Sentence Shenanigans 1 – Sound Repetition

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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

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Fish vs. Ghoti. Or, why English is weird.

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Those of you who know me outside of this blog (Hi!) will have probably heard me going on about this particular aspect of language for a quite a while, especially if I’m posed with the question of “Which is the hardest language to learn?” If you’ve got an answer in your head of which language this is, you’re wrong. Sorry…

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L’s and R’s: A Japanese PoV…

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We’ve all had it before; the awkward moment when you’re ordering an East Asian take-away and someone shouts out the words “FLIED LICE!” thinking that they’re the first ones to come up with this joke in, oh, say, two decades. You’ll get those who’ll laugh, those who’ll cringe, those who won’t get it… and then you’ll get me…

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