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extracting the quintessence.

And here we are: the last blogpost of my little journey into the field of language published in this semester. You are finally released! Almost!I would like to use this last post to provide you with a short recap and a reflection what we have explored during the last weeks. I was trying to raise your awareness but also interest in the…

Who rules the world? English! Vol. 2

Welcome back to part 2 of my deep dive into the question if and why English is pushed as universal language in digital media. Last week, I elaborated on the omnipresence of English concerning memes, social media, digital advertisements and news. I wanted to leave some room for yourself to think about possible reasons why that could be the case and if…

The Magic of Subtitles

When I first came to the Netherlands, I was afraid that I won’t be able to communicate with the locals as I only speak very few Dutch. I was convinced that Dutch citizens, especially older people, would not be able to understand my English. However, there was a surprise waiting for me. Almost all people I talked to, no matter if young…

Research Booster

In the last weeks, I tried to give you some insides in how the digital applies to linguistics in daily life and how all of us are involved with it. I already gave you some hints about its role in academic context and I thought it would be worth to have a closer look on how it changed research and academic work…

Language 2go

When I first approached this blogpost, I had a plan in mind, to illustrate the negative aspects technology brings to language learning and communication between cultures. However, during my first paragraphs I started to dive deeper into the topic of digital translators and I actually decided that I don’t agree with my critical point of view anymore. So, here I go, I…

“I talk digital”

Digital has many facets. It is a news anchor as it informs us about politics and world affairs. It is an entertainer as it allows us to encounter video content and audio files. It is a shopping assistant as it simplifies our shopping experiences. It is a friend in times of loneliness as it keeps us in touch with our far away…

Dependence Day

It’s 7 o’clock in the morning. I open my eyes, roll over to the left and try to localize where this noise is coming from. Of course, my smartphone, it’s time to get up. I grab it and spend a few minutes scrolling through content. My eyes are still not used to the artificial light that is illuminating the screen, so I…