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 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 ...

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 ...

5 Intriguing Facts About International Mother Language Day 2019

Every year on February 21, UNESCO observes International Mother Language Day. In celebration, here are five intriguing facts about International Mother Language Day, its history and how it’s celebrated. february 21 is also bengali language day - and that's ...

Happy Chinese New Year! Welcome to the Year of the Pig!

For Western countries, the New Year has come and gone - but if you go by the Chinese zodiac calendar, a new year is just beginning. Say goodbye to the Year of the Dog and say hello to the Year of the Pig. To celebrate, here are 7 facts about the Chinese New ...

The Internet's Language Barrier and How to Fix it

Siri, how do you say “hello” in Norwegian? I can’t translate into Norwegian yet. How about Punjabi? I can’t translate into Punjabi yet. Korean? I can’t translate into Korean yet. Siri’s lack of translation ability is indicative of a trend known as the digital ...