According to this article from the website Science World Report, neuroscientists may have just found the origins of language. The discovery of a gene mutation that arose more than half a million years ago may be the key to humans’ unique ability to produce and understand speech. “This is an important brick in the wall saying that the form(…)
Languages In The News
This awesome article identifies words that are untranslatable across different languages. “Somehow narrowing it down to just a handful, we’ve illustrated 11 of these wonderful, untranslatable, if slightly elusive, words. We will definitely be trying to incorporate a few of them into our everyday conversations, and hope that you enjoy recognizing a feeling or two(…)
Hujiang is one of the biggest language learning websites in China. Its Chinese section is edited by Chinese locals so they usually have the most updated news and cultural information. If you are learning Chinese and wondering what are Chinese people watching these days, here is a list of movies frequently updated with description available both(…)
Check out this article about some newfound data on the neurological effects of learning a second language! According to a study conducted in Sweden, learning a foreign language has a visible effect on brain size, particularly around the hippocampus and language-related areas of the cerebral cortex. “The Swedish MRI study showed that learning a foreign(…)
A Bite of China (舌尖上的中国) is a series of food documentary produced by CCTV, a predominant state broadcaster in mainland China. It went wild in China because of its beautiful picture and engaging narration. “It tells the histories and stories behind Chinese cuisine: the meaning and the symbol each represents; the connection between the(…)
If you’re interested in how different languages use onomatopoeia, like chomp, drip, and achoo, check out this amazing tumblr. It focuses heavily on European and Asian languages, but the blogger is open to ideas from speakers of other languages too. Fun fact: nom nom is similar to the generic eating sound in at least three languages.