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'Thing Explainer' - A Review of Randall Munroe's New Book (Using the Ten Hundred Most Common Words)

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 11.25.2015 | Books
Peter H. Gleick

By using this small number of letters, you have to think about how to say things in a different, shorter, way. This new book does the same kind of thing: it makes us think about how to explain ideas and offer information in a simpler way.

7 Hilarious Foreign Language Mistakes

Trippy | Posted 11.23.2015 | Travel

Ever feel like you're speaking another language? Well, sometimes you are which is why we asked the members of travel website, to tell us about times they tried to use the local tongue and got, well, totally tongue tied.

The Latest Linguistic Colonizer: Mandarin In South African Schools

The Conversation Africa | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
The Conversation Africa

Mandarin's addition to the school curriculum appears to be more of a political ploy than a sound educational policy. South African President Jacob Zuma enjoys a close relationship with China's government, which has led some critics to call the Asian powerhouse a new colonial power.

11 Beautiful Italian Words And Phrases That Just Don't Translate

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.25.2015 | Travel

Italy is home to a beautiful language -- a language after our own heart that celebrates adventure, the art of treating yourself and, of course, mind-blowingly delicious food. Here are our favorite words and phrases that don't exist in English.

Islamic State versus Da'ish or Daesh? The Political Battle Over Naming

The Conversation US | Posted 11.17.2015 | World
The Conversation US

Just what people call this group is important because different names create different degrees of familiarity or foreignness with specific target audiences in order to recruit supporters, identify enemies or persuade the undecided.

Heart and Soul: The Language, Art, and Heart of Paris

David Michael Conner | Posted 11.14.2015 | Arts
David Michael Conner

What is the mystique of Paris that gives to many of us an inexplicably deep-rooted affection for the city? Why did yesterday's attack on Paris feel so personally hurtful, even as terrorists violate other cities and towns across the globe every day?

Exploring English In The Age Of Emojis

Marjorie Freimuth | Posted 11.12.2015 | Books
Marjorie Freimuth

If we didn't allow English to evolve, we would hardly have words enough to express ourselves in our modern society, and we'd still be greeting each other by saying "Ēadig, þec tō mētenne."

Watch Students Realize Arabic And Spanish Aren't Very Different

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 11.11.2015 | Latino Voices

"I basically speak Arabic."  That's how one Spanish speaker reacted after Barbara Estrada and Taylor Villanueva, two journalism students from the...

The D*ck-tionary You Need To Decode The Crappy Texts We All Get

The Huffington Post | Tricia Tongco | Posted 11.11.2015 | Arts

Text messages are deceptively simple -- so few letters, yet so much time spent on anxiously decoding what they mean. According to a previous&nb...

7 Tips for Sign Language Learners

Tracy Stine | Posted 11.09.2015 | Education
Tracy Stine

What is the fascination with American Sign Language? The seamless motion of hands moving to convey understanding between deaf people seem to have the ...

Building a Code of Intimacy: Loving in English and Spanish

Vanessa Garcia | Posted 11.09.2015 | Latino Voices
Vanessa Garcia

It turned out that my Spanish-speaking self was more seemingly diffident. In Spanish, I did not have the ability to pluck the perfect word out of the great web of semantics, and, therefore, I seemed less assertive when I spoke. In English, on the other hand, I was a feminist, a woman who knew exactly what she wanted, and knew how to communicate that with precision. It was depressing that men who knew this side of me didn't seem to like it.

Dear Media: Stop Describing the Deaf as 'Mute'

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 11.03.2015 | Media
Lydia L. Callis

While reading news stories about Geeta -- the "deaf, mute girl" -- in mainstream American outlets, I can't help but feel like we've transported a half century backwards in our acceptance of deafness.

Word Evolution: 11 Words that Mean Something Different to Entrepreneurs

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 11.02.2015 | Business
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Have you ever really thought about how terms take on new meaning over time? When I was a kid, the word "sick" actually meant sick. Today "sick" can also mean "amazing." Words and phrases evolve over time -- especially in the business world.

Drunk Settlers To Blame For Aussie Accent, Lecturer Says

The Huffington Post | Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 11.05.2015 | Science

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The Limiting Language Of Disruption

Jason Tashea | Posted 10.29.2015 | Technology
Jason Tashea

Criminal justice and tech are having a moment, and I don't want this moment to leave a bitter taste because we were promised disruption and only experienced incremental change.

3 Bad Habits While Studying Foreign Languages

Samuel Buchanan | Posted 10.29.2015 | College
Samuel  Buchanan

The journey to language acquisition can be exhilarating and empowering, or frustrating and unsuccessful. As a student of foreign languages, I can say that the most cumbersome aspect of my journey has been my attitude towards learning.

Going Silent (Installment Five)

Peter Himmelman | Posted 10.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Peter Himmelman

At this very moment I'm sitting at my kitchen table writing and it's a good thing I can write - not only because I have an enormous number of things to say - but because I had surgery on my right vocal cord to remove a hemorrhagic nodule little more than a week ago.

Texas Is So Insane It's Now Slang For Crazy In Norway

The Huffington Post | Whitney Meers | Posted 10.22.2015 | Weird News

Blame it on the rodeos, the enormous cowboy hats, the passion for high school football or the Bush dynasty: Texas is so nuts it's become synonym...

Nod and Smile: The Struggles of a Language Student Abroad

Alex Eperon | Posted 10.20.2015 | Travel
Alex Eperon

I am sure that most language students share this problem. We spend so long learning long vocab lists and perfecting our use of the pluperfect subjunctive that all we really want to do when talking is show this off.

Renée Joslyn of CGI on the International Day of the Girl

Greg Woodburn | Posted 10.13.2015 | Impact
Greg Woodburn

One of the greatest blessings of my new role with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) has been getting to know, working with, and learning from Renée Joslyn, the Director of Girls and Women Integration at CGI.

Language Powers Digital

David Sable | Posted 10.12.2015 | Business
David Sable

What comes first? Once was digital. Then gamification. Now mobile. Maybe next wearable. But what does any of that really mean? Is not the ultim...

6 Words And Phrases You Didn’t Know Were Rooted In Racism

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 10.09.2015 | Black Voices

There are more words and idioms rooted in racism than you think. In the latest segment on MTV's "Decoded," an online series that looks ...

Why the Word 'Moist' Makes Your Skin Crawl

Hippo Reads | Posted 10.07.2015 | Science
Hippo Reads

Word aversion has drawn impressive pop-cultural coverage in the last five-or-so years. But despite all the talk of these fairly neutral words that we find so revolting, very little is known about why we can't stand them.

In Defense of the F-Word: The Case for Conscious Cussing

Casey Erin Wood | Posted 10.12.2015 | Books
Casey Erin Wood

As a culture we have decided that certain words are more powerful than others, and in some instances we've taken it even further and decided that some words are downright bad. How can a word itself be bad?

What Comes After 'Boyfriend' When You're Not Planning To Get Married?

Erika Allen | Posted 10.07.2015 | Women
Erika Allen

When you're in a serious, long-term relationship, the terms "boyfriend" and "girlfriend" can begin to feel a bit juvenile, or at least insufficient for describing your level of commitment.