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Sam Wood
Sam is a vegan travel blogger, freelance writer, social media manager, former English teacher, linguist and occasional guest university lecturer from London, now living in Berlin. He is fascinated with the phonetics of the many varieties of English from all over the world, both from a pedagogical and historical point of view and as well speaks German, Spanish and French plus smatterings of Swedish, Mandarin, Arabic and Japanese. In his free time he enjoys watching Star Trek, doing yoga, baking delicious vegan cakes and performing as a drag queen.
Articles by Sam
Languages Have Families, Too: A Look At The Indo-European Language Family

Languages Have Families, Too: A Look At The Indo-European Language Family

Did you know that almost every language spoken between Iceland and India has the same origin? That’s the Indo-European language family. Let’s take a look at this extremely diverse collection of related languages.
What The Heck Is TH-Fronting?

What The Heck Is TH-Fronting?

Why do some English speakers pronounce TH-sounds as F- or V-sounds? Welcome to TH-fronting.
What Are The Most Unusual Sounds In The World?

What Are The Most Unusual Sounds In The World?

What are the most unusual sounds in the world — and what counts as an “unusual,” anyway?
How South African English Grew Its Wings

How South African English Grew Its Wings

How did South African English end up sounding so distinct — and which features make it particularly unique? An expert explains.
What Are Diphthongs, And How Common Are They?

What Are Diphthongs, And How Common Are They?

If you’re studying linguistics, languages or even singing, you’ve probably heard of diphthongs. Here’s an overview of what they are.
What Is Received Pronunciation, And Is There A Better Term For This Accent?

What Is Received Pronunciation, And Is There A Better Term For This Accent?

What is Received Pronunciation, and where does this British accent come from? We explore this and other terms (perhaps one we should use instead!).
How Many Vowel Sounds Does English Have?

How Many Vowel Sounds Does English Have?

How many English vowel sounds are there? Well, it depends on what variety of English we’re talking about. Here’s a brief overview for British and American English.
What Is A Glottal Stop, And How Does It Work In English?

What Is A Glottal Stop, And How Does It Work In English?

The glottal stop is a pretty unique feature in the English language. Here’s what it is, how it’s used, and which other languages it appears in.
Connected Speech: What Is It And How Do You Use It?

Connected Speech: What Is It And How Do You Use It?

What is connected speech and how does it manifest itself in English? One of our linguistics experts explains.