UK Language

I Can Taste Words And Sounds - And I Wouldn't Want it Any Other Way

James Wannerton | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK
James Wannerton

life less ordinary banner Whenever I hear a sound I experience an involuntary and automatic mouth-feel flavour. If I hear my dog bark, I get the taste and texture of runny custard in my mouth. The word "like" has the taste and texture of thick, creamy yoghurt, the name "Martin" is made up of a complex mix not dissimilar to a warm Bakewell Tart. Individual voices all have taste and texture as does all music.

Racism And Language

Roanna Carleton-Taylor | Posted 18.09.2017 | UK
Roanna Carleton-Taylor

Language will continue to evolve and, within the next 50 years, we may see the 'N' word enter the common vernacular or we may see it disappear from use altogether. I stand by my view that language is more complicated than "words are just words."

Six German Words to Add to Your Vocabulary

Jenn van Twillert | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK
Jenn van Twillert

German isn't particularly well-known as an aesthetic language. Tons of TV shows and war movies full of exaggeration needed to boost the drama factor ...

The Importance Of Young People Studying Languages

B.J. Epstein | Posted 29.08.2017 | UK Parents
B.J. Epstein

Though English is my native language, I speak and read some Swedish every day to my young daughter. I do this not just because I have a passion for Swedish language and literature, but also because I know how useful language skills are.

Internet Memes Are Changing The Way We Communicate IRL

Jamie Wareham | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Tech
Jamie Wareham

The reason Dawkins describes it as a hijack is because internet memes make no attempt at the accuracy of copying. It's a a key part of his definition and Internet memes are deliberately altered.

Why Aren't More Of Our Young People Learning Other Languages?

Vicky Gough | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK
Vicky Gough

It's no secret that the UK struggles when it comes to language learning. As a mostly monolingual nation, we've never quite grasped just how useful speaking another language can be. In fact, anything much beyond a basic 'bonjour' continues to be (somewhat embarrassingly) out of reach for many of us.

From The Stone Age To The Smartphone: How Smiley Became The Most Famous Face In The World

Nicolas Loufrani | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Tech
Nicolas Loufrani

There is no room for misinterpretation, no matter what the country or culture: it is its own language that has the power to bring people together, something it has done for generations past, and something it will continue to do as we move into the next phase of Smiley.

Culture Exchange: Year Abroad

Louise Lawless | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Louise Lawless

Prior to Erasmus year, preparations centred around the financing of it, grants, part time jobs, au pairing etc. It isn't long before the penny drops...

Mind Your Language - Talking About Mental Health

Max Harvey | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Max Harvey

Given this national pastime of oversharing, buoyed further by the unstoppable juggernaut that is our collective social media obsession, why aren't there more public conversations matters of the mind, on anxiety, stress and depression?

The Sex Delusion

Jeni Harvey | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK
Jeni Harvey

We live in an age of alternative facts. And so this article will begin with the premise that there are knowable truths, separate from our personal p...

Understanding Why The Human Face Is The Way It Is

Adam Wilkins | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Tech
Adam Wilkins

What is the face of an animal for? In biological terms, what is the "function" of the animal's face? The answer is not immediately obvious, as it is for other parts of the body, for example, the heart (pumping blood) or the lungs (breathing).

The Misogyny Of Modern Feminism

Jeni Harvey | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK
Jeni Harvey

I have been thinking lately about the power of language; in particular how it can be used to silence. I've been a feminist all my life, my mother was ...

How Brexit Is Giving Rise To A New Wave Of Language Wars

Philip Seargeant | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Politics
Philip Seargeant

Tuesday's headline echoes both the phrasing and sentiment of the final days of the Thatcher era. And switching into Spanish for the final word clearly frames the dispute along nationalist lines. (Although of course they've anglicised the word - the Spanish plural would be 'señores', but that would have ruined the rhyme.)

The Polar Tombola

Nancy Campbell | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Nancy Campbell

As the UK tour of The Polar Tombola draws to a close, Nancy Campbell reports on this exciting project which aims to encourage awareness of endangered ...

Is Donald Trump Really Giving A Voice To The Voiceless?

Philip Seargeant | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Politics
Philip Seargeant

The rhetoric he uses - including the cynical appropriation of terms such as 'voice' - is encouraging a climate of division and stigmatisation rather than inclusiveness. It's pitting one marginalised group against another. He's expressing a false empathy with the 'forgotten men and women' he claims to be speaking for. And by appropriating the term voice for himself, he is attempting to silence the legitimate concerns of countless others.

Dad Phrases

Tom Price | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tom Price

And there it is. That first moment in the day when you hear your own dad come streaming out of your mouth like a song you long since thought you'd forgotten but in fact remember every single word to. That's right. Dad phrases are exactly like 'Never Ever' by the All Saints (try it - it's in there I guarantee).

American Words That Stun Brits

Toni Hargis | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK
Toni Hargis

In my years of writing about British and American language and customs, "Don't say fanny" is probably my first instruction to Americans visiting the UK. "Fanny" isn't the only American word that can render a Brit gob smacked though.

Multilingual teaching does more than just improve learning

Aaron Benavot | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

The most widely read GEM Report publication is our paper last year on language policy in education. Why? Because there are about 6,500 languages spoke...

Five Tips To Start Learning Spanish This Week

Annie Ross | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ross

I arrived into Quito, the capital of Ecuador, last week. It's a special place for me as it's where I first set foot in Latin America back in 2006. The Hispanic culture and language have now been a passion of mine for over half of my life and I continue to love it.

Survey Of CYP's Workforce Reveals 'Training Gap' In Speech, Language And Communication

Octavia Holland | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK
Octavia Holland

Over half (53%) of the children and young people's workforce have received 'little' or 'no' learning in their initial training about typical speech, l...

Trump's Tremendous Vocabulary

Toni Hargis | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK
Toni Hargis

While Trump may ramble incoherently and speak in sentences usually associated with kindergarten, his vocabulary is the subject of much global discussion. Consider the newly popular words (including "tremendous") we're all throwing about with abandon.

The Language Martyrs: Celebrating International Mother Language Day

Thaslima Begum | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
Thaslima Begum

February 21st 1952, Dhaka. The fallen bodies of students and teachers lie scattered amid a campus-turned-battlefield, as tear gas lingers in bloody ha...

Don't Take This Lying Down. No Man Is Worth That - Least Of All This POTUS

Soraya Moeng | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK
Soraya Moeng

There is no point trying to shield children from such derogatory and demeaning language and hate-filled invective - not when the leader of the free world thinks it's acceptable and it's therefore reported on every media outlet possible.

The Power Of Language: How Learning Another Language Can Sharpen Your Mental Skills And Boost Your Wellbeing

Carolyn Savage | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK
Carolyn Savage

Despite the English language being the third most widely spoken language in the world and providing a huge benefit to those who enjoy English as their...

What's The F-Word In Your Language?

Ripu Daman Singh | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ripu Daman Singh

There is something cathartic about speaking a language that allows you to abuse freely. To say things that perhaps seem indescribable in other languages. Not because we lack the vocabulary or feel tied down by the hard rules of grammar. But because that particular language brings out the notoriety in our personalities.