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James Lane
James grew up in Australia and has worked as an independent theatre producer, filmmaker and teacher in Hanoi and Berlin. He has written for NPR Berlin, the Newer York Press, ExBerliner and Babbel on issues of language and culture. He is currently based in Delhi, working with disadvantaged children to address environmental issues through film, radio and storytelling.
Articles by James
Villains, Brits, And Cliché Movie Accents

Villains, Brits, And Cliché Movie Accents

From Egyptian pharaohs with British accents to foreign settings where everyone speaks accented English, the Hollywood formula for depicting “foreignness” or “otherness” relies on some odd and outdated stereotypes.
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. So what are the top 10 languages of the world? You might be surprised.
Can You Manage These Hard Tongue Twisters In 9 Different Languages?

Can You Manage These Hard Tongue Twisters In 9 Different Languages?

Classic tongue-twisters from nine different languages. Watch the video and see which ones you can master.
What Are The World’s Favorite Words?

What Are The World’s Favorite Words?

Babbel’s recent My Favorite Word competition reveals some interesting patterns of which words are popular, and why.
How To Eat Like An Italian

How To Eat Like An Italian

Eating in Italy is not just a meal, it is an adventure — an adventure worth doing correctly. Learn all about how to properly eat like an Italian.
Is Your English Good Enough To Pass The Australian Citizenship Test?

Is Your English Good Enough To Pass The Australian Citizenship Test?

A new language test is on the table for those who want to be Australian citizens — and it’s tough. Could you pass it?
21 Essential Australian Expressions

21 Essential Australian Expressions

From bogans to brollies, here are the best Australian expressions, so you’ll never be lost for words Down Under.
The War On Local Languages — How Linguistic Hegemony Threatens Education In The Developing World

The War On Local Languages — How Linguistic Hegemony Threatens Education In The Developing World

As global and regional languages dominate our schools and our media, what happens to local languages — and what are the consequences?
Dictionary Wars — Prescriptivists And Descriptivists Are Not On The Same Page

Dictionary Wars — Prescriptivists And Descriptivists Are Not On The Same Page

Bigly, clicktivist, emojional… language is changing rapidly. But who gets to decide what’s correct? Descriptivism vs Prescriptivism – the gloves are off.