Monthly Archives: January 2016

A song about Pompeii in Latin

Pompeii was a town destroyed by a volcano called Vesuvius. The very word volcano comes from the Roman god of fire Vulcan. Pompeii is a very interesting town from a language point of view because when it was uncovered, graffiti … Continue reading

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Latin Alphabet

When you grow up with a writing system you think it has always been like that. And the Latin script has been the same for a very long time, but there have been some additions over the centuries. One that … Continue reading

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Verbs of motion

Verbs of motion are words used to describe how something moves. In English we use prepositions for this, e.g. I go by car, by foot, by plane. But in other languages, such as Russian, they use special verbs, called verbs … Continue reading

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The long, incredibly tortuous, and fascinating process of creating a Chinese font – Quartz

The long, incredibly tortuous, and fascinating process of creating a Chinese font – Quartz The story of Chinese characters begins with, of all things, turtle bellies. The kings of the Shang Dynasty—which ruled from the 16th to the 11th centuries … Continue reading

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How to curse around the world

Everyone likes to swear! Don’t even f*cking try to tell me you don’t 😀 Swear words are very interesting little words that often come from very specific places in life, no matter the language or culture. Most swear words originate … Continue reading

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Americans Try Foreign Accents By Accident

I love these! It’s so funny how we think words are these neat packets of meaning, when in fact, they are just sounds that we are used to interpreting in a certain way. “Whale oil beef hooked” when said fast … Continue reading

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Counting in Japanese

Counting stuff in Japanese is weird. To make sure you are following the rules of Japanese properly, you need to use the “counter word” appropriate for the thing you are counting. Long thin things get a counter word and flat … Continue reading

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German for Turkish people

We all know that it can be hard to learn another language, especially if that language is very different to your native language. There are many Turkish immigrants in German and many of them go to German language classes. But … Continue reading

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Bilingual education

Ich speak immer like this mit meinem Freuden. Es is very fun in viel Sprachen zu reden. Es macht my head ein bisschen kaputt, men jag tro det är bra och kul. Wie viel languages can du sprechen? I always … Continue reading

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Spanish sayings

Some languages have some really funny sayings 😀 Expressions are like mini stories that get passed down from generation to generation. Sometimes we lose the origin of them, which makes the situation even more funny! I mean, who was the … Continue reading

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