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A Guide to Berlinerisch

Ian Farrell explores the origins and development of Berlinerisch – and shows us how to speak ‘like a local’… This is an excerpt from an article originally published on Slow Travel Berlin. The full version can be found here. Moving … Continue reading

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Discovering worlds outside our own – the importance of reading and imagination to both adults and children

We are all encouraged to read from an early age. Even before we really know what they mean, we sit in our parents’ laps and try to follow the words they recite to us from our brightly illustrated books. Reading … Continue reading

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When the language tank is full – Revitalising one’s language learning

So, another year has gone, and I have to admit, 2013 was pretty good to me. I launched into January with abandon and ambition, armed with an array of resolutions, most of which I more or less achieved. I did … Continue reading

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So he tweeted this video, and it was like, literally side-splitting…

A couple of months ago, I received a request from a fan. I wasn’t aware that this was the sort of thing that happened to bloggers, so I’ve probably taken it more seriously than I should have done. I even … Continue reading

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Don’t be so homely!

Just a short one today – Real Life has been getting in the way again of late, but I’d like to share with you a wonderful piece of wordage I heard this week. As those of you who’ve been following … Continue reading

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Have words lost their value?

Words are powerful. In the right hands, they can change perspective, save lives and topple empires. The majority of the most influential politicians of the last century built their success on the foundation of well thought-out words – propaganda, slogans, … Continue reading

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“It’s complicated” – The relationship between language and thought

“What language do you think in?” As a linguist hailing from a country where linguists are something of a rare species, this is a question I have been asked quite often over the course of my life. In many ways, … Continue reading

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