Let’s zoom on the weirdest or most extraordinary languages of the real and fictional worlds. Discover the complexity of Yupik languages, the particularities of Caucasian Archi, spoken by only a thousand people, or dip into fantasy worlds through the Sindarin used by Elves or the Aklo of Lovecraft creatures.
A great way to travel from the upper to the lower worlds, via the two hemispheres of the real world! READ MORE
There are superstars who wouldn’t wear the same dress twice, but this one teacher from Prestonwood Elementary (PE) in Richardson, USA, had himself photographed with the same outfit for 40 years in a row. PE teacher Dale Irby started his legendary yearbook photograph sequence by mistake, when he realized he was wearing the same polyester shirt and coffee-colored sweater like he did for the photo shoot one year ago, back in 1973.
“I was so embarrassed when I got the school pictures back that second year and realized I had worn the very same thing as the first year,” said Dale. It was his wife, Cathy, who managed to make a joke out of the situation, and dared her husband to wear the same clothes again next year. After this dare Dale wore his shirt and sweater for the next 5 years: “After five pictures,” he said, “it was like: ‘Why stop?’” Even when the clothes wouldn’t fit him anymore, Dale would bring them to school and wear exclusively for the photo shoot. Nice to have something you can count on these days!
Approximately 250 million people worldwide currently speak Portuguese. It is the official language of Portugal, Angola, Brazil, Mozambique, the Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde and São Tomé and Príncipe. It’s also one of the official languages of Timor-East and of the special administrative region of Macau in China. As the result of expansion during colonial times, Portuguese speakers are also found in Goa, Daman and Diu in India and in Malacca in Malaysia. READ MORE
Women have an eight-lane superhighway for processing emotion, while men have a small country road 🙂 … click on image to enlarge it
We found an article that estimates that women talk three times more than men do (click here for more). The article proposes that women speak “up to 20,000 words in a day – 13,000 more than the average man.” The article adds, “Women also speak more quickly, devote more brainpower to chit-chat – and actually get a buzz out of hearing their own voices.” What do you think?
Languages are a part of everyday life – whether you speak one or more, they are one of the main keys of communication. There are also a lot of fun facts about languages, and the Verbalists Education & Language Network brings you some of them: