Category Archives: Laguages

  1. If a butterfly flaps its wings in Ohio, what happens in Italy?

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    October 4, 2013 by JL Walker

    Italian dictionary cover

    “Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Doctor Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and …
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  2. Why the sky is not always blue: Linguistic relativity part II

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    December 18, 2012 by JL Walker

    Church façade with blue sky

    Are there any examples of linguistic relativity in Italian that are similar to the multiple words for camel found in …
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  3. What’s in a noun? Linguistic relativity part I

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    December 14, 2012 by JL Walker

    M subway sign in front of the Duomo

    We’re all familiar with English literature’s quintessential love story, Romeo and Juliet. Some of the most famous lines of Shakespeare’s story …
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  4. Why do Italian people use so many hand gestures when they speak?

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    September 5, 2012 by JL Walker

    A view of the water from one of Venice's many bridges

    “We shall be seeing.” Lysene trader Salladhor Saan from the Game of Thrones books and TV show, speaks a little differently from most …
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  5. In other words: Speaking your audience’s language

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    August 29, 2012 by JL Walker

    A gate in the countryside, each side of which is a different color

    Have you ever told the same story in two different situations? Let’s say one time you’re talking to a group …
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  6. Living in a foreign language

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    July 27, 2012 by JL Walker

    Black and white door in Milan

    A day in the life: Wake up, fall out of bed, drag a comb across my head. I read the news …
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  7. A very Corky Sherwood accent

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    June 20, 2012 by JL Walker

    Faith Ford cropped from an image for Murphy Brown

    Remember the ’90s TV show, Murphy Brown? One of the loveable characters was Corky Sherwood, the southern beauty queen blond, who …
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