight from the expert’s mouth.
What Are The Languages Spoken In Switzerland?

What Are The Languages Spoken In Switzerland?

In Switzerland, multilingualism is the daily norm.
What’s The Difference Between Standard German And Swiss German?

What’s The Difference Between Standard German And Swiss German?

Here, you’ll learn the difference between High German, Schweizerdeutsch (Swiss German) and Swiss High German.
How Many People Speak Indonesian, And Where Is It Spoken?

How Many People Speak Indonesian, And Where Is It Spoken?

Indonesian is one of the most spoken languages in the world, but it’s not used much outside of Southeast Asia.
The Alphabets And Writing Systems Of The World

The Alphabets And Writing Systems Of The World

Writing has been around for over 5000 years, but there is a wider variety of unique writing systems than you might think.
Are Regional Accents Disappearing In The United States?

Are Regional Accents Disappearing In The United States?

It may seem like people are sounding more and more similar, but this country’s linguistic map is as complicated as ever.