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10 New Zealand English Phrases You Can’t Bugger Up, Eh?

10 New Zealand English Phrases You Can’t Bugger Up, Eh?

If you’ve ever wondered what your kiwi friends meant by “tramping,” then this article is for you. We’re breaking down the most popular New Zealand slang words and phrases.
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.
Canadian English Vs. American English – What Are The Differences?

Canadian English Vs. American English – What Are The Differences?

Is Canadian English its own language variety? And if so, what makes it different? We’re comparing Canadian vs. American vs. British English.
The New Zealand Accent: More Than ‘Fush And Chups’

The New Zealand Accent: More Than ‘Fush And Chups’

The New Zealand accent is one of the most distinctive English accents — and it’s also one of the trickiest. Here’s everything you wanted to know about the kiwi accent.
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.
14 Words That Used To Mean Something Else

14 Words That Used To Mean Something Else

The cool thing about etymology is that it actually doesn’t guarantee anything!
Old Norse: The Language Of Ancient Scandinavia

Old Norse: The Language Of Ancient Scandinavia

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.
Which Language Is Spoken In Ireland?

Which Language Is Spoken In Ireland?

That’s actually a trick question — and English is only one piece of the puzzle.
A Simple Guide To The Complex Topic Of Gender-Neutral Pronouns

A Simple Guide To The Complex Topic Of Gender-Neutral Pronouns

The singular “they” is now recognized by leading dictionaries and style guides in English. What about in other languages?
Why Does The English Alphabet Lack Accent Marks?

Why Does The English Alphabet Lack Accent Marks?

It’s not like we couldn’t benefit from them, considering how counterintuitive English spelling can be.
Jargon Watch: Surfer Slang And The Language Of The Waves

Jargon Watch: Surfer Slang And The Language Of The Waves

If your knowledge of surfers stops after “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” you might want to learn a little bit more about the sport’s lingo.
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.
English As An International Universal Language

English As An International Universal Language

Don’t be surprised if in the world’s nooks, crannies and corners you find that little language called English.