French Verlan: The Inverse Language

Every language has it’s own unique spoken variations. One commonly used slang in France, known as inverse French or Verlan, is becoming so common that it has even made its way into the dictionary. Learning and translating this French argot can be a fun and completely immersive way of learning the language..

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Does Anyone Speak Tigrinya Language?

Tigrinya language is a relatively obscure language in the United States, but in Eritrea it is the most widely spoken language. Recent political instability has lead  to an increasing amount of people seeking refuge outside of Eritrea – and thus creating a need for Tigrinya interpreting services providers. 

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Luganda: The Language of Buganda

The Ganda people of the East African country of Uganda, reside primarily in the sub-national kingdom of Buganda. Luganda language is their mother tongue, and it is the language from which the name for the Zika virus originated. 

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What Are the Languages of the Future?

By 2115, it’s possible that only about 600 languages will be left on earth as opposed to today’s 6,000. So what will the languages of the future be, and how will they change?

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A Kiss For A Question: Learning Chinese

Mandarin Chinese is the most spoken language in the world. But it is also one of the toughest languages to learn if you are not a native speaker or did not have early exposure to the language and culture. Accidents, such asking for a kiss instead of a question might occur. Regardless, the demand for Chinese translation and interpreting services continues to increase.

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What’s the Connection Between Mayan and Immigration?

As more Mayan language speakers flee from Guatemala to the U.S., immigration professionals and interpreting services providers must adapt to the added challenge of dealing with these new language barriers. 

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Is Saying Thank You in Hindi Disrespectful?

As India continues to rise in the global market, so does the importance of Hindi; learn about the language as a way to bridge cultural gaps. 

Fun Facts about Hindi

Hindi is a language spoken as a first language by an estimated number of 425 million people in various parts of the world, mainly in India. It is a very old and rich language that has evolved over thousands of years. Today, Modern Standard Hindi is one of the official languages of India. Given its wide reach as well as India’s rising influence on the global market, it is good to know a little bit about the language. Below are some fun facts and tips about Hindi to get you started!

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Pittsburghese: Welcome to Steel City

Fluent in American, Beginner in Pittsburghese

steelers fansHave you ever heard of Pittsburghese accent? People often think of accents as being universally applicable within each country. For example, one might generalize and say that an Australian accent is more interesting than its British counterpart. However, anyone who’s visited Dallas and Boston can attest to the fact that there are some serious differences within countries. Even “Irish,” “Scottish,” “English” and “Welsh” are too broad as each city or region in the UK has its own variation, much more so than in the U.S., where detecting the difference between a person from Seattle and someone from Indianapolis can be easier said than done. (more…)

Moken: No Word For Worry?

The Moken are a group of nomadic peoples living off the coast of Thailand and Burma. They have had little contact with the outside world, and as such, their language has developed without much influence from other cultures…

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Does the Swiss Language Really Exist?

Swiss Language | Swiss German

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Do you know what the official language of Switzerland is? It is a tricky question, as there are 4: German, French, Italian and Rhaeto-Rumantsch. Given the small country, 4 official languages seem like a lot. However, the languages vary greatly in the number of speakers: Rhaeto-Rumantsch is spoken by only 0.5% in a few regions in eastern Switzerland, Italian by 6.5% mainly south of the Alps, and French by 20.4% in the western part of the country. (more…)