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How To Reignite Your Passion For Learning A Language

How To Reignite Your Passion For Learning A Language

We have some tips for translating your burning-hot desire to learn into a more sustainable relationship with your target language.
Quiz: What Should You Reward Yourself With After Your Language-Learning Milestone?

Quiz: What Should You Reward Yourself With After Your Language-Learning Milestone?

One of the most important parts of learning anything is rewarding yourself for a job well done.
6 Questions With Polyglot Comedian And Activist Eddie Izzard

6 Questions With Polyglot Comedian And Activist Eddie Izzard

We spoke with Eddie Izzard about using language to connect with people, translating comedy and, at one point, human sacrifice.
11 Dog Phrases You’ll Need For Your Trip To The Park

11 Dog Phrases You’ll Need For Your Trip To The Park

Do you even dog? Quit it with the ‘good boy’ nonsense and learn to meet your doggo on his own turf.
Does Everyone Laugh The Same Way?

Does Everyone Laugh The Same Way?

Laughter seems like an involuntary expression, but it’s actually shaped by many different forces.
Ask Babs: How Do I Convince My English-Only Relatives That Language Learning Is Good For Them?

Ask Babs: How Do I Convince My English-Only Relatives That Language Learning Is Good For Them?

This month: how to dismantle the provincial-archy. Also, a German learner accidentally introduces his love interest as his girlfriend. Can he walk it back smoothly?
What’s The Funniest Word In The World?

What’s The Funniest Word In The World?

A mostly clean exploration of how language and comedy work together.
Ask Babs: How Do You Respond When You Overhear People Badmouthing You In Another Language?

Ask Babs: How Do You Respond When You Overhear People Badmouthing You In Another Language?

This month: how to clap back in any language. Also, the difference between ‘preservative’ and ‘preservativo’ (and how to correctly ask about the nutritional content of your sausage).
Ask Babs: Why Don’t Native Speakers Ever Want To Talk To Me In Their Language?

Ask Babs: Why Don’t Native Speakers Ever Want To Talk To Me In Their Language?

This month: an aspiring polyglot talks to the hand. Also, how to swim your way out when foreign curse words land you in hot water.
13 Of The Best Pet Names (For Humans) In Other Languages

13 Of The Best Pet Names (For Humans) In Other Languages

Who said terms of endearment had to make any sense?
11 Wacky Holiday Traditions Around The World

11 Wacky Holiday Traditions Around The World

From caroling with a horse skull to enjoying Christmas Eve at KFC, these holiday customs give the old man in the chimney a run for his money.
Ask Babs: I Corrected My Friend’s Pronunciation At Dinner, And Now He’s Mad. How Does One Keep It Classy In These Situations?

Ask Babs: I Corrected My Friend’s Pronunciation At Dinner, And Now He’s Mad. How Does One Keep It Classy In These Situations?

This month: walking the fine line between ‘smug jerk’ and ‘enabler of bad pronunciation.’ Also, a married person (shockingly) stresses about her in-laws.
The Surprising Vulgar Expressions Used On Every Continent

The Surprising Vulgar Expressions Used On Every Continent

One man’s ‘your mom’ barb is another man’s blasphemy. Here’s a look at how obscenity varies from culture to culture — and how it stays the same.
4 Languages That Were Invented Just For Video Games

4 Languages That Were Invented Just For Video Games

Have you ever heard or seen a language in a video game and thought it was just a random design choice? It might not be!