Category Archives: Language

A conversation with Simon Roper Part 2

This is the second half of my chat with linguist and YouTuber Simon Roper. Part 1 is on Simon’s channel: The starting point of our conversation was my book ‘English After RP’ https://www.amazon.co.uk/English-Afte…

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Ancient Egypt: Hieroglyphs and writing systems | National Museums Liverpool

Join our Egyptologist, Ashley Cooke, as he takes us on a 5,000-year journey uncovering the many mysteries and hidden stories that lie within the Ancient Egypt gallery at World Museum! In this episode of our mini series we take a … Continue reading

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WEAK FORMS: Why You Don’t Sound Like a Native…?

Many of the commonest words of English are pronounced in a special reduced way, by Brits, Americans & others. Even in careful, formal speech. Even by famous, admired speakers. Fry’s English Delight: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00x… Judi Dench in Westminster Abbey: The Queen: … Continue reading

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Yes, the Inuit have dozens of words for snow – but what does each one mean exactly? | Aeon Videos

Travel by snowmobile through a pristine white landscape in north Quebec in search of the dozens of Inuit words for snow You’ve probably heard that there are dozens of Inuit names for snow, but what do they each mean, and … Continue reading

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About the Tamil language

Today we’re traveling to the lands of ancient kingdoms and civilizations of Southern India, to the lands where they speak languages old as time itself. Tamil is an official language and one of the 6 classical languages of India. It … Continue reading

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Is Bilingualism a Superpower? | Otherwords

There was a time when psychologists thought growing up bilingual was harmful to brain development, but recent studies into bilingual children have turned that idea on its head! Otherwords is a PBS web series on Storied that digs deep into … Continue reading

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The Rosetta Stone and what it actually says with Ilona Regulski | Curator’s Corner S7 Ep6

he Rosetta Stone is one of the most famous objects in the British Museum. But what is it? What does it actually say? And did you know that since the discovery of the the Rosetta Stone in 1799, another 27 … Continue reading

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How Language Shapes Thought | Lera Boroditsky

Do the languages we speak shape the way we think? For example, how do we think about time? The word “time” is the most frequent noun in the English language. Time is ubiquitous yet ephemeral. It forms the very fabric … Continue reading

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How language shapes the way we think | Lera Boroditsky

There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world — and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think? Cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares examples of language — from an Aboriginal community … Continue reading

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COLOUR WORDS: The astounding origins of “blue”, “black”, “orange”, “red” & other colors

Prepare to be amazed by the surprising origins of the English words for colours (or colors for our American friends). I promise you’ll have at least one “wow” moment as I reveal: 🔵 Why the Ancient Greeks had no word … Continue reading

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