Do All Languages Derive from a Single Common Ancestor?
Gretchen McCulloch, slate.com
The Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (image via Wikimedia) The Tower of Babel story is a fanciful attempt to account for a very real question: What was the first language and why are there now so many of them?The video below from TED Ed…
12 untranslatable words (and their translations)
David Shariatmadari, theguardian.com
Words like the Portuguese saudade, or Danish hyggelig, can only truly be understood by speakers of those languages. Right?
We’d all like to believe in untranslatable words. It’s such a romantic thought: that there exist out there, like undiscove…