Tone is essential to conveying the intended meaning of many words and can often be the hardest part of learning a tonal language.
Psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Memphis released a study published in an issue of PLoS ONE, which focuses on linguistic evolution and why language structures differ throughout the world. The Relationship Between Social and Linguistic Structures The study suggests that human languages actually adapt to their environments, much like a(…)
For those who love beer, it’s time to celebrate! Oktoberfest is here, and whether your plans include making the trek to Germany or just celebrating in the comfort of your own neighborhood bar, you probably have beer on the brain. But when it comes to Oktoberfest, there’s a whole lot more going on that just(…)
Classic Mexican television shows are just as popular today as they were in decades past. Shot in low-quality color, physical comedy reigned supreme, and laughter at every twist and turn of the plot was–and is–all but guaranteed.
Ah, Oktoberfest. So much tradition. All the rides and games. And we can’t forget to mention the food. It’s no wonder some 6 million people are attracted to Munich each fall to celebrate this annual event. But wait, let’s be honest. It might not be the traditional food, costumes, and carnival rides that are inspiring(…)
Why do we have silent letters? Is there a better alternative? Take “colour” and “color”; why has the “u” been dropped in one word and not the other?
So you’ve booked your ticket, organised your flight, sorted out accommodation, and got your game-face on – you’re off to Oktoberfest! As an old hand on the beer festival scene, let me tell you, you’re up for some serious fun! But if you jump in headfirst without a bit of prior preparation you could miss(…)
The English language is illogical: is it because it’s a mixture of so many different languages?
Considered ‘Japan’s kitchen’ (天下の台所), Osaka is the place to go for food, drinks, and culture, and with a population of around 2.6 million it’s easily accessible by bullet train from destinations like Tokyo. Osaka has a lot of to offer the average tourist and the seasoned traveller, and can serve as a great place to(…)
The German and the North American cultures are not that different – indeed there is much more of a difference between the cultures of Mexico and the United States, despite them being neighbors. Regardless, there will be quite a lot of Americans who think of the Germans as dirndl-wearing, sausages-eating, beer-drinkers with an indecipherable language.(…)