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How is French and Italian Alike?

If you have tried learning French and Italian at any point in your life, you would be able to identify some similarities in the two languages. But is this just a coincidence, or are they really similar? The truth of the matter is, the French and Italian languages share about 89% lexical similarity. This means …

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People who speak Icelandic can still understand the old Icelandic Sagas because of how little the language has changed over the past 1000 years.

Icelandic language Main article: History of Icelandic The oldest preserved texts in Icelandic were written around 1100 AD. Many of the texts are based on poetry and laws traditionally preserved orally. The most famous of the texts, which were written in Iceland from the 12th century onward, are the Icelandic Sagas, which encompass the historical …

People who speak Icelandic can still understand the old Icelandic Sagas because of how little the language has changed over the past 1000 years. Read More »

Basque (a language spoken near the Spain/France border) is a language isolate; not only is it NOT a Romance language, it’s not even an Indo-European language. It is the only surviving Pre-Indo-European language in Western Europe.

Basque language Culture of Basque Country show History show People show Languages show Traditions show Mythology and folklore show Cuisine show Festivals Literature show Music and performing arts show Sport show Symbols v t e Family transmission of Basque language (Basque as initial language) Percentage of students registered in Basque language schools (2000–2005) Location of …

Basque (a language spoken near the Spain/France border) is a language isolate; not only is it NOT a Romance language, it’s not even an Indo-European language. It is the only surviving Pre-Indo-European language in Western Europe. Read More »

Bilinguals experience tip-of-the-tongue moments twice as often as monolinguals. Processing two languages at the same time comes with a computational cost. Although, this kind of “multitasking” trains the brain.

Bilinguals who acquire both languages by the age of six use both hemispheres in both languages As you reading this post in English, there’s a very good chance that you belong to that half of the population who are considered multilingual. Have you ever wondered how speaking more than one language changed your brain? We …

Bilinguals experience tip-of-the-tongue moments twice as often as monolinguals. Processing two languages at the same time comes with a computational cost. Although, this kind of “multitasking” trains the brain. Read More »

Native Americans created a universal sign language that allowed 2/3 of all Indigenous tribes to communicate across most of North America, hundreds of years before Europeans invented a sign language of their own.

Plains Indian Sign Language Linguists work hard to try to save many languages from extinction, and one that has come close to that point is Plains Indian Sign Language or PISL. This was once one of the most widespread languages in the Americas, and its history predates most European variations of sign language. Today, less …

Native Americans created a universal sign language that allowed 2/3 of all Indigenous tribes to communicate across most of North America, hundreds of years before Europeans invented a sign language of their own. Read More »

Bees dance to each other in the hive to tell each other where to find good pollen. The angle of the dance is the angle relative to the sun, the tempo of dance is the distance, the duration of dance is the quality of the pollen, and the dancer hands out free samples to whoever’s watching!

Food sources of lower quality will produce fewer, shorter, and less vigorous dances; recruiting fewer new foragers. The round dance is used for food sources 25-100 meters away from the hive or closer. Bees elicited into foraging after a round dance fly out of the hive in all directions searching for the food source they …

Bees dance to each other in the hive to tell each other where to find good pollen. The angle of the dance is the angle relative to the sun, the tempo of dance is the distance, the duration of dance is the quality of the pollen, and the dancer hands out free samples to whoever’s watching! Read More »