As native speakers, how many rules do we not know but still follow?

One of the first things you realize when you study linguistics is that language, every language, is filled with an amazing amount of complexity and regularity to the point of defying description. And I mean that literally. There is not one single natural language that has been completely formalized at all levels of description in any way. So, with that said, the answer to the above question is pretty much all of the rules we don’t know but still follow. Well, we actually know them, but this knowledge can be described as tacit knowledge; stored under the threshold of consciousness. To put it in another way, we know these rules but we don’t know that we know them! 

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Language learning: Your ultimate visual guide.

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Learning a new language and excelling at it is a tremendous task. It takes effort, time, and a lot of determination. Let’s face it, people like us, language nerds, devote a considerable amount of time, sometimes money, to learn a new language or two. But still, the devastation is there. Language learning theories sometimes suck and sometimes they are as good as a pile of old dirt. Without needless technical details, The Language Nerds brought to you a language learning infographic that was put together by a team in UndergradedPoints. This infographic visualizes the optimal language learning process and shows you how language learning is best practiced, according to science. So let’s get down to it. Have a good read! 

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Here is why language is incredibly important and special.

Language is by far the most powerful tool that humanity has. After all, what distinguishes us from animals is this sweet little thing we call ‘language’. By just manipulating the air that comes out of our mouths, we can start a relationship, a marriage, or even a war. The things we can do with language and their gravity are tremendous. The communicative potential of the human language is open-ended and breath-taking. We can talk about literally anything, even about hypothetical things that have no existence outside our heads, like math, philosophy, or unicorns. It’s like what Pinker wittingly said: “we can shape events in each other’s heads with exquisite precision”. 

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The sweet adventure of the English language.

Among the languages that enjoy a significant prestige and history is obviously English. The greatness of English, ironically enough, was inherited not from the speakers it has today, and as the language of the Free World, but from its great history, a history of blood and sacrifice. So see how English stumbled its way to the modern world.

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The pathetic story behind the English word “thing”.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the peculiar etymology of a very peculiar word: ‘thing’.

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Tracking the etymology and history of words is a fun exercise. This exercise gets even funnier when you realize that such very common words have weird etymologies. In this article, I am going to draw your attention to probably the most used noun in the English language. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the peculiar etymology of a very peculiar word: ‘thing’.   I would describe the etymology of ‘thing’ to be hilariously pathetic as would you when you read the whole story behind the word.

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Here is why Latin​ is still​ spoken by more than half a billion people.

It is well-established that Latin ceased to exist centuries ago, or in other words, Latin died. But, is Latin really dead? What if I told you that Latin is still alive and kicking! Would you believe that? Well, you might not. So, please read on! 

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Here is why the world will never speak one universal language.

The question of why can’t the world speak a single language is echoed more often, either by people interested in languages or by people whose interest in languages does not go beyond using them to communicate. That’s why we have to seriously consider this question. So why can’t just everybody wake up someday and decide to speak a single language? Easy-peasy! Why do we have all this linguistic mush of so many different languages? 

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Would You Be Smarter If You Learned More Vocabulary?

At a basic level, the answer to this specific question is yes: as you are learning these specific words, you are presumably learning about the concepts associated with these words. These are (again, presumably) new concepts to you and so you are learning new ways to think about things. But we can also consider the opposite question: Does a limited vocabulary limit what you can think about? 

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