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  • Foreign Accent Syndrome

Foreign Accent Syndrome: a Curious and Extremely Rare Brain Condition

By |2019-12-03T16:28:51+02:00December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Human Brain, Medicine & Genetics, Uncommon Science|Tags: , , , , , |

Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS) is a rare speech disorder that can happen after a head injury, stroke, or some other form of damage to the brain and sees you suddenly start speaking with a different accent beyond your control. This condition is extremely rare, with only around 100 people known to have been diagnosed since [...]

  • other words for dumb

12 Other Words for Dumb to Use in an Intelligent Conversation

By |2019-10-27T12:31:16+02:00October 27th, 2019|Categories: Food for thought, Languages|Tags: , , , , , |

With the world so divided at the moment, it seems everyone we talk to has a completely different opinion. I think it’s all very well to have an intelligent conversation. You broaden your outlook. You get to hear another side of the topic. But sometimes you come across a person who is, well, let’s just [...]

  • bilingual child parenting

How to Raise a Bilingual Child to Help Them Thrive Later in Life

By |2019-10-25T15:56:10+02:00October 25th, 2019|Categories: Education, Languages|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Raising a child to be bilingual provides many lasting benefits that will impact all areas of his/her life. Some of the benefits of bilingualism include broadening a child’s perspective of the world, opening up career opportunities later in life, and having a positive impact on their cognitive development. The Benefits of Raising a Bilingual Child [...]

  • Benefits of Being Bilingual

7 Amazing Benefits of Being Bilingual, According to Science

By |2019-08-28T13:37:32+02:00August 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 [...]

  • origins of phrases history

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

By |2019-06-20T17:15:53+02:00June 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 [...]

  • origins of words names

10 Little-Known Origins of Words That Come from People’s Names

By |2019-06-10T19:01:09+02:00June 10th, 2019|Categories: Food for thought, History & Archaeology, Weird & Unbelievable Facts|Tags: , , , |

Does anyone fancy a ham and cheese stamford? You might be eating one right now if that particular Earl had invented what we all now know as the sandwich. Here are some other origins of words that come from people’s names. It’s a famous story but let’s just recap for a moment. The Earl of [...]

  • commonly misused words

13 Commonly Misused Words That May Belie Your Intelligence

By |2019-05-21T22:30:03+02:00May 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 [...]

  • weird words meanings

23 Weird Words That Have Different Meanings to Those You Imagine

By |2019-05-09T17:24:51+02:00May 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 [...]