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10 Apps To Help You Learn A New Language

Japanese, French, Afrikaans and Wiradjuri — here are ten of the best apps, games and courses for learning a language — and you can access them right on your phone or tablet.

Movie Titles Translated Into A Foreign Language And Then Translated Back To English Are Hilarious

Things can get lost in translation, especially when something is translated to a foreign language and then translated back to the original language. Like movie titles. The Czech Republic can really get loose and wild with the names for American movies and finding out what some popular movies are called over there is pretty damn funny.

Why Americans And The British Spell English Words Differently

Have you ever wondered why Americans and Brits spell English differently? How are colour and colour the same word? Centre and center? What’s up with that? It’s all thanks to Noah Webster (yeah, the Webster of Merriam-Webster). When America gained independence, Webster wanted to simplify unreasonable spellings that were handed down from the British.

Why This Arctic Language Doesn't Use An Alphabet

So before you feel tricked by a technicality: Inuktitut does have a written language, but it’s just not an alphabet. Instead, as Tom Scott explains, it uses a related system of symbols to express sounds called an abugida.

Oxford English Dictionary Adds 'Oompa Loompa' And Other Tributes To Author Roald Dahl 

Just months after adding “Scooby Snack” to its hallowed pages, the Oxford English Dictionary has released its latest update. Among the 500-plus new terms gaining entrance: “Clickbait”, “kegerator”, “vom”, “YOLO” and “Yoda”. The list also included tributes to author Roald Dahl, born 100 years ago this month.

Dogs Can Tell When You Don't Really Mean What You Say

By scanning the brains of dogs, researchers from Hungary have learned that our canine companions don’t just care about what we say, it’s also very important about how how we say it. Which means they can tell when you’re feeding them a load of crap.

Here Are Some Words That Seem Like They Should Be Related But Actually Aren't At All

Video: Did you know the words “male” and “female” aren’t actually related to each other? As in, there’s no “male” in “female”. The word “male” is derived from the Latin word masculus, while the word “female” comes from the French word femelle. It sounded close enough so we just made them both pronounced like male. Damn, patriarchy.

Tony Abbott Would Approve Of The Oxford Dictionary's Latest Addition

Languages evolve over time and as much as we might hate words being vandalised by roving bands of lexically-challenged youths, we can’t really stop the march of our shifting vocabularies. Sometimes however, a good one sneaks in. Like “budgie smuggler”. OK, good might be a little strong…

'Scooby Snack' Added To Oxford English Dictionary, Presumably After Bribe Of Scooby Snacks

There are two food groups in the Scooby-Doo universe. One is the giant sandwich, crafted from whatever ingredients can be found in a haunted kitchen. The other is the Scooby Snack, a treat with delicious powers of bribery and persuasion — and now, an official entry in the Oxford English Dictionary.

A Compelling Argument On The Correct Way To Pronounce 'GIF'

GIF. The acronym that spawned a thousand passionate debates regarding its pronunciation. Be you in the creator’s soft-G camp or some other faction, there is no universal understanding on how it should be said. Quick question: Has anyone stopped to ask why?

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