Yowei Shaw was born in the United States and speaks virtually no Mandarin. Her grandfather is from Taiwan and speaks virtually no English. Kid talk was fine when Yowei was a kid. But now she's grown up, she's determined to have proper conversations with Yeye— before it's too late.
The Hugo is one of the most prestigious English-language awards in science fiction — handed out to some of the biggest names in the genre. But this year's honoree is a seemingly unlikely writer — a novelist who didn't even write his book in English: Liu Cixin.
In a northern Turkish town, they use a complicated form a whistling to communicate. One bio-psychologist has been analyzing this whistling language to learn how the brain processes it differently than speech.
There's been a lot of noise around the way young women talk — or the way men and older women think they talk. While the current controversy is an American one, the perception of difference between men and women on speech is international.
Did you think knowing how to speak the language was a prerequisite for winning a Scrabble championship? Think again: Nigel Richards just became the World Champion of Francophone Scrabble, and he doesn't speak French.