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What Japanese Haiku Can Teach Us About Translation

What Japanese Haiku Can Teach Us About Translation

Haiku is a deceptively simple kind of poem. Three lines can hold so many possible meanings.
The Language Detectives: Solving Puzzles With Forensic Linguistics

The Language Detectives: Solving Puzzles With Forensic Linguistics

From the courtroom to the Twitterverse, a look at how forensic linguists use language patterns to solve the world’s mysteries.
Jargon Watch: Lawyers And The Language Of The Courtroom

Jargon Watch: Lawyers And The Language Of The Courtroom

A brief guide to legal jargon, from habeas corpus to hung jury.
How To Tackle Silent Letters In Just About Any Language

How To Tackle Silent Letters In Just About Any Language

Now you say it, now you don’t. Silent letters can trip you up when you’re learning a new language, but you don’t have to go in blindly.
Polyglot Pooches: Why Many Dogs Are Trained In Other Languages

Polyglot Pooches: Why Many Dogs Are Trained In Other Languages

Whether they’re police K-9s or civilian mutts, many of our four-legged friends are given foreign-language commands during training. Here’s why.
How Many People Speak Norwegian, And Where Is It Spoken?

How Many People Speak Norwegian, And Where Is It Spoken?

The Norwegian language is pretty concentrated in Norway, but it has a fascinating history that has led to its modern development.
How Many People Speak Dutch, And Where Is It Spoken?

How Many People Speak Dutch, And Where Is It Spoken?

Did you know that Dutch is an official language in five countries? Read on to learn more about how many people speak Dutch and other interesting facts about the language.
Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Swedish?

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Swedish?

Does your knowledge of Swedish go past Ikea and meatballs?
Ciphers, Cants And Cults: The Secret Languages Of Secret Societies

Ciphers, Cants And Cults: The Secret Languages Of Secret Societies

How secret societies, cults and other groups throughout history have used secret languages and codes to communicate.
Why Are Humans Multilingual, And Have We Always Been?

Why Are Humans Multilingual, And Have We Always Been?

Whether you’re a master polyglot or a reluctant monolingual, you live in a multilingual society. But will that always be the case?
Small Talk, Big World: Cracking The Art Of Chit-Chat Around The Globe

Small Talk, Big World: Cracking The Art Of Chit-Chat Around The Globe

Small talk at home can be daunting enough. But how do you banter, yammer, palaver, and blather your way around the world?
What’s The Difference Between A Language, A Dialect And An Accent?

What’s The Difference Between A Language, A Dialect And An Accent?

Confused by what people mean when they talk about languages, dialects and accents? You’re not alone.
Owning Language: The Weird World Of Trademarking Words

Owning Language: The Weird World Of Trademarking Words

We’re surrounded by words and phrases that have been copyrighted, from company names to catchphrases. But what does it mean to actually own a piece of language?