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.
Ask Babs: I Misspoke At Dinner, And Now My French Host Family Thinks I’m Pregnant. How Do I Recover?
This month: what to expect when you’re not expecting (but your host family thinks you are). Also, an introvert struggles with intimacy and German.
Is it possible to dream in a language you’ve never been exposed to? Here, we present the rational and the phenomenological take on xenoglossy.
Studies show that we have different personalities when we speak different languages. I’ve experienced this phenomenon first-hand — and so has my English alter-ego.
Even on my first day in Istanbul, a handful of words and phrases unlocked situations that would otherwise have remained out of reach.
One of the most exciting things in any new relationship is to share your past; to show him or her the avenues on which you walked and how these led you to who and where you are today.
Mandarin, Spanish, English and Arabic may be the “super languages” of the modern era, but minority languages like Catalan, Breton and Cornish are crucial for the diversity of our cultural DNA.