Linguistics

The Difference Between a Linguist and a Language Learner

If you geek out over languages like I do, you probably have heard of the term linguistics or linguist. Upon coming to my new university, I’ve had the opportunity to enroll myself in my first linguistics course, and after my third class it’s obvious how different the terms and definition of linguist and language learner are.…

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The Power of Ability

I have always been fascinated by the nature of words, but have been so more recently because I am beginning to uncover nuances from words in multiple languages. One day, as I was researching a little bit about voseo vs. tuteo in the Spanish language, I stumbled across an interesting fact. Vosotros (plural of you), used in…

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The Way They Do: A Journey with Spanish

 Studying something in a classroom can be boring. It can be a bit daunting too, depending on how you look at it. The teacher is throwing mass amounts of information for you to write down, take in, memorize, learn, and regurgitate back on the day of the upcoming test. The worst part, I can imagine…

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Are Translations Impossible?

Translations are part of what allows our English-speaking world to understand the ideas, cultures, and languages of other worlds. Without translation, the English-speaking world wouldn’t be able to understand classic literary works like Don Quixote and the Odyssey. Without translation, the English-speaking world wouldn’t be able to understand foreign films. Without translation, we would be…

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Language Rant: At a Loss for Words

Languages are amazing, and amazing doesn’t even begin to give enough credit for what languages do for society. The sole purpose of a language is to communicate; as long as you can understand what someone is trying to convey, as long as you can understand the information someone is trying to pass on to you,…

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Is Passion Necessary to Learn a Language?

It takes a lot of dedication to take time out of your day to work towards something you want. It takes a lot of enthusiasm to keep it up. And it takes a lot of perseverance to continue when you have moments that you think you won’t succeed. Learning a language takes dedication, enthusiasm, and…