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Is it possible to tell the whole history of a language in under half an hour? In this episode, we try our best. In the season finale, the whole Multilinguish team gets together to focus on five key moments in English language history, from its
Which language should you learn? It can be hard to decide between so many incredible options, but we have a few in particular for you to consider. In this episode, our language experts reveal the top 3 easiest and hardest languages (in their hu
Most of us are familiar with the folktales of the Brothers Grimm, from Cinderella to Sleeping Beauty to Snow White. But how much do you know about the impressive legacies of the men behind these magic and mysterious stories? In this episode, we
Early education is designed to set you up for success, but it also often sets you up for a certain amount of disillusionment as you get older. The language classroom is no exception. In this episode, we talk about what makes language learning s
How do babies learn languages? We don't know for sure. One of the leading theories is Universal Grammar, which is the idea that humans are genetically predisposed to acquire languages, but not all linguists agree on this. In this episode, we ta
If you're like us, you love the idea of being able to communicate with animals. But how realistic is this dream? From prairie dogs to dolphins to Koko the Gorilla, we look at the surprisingly complex language animals use with each other and att
What exactly goes on in your head when you're speaking a language? What happens when you learn a new one, or forget your mother tongue as you age in another country? Does reading Braille require different parts of your brain than reading text o
Every year, dictionaries and language organizations around the world choose a word that they think best sums up the previous 12 months. In 2020, there were a few obvious choices. But rather than spending the whole time talking about coronavirus
You've probably been told countless times to avoid "like," "um" and "uh" in your speech. But these words may serve more of a linguistic purpose than many of us realize. In this episode, we look at the science behind using these filler words in
Buckle up for season 3 of Multilinguish – coming this winter to a podcast feed near you. This season, Babbel's content team brings you fun facts and fascinating conversations about animal languages, filler words, the Brothers Grimm, how languag
What are the cutest English words? We have some thoughts. Plus, we tell you why Elon Musk's wild predictions about language are probably wrong, and share some of your submissions on how you're using language during quarantine.Get 50% off a 3-mo
Which foreign-language shows should you stream? We've got some recommendations, plus the surprising reason we call those big, growling animals "bears," and other fun language trivia. Get 50% off a 3-month Babbel subscription by visiting babbel.
What were Ben Franklin's least favorite letters in the alphabet? Can HBO's 'My Brilliant Friend' help you learn Italian? We discuss these questions and more language trivia and tips. We're stuck at home and you probably are too, so let's learn
Call 315-273-4200 and leave a message with your language story for a chance to be featured on a future episode of the podcast! What does language mean to you during this new and strange time? Tell us about how you've used language during a cris
Switching between languages is a natural part of being bilingual — but why? How does the bilingual brain work, is it difficult to keep your languages separated, and what does code-switching say about us as language learners and social beings? W
77% of language learners find speaking (and listening) to be the most challenging part of learning a language. We talk about the anxiety that comes with having conversations in a foreign language and offer some tips, tricks and strategies for n
Throughout our lives, people try to affect the way we talk, whether it be elementary school teachers or inclusive-language activists. We look at how people have tried to change language historically, and what the impacts of so-called "verbal hy
From Dothraki in 'Game Of Thrones' to Esperanto, we explore the universe of constructed languages, or conlangs. Whether they're crafted for pop culture and entertainment, or designed as a tool for global unity, why would someone want to make up
Choosing a single word to represent an entire year seems like an impossible task, but that hasn't stopped many people from trying. We discuss some of 2019's words of the year, both in English and in other languages, and look for themes that eme
What's the deal with the way Gen Z is talking? And why have young people been "ruining" (a.k.a. creating) language since the dawn of time? We brought in an intergenerational panel to talk growing up, learning slang, and speaking the code of our
Are polyglots born or made? Believe it or not, these elusive creatures are just like us. We ask two polyglots — one who speaks 5 languages and another who speaks 21 — how and why they learned multiple languages, and what obstacles they had to o
Is comedy the same everywhere? If you've ever tried to tell a joke in another language and had it fall flat, you may say "no." We talk about how comedy in translation is complex, and we have multilingual comedian Eddie Izzard explain how and wh
ASMR, hypnosis, healing crystals, learning in your sleep. Can any of these "alternative" language-learning methods actually work? Or are you wasting your time and money? We bust some myths about these unconventional techniques and discuss how t
One language dies approximately every 14 days, and we're on track for half of the world's languages to go extinct by the end of this century. We spoke with the director and co-founder of Wikitongues about why we should be hopeful about language
Why does it seem like Europeans are better at learning languages than Americans and Brits? The team talks to language experts about how geography, education and motivation drive this divide, and what we can do to close the gap.Get 50% off a 3-m
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