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Brain Benefits of Being Bilingual

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“Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages.” – Dave Barry I have always envied those raised bilingually. Those who slip so easily from one tongue to another.(…)


Your Guide to Lies, Lies, and More Lies

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Liar, liar, pants on fire, and if that were true most of us would be alight from the ankles up. Everyone hates a liar. The word consistently rates in the bottom 5% of 500 descriptive words but we all are; big or small, intentional or by mishap, liars. We have great words for lying. When(…)


The Bond of Language

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There may be no more comforting experience than hearing your own language when far from home. For instance, searching for the rumored bus station in a small town in Indonesia and having a well educated local take you under their wing. Even hearing your local accent, your home town twang, in a strange city in(…)


To be a Stranger in a Strange Land

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  The notion that it’s a small world is just that, a notion. It is a large world, and one that differs greatly from place to place. Of course, though, modern technology has tightened things up. We can go to Google Earth and visit any little corner of any town in any country that strikes(…)


“Check-bin” Please and Other English Words in Thai

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Language doesn’t exist in a vacuum. We take it with us when we travel whether it be the slow migration of cultures moving from region to region or a backpacker hopping on a jet to explore the world for a year before settling down to life, language is our most essential baggage. English has become(…)


What Happened with Slang in 2016?

One of the great side effects of the massive breath of the English language is the slang to which it has given birth. As English has become the language of the world, the slang works its way into cultures and countries everywhere. Cool, kinky, crazy slang words of course. Hang out, chill out, freak out(…)


Is Donald Trump Guilty Of Hubris?

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Donald Trump wowed every thinking man and woman in America, most around the world, and perhaps beyond if there is intelligent life out there by winning the US presidential election against all odds back in November. He broke every guideline, rule and taboo of political campaigns. He insulted his opponents, belittled the press, and told(…)


Childhood Songs of Christmas Past

‘Tis the season to be jolly… Well no. Actually it’s not really. The commercial demonisation of what for some is a religious event and for others is a midwinter’s family get together drags the beginning of the celebration of Christmas earlier and earlier each year. In fact, we could have posted this back in August(…)


Your Survival Guide to Italian When in Italy

  Maybe you’re planning a trip to Italy or you’ve met an attractive Italian-speaking someone and you want to sweep them off their feet. Perhaps you have an amazing restaurant in Little Italy you want to visit or your Nona is visiting from the old country and you can’t speak a word to her. Regardless(…)


The Election in Words: How Linguistics Played an Important Role Between Hillary and Trump

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Words hold power, and anyone who has been called a name on a school yard, or branded by their peers as different, will know that words can sometimes cut to the core. Words can grant freedom, make people feel loved, ensure a nation’s security, or they can be used to demoralize and tear people apart.(…)