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Nuno Marques
Nuno is a puppeteer and scriptwriter who spends his time twiddling his thumbs inside and outside puppets' heads. He enjoys daydreaming, biking in Berlin and opera. Some of his best friends are made of felt and foam!
Articles by Nuno
Does Your Language Affect How You Perceive Time?

Does Your Language Affect How You Perceive Time?

Different languages conceptualize time differently, but is this the result of cultural, historical, and technological development — or of linguistic difference? If words and grammar influence the perception of time, our preconceptions of time as a universal phenomenon are about to be challenged!
How To Revive A Dead Language

How To Revive A Dead Language

Prof. Ghil’ad Zuckermann is a renowned linguist and scholar originally from Israel and currently based in Australia. He talked to Babbel about strategies for linguistic revitalization and the political issues surrounding linguistic change and preservation.
Rare Syndromes Experienced By Tourists And Travelers

Rare Syndromes Experienced By Tourists And Travelers

Traveling inevitably involves some unpleasant moments sprinkled in with all the excitement — but what if those negative experiences became your whole trip? Here are four different psychological syndromes that are induced solely by wanderlust.
What Are The Least Spoken Languages In The World?

What Are The Least Spoken Languages In The World?

There are many endangered languages in the world — languages spoken by a small group of people or even only one person. Here’s what’s being done to save them from the brink of extinction.
What Is The International Phonetic Alphabet?

What Is The International Phonetic Alphabet?

Pronouncing English words like “hyperbole” or “plough” can give even native speakers trouble. The International Phonetic Alphabet started out as an attempt to help navigate these murky spelling waters, and became a project with global scope. It aims to reproduce all existing sounds in language.
How Can Languages Help You Further Your Career?

How Can Languages Help You Further Your Career?

Languages are an incredible asset for the career minded. Not only do they open doors to business opportunities, they cement trust and understanding between collaborators and strangers. The number of jobs requiring language skills is considerable and keeps growing. Here are some examples!
6 Lost Languages And Scripts That Have Not Yet Been Deciphered

6 Lost Languages And Scripts That Have Not Yet Been Deciphered

What languages did our ancestors speak and what symbols did they write that scholars and researchers have yet to decipher? Are these unsolvable mysteries or will modern scientific and statistical methods provide information about vanished civilizations and cultures?
What Languages Existed Before Colonization In America, And Which Languages Still Survive?

What Languages Existed Before Colonization In America, And Which Languages Still Survive?

Let’s retrace the steps of colonization in the Americas to learn how European languages spread, which American languages survived and whether these languages influenced European tongues.
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. We look at the history of writing, separating myth from fact, and follow its myriad threads to the four distinct systems in use today.
9 Harmless Words That Started As Offensive Insults

9 Harmless Words That Started As Offensive Insults

Some words we take for granted were originally concocted as mean-spirited insults. Here’s the history of derogatory terms that were reclaimed and became mainstream.