French President Emmanuel Macron scolded a teenager for calling him by his nickname, ‘Manu’.
Could an Aussie high schooler say to our prime minister, "How’s it goin’, Mal?", and get away with it? Probably.
Being bilingual is not just about learning two languages, it's about absorbing meaning, negotiating and being flexible when it comes to language.
Second-generation migrants are usually dominant in English, and third generation are usually monolingual in English.
Concerns about non-English-speaking migrant populations leading to "parallel communities" are not well founded. Third-generation migrants are typically monolingual in English.
Time to talk.
How Hwee Young
Kim Jong-un may be able to "chat" in English. That's not enough to understand Donald Trump.
“Aitch” or “Haitch”? It’s long been a point of contestation among English speakers.
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An unspoken class war has long been waged around the pronounciation of the letter "h" - is it haitch or aitch? Despite a snobbish leaning to the latter, haitch makes more sense.
Chinese language learning offers singular opportunities for cultural capital.
Can you become fluent with just a language app? Here's what the research says.
Where did our written numbers come from?
Linguistic clues show how people around the world first developed mathematical thought.
Swearing can come more easily to people in their second language.
Ethical decisions deliver less emotional impact when presented in a second language, study finds.
Roseanne Barr had her sitcom canceled on May 29, after calling former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett the child of an ape.
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Dehumanizing insults have become more common in political discourse. Psychology research has shown that they can prime us for violence – and even change our brains.
Australia and New Zealand are neighbours but our accents are quite different. We even have different words for things.
The short answer is that the accent you have depends on the people you grew up with and the history of the place that you live in.
Encouraging other languages in the classroom won't lead to 'anarchy'.
You heard it say what?
Where you come down on the latest internet hullabaloo depends on how your brain fills in gaps in the sounds you hear.
Bilingual and trilingual shop signs are a feature of Strathfield.
Australia has no policy designating English as the official language, but an explicit 'English first' policy for shop signs would treat speakers of every other language as second-class citizens.
Coverage of a new study suggests it's impossible to become fluent in a foreign language after age ten. But that's deeply misleading – and not what the study found.
Babies would rather listen to each other than to their parents' babytalk, according to new research.
Nisarg Desai observes wild chimps known as Sandi, Ferdinand and Siri in Tanzania.
Do chimpanzee talk to each other? Scientists follow and record chimpanzees in the wild to find out – and to fill in details about how human language might have evolved.
It is nearly impossible for us to know or be sure about the earliest human language ever used.
There have been many theories that try to explain where language came from. None prevailed or even came close to the position of the Darwinism theory in biology or the Big Bang theory in physics.
You're more likely to know a word but not be able to produce it as you get older. Keeping fit could minimise these lapses.
Pharmacy or marijuana dispensary?
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Marijuana has a rich linguistic tradition. But drive by dispensaries like 'Advanced Medical Alternatives' or 'Alameda Wellness Center,' and you might think you’re passing the office of a physical therapist.