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English and Its Turbulent Origin

English is probably the most widely spoken language in the world. In most cases when someone visits a country where they do not speak the local language, English is often the go-to option for communication. English could be considered the new universal language, the new Latin. It is on television, in the movies, literature, and music, […]

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Another glance at English UK

A few weeks ago we looked at the southern British Cockney and RP varieties. Throughout the United Kingdom however, many different varieties of the English language can be found. Northern England comprises cities such as Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield. What are some of its speaker’s characteristics?   Unlike accents found in the south, northern intonation […]

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How to Speak/Write English the Canadian Way

Canada is the second largest country in the world. So depending on which part of Canada you’re visiting, you may encounter different accents, slang, and vocabulary. Furthermore, there are 2 official languages, English and French, but for this post I would like to focus on Canadian English. Canadian English is an interesting blend of British […]

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What Is Code-switching?

In linguistics, code-switching refers to the simultaneous and syntactically and phonologically appropriate use of more than one language. It is fairly common to hear multilingual people use elements of the different languages that they speak when conversing with others that speak the same languages. This mix may occur almost unconsciously in people who have a […]

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The Plain English Movement

As we discussed in a previous post on the “Language of the People“, legal language has evolved to be better understood by one group of people: average citizens. Today I would like to explain the origin of this movement that has taken hold in Spain and has been introduced in Mexico. This process of modernization […]

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The Economist cracks down on Americanisms

The Economist is the well-known and acclaimed magazine newspaper(!) about…well, economics…that is published in the UK. One of its proudest principles is how it likes to take stands on issues and argue in favor of or against topics. It is read by important, influential, and intelligent people throughout the world. So as I was thumbing […]

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