Samuel Dowd - Babbel Magazine
Articles by Samuel
What is Old Norse, where did it come from, and does any of it survive today? One of our linguistics experts tells the story of this Scandinavian language.
In honor of International Women’s Day, Babbel editor Samuel Dowd reflects on four women whose startling, radical and courageous writing has, sometimes loudly and sometimes quietly, changed the course of literature and society.
Ever ask yourself why people from Newcastle sound suspiciously Scandinavian? Or maybe why English has so many cognates with other languages? If you’re wondering how the unruly English language took shape, read on!
Spanish is the language of Miguel de Cervantes, Jorge Luis Borges, Isabel Allende and Ricky Martin! So if you want to understand every lyric in Shakira’s back catalogue or have an urge to live “la vida loca” in Puerto Rico, we’re here to tell you how hard it’s going to be to learn Spanish.
Are you desperate to know what “la plume de ma tante” means? Do you adore la vie en rose? Or perhaps you’re yearning for a year in Provence? Whatever your motivation, here’s the lowdown on how hard it is to learn French.
What does a “British accent” sound like? It depends who you’re asking and where you are in the British Isles. Here’s an overview of 8 regional varieties of British English.
Are you inexplicably drawn to the German accent? Or perhaps just a little curious about what an “Eierschalensollbruchstellenverursacher” is? Whatever your motivation, here’s the lowdown on how hard it is to learn German.
You’d have to plug your ears, wear an eye mask and enforce a complete media ban to avoid the controversy about gender-neutral language. But is it important? And does English have an advantage compared to other languages?