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J.E. Jordan
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Hey folks,
I will be posting directly on Babbel's google+ page from now on. If you don't already, I suggest following +Babbel to keep getting lovely stories about languages and culture.
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Apparently it's not uncommon for twins to make up their own secret language when they are very young. Far less common is  to continue to develop that language into adulthood...
Secret forms of communication have been around for as long as people have had secrets to keep – from the substitution ciphers used by the Romans to encrypt military intelligence to slang that can insulate a community from outsiders. But some secret codes are so esoteric that they are known by ...
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As a North American, it was pretty cool to discover the influence that Spanish has had on the continent over the past two centuries.
Thanks to the popularity of Mexican cuisine north of the border (around the world, actually), there are plenty of Spanish words that English speakers knowingly adopt in day-to-day use: taco, tortilla and quesadilla are pretty standard imports. But you may be surprised to learn that hundreds more ...
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Want to know how the English language will change over the next thousand years? Ask an evolutionary biologist. Fascinating stuff:
Michael Rosen looks ahead, with the help of linguists Bas Aarts and Laura Wright.
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It turns out my colleague who understands more than 10 languages has a twin brother, and he's a polyglot too. Wait, what?!
Since we were eight, my brother and I have learned languages together. Now that we each speak more than 9 languages, I can look back and say: having a study partner is helpful, but having a rival is really motivating. Just as training with a partner can make it easier to get through your gym ...
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My northern hemisphere peeps: Having trouble enjoying the darkest, coldest time of year? The Swedes have a few tricks for making the most of Winter.
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What's your greatest resource when traveling? No, you won't find it in a guidebook. My friend Noah tells us how speaking the local language (even just a little bit) is the most useful inner resource for travelers seeking authentic experiences.
If you're seeking a “more authentic” travel experience, ditch the guidebook and try speaking some of the local language. It will get you much further than you might think. “Get off the beaten track and experience the real deal!” the travel guide begins. “Tired of all the tourist-traps?
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A companion piece to "10 steps to swedify yourself" for the francophiles out there. And coming later this week, "10 steps to germanize yourself"...
How to Frenchify Yourself in 11 Steps: A Guide. For serious Francophiles, learning the language is only part of the process. Real “frenchification” requires a different kind of fluency: understanding the French mindset. un (one). While eating a delicious meal, talk about other appetizing ...
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Take the tongue twister challenge and then read all about it! http://www.babbel.com/magazine/tongue-twister-challenge What's your favourite tongue twister? #tonguetwisters   #languages   #learnlanguages  
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Some myths about language fluency that most people still believe:
How, exactly, do we measure language fluency? The answer is not so clear-cut. For all you fluent English speakers out there, don't you think it's interesting that “the Kronecker pairing on the homology and cohomology of a space should be thought of as an analogue (in fact it is a generalization) ...
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You say banana; this orangutan says ... well, it's hard to tell what she's saying. But the rhythmic, speechlike sounds of the zoo-dwelling ape have started scientists talking.
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The world's most influential languages. No surprise that this super-cool interactive visualization was made at +Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 
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From Greek there is also: leventia - or leventis which is about being manly, courageous, good looking and knowing how to behave accordingly. 
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I was born in Los Angeles, California, where I grew up loitering around film sets, art museums, and the borderlands between city and wilderness. I studied fine art in New York, and, after a series of improbable career jumps, turned my attention to writing. In addition to topics like contemporary culture, perception and the distant future, I am fascinated by languages.

I moved to Germany in 2009 with no knowledge of the German language other than the lyrics to Wayne Newton’s “Danke Schoen”. Since then, my language adventures have included picking up enough German to sometimes be mistaken for a local imbecile; hitchhiking around Europe speaking pidgin Spanish with Eastern European truck drivers; using Dungeons & Dragons as a tool to teach English to kids; and learning useful new words from a German doctor – like Zecke, Bauchnabel and Lyme-Borreliose – after a scenic hike in the Black Forest.

When not getting lost on ill-advised treks, I live and work in Berlin.
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