21 of the world’s most famous quotes in IPA.

The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is one of modern linguistics’ greatest and most genius inventions. Besides its usefulness in accurately describing the sounds of every human language, we can use it for more fun stuff, like this article we wrote a while back. Below we have compiled the world’s most famous quotes that not everyone will understand. You have to qualify as a language nerd to understand them. Do share with us your favorite and don’t forget to share them with other people who might be interested. 

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The Language You Speak Influences What You Look at, According to Study.

If you think that language is just a means of communication, then you are massively underestimating the role that language plays in our lives. We are somehow at the mercy of the languages we speak. They shape and influence our behavior through and through. 

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You are likely to make immoral decisions while speaking a second language, study finds.

Language sits deep within every one of us. It influences the way we see the world and guides how we relate to one another and to events happening around us. Studies have long shown that people who speak more than one language may unconsciously change their personality when they switch between the languages they speak.

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Here is how much time it would take to memorize every sentence in a language​.

Language is something we breathe in and out every moment of our lives. It is everywhere, everyone is exceptionally good at it. Yet, no one knows how it got into our heads. The number of sentences you can form with any given language is virtually infinite. It makes zero sense to say that we learn language by memorizing individual sentences. But, what if we wanted to memorize every sentence in a given language? How long would that take?

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Ancient switch to soft food gave us an overbite—and the ability to pronounce ‘f’s and ‘v’s

If it weren’t for farmers and soft food, we wouldn’t be able to utter the f-word, or any word that has the sound “f” or “v” for that matter. A new study revealed that the switch to processed food after the spread of agriculture gave humans an overbite and eventually two labiodental sounds that exist in more than half of the world languages.

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Funny and peculiar proverbs from different languages (Illustrated).

Proverbs say so much in so few words. How different cultures and languages use proverbs for certain meanings and situations is fascinating. To capture this fascination, artist James Chapman, a designer based in England, brought us a whole bunch of funny and peculiar proverb illustrations and their meanings from all around the world. 

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Bilinguals perceive time differently​, study finds.

People who speak more than one language are fascinating. They provide insight into the power of language and how it shapes the way we think and experience the world. In a recent study, it has been shown that people who speak two different languages experience time differently. 

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Most common sounds in spoken English.

This article lists all English phonemes in order of frequency. By phonemes is meant all sounds that make up the sound inventory of the English language and that includes both consonant and vowel sounds (as opposed to letters). This classification is based on data compiled using the Carnegie Mellon Pronouncing Dictionary correlated to a frequency list of the British National Corpus, i.e. American pronunciations with British word-usage. Here are the results:

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People who use swear words are honest and make better friends, according to study.

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Have you ever felt a twinge of guilt after you have sworn or used “bad language”? Well, don’t! Science shows that swearing is a useful social skill that allows us to bind with people and establish strong relationships with them.

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Scrabble rule change allows use of ‘OK’ and other newly added words.

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Scrabble, wordsmiths’ favorite game, has pretty straight forward rules and from time to time they get updated with the addition of new words. According to the latest update to the scrabble dictionary, released by Merriam-Webster  on September 2018, 300 new words were added and are now eligible to be played in a Scrabble game. The game was last updated in 2014.

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