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Why Do Yanks Spell Words Differently?

“The United States and Great Britain are two countries separated by a common language.” So goes the old chestnut commonly attributed to playwright George Bernard Shaw. One of those separations is in the spelling of words like colour (color), theatre (theater), and realise (realize). But how did this separation occur?


Eight Things You Probably Didn't Know You Could Stream On Spotify

Spotify is essential for music lovers, but it’s got a lot more to offer than good tunes. You can stream audiobooks, radio dramas, language lessons, famous speeches and more for free.


How To Invent Your Own Fantasy Language

Quenya, Sindarin, Klingon and Dothraki – there’s an art to making up languages. If you’re working on your own epic fantasy series or are just interested in linguistic, here are some tips to creating your own Tolkien-style language.


What Does 'OK' Stand For, Anyway?

As a linguistic phrase, OK is something of a phenomenon, travelling from American English into hundreds of other languages. And there are tons of myths about how OK emerged to mean that things are hunky-dory. But which story is correct? The truth is a little bit goofy.


The ICONSPEAK T-Shirt Is The Perfect Apparel For Any World Traveller

There are a lot of tools out there for breaking down language barriers, but there’s nothing quite as simple as pointing at a picture. The ICONSPEAK t-shirt will let you communicate what you need no matter where you are.


What Is The Fastest Way To Learn A Foreign Language?

Many of us dream of going to a foreign country and learning some of the local language so that we can at least make conversation. But we don’t want to spend years doing it. Is there any way to learn a language in a week or two, the way those ads on the internet promise? It’s hard to believe, but in some cases, the answer is yes.


Brand Names You Might Be Pronouncing Incorrectly [Infographic]

There are a handful of brand names out there that are commonly mispronounced. A lot of it has to do with a mistranslation between languages, but it’s still interesting to learn which brands you might be saying incorrectly. This infographic lays them out.


Why Doesn't English Have A Gender-Neutral Pronoun?

Referring to a single person who may be of any gender in English can be tricky. It can be awkward to use words like “one” or phrases like “he or she,” and many a grammarian hates using “they” as to refer to a single person. How has English gotten this far without such a convenient pronoun? Actually, it hasn’t.


Top 9 Tools For A Free Online Education

For lifelong learners and self-made scholars, the internet is a priceless resource. Continue your education with these top free online tools.


Three Common Myths About Raising Bilingual Children

By the age of two, children are typically able to say a few hundred words. My son, Alexander, was able to understand almost everything in two languages — Greek and English — but he could say only six words. Like many parents, we questioned if we were doing something wrong.


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