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Three Simple Mistranslations that Echoed Through History

Humanity has always needed to communicate cross-culturally. This need is often motivated by scientific research, commerce, political negotiations, or the translation of religious texts. Yet, the different languages of the Earth have always posed potential problems for mistranslation. There are times when these mistranslations have inconsequential results, and there are times when these mistranslations have nearly catastrophic results. Here, we [...]

Loanwords As a Window Into Multilingualism

Although it is hard to get an exact number, it is estimated that half of the world’s population is bilingual.[1] The estimate of trilingual people in the world is around 1 billion.[2] If you speak 3 or more languages, you’re known as “multilingual” and you’re much more rare among your fellow humans.[3] No matter what your title is, the cognitive [...]

2022-01-14T08:04:48-05:00January 14th, 2022|English, French, Languages|

6 Idioms You Didn’t Know Were Religious

  Have you ever heard someone say, “they really went the extra mile” when referring to a job well done? If so, you might not have realized this idiom was extracted directly from the mouth of Jesus. This is not the only religious phrase that’s infiltrated our vernacular. Before we delve into more examples, let’s back up. Whether you are [...]

2022-01-14T15:54:30-05:00January 5th, 2022|Languages|