Language Insights

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Language In The World Cup

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Language In The World Cup

From swearing refs to minority language commentators, here are some fascinating facts about how language is used in international soccer.
Are You A Polyglot, Or A Hyperpolyglot?

Are You A Polyglot, Or A Hyperpolyglot?

And who determines what the benchmark is for this type of thing, anyway?
5 Things You Can’t Learn From A Language Textbook (Or App)

5 Things You Can’t Learn From A Language Textbook (Or App)

You can be an armchair philosopher, but not an armchair Spanish speaker.
How Do You Make A Dictionary For Birds?

How Do You Make A Dictionary For Birds?

The words of birds are far more than just “cheep cheep” and “twitter,” and one dictionary tries to collect as many as possible.
Secret Languages, Discreet Loves: How Does Queer Slang Differ Around The World?

Secret Languages, Discreet Loves: How Does Queer Slang Differ Around The World?

Throughout the world, queer people have developed forms of communication with one another that outsiders can’t understand. What are these secret languages like?
LGBTQ+ Language And The Search For An All-Inclusive Term

LGBTQ+ Language And The Search For An All-Inclusive Term

How increased awareness and efforts for inclusivity have fueled the evolution of LGBTQ terms and queer language.
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.
Why Do Our Brains Remember Certain Words Over Others?

Why Do Our Brains Remember Certain Words Over Others?

Is there some sort of weird trick to this thing?
What Speakers Of Other Languages Call Their Fathers

What Speakers Of Other Languages Call Their Fathers

Move over, music and math. Dad jokes are definitely the world’s universal language.
How To Say ‘Yes’ And ‘No’ In 10 Languages

How To Say ‘Yes’ And ‘No’ In 10 Languages

You say yes, I say no, and other languages use completely different words in response to questions.
How To Tell The Time In French

How To Tell The Time In French

There are few things more important to know about (and few things more fun to say) than l’heure du jour.
How To Say ‘I Don’t Understand’ In 10 Different Languages

How To Say ‘I Don’t Understand’ In 10 Different Languages

“I don’t understand” might be one of the most useful phrases you can learn.
How To Use Your Right Brain For Language Learning

How To Use Your Right Brain For Language Learning

New research suggests your creative mind may play more of a role than previously thought in your language studies.