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Articles by John-Erik
How To Answer The Phone In Different Languages
Saying “Hello?” when answering the phone is pretty much an automatic reflex, but where did this convention actually come from?
139 Old Norse Words That Invaded The English Language
Without the Vikings, English would be missing some pretty awesome words like berserk, ugly, muck, skull, knife, die and cake!
The German Animal Names Flowchart
Animal names in German can be both funny and bizarre due to their lego-like construction. This flowchart shows why.
Star Words: Language Trivia From A Galaxy Far, Far Away
The earthbound origins of the names, cultures and languages in the Star Wars universe.
111 English Words That Are Actually Spanish
Spanish and English have been trading vocabulary (and culture) for centuries. Here are just some of the Spanish words in English that you use all the time.
15 Terrifying Boogeymen From Around The World
This Halloween, get a lesson in supernatural scare tactics from the Boogeyman and 14 of his cousins.
The Science of Curse Words: Why The &@$! Do We Swear?
What makes a word a swear word? Why do we swear? What happens in your brain when you drop an F-bomb? Straight from Brooklyn, NY: the science of swearing.
Decoding Brazilian Soccer Phrases
So you love soccer but do you know what a “pigeon without wings” is? Learn this and many other football sayings
10 Tips To Learn Any Language From An Expert
Here’s some advice from Matthew Youlden, a Babbelonian who speaks nine languages. Let this master guide you through the easy and fun ways to learn any language.