linguistics


How to turn learning German into a self-improvement tool? 2

Have you ever found yourself thinking « I can’t do that because I don’t speak the language » ? Even if languages can be learnt, people seem to focus more often on the difficulties they bring rather than the opportunities they create. In Austria, many foreigners come to learn German: […]


The lingua franca of our time: English

Roughly a billion people speak English. International diplomacy is conducted in English, stocks are traded in English, almost all scientific journals are written in English and the majority of the internet is in English. When a Russian woman travelling in Brazil wants to know the cost of her bus ticket […]


Why does ‘X’ Mark the Unknown?

For centuries we have associated the letter ‘X’ with ‘something’ that is unknown – a ‘thing’ that cannot be named because it has not yet been discovered. The letter ‘X’ has leaked from its origin of representing an unknown quantity in mathematical equations to making shows, movies, and other pop cultural things sound cool […]


Why I wish there were more characters using sign language on TV

  A little known fact is that sign language is just as much a fully developed, complex language as spoken ones. Sign language has its own rules and its own varieties. For example, American Sign Language is different from Austrian Sign Language (ÖGS) but even within Austria you can discover […]