Langauge 101

What Makes English Such A Difficult Language To Learn?

As the international language of business, science, and academia, English is the most studied language in the world. There are 1.5 billion English language learners and 527 million native English speakers worldwide, meaning that approximately a quarter of the ...

The Big Leagues: Interpretation In Major League Baseball and Beyond

Interpretation, translation and localization changes are happening at a rapid pace in the world of sports. Athletes have international teammates and loyal fans from around the world. To keep up, sports organizations have taken action to make games accessible ...

The Sapir Whorf Hypothesis and Language's Effect on Cognition

This article was originally published in April 2017 and has been updated. Language plays a big role in our lives. But can it affect the way we think? So would say a dedicated Whorfian, arguing that the language we speak determines how we see the world and ...

The Preservation of Culture One Language at a Time

It is estimated at least one language dies out every two weeks – taking the culture and all of its unique expression along with it. In 1999, an idea was proposed to the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ...

What Is the International Phonetic Alphabet?

There are approximately 6,500 languages in the world, each with pronunciations that vary depending on accents, dialects, and more. With the large majority of these languages, there are alphabets that form individual words for that language. But in the case of ...

At What Age Is it Easiest to Learn a New Language?

Are you trying to raise multilingual children? Or perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn a new language, but now you’re afraid you’re too old? If so, you may be asking yourself “ At what age it’s easiest to be taught a new language?” While scientists have ...

Nietzsche, Zeppelins and Wagner: English Words Derived from German

You may have heard that English is classified as a Germanic language. Although English has also borrowed heavily from Latin, Greek, French, and Norse (keeping in line with the patterns of trade and conquest that defined thousands of years of British history), ...

5 English Idioms That Are Utterly Confusing

One of the fun parts of learning or translating a language is discovering the idioms that are unique to a region or culture. All languages have those expressions that seem incomprehensible to anyone who isn’t a native speaker, which can be both fascinating ...

Amusing Irish Expressions Translated into English

The Irish are well known for their colorful proverbs, idioms, and figures of speech. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, here are 9 of the best Irish expressions along with their English translations. is minic a bhris béal duine a shrón. Translation: “Many a time ...

Inspiring and Notable Women Throughout Translation History

Like many other fields, translation has been dominated by men for much of its history. Historically speaking, female translators didn't have the same opportunities and weren't taken as seriously as their male counterparts. That doesn’t mean they lacked the ...