Hard English words to pronounce

While its certain that English is not the hardest language to pronounce, it does throw rather a lot of curve balls. The English language is non tonal which aids in pronunciation and doesn’t include too many obscure sounds; there are no clicks or rolled r’s for example.  But English does have a surprisingly large amount […]

Why do we use QWERTY?

When you look at the keys of your keyboard, do you ever wonder how someone could come up with such a random array of letters? The QWERTY keyboard dates back to the end of the 19th Century when typewriters were revolutionized, yet still today their arrangement is used universally, on keyboards, phones, tablets the lot. […]

Words derived from Greek that are used today

 image source Antique, idol, dialogue, geography, grammar, architect, economy, encyclopaedia, telephone, microscope phobia… all these common English words have something in common: they’re derived from Greek. According to Peter T. Daniels, the Ancient Greeks were the first to use a ‘true’ alphabet, that is, one representing both vowels and consonants. Indeed, the word ‘alphabet’ is formed of the first two letters […]

A type of language to sell better on eBay

The language you use to sell your products could have a bigger impact than what you think, especially on eBay, according to a team of researchers from the Birmingham city University. They examined more than 68,000 items sold on the platform, and by analyzing their descriptions, they revealed patterns in language which significantly changed the price […]

Illustrations Of Afrikaans Words

Afrikaans is one of the official languages of South Africa. It is a West Germanic language spoken in South Africa, Namibia, and to a lesser extent, Botswana and Zimbabwe. It evolved from the Dutch vernacular of South Holland spoken by the mainly Dutch settlers of what is now South Africa. Afrikaans is a great language with […]