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Appalachian English

Appalachian English

Talking about like that like we had some wood out in the yard. Instead of saying “carry it in the house” you’d say “tote it in the house” and like if you had something that you wanted to put in Read more…


Constructed Languages

Constructed Languages

So let’s talk about definitions. What defines a language? Is it just a bunch of words strung together in interesting ways? Or are there some properties that make it special? However you define it, there’s no denying that people love Read more…


“How Many Languages Do You Speak?” – Q&A and Patreon Announcement

“How Many Languages Do You Speak?” – Q&A and Patreon Announcement

Hello everyone and welcome to the Langfocus channel, and my name is Paul. Today this is not a feature video. This is just a special video in which I’m going to make a little announcement and then I’m going to Read more…


What Shakespeare’s English Sounded Like – and how we know

What Shakespeare’s English Sounded Like – and how we know

Shakespeare didn’t sound like this. And he didn’t sound like this either. But if you were back in 1610 and you snagged a couple front row tickets to the Globe, what kind of English would you hear? I have a Read more…


The Lost Language Recovery Trick – counting an undeciphered script

The Lost Language Recovery Trick – counting an undeciphered script

A lone mysterious text teases your curiosity. You’re in a dark room, let’s say in a museum basement. No, even better, somewhere more adventurous: a cave, yeah. Your excitement fades to baffled wonder as your brain starts to hum with Read more…


Malaysia VS Indonesia VS Brunei Language 马来西亚VS 印度尼西亚VS文莱

Malaysia VS Indonesia VS Brunei Language 马来西亚VS 印度尼西亚VS文莱

Why I Love Learning Dead Languages

Why I Love Learning Dead Languages

Hi! I’m Dr. Word Person, and I’m a historical linguist. I study how languages change over time, so I have learned a LOT of dead languages. LATIN! Ancient Greek! Sanskrit! Hittite! Pāli! Old Persian! All the ones in… uh… here Read more…


Features English is missing – but most other languages have

Features English is missing – but most other languages have

English, you’re not normal. Compared to most languages, there are things you’re just lacking. You’re a fine tongue, don’t get me wrong. But take an animated moment to consider some of the main linguistic skills you’re missing, and what it Read more…


J.R.R. Tolkien’s imaginary languages – by Edward Vajda, WWU Linguistics Program director

J.R.R. Tolkien’s imaginary languages – by Edward Vajda, WWU Linguistics Program director

Why some Asian accents swap Ls and Rs in English

Why some Asian accents swap Ls and Rs in English

There’s a saying in Hong Kong kung fu movies: “Wai faai bat po.” It means “only speed is unbreakable.” “Wai faai bat po.” That’s in Cantonese, a language with tones, which English speakers have trouble distinguishing. So when an American Read more…