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Books are a generally happy and wholesome topic that most people who aren’t Kanye West agree are interesting, valuable, or otherwise just generally positive elements in our lives. I very recently wrote a  lengthy article about Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press and, despite its enormous impact on European life and the trajectory of the world thereafter, […]

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Not long ago I was wandering through the exhibits at Hamburg’s Museum der Arbeit, or Museum of Work – the second most quintessentially German thing to have ever existed, right ahead of Lübeck’s annual Kartoffeltage (potato days festival) and just behind a giant statue of David Hasselhoff smashing a wall with a musical sledgehammer. This […]

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There's no reason why learning a language needs to be a colossal yawnfest. We can combat the tears of manic boredom with the gamification of our projects and the integration of learning into everyday activities.
Check out some of these somewhat more unconventional language learning strategies designed to help you both save time and keep things light.

The post 10 Unconventional Language Learning Ideas You Have To Try appeared first on Languages Around the Globe.

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Despite what your weird cousin Dave says, politics are essential to a functioning society and very much matter. Politics touch on nearly every single level of life, and not caring about them at all isn't something a responsible adult should do. But, while the messiness of politics raises tensions, causes enormous rifts in morality and compassion between opposing idealists, this ugliness makes it the perfect primordial soup for spawning some of the best insults ever and some really good comebacks to pair with them.

The post The Greatest Insults Part III: Some of the Best Political Burns appeared first on Languages Around the Globe.

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One of the most famous authors in United States history and a man who never, ever looks happy with having his picture taken, Mark Twain, the author of the Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, among many others, led a long and colorful life filled with adventure, fame and fortune.

The post The Greatest Insults Part II: Mark Twain was an Asshole appeared first on Languages Around the Globe.

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Perhaps my favorite bit of hate mail ever, the Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks is actually the title of a famous painting showing the raucous drafting of a semi-legendary letter sent as a bold response to a demand for military surrender.

The post The Greatest Insults Part I: The Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks appeared first on Languages Around the Globe.

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With the holidays fast approaching for many of us around the world, a whole lot of us are starting to feel the pressure mounting to provide our friends and loved ones with a shiny new stack of gifts once again this year. If you count language learners, and enthusiasts, linguists, teachers, expats or whatever among […]

The post 13 Fantastic Gift Ideas For Language Lovers appeared first on Languages Around the Globe.

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I would like to apologize for the length of time that passes between posts these last couple years, this is all on me, and I’m thrilled if you’re still around, following LATG on Facebook or Twitter, and otherwise giving me some sort of self validation. I’ve been doing things, working, writing stuff for other people, […]

The post A Portrait of Language Lovers appeared first on Languages Around the Globe.

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Today, October 5th, is World Teachers’ Day. When I set out to write this I was really just looking to express my regrets about being part of the bullying of a foreign language teacher who came to my high school when I was at the worst of ages. I didn’t realize that there is such […]

The post How Not to be a Jerk to Your Foreign Language Teacher – World Teachers’ Day appeared first on Languages Around the Globe.

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by Jovana Čenejac Ever since the early seventeenth century, when the British East India Company established trading posts in the East Indies and throughout Southern Asia, English has been used widely throughout the region in a number of countries that would rise from the ashes of former Imperial colonies. So it should come as no surprise […]

The post Characteristics of Indian English appeared first on Languages Around the Globe.

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