Economic Success Leads to ‘Language Extinction’

Economic Success Leads to ‘Language Extinction’ {1}

Just like endangered animals, speakers of a language, too, can become sparse, taking their language with them into ‘extinction.’ BBC News finds possible links between economic success and ‘language extinction,’ although specific numbers are hard to find on the matter.   Lead author Tatsuya Amano, from the University of Cambridge, said: “As economies develop, one(…)

Feeling a midwinter language-learning slump? Here are some motivational proverbs

Feeling a midwinter language-learning slump? Here are some motivational proverbs {0}

Lingholic complied a list of ten proverbs from different parts of the world about learning languages. Click here to check them out! image from Lingholic.com

Language Tree

Language Tree {0}

Ever wondered whether Finnish was actually related to another language? Or how close English is to other languages with European roots? This pretty language family tree has some of the answers.   Check it out here.

What makes a word “real”?

What makes a word “real”? {1}

In this TED talk, language historian and English professor Anne Curzan explores the roots of slang words and discusses who and what makes a word legitimate. She questions the authority of the English dictionary and encourages listeners to the same. Watch the episode here.

Steep Decline in Language Learning

Steep Decline in Language Learning {0}

A recent study shows that the number of students taking a foreign language at university in the U.K. has steeply declined.

What’s the world’s happiest language?

What’s the world’s happiest language? {0}

“A team from the University of Vermont studied movie subtitles, Twitter feeds, literature, websites and song lyrics. They created a list of 10,000 of the most commonly used words in 10 languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Korean, Chinese, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Indonesian and Egyptian Arabic.¬†For linguistic happiness, Spanish scored the highest. This was followed by(…)