January 2008

Wondering why...

January 23, 2008

... it’s been quiet around here lately? Here’s the reason why: Yes, that’s me. Well, not really. But I am going skiing for a few days, which has meant that I have had to work extra hard since the beginning...

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Tell no one

January 14, 2008

Do you like the idea of a French film based on a best-selling American crime novel? Watch Tell no one. It's brilliant....

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Posted by céline on January 14, 2008
Culture

Language maps

January 10, 2008

Three interesting language maps for you, courtesy of strange maps (via Language Log) and Wikipedia (thanks Xavier!). Click on the images to go to the relevant articles. A recent map of the languages of Europe....

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Posted by céline on January 10, 2008
Language

Hello

January 8, 2008

In the form of "hallow", its possible earliest ancestor, "hello" dates back to at least 1340 and was used by Chaucer. In its modern form, it was first recorded in 1883 and its popularity rose with the advent of the...

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Posted by céline on January 8, 2008
Words

Misery loves company

January 3, 2008

Do you know if a French equivalent exists for this expression? In general, idioms being the expression of popular wisdom, whose roots are shared by most European countries (the Bible, Greek and Latin literature), most English proverbs have French equivalents,...

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Posted by céline on January 3, 2008
Idioms