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7 Amazing Benefits of Being Bilingual, According to Science

By |2019-08-28T13:37:32+03:00August 28th, 2019|Categories: Education, Human Brain, Languages, Psychology & Mental Health, Uncommon Science|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In this global era, it's necessary to be able to converse in more than one language. Hence, we should embrace the benefits of being bilingual. Being able to speak two languages gives you an edge in many areas of life. We're here to tell you what they are. A Case Study of Singapore A bilingual [...]

14 Origins of Phrases You Probably Use Every Day but Had No Idea about

By |2019-06-20T17:15:53+03:00June 21st, 2019|Categories: Food for thought, History & Archaeology|Tags: , , , , , , |

Have you ever walked into a tiny room and thought ‘I couldn’t swing a cat in here?’ Have you ever ‘rubbed someone up the wrong way?’ These are examples of phrases we use all the time, but do you know their origins? I love words. I love metaphors, words that come from foreign languages, I [...]

13 Commonly Misused Words That May Belie Your Intelligence

By |2019-05-21T22:30:03+03:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: Food for thought|Tags: , , , , , , |

Our language is a wonderful tool. We use it to communicate our innermost thoughts and feelings. Writers in particular love to seek out words that add nuance and layers to their work. But in doing so, they can sometimes pick commonly misused words. It can be tempting to pop that unusual word into your blog [...]

23 Weird Words That Have Different Meanings to Those You Imagine

By |2019-05-09T17:24:51+03:00May 11th, 2019|Categories: Food for thought, Literature|Tags: , , , , , |

Our language is full of weird words that look as if they mean one thing but actually imply something completely different. For example, take the word bucolic. If you didn’t already know what this word meant, you might surmise that it was a medical word connected to an illness of the lungs perhaps. In actual [...]

27 Foreign Words You Didn’t Know You Were Using Every Day

By |2019-05-01T19:25:45+03:00May 5th, 2019|Categories: Food for thought, Weird & Unbelievable Facts|Tags: , , , , , |

Some words are so intrinsically embedded into our unconscious that we don’t even realise they are foreign words. Take the internationally-known distress call of ‘May Day!’ for example. It derives from the French verb for help – 'aider'. In the 1920s, people were getting used to new international radio communications. A senior air traffic control [...]

8 Things to Do When You Are Bored That Are Also Good for Your Brain

By |2019-10-03T20:35:18+03:00November 21st, 2018|Categories: Brain Power, Self-Improvement|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Life can become mundane. When you get bored, it can be difficult to find things to do. However, the good news is that there are plenty of things that can be fun and stimulate your mind at the same time. Day to day life can eventually become boring. Even though we have responsibilities that keep [...]

20 Untranslatable Words in Different Languages That Describe Emotions & Situations

By |2018-11-02T21:23:21+03:00November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Education, Food for thought, Languages, Weird & Unbelievable Facts|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Heard of hygge? How about fika or abbiocco? It appears we are familiar with some words in different languages but not others. Why do some words in different languages just happen to end up in our everyday use and stay there? Who knows, but that’s not to say we can’t learn others that are equally [...]

What Is Cognitive Learning and How It Can Help You Use More of Your Brain

By |2018-09-18T23:33:54+03:00April 15th, 2018|Categories: Brain Power, Education, Self-Improvement|Tags: , , , |

Cognitive learning might not sound like a useful phrase. Cognition, after all, means ‘to acquire knowledge through thought, experience and the senses’. And as that is pretty much is what ‘learning’ means (what other ways are there to learn?), at first blush, it sounds like I’m just repeating myself. Fortunately, the idea of cognitive [...]