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Crimean Tatar Introduction

Crimean Tatar Introduction By Naoki Watanabe Crimean Tatars are a Sunni Muslim and Turkic ethnicity indigenous to Crimea and actively trying to reassert their culture there. The people are often called “Tatar” and this leads to confusion with the actual … Continue reading

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The history of “ch” in English

The sound “ch” in English has an interesting history. Original the sound was a “k” in Proto Germanic. The sound became palatilised in some words, which means that the sound is pronounced with tongue raised against the hard palate. This … Continue reading

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Arabic dialects

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Bilingual

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The current state of Silly Linguistics

I wanted to write this to give you guys a bit of an update. This year has been crazy! My page has gone from 30 000 to over 55 000! My book came out and my Youtube channel passed 1000 … Continue reading

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Mental illness

I wanted to take a break from the language to write about something that affects my life and the lives of many people around the world. When someone breaks their leg, no one says “Walk it off, it will get … Continue reading

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Frisian, the closest relative to English

Frisian is the language outside of the British Isles that is the closest relative of English It is my kat It is my cat It is in griene doar It is a green door Ik haw brea I have bread … Continue reading

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The origin of the word “blood”

The word “blood” comes from Old English “blod” which comes from Proto Germanic *blodam and both of those mean “blood”. However, *blodam is descended from Proto Indo European *bhlo-to- which means “to swell, gush, spurt”. The word “blood” is descended … Continue reading

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Vote for Steve the vagabond and silly linguist :)

Vote for Steve the vagabond and silly linguist at the bab.la Best Language Page competition 🙂

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Autocorrect: A Love/Hate Story

By Patience Kelly Ah autocorrect, turning our swears into fluffy animals, and our fluffy animals into, well, other words for years. It turns good spellers into bad ones, and makes bad ones look like they are all but illiterate. It’s … Continue reading

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