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

L’argot, vie et mort d’une langue du peuple

Langue orale typiquement populaire, l’argot a suscité dès le XIXe siècle la curiosité des journaux, qui se sont plu à en reproduire les meilleures expressions et à en décortiquer les mécanismes. « L’argot, c’est le verbe devenu forçat », disait Victor Hugo. Comme l’auteur des Misérables, les journaux français affichent dès le XIXe siècle une véritable fascination pour l’argot, ce … Lire la suite L’argot, vie et mort d’une langue du peuple

If Dictionaries Were Honest: 52 Words Redefined

Words carry a certain social weight to them and that’s what dictionaries try to hide from us. Dictionaries give us literal meanings, dry most often, but can’t capture the different ways people use words and what they intend when they use them in different contexts. HipDict is an Instagram account that humorously redefines words and adds the … Lire la suite If Dictionaries Were Honest: 52 Words Redefined

Is Shakespeare Still Shakespeare If It’s in French?

Director Robert Carsen talks about his new French-language production of The Tempest. Michel Vuillermoz, Loic Corbery, and Georgia Scalliet in the Comédie Française production of The Tempest Vincent Pontet “It’s a uniquely complex play,” director Robert Carsen says, “and simple at the same time. It operates on so many levels. It’s one of the most extraordinary examples of … Lire la suite Is Shakespeare Still Shakespeare If It’s in French?

What 9 bizarre British expressions really mean…

To Americans, British English can seem like a completely different language than American English. Sneakers are trainers, garbage is rubbish, chips aren’t chips . But it’s not just words that differ, commons expressions do too. The infographic below, created by Sykes Cottages, explains the meaning behind nine phrases commonly used throughout the UK. Keep scrolling to increase your … Lire la suite What 9 bizarre British expressions really mean…