Monthly Archives: April, 2013

Pop vs. soda

We all know there are differences between American English and British English, but what about all the regional varieties in one country? BuzzFeed has written a handy article based on a dialect survey completed at Harvard University, so you can figure out whether you need to call your “tennis shoes” “sneakers” or vice versa almost(…)


Learning via television

A great way to supplement the language you’re learning in your Spanish class in Dallas is to watch TV in your target language. In good news for Spanish language learners, Univision is expanding its schedule beyond telenovelas and the long running programme Sábado Gigante. The show has been running for 50 years! If your Spanish(…)


Earworms

Earworms are those catchy tunes you hear and then can’t get out of your head. What if this could be applied to language learning? Well, a company called Earworms MBT (musical brain trainer) has done just that! Language is set to music allowing you to listen and learn as you’re on the go. You can(…)


Words the Internet gave English

This is a fun article, identifying new words that have come from the Internet and the stories behind them. A personal favourite that I find very useful is number 8: Meh There’s a special place in my heart for the supremely useful three letters of “meh”, which express an almost infinitely flexible contemporary species of(…)


Dothraki fun facts

Finding a real language tiresome? Need to take a break from your Russian lessons in Washington DC? Well if you are also a fan of Game of Thrones, you’re in luck as Mental Floss has a bunch of fun facts about the invented language Dothraki, used in the first two seasons of the show. Apparently(…)


Go watch a movie!

When you’re learning a new language, it’s a good idea to try and immerse yourself in it as much as possible. If you can’t move to the country of your target language, perhaps try supplementing the Italian classes you’re taking in New York with some movies. There’s a huge range of movies out there in(…)


Words we should revive

Have you ever thought “Hey. What’s the word for freshly melted snow? No… not slush.” Well, it’s snowbroth! Yep, according to this Buzzfeed article, snowbroth dates from the 1590s and simply means “freshly melted snow”. Not got enough uses for snowbroth? What about snoutfair? It means a good looking person. As in “Ryan Gosling’s a(…)