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New Mexican Spanish: A Dialect Preserved In Time

New Mexican Spanish: A Dialect Preserved In Time

A look at how New Mexican Spanish formed and why the dialect remains similar to its colonial form.
The History Of Chocolate: The Bittersweet Tale Of A Global Treat

The History Of Chocolate: The Bittersweet Tale Of A Global Treat

From ancient Latin America to Europe to the world, here’s a taste of the rich history of chocolate and where it stands today.
Why These Countries Drive On The Left Side Of The Road

Why These Countries Drive On The Left Side Of The Road

Ever wonder why people in some countries drive on the left side while people in the U.S. and other countries drive on the right? We have some answers.
8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The 4th Of July

8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The 4th Of July

Odds are pretty good you’ll be eating a hot dog on the 4th. And we say that due to a statistical grounding in 4th of July facts.
How One Man Created A Written Language From Scratch

How One Man Created A Written Language From Scratch

Sequoyah had never been taught to read a language before, and yet he created the Cherokee written language completely on his own.
What Is The Oldest Word In The World?

What Is The Oldest Word In The World?

Which words were the first to be written and spoken? We dive into the history of ancient language and what remains to this day.
5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Cinco De Mayo

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Cinco De Mayo

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not ‘Mexico’s Independence Day.’ There’s also more to this holiday than margaritas (but we can’t blame you for wanting one anyway).
True Or False: Can You Separate Fact From Fiction When It Comes To Russia?

True Or False: Can You Separate Fact From Fiction When It Comes To Russia?

Untrue stereotype, or little-known fact? See if you can guess correctly when it comes to these five little factoids about Russia.
Cracking The Secrets Of A Lost Language (Or Not)

Cracking The Secrets Of A Lost Language (Or Not)

New technologies may be able to decipher the Voynich manuscript, a strange book that has baffled researchers for decades.
If You Speak Russian, Can You Understand Ukrainian?

If You Speak Russian, Can You Understand Ukrainian?

How Similar Are Russian And Ukrainian? If I put hundreds of hours into learning Russian, will it pay off in other Slavic languages like Ukrainian? Please?
How American English Grew Its Wings

How American English Grew Its Wings

When did American English become distinct from British English? A brief chronology.
How To Compliment Someone’s Mustache In 13 Different Languages

How To Compliment Someone’s Mustache In 13 Different Languages

Your Movember guide to must-know mustache history around the world. Plus: a handy translation guide to help you destroy cross-cultural barriers and say nice things about facial hair.
What Was, And What Is: Native American Languages In The US

What Was, And What Is: Native American Languages In The US

Indigenous languages once flourished in the United States. Now, they continue to account for a large portion of the nation’s linguistic diversity.
The Tale Of The Polyglot Pope

The Tale Of The Polyglot Pope

When you’re the pope, multilingualism comes with the job requirements.