Reposted from Unbabel Blog Learning a new language is never an easy thing to do, but there are ways to make it easier. There are also ways to make it more […]
How to Tell a Southern Goat from a British Goat
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Numerical Laughing in the Land of Smiles
In Thailand, the number 5 is pronounced, “ha.” Instead of seeing LOL, you will frequently see “555,” as slang for laughter. Read more fun facts about languages. Read more fun facts about […]
English: No Suspicious Alien Activity Here! Welsh: Oes estron weithgaredd amheus yma! Klingon: pagh pIH nov activity naDev!
When Welsh Assembly Member Darren Millar asked Economy Minister Edwina Hart about unidentified flying objects, he got a surprising answer. The official response from the Welsh Government was, “jang vIDa je due […]
Whatever the Word for “Amazing” Is In Your Language, This Qualifies
If you speak two languages, you are said to be bilingual. A polyglot can speak up to to six languages. When you get much beyond six, the term is hyperglot. So what […]
When it comes to complexity of the written language, few can compete with the Chinese. Take, for example, the above character for the word nàng. It consists of 36 individual strokes, and […]
Hodgepodge of Hippopotomonstrosesquipidelian Homeruns
If you are a lover of obnoxiously-long words, you already know the definition of hippopotomonstrosesquipidelian is “of or pertaining to extremely long words.” Perhaps you already know these English language monstrosities that […]
How Do You Say ‘Sarcasm’ in French?
A French lady to an American who was trying to converse in French: “How wise of you not to attempt the French accent!” source
Saying Goodbye to a Friend
Source Koko the gorilla met Robin Williams in 2001. He reportedly made her smile for the first time in six months.
Getting Cut Off on the Phone Now Means Something Different
Found on a Telephone in Xining, China This telephone dials directly the telephone exchange. We sever you whole heartedly. Read more fun facts about languages. Read more fun facts about China.
One Little Letter Makes All the Difference
Japanese speakers frequently have difficulty differentiating between the English letters “L” and “R”. This was particularly evident in 1950 when supporters of General Douglas MacArthur (then serving as military governor of Japan […]
Did You Know…………..?
Originally posted on lisadblog:
Did you know…. Ten random fun facts that may help at your next trivia contest. 1. The letter A was inspired by the ox. The letter A is…
One Sentence: Does That Mean Long or Short?
Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age (Czech: Taneční hodiny pro starší a pokročilé) is a 1964 novel by the Czechoslovak writer Bohumil Hrabal. It tells the story of a man who […]
No Copyright Claimed to This Word
The word uncopyrightable is the longest English word in normal use that contains no letter more than once. Read more fun facts about the English language. See more ridiculously long words.
So That’s Where They Got the Name
Torchwood is a spin-off of the highly-successful science fiction television program Doctor Who. The word torchwood is actually an anagram of the words doctor who.