The French Words that are the Most Difficult to Pronounce

Even the bravest language learner sometimes doesn’t quite know what they’ve gotten themselves in for. In this video, French culture vlogger Kate of the YouTube channel Unintentionally Frenchified sits down with Jordan Patrick, AKA Califo.Ricain for a special language challenge. Kate and Jordan face off against Google in a pronunciation contest in which, I think it’s fair to say, … Lire la suite The French Words that are the Most Difficult to Pronounce

It’s Never Too Late to Learn a Language

At the ripe age of 56, New York resident Robert Paley decided to try his hand at French. So on top of a full-time job, teaching a class at Columbia University, and a schedule brimming with lectures and meetings, he started to study French. Six years later, he still practices daily and has progressed from a débutant to … Lire la suite It’s Never Too Late to Learn a Language

What Happens When You Lose Your Native Language

“My father is sometimes horrified to hear me speak French and accuses me of massacring Molière’s language,” jokes Missiva Khacer, a French expat in the United States for nearly a dozen years. This lawyer in Florida, specializing in business and immigration law, struggles to structure her sentences in French. “There’s nothing more annoying than a word that … Lire la suite What Happens When You Lose Your Native Language

« Féminicide » rentre ENFIN dans le dictionnaire Larousse !

Le Petit Larousse 2021 intègre 150 mots à son édition, dont celui de « féminicide ». Il était temps ! Pour son édition 2021 qui sortira le 3 juin, le dictionnaire Larousse s’enrichit de 150 nouveaux mots… dont celui de « féminicide ».   C’est pas trop tôt ! « Féminicide », un mot rentré tardivement dans … Lire la suite « Féminicide » rentre ENFIN dans le dictionnaire Larousse !

Top 10 Languages Used On the Internet for 2020

With so many languages available on the internet, the question about whether to translate or localize your website lingers at the back of many website owners. For some years now, the English language dominated the internet. The dominance has been relatively historically and is still is. However, there is a massive representation of other languages … Lire la suite Top 10 Languages Used On the Internet for 2020

How to save a language from extinction

As many as 3,000 languages could disappear within the next 80 years, all but silencing entire cultures. In this quick talk, language activist Daniel Bögre Udell shows how people around the world are finding new ways to revive ancestral languages and rebuild their traditions — and encourages us all to investigate the tongues of our … Lire la suite How to save a language from extinction

Parlez-Vous Français ? : The Belgian Language Situation, Explained

Belgium is perhaps best known for its delicious waffles, tiny geographic span, and downright confusing linguistic landscape. Situated between France, the Netherlands and Germany, this minuscule country somehow manages to incorporate all three influences and all three languages. For those Francophiles who are wondering, “Can I speak French in Belgium?” The answer is yes — and no. … Lire la suite Parlez-Vous Français ? : The Belgian Language Situation, Explained

12 Words With Very Different Meanings in the U.S. and the UK

Dressed in a warm jumper and his most homely trainers, Fred tossed some biscuits and rubbers for the children into his trolley. Which side of the pond did you grow up on? How you interpreted the above sentence revealed the answer (unless you’re from Canada, where the words sometimes have both meanings, leading to double the misunderstandings). … Lire la suite 12 Words With Very Different Meanings in the U.S. and the UK

20 Things Only Bilinguals Will Understand

Being able to speak multiple languages is priceless. Language is key to understanding another culture, which is like opening up and discovering a whole new world. It enables you to converse with a whole other group of people, understand a whole another set of ideas, and perceive everything in life from more than one angle. … Lire la suite 20 Things Only Bilinguals Will Understand

40 Arabic Words Transformed into Illustrations of Their Literal Meanings

Although it can be tough to learn and understand, the alphabet of the Arabic language is quite a sight to look at and a great source of fascination for those interested in languages. Fun fact, the Arabic alphabet doesn’t have any short vowel letters. Instead, it has what is called “harakat”_features_ that are placed on … Lire la suite 40 Arabic Words Transformed into Illustrations of Their Literal Meanings