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Book Boats: How Floating Libraries Make Language More Accessible

Book Boats: How Floating Libraries Make Language More Accessible

From the rivers of Laos to the islands of Sweden, these book boats are bringing literature and language to the farthest reaches of the globe.
Introducing Can Xue’s ‘Love In The New Millennium’

Introducing Can Xue’s ‘Love In The New Millennium’

Love is all around! As well as paranoia. And informants. And magical herbal medicine. And people who sing like cicadas.
Fantastic Languages And Where To Hear Them: Languages In The Harry Potter Universe

Fantastic Languages And Where To Hear Them: Languages In The Harry Potter Universe

Every Harry Potter fan knows about Parseltongue, but which other languages are spoken in the Harry Potter universe? Let’s geek out… erm… FIND out!
Invented Languages: 9 Beloved Conlangs From Pop Culture

Invented Languages: 9 Beloved Conlangs From Pop Culture

Whether you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, Star Trek or 1984, you’ve been exposed to some of pop culture’s favorite conlangs. Here’s a guide.
Introducing Roberto Bolaño’s ‘The Spirit of Science Fiction’

Introducing Roberto Bolaño’s ‘The Spirit of Science Fiction’

This month, we’re reading Chilean poet and novelist Roberto Bolaño’s ‘The Spirit of Science Fiction,’ a story of young Bohemian writers in Mexico City.
International Literature: Children’s Books In Other Languages

International Literature: Children’s Books In Other Languages

Pranksters, princes and puppets — open your imagination and explore the wonderful world of children’s literature.
Introducing Han Kang’s ‘The White Book’

Introducing Han Kang’s ‘The White Book’

This month, we’re reading Han Kang’s ‘The White Book,’ an exploration of life and death in which each chapter focuses on a different (white) object.
6 Books To Help You Learn Italian

6 Books To Help You Learn Italian

From ‘My Brilliant Friend’ to lesser-known works, these Italian books will help beginner, intermediate and advanced language learners master Italian.
The 8 Best Books To Learn Swedish

The 8 Best Books To Learn Swedish

Eager to find some enjoyable books to help you learn Swedish? Our language experts have got you covered!
Introducing David Grossman’s ‘A Horse Walks Into A Bar’

Introducing David Grossman’s ‘A Horse Walks Into A Bar’

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. This month, we’re reading David Grossman’s ‘A Horse Walks into a Bar’!
6 Comics To Read When You’re Learning A Language

6 Comics To Read When You’re Learning A Language

Foreign-language comics are a fantastic resource when you’re learning a new language. Here are a few famous examples from around the world!
Introducing ‘Favorite Folktales From Around The World’

Introducing ‘Favorite Folktales From Around The World’

As we settle into the colds of January, we decided to try something new. This month, we’re revisiting childhood by reading folktales from around the world.
5 Famous Fictional Characters’ Names In Other Languages

5 Famous Fictional Characters’ Names In Other Languages

Something about “Käsna-Kalle Kantpüks” just has a nice ring to it.
Introducing Yoko Tawada’s ‘The Emissary’

Introducing Yoko Tawada’s ‘The Emissary’

A surreal book that shows us a dystopian future unlike any dystopian future you’ve read about before.