The meanings behind the names of the world’s most popular brands.

You see and hear these brand names almost every day, and I know you wondered what they mean. To answer your curiosities, we brought to you a very informative infographic designed by The Translation Company that showcases the meanings of the world’s most popular brands. Have a good read ūüôā !

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40 hilarious translation fails from different languages.

Translation is a hard-to-get skill that is not given to everyone. The fact that you speak two languages doesn’t make you a translator. If you haven’t taken any translation courses and attempt to translate, your translations will contain a lot of meaningless words such as “umm”, “err”, “that thing..you know”. Sometimes, translations (mostly literal) turn into the funniest thing when they go horribly wrong. In this article, we compiled some of the funniest examples of translation gone wrong to make you appreciate the job translators are doing. Grab some snacks, it’s gonna be a long list! 

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Product Names That Mean Something Unfortunate In Other Languages.

It is highly recommended to consider other languages when you want to name a product. Otherwise, you will be a laughing stock to people who know a thing or two about other languages; especially to people like us, language nerds. Here are some product names that turned into something unfortunate in other languages:

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You won’t find the letter ‘a’ in this article.

When someone tells you they could write some sentence or some strings of words without the mentioned letter, you would roll your eyes or even smirk out of ridicule. It’s not possible, you’d murmur! But let me surprise you. You’re going to scrutinize long pieces of writing down below in the hunt for the mentioned letter, but you won’t find one. I promise!

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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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5 Words That Sound The Same In Almost Every Language.

Words really don’t have any logic to them. You can’t just work out the meaning of words based on the sounds that make them up. That’s because words are arbitrary.¬† So if you don’t speak Chinese, you can’t possibly figure out the words for, say, “breakfast” or “fridge”. Different¬†people¬†agree to give different combinations of¬†sounds¬†different meanings. Considering that people are scattered¬†around the globe and speak different mutually unintelligible languages, it is unlikely that they would all have the same words for the same thing. However, there are some select words that sound pretty much the same across so many languages. They flit across language barriers either through trade, the internet or¬†because¬†people¬†just like the sound of them. Here are some of them:

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Our ability to speak is led down to our genes, a study finds.

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Is there a grammar/language gene? This is an interesting question that linguistics finally started to tap into. While the correlation between our genes and our physical traits such as height, skin, eye color, etc. is very clearly undeniable and easy to understand, the correlation between genes and language is a little less obvious and disturbing. There is, in fact, tangible evidence in favor of the gene-language correlation that hints to the fact that such correlation may exist. 

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What deaf people say about the language they think in.

What language do deaf people think in? This is a tough question to answer. Aside from the science behind what language deaf people think in and whether this question can be answered or not,  there is a better way we can gain a clear insight into this. Why not ask deaf people themselves? Michele Westfall is our best candidate. Michele was born deaf, had hearing parents, and has deaf children. When she was asked what language do deaf people think in, she beautifully replied:

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Amazing facts about Arabic.

Arabic is an old and beautifully scripted language. Its impact on western languages is profound and it carries a lot of significance. As much as you know about Arabic, there is always room to know more.

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Arabic is an old and beautifully scripted language. Its impact on western languages is profound and it carries a lot of significance. As much as you know about Arabic, there is always room to know more. That’s why we at The Language Nerds brought to you an infographic that was put together by guys at fluentarabic.net that summarizes some of the amazing facts about Arabic. Have a good read!

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