How Old Is The Bengali Language?

Bengali is a language spoken by some 260 million people in Bangladesh and Northern India. It’s an Indo-European language, meaning that it’s (remotely) related to English, but it’s closer to other Indo-Aryan languages spoken in the region, such as Hindi, and even more so to languages such as Assamese. But how old is the Bengali … Read more

353 Words And Phrases In Algerian Arabic (Or Dardja)

Of all the languages spoken in Algeria, Derja is the most common. It’s sometimes referred to as Algerian Arabic, and even among Algerians, many consider the language a dialect of Arabic. Yet, it is, in many ways, different from Arabic, and I, personally, think that Algerian should be considered a language apart. If you’re interested … Read more

Is Vietnamese A Tonal Language?

Vietnamese is a language of the Austroasiatic language family spoken by 90 million people. While Vietnamese is mostly spoken in Vietnam, there are important Vietnamese-speaking communities all over the world. The language is quite an interesting one and it might surprise you that in terms of grammar and vocabulary, Vietnamese is quite simple and easy … Read more

Is The Turkish Language A Form Of Arabic?

Turkey is a country that geographically borders both Europe and Asia. Culturally, most people consider Turkey a Middle-Eastern country, and there certainly is no doubt that Turkish culture has similarities with the culture of many of the other countries of the region, such as Arabic-speaking Syria, Iraq, Palestine, and Jordan. Turkey does indeed have a … Read more

Do Filipinos Speak Spanish? (They Used To)

The Philippines was a Spanish colony from 1565 to 1898 – a period in which the Spanish language was extremely important and, in the later period, very common all throughout the country. Spanish remained an official language until 1987, but with the departure of the Spanish colonizers, the Spanish language has become gradually less wide-spread … Read more