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Some strange Americanisms

Sports are huge in America. Everywhere you look there’s coverage of football, basketball, baseball… and pretty much any other sport you can name. People are constantly talking about sports too, and so vocabulary differences come up. It’s not just a case of ‘soccer’ (in the US) vs ‘football’ (in the UK): there are plenty of(…)


Ig-pay atin-lay or Loffelsprache

Pig Latin (Ig-pay atin-lay) is the simple “language” (or more accurately code) we learn as kids to try and confuse our elders. But did you know that other languages have their own version of Pig Latin? German-speakers have Loffelsprache for example: 2. LÖFFELSPRACHE — GERMAN In German Löffelsprache, or “spoon language,” a “lew,” “lef” or(…)


Learn and browse with Flewent

If you use Chrome as your browser, you could kill two birds with one stone and learn a language while perusing your favourite websites. Flewent is a plugin for Chrome that will translate words on a webpage into a different language, meaning you can pick up new words in your target language as you read.(…)


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(…)