A Beginner’s Guide to Swahili

Swahili is a Bantu language that is spoken by between 50-150 million people mainly across the African Great Lakes region, as well as other parts of Eastern and Southern Africa. It is a lingua franca but also an official language of Kenya and Tanzania. In this post, we’re going to find out more about Swahili, … Read more

Four Creative Strategies for Language Learning

Learning languages ​​has become the norm for modern people. Knowing several foreign languages significantly expands your opportunities in finding new acquaintances, in business, education, and many more areas. It is not surprising that in recent years private language schools, language learning services and the like have been gaining immense popularity. According to research, almost half … Read more

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