Best Online TOEFL Courses in 2024

As the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) continues to be a key requirement for non-native English speakers seeking admission to universities and colleges around the world, choosing the right preparation course is crucial. With numerous online options available in 2024, it can be challenging to determine which course will best suit your […]

How can I learn English at home

Learning English, one of the most widely spoken languages globally, opens doors to communication, education, and career opportunities. While traditional classroom settings are effective, many individuals prefer the flexibility and convenience of learning at home. Fortunately, with dedication and the right resources, mastering English from the comfort of your own home is entirely achievable. Here’s […]

History of languages: from Argh to Zillions of languages

Many thousands of years ago, on a bright Wednesday afternoon, we, little humans, have started uttering mumbles, grunts and groans. Meaningful ones, I mean. It was so long ago though that no oral tradition nor, even less, any written record of our speaking debut can be retrieved. As a matter of fact, if you ask […]

Language families: deep roots into our past

I firmly believe that at the beginning were several Babel towers. I trust our human ancestors for having invented language from scratch several times around in different places of the globe at about the same period of time. With the power of their awakening intelligence, several groups of humans must have each developed their own […]

The hardest language to learn depends a lot on who is learning

In French, you say C’est du chinois (litterally, ‘It’s Chinese’) when you want to express how much what you’ve heard or read is just so unintelligible. A few hundreds years ago, French people were saying C’est de l’hébreu (‘It’s Hebrew’). In English, you say ‘It’s all Greek to me’. In Swedish, you say Det är […]

Languages of the world: thousands of treasures to explore

More than six billion nine hundred ninety-nine thousand nine hundred and ninety-nine other people than you live on Earth. Most of them are multilingual; they speak more than one language, but hopefully not all at the same time­ and everybody manages to understand each other even though sometimes there may of course be a few […]

Fictional languages: especially created for a movie or novel

Fictional languages are languages created from scratch for the sole purpose of being integrated into a book or a movie. The fact that some authors go to the length of creating whole new languages says a lot about their dedication to the rendering of the fictions. In the first decade of the 20th century, Marcel […]

Language sciences: are they for real or are they fake?

Around four billion six hundred million years ago, gravitation and a cloud of gas gave birth to the Sun. A few million years later, Earth came to be too. We know that. Scientists have studied the evidence (that is, terrestrial, lunar and meteorite rock samples) and thanks to their knowledge (that is mostly in this […]

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