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This group is for anyone with an interest in languages. Feel free to post and converse in or about any language you like, and to post links to articles about language or to interesting reading material that you think might suit learners of languages who want to move beyond the .. Read more

This group is for anyone with an interest in languages. Feel free to post and converse in or about any language you like, and to post links to articles about language or to interesting reading material that you think might suit learners of languages who want to move beyond the .. Read more

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Languages and Linguistics
Jan 9Jan 9

Posted by David_Cooper
Brazil's native language groups
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Languages and Linguistics
Oct 26, 2020Oct 2020

Posted by Spinliesel
Under the category: You learn something new every day: Today is the birthday of Molly Brown, American Parvenue. That sent me right to Google to look up "Parvenue'': one that has recently or suddenly risen to an unaccustomed position of wealth or ...
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Languages and Linguistics
Oct 16, 2020Oct 2020

Posted by David_Cooper
I like language maps - if you find any, please share them here.
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Languages and Linguistics
Sep 16, 2020Sep 2020

Posted by Jetty
When a word has more than one meaning. 🤣
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Languages and Linguistics
Sep 10, 2020Sep 2020

Posted by Spinliesel
What is this annoying capitalization of "I" all about? When I write in German, ich is not capitalized but You, Yours, His, Hers and Theirs when speaking of your family. It is the same in French and probably all other civilized languages in the ...
3 comments
Languages and Linguistics
Sep 7, 2020Sep 2020

Posted by David_Cooper
Test your French
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Posts
Aug 14, 2020Aug 2020

Posted by Jetty
Ineptocracy
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Shared from Philosophy & Meaning
Aug 9, 2020Aug 2020

Posted by anglophone
Of cultural appropriation ... I get peeved when people complain about cultural appropriation. They me strike as being precious about their culture and they obviously feel threatened by other people finding value in their culture. But let's apply ...
2 comments
Shared from Academic (e.g., Science)
Jul 11, 2020Jul 2020

Posted by Noyi
Hi everyone This is Koya Mohd from India. I just joined your wonderful group. It's said that if one acquires a second language after 12 years or so of age, one cannot speak the language like a native. Everytime one speak the language , there'll be an...
5 comments
Languages and Linguistics
Jun 25, 2020Jun 2020

Posted by Jetty
I wonder if this works in any other language, though, in Chinese, for example.
1 comment
Languages and Linguistics
Jun 20, 2020Jun 2020

Posted by Jetty
Wait! You don't pronounce the L?! 😂
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Languages and Linguistics
Jun 13, 2020Jun 2020

Posted by Jetty
Not like it matters really, but can I ask a silly question? “Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit but the highest form of intelligence,” wrote that connoisseur of wit, Oscar Wilde. Why is it that very often only the first half "sarcasm is the ...
2 comments
Languages and Linguistics
Apr 14, 2020Apr 2020

Posted by HannaYou
Hi everyone! I've always loved Russia and the Russian language. I know the basics but I would really love to become fluent in it. Most people recommend learning as many vocab words as possible and to not fixate on the grammar. Any tips would be very ...
6 comments
Languages and Linguistics
Mar 26, 2020Mar 2020

Posted by Spongebob
Hello everyone! Does anyone here use Duolingo? Yo estudio español en esta app. I hope that's correct 😊
2 comments
Languages and Linguistics
Mar 13, 2020Mar 2020

Posted by David_Cooper
I had an idea about a phonetic sign language many years ago which would enable whole syllables to be signed in one go, using one hand to sign an opening consonant or cluster, the other for a closing consonant or cluster, and using ...
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Languages and Linguistics
Jan 25, 2020Jan 2020

Posted by Jetty
LINKOld Forgotten English Words That Need A Comeback
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Languages and Linguistics
Dec 8, 2019Dec 2019

Posted by Spinliesel
A Language Mystery Tonight I heard the words " Curtsey promenade" in a song by Sixto Rodriguez. Before today, I have only heard "Streamline promenade" in an old Van Morrison song ( Moonshine Whiskey) What does that mean? A promenade is a wide, ...
1 comment
Languages and Linguistics
Oct 28, 2019Oct 2019

Posted by David_Cooper
If you're interested in Piraha, there's a good article about it here:
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Shared from General & Hellos
Aug 27, 2019Aug 2019

Posted by Relaseri
大家好!我叫Ashley。 吃饭了吗?我学了中文六个月. (Hello everyone! My name is Ashley. How are you? I have been studying Mandarin for 6 months now) 🦊
2 comments
Languages and Linguistics
Aug 7, 2019Aug 2019

Posted by SKH78
In English we say "I am hungry" ... in Spanish "I have hunger" ... in some African languages "Hunger is killing me." Interesting how culture impact how we express our needs.
4 comments
Shared from General & Hellos
Aug 4, 2019Aug 2019

Posted by SKH78
I wish I had grown up bi-lingual. I think it is a privilege. I often begged my father to teach me his native language, but he refused, telling me that my brain was only big enough to learn English. Growing up bi-lingual improves brain development....
11 comments
Languages and Linguistics
Jul 4, 2019Jul 2019

Posted by David_Cooper
The BBC's World Service (radio) has begun a four part series about polyglots/superlinguists: - hopefully this is playable from anywhere in the world. There's an interesting bit in this first part about the brain using less space for a ...
1 comment
Languages and Linguistics
May 13, 2019May 2019

Posted by DUCHESSA
After ten years enjoying the life of a retiree, I was asked to tutor -local library-for a group of seniors learning Spanish. I loved to be a Prof. of Spanish then and I am loving it now...as much as I do the eagerness to learn shown by the ...
2 comments
Languages and Linguistics
Apr 30, 2019Apr 2019

Posted by DUCHESSA
I recently began taking lessons in Italian. Being a speaker of Spanish this language comes very easy to me. I took two semesters in college and I remember most of what I learned. Now, in order to become a lot more fluent I need to practice -at ...
1 comment
Languages and Linguistics
Apr 26, 2019Apr 2019

Posted by CeliaVL
I frequently see the word 'gonna' being used, both on this site and elsewhere. Has it now been accepted as a genuine word in the English language (USA usage), does anyone know? Would one now find it in a standard dictionary? 'Imma' also occurs ...
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Posted by David_CooperBrazil's native language groups

Posted by David_CooperI like language maps - if you find any, please share them here.

Posted by JettyWhen a word has more than one meaning. 🤣

Posted by David_CooperTest your French

Posted by JettyIneptocracy

Posted by JettyI wonder if this works in any other language, though, in Chinese, for example.

Posted by JettyWait! You don't pronounce the L?! 😂

Posted by David_CooperI've often seen these in English, but doubtless the rest of the world does them too.

Posted by David_CooperShrödinger's cat

Posted by misternatureboyAnybody else using Duolingo to study another language? Estoy estudiando español.

Posted by EquusDanceJust read a fascinating article on the origins of language.

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