Ever wondered why you might come across a cafe, a café and a caffè? Why do English speakers call it a hotel but French speakers call it a hôtel? And what do you do with something like bây giờ?!
Languages are powerful things. So powerful, in fact, that when used correctly they give us the power to manipulate time… Continue reading
English comes across as a bit of an exception when it comes to ‘politeness’ in languages. Sure, ask anyone English who’s been to a busy city centre and they’ll say they’ve said “Sorry!” to someone who was blocking their way (why do we do that?!), but how does politeness appear in other languages? Continue reading
Languages are equal parts beautiful to crazy. I think that’s why I love to study them: you get to learn so much about a culture and a method of communication, but you also get to see the completely bizarre results of language evolution. Continue reading