Category: Culture and language difference

What we say for Easter

There are times around the year when people are supposed to say things. A happy new year, Merry Christmas, Happy Easter, enjoy your holidays. In Orthodox Romania there is an obligatory formula just after midnight Saturday to Easter-Sunday. It’s something like “Christ has resurrected“, and the others must say “Indeed He has resurrected“. Traditionally this…

Language and borders

Another possible answer to the question ‘What is language, after all?’ I know, language is such a trivial thing! We use it every day with such ease – listening to the radio news or reading the announcements about the next underground train, saying hi to our co-workers and so on. All this without any (conscious)…

The words that make or break

Take a few moments to fill the gap in your mind: ‘Language is…’ (what?) I’ve discussed here a few of the possible answers: …action, …a system,  … a means of getting information across, …a means of profiling ourselves, … a world in itself, …a learning experience, … an interactive experience (like a computer game) etc.…

How different is German from Italian?

What’s in a language, that can make it different from another? Teachers would hurry to explain that we can talk about morphology, simple sentence syntax, complex sentence syntax, sentence patterns, the system of tenses or of modality, noun declension or verb conjugation, vocabulary items, lexical fields and families, derivation or word formation, lexical stock and…