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How to Learn Chinese in 5 Minutes Per Day

We live in a hectic world today, where it’s common to relegate activities because we are too busy. This is true when learning a language such as Mandarin Chinese. Although being bilingual brings about an array of professional, cultural, and social benefits, it is a long term investment some of us may not be able(…)


Dance dictionary

Sometimes the spoken word just isn’t enough. Which is why Puma has got some of the world’s top freestyle dancers together to create a Dance Dictionary. The dancers have translated words into moves, and you can edit together these words to create a whole sentence. Pretty cool huh? Check it out in the video below.(…)


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(…)


Untranslatable words

Have you ever felt really lazy, so lazy you can’t be bothered to do anything, go anywhere? Well, that feeling has a word – viitsima. But only in Estonian. A former student at the Royal College of Art in London amassed words from other languages we don’t have in English. The Taiwanese design student collected(…)


Do you live in a happy place?

A new study analysing tweets has found that Napa, California is the happiest city in the US. Researchers found that tweets originating in the city had more happy words than other places, including beauty, hope and food. Coming in last is Beaumont, Texas, whose tweeters apparently swear a lot. The happiest state is Hawaii with(…)


Visualising London’s Twitter languages

London is a very diverse city, as showcased during this year’s Olympic Games. Just how diverse is shown by a visualisation of language communities, as revealed by Twitter. There are limitations to this as it is a selective sample, but is interesting nonetheless. The top five languages represented (other than English) are Spanish, French, Turkish,(…)