The Canadian Apology: Sorry, eh?

Sorry to bother you, but I’d like to talk about something today. The Canadian Sorry. Canadians are subject to stereotypes like all other nations, often suffering them gladly. I have yet to see a backpacker appropriating any other country’s flag, which is an odd, but pleasant compliment.  However, our reputation for extreme politeness has led…

Linguistic odds & ends: the bold, the beautiful, and the bizarre

Language is a diverse and bizarre creature (oh, how I love thee), and it occasionally creates some gorgeously odd words.  Personally, I think English could benefit from adopting a few more of these; we’ve never been shy about language borrowing, why stop now!?  Today, I felt like sharing a few of my favourites. Saudade (Portugese) Saudade is…

How much of your personality is language?

There is a point in learning a language when your difficulties suddenly become larger than wondering how to ask if those flowers are Begonias, because you have no idea how to say Begonias in the first place.  When your vocabulary and grammar problems are mostly cleared up (because let’s be honest – they’re never going…