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Animal Crossing’s fake language is different in Japan, and here’s why

Animal Crossing’s fake language is different in Japan, and here’s why

This is Animalese. KK Slider: [unintelligible babble] It’s the pseudo-language of Animal Crossing. This is what it sounds like in the Japanese version: KK Slider: [unintelligible babble] And here’s what it sounds like in the English version: KK Slider: [slightly deeper unintelligible babble] They sound different, which is weird because it’s supposed to be nonsense, …

The Birth of Mankind 1540 | Book History

The Birth of Mankind 1540 | Book History

Today there are so many books available on pregnancy, childbirth, and newborn care that expectant parents can feel paralyzed by choice. In Tudor-era England there weren’t any options until 1540 and the publication of the Birth of Mankind. In this video, I’m gonna introduce you to the book and we’re gonna get a bit [sexy …

A History of English Letters

A History of English Letters

I am not a linguist! I am a silly teenager who makes silly youtube videos and reads a lot of Wikipeda. OK, now that we’re past that, isn’t the latin alphabet cool? And by cool I mean everywhere? If you live anywhere that at some point in history has been dominated by western europeans, which …

Why Does “Straight” Mean Heterosexual?

Why Does “Straight” Mean Heterosexual?

Look at this ruler. You might describe it as something with no curves and swerves, or long and straight. But then again you might also use the same word “straight” to describe someone’s sexuality when they’re attracted to someone of the opposite sex. Wait…what? This doesn’t quite add up. So today let’s get to the …

The Arabic Language: Its Amazing History and Features

Back in 2013 I produced one of the strangest videos on YouTube: a video about Arabic in Japanese with English subtitles and me teaching an arabic lesson to Japanese viewers at the end. Lots of people were bewildered. Today, I’m going to try again. Hello everyone, welcome to the Lang Focus channel and my name …

Fantastic Features We Don’t Have In The English Language

Fantastic Features We Don’t Have In The English Language

Most monolingual speakers think that other languages are basically just their language with different words in a slightly different order and maybe a different way of writing. Turns out, though, that there are lots of interesting features in other languages, some of which English would really benefit from having. I’m going to talk about four …