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They Learned a New Language — and Then Discovered a Whole New World Online

When Ariel, a 21-year-old living in California, first began learning Chinese a year ago, she never ventured into Chinese culture outside of the classroom and…

Esperanto Superfans Won’t Rest Until They’ve Achieved World Domination

When Robert Nielsen, a now-27-year-old Irishman, was traveling through Europe five years ago, he ran into language barriers everywhere. “I wanted to avoid the stereotype…

‘Game of Thrones’ Fans on Duolingo Are Geeking Out in High Valyrian

In July 2017, the app Duolingo went live with the beta version of a new language to learn: High Valyrian, an ancient — and fictional — tongue spoken…

Why Do Some Grown Men Still Call Their Fathers ‘Daddy’?

In our modern times, the shorthand/slang for “father” holds very different meanings. Dads, for example, are the very men who helped bring you into the…