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