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

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

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…