Live Life Multilingually: An Interview with Elle, from Speaking Tongues

With around 86 million people – in the US alone! – listening to podcasts at least occasionally, it’s definitely a fast-growing medium. We’ve covered before how you can use podcasts to learn languages, including some specific suggestions for Quebecois French, but did you know there’s a whole world of language-adjacent podcasts out there, where you … Read more

The Origins of the Word ‘Gay’

It’s Pride Month and one of the most colourful words in the English language – with more makeovers than Madonna and more dramatic life stories than Liza Minnelli – is the word ‘gay’! Like every hero, ‘gay’ has an origin story, but even today, scholars are in disagreement over the precise journey it took to … Read more

How Many Languages Are There in India?

India is one of the most linguistically diverse countries in the world. But how many languages are spoken there exactly? What are they like? Today, we’re going to take a closer look. With 18 languages spoken in India recorded on the uTalk app already – and more in the pipeline – we need answers. First … Read more

Words That Have Circumnavigated the World

The Indonesian word for ‘dictionary’ (kamus) is almost the same as the Swahili word (kamusi) and is in fact an old borrowing from Arabic that somehow came from the Greek word for ‘ocean’. Confused? Here’s how multilingualism and trade spread three rather unusual words around the world. An ocean of words The Indonesian word for … Read more

Valentine’s Day Around the World

Valentine’s Day is celebrated in many wonderful ways around the world. uTalk’s Language guru, Brian, presents five countries and their colourful customs all done in the name of love! Argentina Argentineans are so passionate about love that in addition to Valentine’s Day, they celebrate an entire week in July called La Semana de la Dulzura … Read more