débarquer (v) - to unload, disembark
équilibre (nm) - balance
amende (nf) - fine (money)
chasser (v) - to hunt
apercevoir (v) - to glimpse
empêcher (v) - to prevent
s’etendre (v) - to stretch, extend
chauve-souris (nf) - bat
I don’t know where this came from but it was on Facebook and made me laugh so hard I needed to run to the bathroom.
this is the best. the. best.
I really want to print this and hang it on my wall at work, but I suspect I wouldn’t get away with it. Maybe if I just did the second half?
Seventy-eight percent of the population speaks English at home, leaving 22% with another language as the primary method of communication. Spanish comes in at a healthy second, with 14% of Americans speaking it at home. The remaining 8% comprises 23 million people, split into many different linguistic groups and often in enclaves throughout the nation. The map shows where these enclaves tend to be located.
Unsurprisingly, Chinese-speaking homes are largely clustered on the West Coast, but maintain a healthy presence throughout the mid-Atlantic and Northeast as well. There’s also a large Vietnamese-American population in Texas, particularly in Houston, thanks to the resettlement of refugees in the area after the Vietnam War and subsequent increased immigration. Other language hotspots include large numbers of French-speaking Louisianans and French Creole speakers across Florida. German-speaking households are scattered across the country, likely reflecting Hutterite, Amish and Older Mennonite communities.
"Pay attention, 2014 Mad Men: This little girl is holding a LEGO set. The LEGOs are not pink or "made for girls." She isn’t even wearing pink. The copy is about "younger children" who "build for fun." Not just "girls" who build. ALL KIDS.
In an age when little girls and boys are treated as though they are two entirely different species by toy marketers, this 1981 ad for LEGO — one of our favorite images ever — issues an important reminder.” -Jessica Samakow
What it is is a psuedo-cleft sentence.
French cat humor.
Unlike Modern Greek and most other living Indo-European languages, Ancient Greek had a pitch accent. Whereas stressing the relevant syllable of a word makes that syllable louder, a pitch accent causes the syllable to be pronounced with a higher tone. In…
here is the language log post about it btw! and theres a link to the original article right in the first line.