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Five common myths about raising bilingual children

Surprising as it may be, I was once a child, but one who happened to grow up in a multilingual environment but dominated by English. That I actually ended up having a career using my languages from childhood did not come easily. I had to overcome some major hurdles ๐Ÿšง in the form of widely-accepted […]

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Oldtajmer, evergrin, rekorder, golman… the world of Balkan pseudo-anglicisms

Did you hear about the man who collects “old-timers”? ๐Ÿ‘ด๐ŸฝOr that Frank Sinatra has many “evergreens”? ๐ŸŒฒOr the woman who was a rowing “recorder”? โ–ถOr how the best player on the field was the “goal man”? ๐ŸŽฏAnd how one unfortunate person was a victim of “mobbing” in the workplace? ๐Ÿ‘ฅ These are all actual examples […]

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Smoker’s remorse… or how false friends can be deeply expressive

๐ŸŸฐ Words that look the same or similar in two languages but have two, at times radically, different meanings are called “false friends”. There are plenty of them in most languages, and particularly between Slovenian and the other Southern Slavic languages, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Macedonian, Montenegrin and Serbian. ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป A particular false friend I love […]