There are lots of lovely European sayings about cities, involving chairs, owls, and oatmeal. This is what happened when we got some of our editors to try and pronounce them properly...
"America First." We all got that message loud and clear. But which of the European countries will be second? The Dutch got in early with their satirical video, and now the rest of Europe’s comedians are getting involved. Which European country will Trump choose as second-best? And how does he feel about his newfound ability to unite Europe?
In a year marked by empty promises on the side of big red buses and a President-elect whose own Twitter feed is awash in contradictory statements, it's no wonder that "post-truth" is the word on everyone's lips. Not even our dictionaries can be trusted anymore. [OPINION]
On the Internet, racist comments abound. So much so that Germany has launched a public discussion to find solutions. Perhaps they can follow the example of the collective "The Syntax Hooligans", which has been correcting the typos of online trolls for the past two years.
English dominates the worlds of business, advertising and social media. Anglicisms are spreading like wildfire through French, Spanish and Italian, and not everyone is happy with it. In the modern war of words, the English language has launched a full-scale linguistic offensive. [OPINION]
It's 2016 and Paris is full of Pikachu. Hoping to snag a Lapras in London? A Bellsprout in Berlin? You'll need a little help as you travel across the land, as the names of Pokémon vary from language to language. If you wanna be the very best, you're going to have to brush up on your Poké-linguistics. Presenting cafébabel's guide to speaking in Lickitungs.
Alongside the LOLs and LMAOs of the Internet age, Europe has hundreds of ways of referring to a fit of the giggles. From the French petit rire to the Spanish carcajada – the inhabitants of the Old Continent are creative with their chortling. Laugh along in six languages.
Even though the French government has valiantly attempted to improve the situation, nothing has worked – the German language suffers from a toxic image when compared to the sunny, fiesta-loving Southern tongues. Yet according to textbooks, Germany has a lot more to offer than saloon cars, a job well done and the First World War. So how could they entice new language learners?
With the attacks in Paris on Friday the 13th of November, the terrorist group Daesh aimed to foster a rejection of the Muslim community. In this Tower of Babel, we offer methods to counter this aim, and combat Islamophobia through the use of language.