The 6 Best Language And Culture Shock Stories From The Moth
Everyone has one or two culture shock stories. Some people tell them so well, they’ve been anthologized in The Moth’s archives.
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.
Unlocking The Brain: When Language Knowledge Can’t Be Explained
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.
9 German Expressions That Will Make You Sound Like A Native
These popular expressions about (new) beginnings, endings and sausages are an unbeatable way to understand the German mindset.
What We (Really) Learned From Our Language Teachers
We reminisce about our best (and sometimes worst) language teachers. Looking back, what lessons did we REALLY learn?
Does Speaking A Foreign Language Change Your Personality?
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.
The Modest Arsenal: 24 Hours In Istanbul With Only A Few Turkish Words
Even on my first day in Istanbul, a handful of words and phrases unlocked situations that would otherwise have remained out of reach.
How Language Skills Helped This Actor On Tour Abroad
An English actor divulges his favored approach to language learning and how he’s wielded words in foreign countries.
Absolute Beginner: How I Re-Learned French In My Twenties
They say once you learn a language, it never goes away. It can, however, take a long hiatus.
My German Girlfriend’s English
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.
1 Language That Only 2 People Speak: The Secret Language Of Twins
Insights from the multilingual twin brothers who transformed their secret twin-speak into a constructed language.
Why I Choose To Learn Minority Languages
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.