The Greek language is an independent branch of the Indo-European family of languages and it has the longest documented history of any living Indo-European language, 3.400 years or more of written records. Since c. 800 BC, this language has been written with the Greek Alphabet, which was formed out of the Phoenician script and was… Read More A short introduction to Modern Greek, its alphabet and structure.
Whenever we read a book written by a foreign writer, we tend to think “What a great writer, he/she writes so well”, without realising that, although the writer is undoubtedly great in the book’s original language, what we are actually reading is the work of the translator, who translated the book into our language. … Read More THE ART OF SUBTITLING
WHAT IS SIGN LANGUAGE? According to the Cambridge English Dictionary, Sign Language is “a system of hand and body movements representing words, used by and to people who cannot hear or talk”. 2. A BIT OF HISTORY Charles Michel De L’Eppe, a French cleric, was considered to be the “Father of Sign Language and Deaf… Read More 8 FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SIGN LANGUAGES
Globish is the name for a subset of the English language that non-native English speakers adopt in the context of international business. It is a sort of “light English” that uses a subset of standard English grammar and a list of 1500 English words. The name Globish is the merger of the world “global” and “English”. The inventor… Read More Globish – better global understanding
December is here, and it has brought with it joy and good intentions. Some people think this is the best period of the year, and it’s impossible not to notice how crowded streets become during these days. Not cold, not stress, not even the desire to make savings: nothing can stop us when it is… Read More Christmas best words
When learning about the process of language acquisition, two approaches are normally distinguished: The behavioural approach and the nativist approach. In this article we are going to explain the different approaches paying special attention to the Critical Period Hypothesis. – The Behaviouristic Approach maintains that children acquire the language through environmental components: learner imitation, practice,… Read More The critical period hypothesis in language acquisition
Storytelling is a skill which has been present in the world for centuries. Our ancestors were passing information from one generation to the other by oral transmission in the form of storytelling. Even Jesus himself was using stories to explain his point of view. As a matter of fact, every single person is a storyteller whether he is… Read More The art of storytelling
There are many reasons why English is the overwhelming language in present day music, yet I would state that the fundamental reasons are historical and linguistic. HISTORICAL REASONS The British colonisation began in the 17th century when many people from England, Scotland and Ireland migrated into to the so called “New World”: U.S.A., Canada, Australia… Read More Why music in English is so popular?