language

Emojis Are Becoming The Dominant Language Of Instagram

There’s no question emojis have become wildly popular. But on Instagram, the familiar happy faces, hearts and kissing lips are more than just a cute shorthand. They’re on their way to becoming the dominant, universal form of communication.


6 Sites And Apps To Help You Learn A Language For Free

Learning a foreign language boosts brain activity, broadens your cultural horizons, and helps you avoid catastrophes when ordering from a menu in an unfamiliar country. You don’t necessarily have to sign up for classes or pay for a course to get started though — these sites and apps will get you on your way for free.


How To Declare Your Confusion In Relation To Another Language -- Anywhere

If you find something confusing, you might find yourself uttering that what you’re dealing with is “all Greek” to you. But what do the Greeks say? And for that matter, what does everyone else around the world say?


Super-Clever Animation Is Filled With Idioms Brought To Life

Video: This short animation by Amanda Koh and Mollie Helms is fun to watch because it bring idioms and other common sayings to life. Featuring the elephant in the room and the skeleton in the closet, sayings like a clean slate and shooting fish in a barrel and others are shown off literally (and sillily).


What's Your Favourite Olde Timey Slang?

I love old slang. And today I came across my new favourite phrase from the beforetimes. It dates back to the late 19th century, yet anybody from the early 21st century can easily figure out what it means: Got the morbs.


How To Travel Internationally For The Very First Time

Did you know that only about 30 per cent of Australians travel abroad each year? Beat the odds, get a passport and go see the world. It’s easier than you might think. Here’s our starter guide for the new traveller.


Is The Innanet RUINING Teh English Language??? ¯\(°_o)/¯

There exists a certain paranoia that the web will somehow destroy the English language as we all start communicating solely in LOLs and smileys. But seen another way, the linguistic tricks we’ve enlisted to portray attitude and action, tone and meaning through text online are just the natural evolution of the written word — a way to adapt to the absence of facial cues and recreate the quirks of IRL conversation in the contextless vacuum of a chat window.


Can Dogs Really Understand Humans? The Scientific Answer

Video: I think my dog Amos — attentively listening above — understands me. I’m not talking about his 100 tricks learnt thanks to these guys and the power of the clicker (he follows commands better than most kids). I’m talking about true understanding. This video explains why this thought isn’t crazy at all.


How English Describes Colour Vs How Chinese Describes Colour

Here’s a fascinating visualisation created by Muyueh Lee that shows the differences between how the English language and Chinese language each describe colours. On the left, you can see the number of English names for colour hues (there’s a lot!) and on the right, the number of Chinese names (there’s a little!).


How To Detect When Someone Is Lying Just By The Way They Talk

We all carry a portable lie detector with us at all times — it’s called ears. According to this TED lesson, we can tell if someone is lying just by analysing their language. This technique, called linguistic text analysis, is based on the difference between how we structure sentences in invented and in true stories.