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What is Papiamento?

When you’re on vacation you want everything to be easy and relaxing. And for many, apart from resting and exploring our destination of choice, we would also like to be able to communicate with the locals.   Since English is my native language, and I also speak Spanish quite fluently, traveling through any English-speaking country, […]

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The so-called “Establishment”

Recently in newspapers I’ve come across a specific term which is being used a lot, mostly because of the politically-centered times we are living in. Yet whilst doing some research I found that the term is used mostly in the UK where it refers to leading politicians, judges, senior Clergy of the Church of England […]

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Third Culture Kids: Bridging Language and Culture

The term Third Culture Kid was first conceived in the 1950s by American social researchers Ruth and John Useem to define individuals who were raised in a culture different to that of their parents’ culture during their developmental years. As explained by Andrea M. Moore and Gina G. Barker in their work, “Confused or multicultural: […]

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Underwater Conversations

Many believe that we humans are the only members of the animal kingdom capable of developing our own language separate from our innate and instinctive knowledge. Although humans have a clear advantage, as we have approximately 4000 languages, under the sea there are voices calling out to join the club, and which might give us a […]

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What Language Do Minions Speak?

This year’s promising film, Minions, has premiered in theaters in several countries. The film by the production company Illumination Entertainment has been a huge box office success, and Minion paraphernalia hasn’t taken long to take over fast food restaurants, toy stores, clothing stores and even school supplies. These cute characters are especially popular among children; […]

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Immigration and the Stigma of Bilingualism

Contrary to what one may think, being bilingual is not a privilege reserved for the few. What’s more, according to official data, there are more bilingual than monolingual persons in the world. Among the causes of bilingualism, we can identify being a part of or having once been a part of a migratory process, whether […]

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