21 Phrases Americans Say That Make Zero Sense To Non-Americans.

You may have noticed that people in America do things radically differently. I don’t know if that’s a tendency or that Americans try so hard to distinguish themselves from the rest of the word. I mean why would you choose Fahrenheit over the much more elegant Celsius, mile over kilometer (and don’t get me started on how kilometer is pronounced over there), pound (which is abbreviated by the way as lb) over kilogram, etc. 

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How different languages say “When Pigs Fly.”

Language diversity makes languages fun and interesting. It shows the varied potential of human genius and imagination. Imagine how much fun we would have been robbed of if we had only one language! Having different ways to say something across cultures is a great source of joy and fascination. We always ask our tremendously diverse community on Facebook about how they say stuff in their languages and the results never stop to fascinate us. Down below is our latest thread of how different languages say “when pigs fly”, i.e. it will never happen. We hope you enjoy what you’re about to read.

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How different languages laugh online.

Everyone on this planet laughs pretty much the same way. No human will fail to recognize a laugh no matter from what corner of the world it comes from. But there is an aspect to laughing that is incredibly diverse across languages and cultures. While the acoustics of laughing are universally fixed, there is a great and surprising variety in how speakers of different languages choose to write the way they laugh. This diversity arises primarily from the different writing systems these languages use. Also, some of this variety is attributed to the fact that some languages do not have the sound corresponding to ‘h’ which make up the laughing interjunction. Let us know if your language made the list. If not, please add it in a comment. 

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41 Fascinating words from other languages we should definitely import to English.

No language has all of the words, and English is no exception. While you can express the complex feeling of “insecurity, fear, concern, and envy over relative lack of possessions, status or something of great personal value, particularly in reference to a comparator, a rival, or a competitor.” with one word (i.e. jealousy), some other very simple concepts need to be expressed with more than one word, like the day after tomorrow. With input from our amazing followers at The Language Nerds, we have compiled a list of some of the most interesting words that exist in other languages but have no equivalent in English. You really don’t want to miss any of them. 

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20 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From One Another.

One of the things that make the United States special is its diverse and varied linguistic background. You might think people speak the same English you and I know, but no. The number of different accents spoken in the US and the degree of lexical variation is just fascinating. Language variation is probably one of the most exciting stuff that linguists concern themselves with. One of these is Joshua Katz, a Ph.D. student of statistics at North Carolina State University, who took on the job of mapping the linguistic variation of the US and published them in a book he titled Speaking American. Here are some of the coolest maps from his collection. 

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24 Non-English Words That Sound Dirty But Are Actually Innocent.

What makes languages so amazingly different is that they use different words to describe the same things. When you speak more than one language, you realize that words mean different things in different languages. Sometimes an innocent word in a language can sound really rude in another, and that’s where the real fun is. All the bad words in English have similar-sounding ones in other languages that are totally appropriate and sometimes they mean something really sweet. Below are words from foreign languages that sound dirty to an English ear but are totally innocent in their respective languages. 

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How different languages say “speak of the devil.”

Speak of the devil is a fascinating idiom of itself. It is used when an object of discussion unexpectedly becomes present during the conversation. It’s even more fascinating to know how other languages express the same occurrence. We have asked our multilingual followers at The Language Nerds about the equivalent of speak of the devil in the different languages they speak and they were generous enough to provide very insightful responses that we compiled for you here and we hope they stimulate your curiosity.

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58 Differences Between British And American English That Still Confuse Everyone.

To be honest, it’s starting to feel like British English and American English are not the same language anymore. To quote George Bernard Shaw, the United States of America and the UK are “two countries divided by a common language.” They can still understand each other, but the marked differences between the two varieties are growing steadily with each generation that in a few years they are going to be mutually unintelligible. One of the most notable and confusing differences, besides pronunciation, is at the level of vocabulary. Grammar Check visualized these differences in a beautiful infographic that we broke down here for you. Have a good read ?

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How different languages say “it’s all Greek to me.”

It’s interesting how speakers of different languages have different perceptions about what is a difficult and inconceivable language. This is primarily shown in how they describe something they find difficult to understand. While English speakers use the phrase “it’s all greek to me” to mean that they can’t understand something, speakers of other languages use the same analogy but they reference other languages, not necessarily Greek. So, we’ve asked our followers at The Language Nerds about the equivalent of “it’s all Greek to me” in their languages and they were generous enough to provide highly valuable responses that we summed up here for you. Have a good read ?

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27 Hilarious Non-English Phrases And Their Literal Meanings.

Geoffrey Willans said, “You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.” If you think your language is unique because it has sounds and phrases that other languages can’t possibly have, you’re in for a huge surprise. The beauty of knowing other languages is that it gives you a unique perspective about how other cultures think and how they describe the world around them, which sometimes can be surprisingly different. We’ve all known of idioms and phrases that can’t be translated no matter what and that’s because of the simple reason that cultures are untranslatable. In this article, we have combined some of the most interesting non-English phrases from around the world and their literal translations to showcase how unusual other languages can be. Have a good read ?

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