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Linguistics

Untranslatable words: lost in translation... or as the Germans would say, “Drachenfutter ist sicher keine Schnapsidee”
May 25, 2018

Language has the ability to fire the imagination. Can you imagine how much more boring the world would be if there were only one uniform language? Languages are fascinating – through them w...

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Homonyms: “Good luck mastering this language!”
April 26, 2018

The German language certainly has its quirks – that’s common knowledge. However, words that fill philologists with enthusiasm often leave German learners rather baffled. A recent vira...

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Where does the word ‘Easter’ really come from? No one knows for sure...
March 27, 2018

From a theological perspective, Easter is the most significant of the Christian festivals and it celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In popular belief, Easter is also the classical Sprin...

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The mother of all languages - fact or fiction?
February 07, 2018

There are around 7,000 languages in the world

An almost unfathomable inventory of different words for one and the same thing. Some languages are closely related, others just have common roots, and yet more seemingly have nothing in common at...

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