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Nuno Marques - Babbel Magazine

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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

What Is The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)?

Pronouncing English words like “hyperbole” or “plough” can give even native speakers trouble.

The Eccentric History Of English Spelling (And Why It’s So Maddeningly Difficult)

Why is it so difficult to spell words in English? It turns out that the inconsistency of English spelling is a long, rambling history with many people to blame along the way.

The Most Multilingual People Throughout History

How many languages can one human mind master? Here are some of the most famous polyglots in history.

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 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.

Cants And Anti-Languages: The Hidden World Of Secret Languages

Sometimes languages aren’t meant to be understood.

What’s The Difference Between Portuguese In Brazil And In Portugal?

Are Brazilian and European Portuguese two different languages, or two sides of the same coin?

Which Are The Most Multilingual Countries In The World?

These 7 countries are home to almost a third of the world’s languages! And which country is the most multilingual on Earth? Here’s a hint: its entire population is the size of New York City’s!

A Guide To The Most Common Brazilian And Portuguese Phrases

Let’s dive into some idioms and proverbs that will help you make your Portuguese sound more authentic.