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“Routine” is a word that sends shivers down the spines of most people. It brings to mind the numbing repetition of boring tasks without any hope of a finish line. However, in its brighter tones, “routine” can also be a set of cherished traditions which create a sense of stability and security in an otherwise […]

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Previously, we wrote a short introduction to the peculiar world of Swiss German but today, we’ll focus more closely on what differentiates the Alemannic dialects (of which the language spoken in Switzerland is a part of) from the rest of the German-speaking world. Swiss German is so different from Standard German that when interviewed on […]

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The benefits of speaking several languages are plenty and often obvious. From enjoying your favourite authors in their original language to easily communicating with people from different countries, learning a new language opens a window to a world previously unknown. But in addition to these commonly cited and widely-known incentives, there is also a whole […]

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Because languages are freely evolving phenomena with the sole purpose of facilitating communication between people, it’s hard to separate them into static boxes. As we have previously covered on our blog, even coming to a strict conclusion as to what constitutes a language can be difficult. While separating dialects from fully fledged languages can, to […]

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