Language History #4: The Sovjet Union and their languages

By | March 15, 2023

The Soviet Union was a vast and diverse country, spanning across multiple time zones and encompassing numerous ethnic groups. With such diversity, the question of language and linguistic policies was a critical issue for the Soviet regime. The Soviet authorities recognized the importance of language in unifying the country’s diverse peoples, but they also saw it as a… Read More »

Rare Languages #4: Samoan

By | March 12, 2023

Samoan is a Polynesian language spoken by about 500,000 people, primarily in the independent country of Samoa and the U.S. territory of American Samoa. It is also spoken by Samoan communities in other parts of the world, including New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. Samoan is an official language of Samoa and American Samoa, and it has… Read More »

Etymology #3: Why English Spelling is so Weird

By | March 10, 2023

English spelling is notorious for being difficult to learn and often inconsistent. It seems that every rule has an exception, and words that are spelled similarly may not be pronounced the same way. Have you ever wondered why English spelling is so weird? In this article, we’ll take a brief look at the history of English spelling and… Read More »

Language History #3: The evolution of languages in Spain

By | March 8, 2023

Spain is a country rich in linguistic diversity. The Spanish language, also known as Castilian, is the official language of Spain and is spoken by the majority of the population. However, there are other languages spoken in Spain, including Catalan, Galician, and Basque. These languages have a long and fascinating history that reflects the country’s complex and diverse… Read More »

Rare Languages #3: Lower Sorbian and Upper Sorbian

By | March 5, 2023

The Sorbian language is an endangered Slavic language spoken in Germany, particularly in the region of Lusatia. Lusatia (in German: Lausitz) is a historical region located in eastern Germany and western Poland. There are two main varieties of Sorbian, Upper Sorbian and Lower Sorbian, both of which are mutually intelligible. Despite being similar, these two languages have distinct… Read More »

Etymology #2: The Influence of Norse Mythology on English

By | March 3, 2023

The English language has a long and varied history, with roots in many different cultures and languages. One of the most fascinating influences on the English language is Norse mythology. From the Viking invasions of England in the 9th century to the popularity of Norse mythology in modern culture, the impact of these myths on English vocabulary is… Read More »

Language History #2: The revival of Ivrit

By | March 1, 2023

Ivrit (עברית), also known as Modern Hebrew, is a fascinating language with a unique history. It is the official language of Israel and is spoken by over nine million people worldwide. However, Ivrit was not always a spoken language. In this article, we will explore the history of Ivrit and how it was revived. The history of Ivrit… Read More »

Rare Languages #2: Papiamentu

By | February 26, 2023

In our first article of this series, we explored a very old language in Quechua. In this article, we will shift gears and provide information about a relatively new language: Papiamentu. Spoken by just over 300,000 people, Papiamentu (or Papiamento) is a unique creole language that originated on the Dutch Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao. A… Read More »

Etymology #1: Germany and its name in different languages

By | February 26, 2023

Language is a fascinating tool that connects people across borders and cultures, and one of the most interesting aspects of language is the way words and names evolve over time. In this first article of the “Etymology” series, we explore the name of Germany in various languages, tracing the roots of this word. As a German company, we… Read More »

Language History #1: The Muhlenberg legend and the history of German in the US

By | February 25, 2023

As a German-based translation service provider, Lengua Translations is passionate about languages and their rich history. In our article series “language history”, we delve into the fascinating origins and evolution of various languages. With a special focus on German, we explore its intricate history, its significant influence on other languages, and its relevance in modern times. Join us… Read More »