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What Is Afrikaans, And Where Is It Spoken?

What Is Afrikaans, And Where Is It Spoken?

Afrikaans is more than meets the eye. Grab your reading glasses and join us on this journey to explore one of South Africa’s 11 official languages.
How Do We Measure The Oldest Language In The World?

How Do We Measure The Oldest Language In The World?

Yes, you can map languages and their histories in the branches of family trees. But finding the oldest language in the world isn’t as simple as counting rings.
Navajo Code Talkers: Using Indigenous Language As A Secret Cipher

Navajo Code Talkers: Using Indigenous Language As A Secret Cipher

How Native Americans turned their first languages into crucial forms of communication in both world wars.
The Influence Of Arabic On The Spanish Language

The Influence Of Arabic On The Spanish Language

Modern Spanish has more than 4,000 words of Arabic origin. How did this happen and what does it mean for learning Spanish today?
The Story Of English, In Its Own Words

The Story Of English, In Its Own Words

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!
The Secret Language Of Weekdays

The Secret Language Of Weekdays

Ever wonder why it’s called Tuesday? The origins of our modern weekday names go way back to ancient times.
How Many People Speak Arabic Around The World, And Where?

How Many People Speak Arabic Around The World, And Where?

You might know that it’s pretty popular in the Middle East and North Africa, but you might be surprised at just how many people speak Arabic in the entire world.
The Secret Language Of Calendar Months

The Secret Language Of Calendar Months

Believe it or not, the month of May was not purposely named for its ability to set us up for annual Star Wars and Justin Timberlake puns.
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About German Typefaces

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About German Typefaces

We notice them in antique shops, on old-fashioned signs in Germany, or – unfortunately – on neo-Nazi paraphernalia: old German typefaces. These fonts are everywhere, but do you know what they’re called and where they come from? We explore some of the history.
Are Emojis The New Hieroglyphs? A Brief History Of Emojis And Their Purpose

Are Emojis The New Hieroglyphs? A Brief History Of Emojis And Their Purpose

Nearly 90% of online users use emojis to supplement their speech — but what does this mean for the future of language? Let’s investigate what linguistic purpose emojis serve.
Linguistic Purism And The Push For Anglish, The English Throwback

Linguistic Purism And The Push For Anglish, The English Throwback

10th-century vintage English vocab is so in right now.
Which Animals Are We Most Likely To Speak With First?

Which Animals Are We Most Likely To Speak With First?

Which creature will cross the human-animal linguistic divide first? Recent research on animals and language presents a few possible candidates.
What Is Black Friday, And Where Is It Celebrated?

What Is Black Friday, And Where Is It Celebrated?

The story behind the crowds: your guide to the history of Black Friday and who takes part in it around the world.
The Forgotten Yat (And Other Extinct Letters)

The Forgotten Yat (And Other Extinct Letters)

Ever wonder what old alphabets used to look like? Hint: many of them contain letters we no longer use today.