Tag: Language

The A to Z of My Relationship w/the Internet

In hopes of wrapping up these series of blogs in style, I thought I would document the A to Z of things I have discovered through the Internet that significantly and qualitatively enriched my existence over the years! A for AMA AMA (or /r/IAmA; Ask me Anything) is a subreddit for interactive interviews, ranging from various celebrities to everyday people in several…

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…

Language Games

The inspiration for writing this blog post came to me while trying to have a conversation with my mother. Keyword: trying. It has become increasingly difficult for me to have conversations with members of previous generations. This is especially a problem seeing as my job mainly involves having to talk to elderly people. Luckily for me, a lot of older people just…

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…

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…

Remembrance

As a child, we’ve all looked up at the night sky, trying to count the stars. But even that tiny piece of sky was so filled with stars that we couldn’t count them. The human mind cannot even begin to comprehend how many stars there are, and how enormous our universe is. This is perhaps not the best metaphor, but to a…