Tag Archives: English

How Hipsters Are Bringing Words’ Groove Back

In the last five or so years, hipsters have become a huge part of Millennial culture. They’re usually known for their love of flannel, skinny jeans, obscure bands, and indie films. They can be found hanging out at hole-in-the-wall coffee shops or browsing for clothes at their local vintage shop. Furthermore, hipsters are generally famous(…)


Pack Your Suitcase, It’s Time to Go to Zanzibar

This week’s pick for Travel Tuesday even sounds exotic; that’s how great a destination this one is! Zanzibar, an archipelago—another sexy word—off of the east coast of Africa, is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania about 25-30 km off of the mainland. We are very excited to explore this place with you, so come take a(…)


Esperanto, the Language of the Future

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Odd question alert: When you look at the future, what language do you see? Are you someone who sees the reality that is the sheer number of Mandarin speakers exploding so that it becomes the dominant language? Are you a native English speaker clinging on to the English as lingua franca idea? Or can you(…)


Pokémon’s Influence on the Language of Virtual Reality

Unless you have been living under a rock these past few weeks, you’ll know what Pokémon Go is. Chances are, even if you haven’t played the game for yourself, you have become familiar with some new vocabulary such as pokestop: And pokemon gym – even if up until now you were clueless as to what(…)


Gibraltar: Are We Still in the UK?

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When you hear The Rock, we are sure your first thoughts fly to the one and only Dwayne Johnson; former WWE wrestler, current actor, all-round sweetheart if what The Internet tells us is true. But no, we’re not thinking about that The Rock, although we are sure he’d be lovely company on holiday. No, The(…)


Will English Still Be The Lingua Franca In The EU? #Brexit

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Europe is still reeling from the effect of #brexit, but is the English Language in jeopardy? A few weeks ago, Britain held a referendum to decide whether it should remain within the EU or whether it should leave. In awe, 49% of the country woke up to the disappointing news that the other 51% voted(…)


Language Maestro: Dr. Seuss

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“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” Oh, the places you’ll go!, Dr. Seuss Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer, best known for the wealth of children’s books written under the name of Dr. Seuss. Over 600 million copies of his(…)


Things You Never Thought You’d Say: Are Dictionaries Dying?

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There is often much conflict about which words rightfully and wrongfully end up in the Oxford Dictionary each year. Recent areas of conflict have been the Word Of 2015, which was the winky face emoji, and a very new entry which is the questionable Chinese helicopter, already receiving complaints in the form of a petition(…)


The Most Popular Languages to Learn

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If you’re considering taking up a new language as a hobby, you’re in good company: with more apps than we can handle to aid us linguistically, and organizations such as our good selves who are here to help you learn, the range of sources to help you tackle a language is truly astonishing. Not surprisingly,(…)