20 Clever And Funny Illustrations Showing The Literal Meanings Of Idioms.

When we use language we don’t often notice what some words mean if taken literally, but when you actually pause for a second and think about what some expressions literally mean, you’d be surprised how you didn’t notice that before. The words that we use every day are so full of joy and wonder and a lot of fun if taken out of context and played with. And that’s what Keren Rosen did. Karen is an Israel-based graphic designer who loves to play with words and put them in humorous illustrations to show their double meanings. For her last project, she went after idioms and everyday expressions to illustrate their literal meanings and the result is a funny batch of witty and funny illustrations that make you both laugh and wonder about the craziness of the English language.

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77 Common Latin Words and Phrases Used in English That You Should Know.

It’s guaranteed that you have or will run into some of these Latin terms in anything including the lightest reading. That’s because they’re everywhere. In newspapers, textbooks, manuals, et cetera. They are used in, inter alia, academic writing, text messaging, and, quite extensively, law documents. So, they are, ipso facto, very important to know. Ergo, we thought it’s a good idea to combine these Latin words and phrases in one place and explain what they mean so that when you run into some of them next time, you go like, ha! I have seen this word somewhere and I know what it means. So, let’s get down to it. 

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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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21 Reasons Why the English Language Has To Be Stopped.

English is such a zany language. It confuses the heck out of everyone, natives and non-natives alike. If you can speak English, then kudos. It’s not easy to speak a language whose madness knows no bound. To demonstrate what a crazy language English can be, we have put together a compilation of how people were often confused by English. Don’t forget to share your favorite or add more to the list. Have a good read ? 

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Percentage Of People Who Can Hold a Conversation in English in Europe by Country.

While most of the world’s population speaks some English today, a small portion can hold a full-fledged conversation in English. This is particularly true of the European continent. One very common misconception is that Europeans are good at speaking English. This is not true, however. While some countries excel at speaking English, especially in Northern Europe, other European countries do not fair well as far as English proficiency is concerned. In fact, most people in Southern Europe cannot hold a conversation in English. This is shown in the following map, designed by Jakub Marian. Data incorporated in the map is based on 2012 Eurobarometer report.

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Jokes You Will Only Relate To If English Isn’t Your First Language.

There are 1.5 billion people who speak English in the world today. Only 300 million people speak it as their native language, leaving the majority of speakers as non-natives. That means most English speakers in the world today are bilingual. And being bilingual is one of the greatest pleasures you can enjoy, as you experience the world from two, sometimes more, different perspectives. If you are one of these people, the jokes below are just for you. Browse through them and tell us what you relate to the most. 

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20 People Who Just Had A Really Hard Time With The English Language.

We all had our stories with the English language. We can all agree that it a crazy, zany language where you drive in the parkway and park in the driveway. Whether you are a native English speaker or someone who learned English as a second language, you were not spared from the madness of the English language. It’s just what English does; giving people a hard time. But I am not sure if I should blame English for the difficulties that the people below had with the language. I’ll let you be the judge. Have a good read and let us know what you think ?. 

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These are the countries that have the most fluent English non-native speakers.

 English is the most widely spoken language in the world. The majority of English speakers in the world today speak it as a second language. This begs the following question: where are the world’s best non-native English speakers? A recent report released by EF Education First has an answer. This report lists all countries, excluding those in which English is spoken as a first language, and how they rank in English proficiency. 

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Don’t read this article, ان لم تكن تتقن لغتين على الاقل

Having fun with اللغات is enjoyable and intriguing في نفس الوقت. You can do fascinating stuff بمجرد تحريك your lips و your لسان. Language هي أهم thing that keeps us مع بعض. Think about it للحظة. It gets more interesting عندما you combine لغتين في the same time, فأنت تجمع even more people.

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Here is why we can’t adopt IPA as a writing system.

Phonetics is probably the biggest breakthrough in modern linguistics. When when we talk about phonetics, the first thing that comes to mind is the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). The idea of representing each distinct sound with a unique symbol is very appealing and accurate and could seemingly solve much of the pronunciation/spelling inconsistency that pertains to the writing systems we have today. That is why we might be tempted to think that it would a wise move to drop all traditional alphabets in favor of IPA. Well, as promising as that might seem, it is a terrible idea. Let’s explain why.

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