Category Archives: Language

The benefits of a bilingual brain

It’s obvious that knowing more than one language can make certain things easier — like traveling or watching movies without subtitles. But are there other advantages to having a bilingual (or multilingual) brain? Mia Nacamulli details the three types of … Continue reading

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Who counts as a speaker of a language?

Backed by research and personal anecdotes, Spanish professor Anna Babel reveals the intricate relationship between language and culture, showing how social categories and underlying biases influence the way we hear, regard and, ultimately, judge each other. A talk that will … Continue reading

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How to speak English like Einstein

A not quite serious clip about how to speak English with a German accent. The Einstein recording is part of an essay called “The Common Language of Science”. You can listen to the entire recording here: The full ad with … Continue reading

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NOWNESS Experiments: The Four Temperaments

Inspired by ancient Greek philosopher Galen, video installation artist Marco Brambilla explores the human condition in his latest film, The Four Temperaments. Starring Academy-Award winner Cate Blanchett, Brambilla uses color to evoke the Four Humors. In this beguiling quadriptych, the … Continue reading

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Clueless White Guy Orders in Rare Chinese Dialect, Patrons SHOCKED

Today I went to NYC’s Brooklyn Chinatown as a clueless white guy and ordered food in the rare Chinese dialect of Fuzhounese. The other patrons in the restaurant were completely shocked!!! It was a really fun prank and social experiment … Continue reading

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5 Pharaonic Words Egyptians Use Today

5 Pharaonic Words Egyptians Use till Today | We talk about important Egyptian slang words that came from ancient Egyptian origin. These words are still used in daily life and you will be amazed if you know their actual meaning … Continue reading

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What Ancient Egyptian Sounded Like (and How We Know)

For most of us, ancient Egyptian is a highly visual language represented by the familiar hieroglyphs left behind on monuments, papyrus documents, and even sarcophagi. But of course it was a spoken language as well.[…] Source: What Ancient Egyptian Sounded … Continue reading

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Your Daily Equation #22: 8 – 2 ÷ 2 x 3 + 4 = ?

Episode 22 #YourDailyEquation: Simple arithmetic problems go viral with people proposing all sorts of different answers. It speaks to an important concept–the order of various operations matters–but, as Brian Greene discusses, is often taught in a less-than-inspirational way in the … Continue reading

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Why Is English Spelling So Damn Weird?!

In this video I look at the historical factors that have made English spelling so varied, inconsistent, and unpredictable! […]

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How Bilingual Brains Perceive Time Differently

A new study has found that what language you speak might alter your perception of time.

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