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What is the Phrase? February Version

What is the Phrase? February Version


One other month, one other likelihood to atone for what’s been taking place on the earth of language and popular culture! In music, we noticed the return of Queen Rihanna and had an adrenaline rush making an attempt to bag tickets for Beyoncé’s Renaissance tour. In different information, we liked listening to about France’s disgruntled cheesemongers, who have been left reeling when ZERO French fromages made the Style Atlas High 10 this yr. Quelle horreur ! With 9 out of the highest 10 cheeses being from Italy, one French cheesemaker remarked that the judges should have been Italian. There’s gouda brie a cheese turf struggle across the nook (sorry…)!

However, should you thought France’s cheesemakers have been offended, wait until you hear about Spain’s new trains which brought about two prime transport officers to resign this month. Ever ordered one thing within the unsuitable measurement and needed to return it? Effectively, think about spending 258 million on a fleet of fancy new trains, then realizing that they’re too large to suit by means of the tunnels on their meant route. Yup. Que fiasco. This actually occurred.

Anyway, with out additional ado, let’s get caught into this month’s knockout language and culture-related tales which have caught our eye!

Take a Bow, Justina Miles! 👑


Rihanna followers internationally went wild this month as everybody’s favourite Pop Queen returned with a bang, performing, for the primary time in 4 lengthy years, on the 57th Tremendous Bowl in Arizona. The mini-concert of her best hits went down a storm, touchdown her a top-10 spot in Rolling Stone’s rating of each Tremendous Bowl halftime present. However one thing that actually received individuals speaking after the sport was the stellar efficiency given by Rihanna’s American Signal Language (ASL) Performer, Justina Miles!

Not solely did Justina interpret the lyrics of Rihanna’s hit songs, she fully captured the essence and angle of the entire efficiency, changing into the primary ever Deaf lady to carry out in ASL on the Tremendous Bowl. The digital period has seen many different giant music occasions throughout the globe introduce signal language interpreters and performers to their packages, in a optimistic step in direction of widening accessibility.

Attempt your hand at some primary indicators in ASL and BSL!

Cryptologists make an thrilling discovery 🔍

Mary Queen of Scots@2x

Time to segue seamlessly from Queen Rihanna to Mary Queen of Scots… This one’s for the language and historical past geeks amongst us! A staff of three cryptologists (individuals who crack codes – we needed to look it up too) made an by accident groundbreaking discovery this month which has grow to be crucial discovering associated to the well-known Scottish Queen previously 100 years. Whereas analyzing some coded Italian letters saved by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the staff realized that the letters have been truly written in elaborately coded French! To chop an extended story brief, this discovery led to them deciphering a set of over 50 letters which,  it transpired, had been written by Mary herself to the French Ambassador to England within the sixteenth Century! 

Speaking in regards to the findings, Dr John Man from Cambridge College stated “it is a beautiful piece of analysis, and these discoveries might be a literary and historic sensation”. Try the fascinating ciphers (particular coded symbols) that Mary used – may you provide you with a coded language that will take individuals over 400 years to crack?!

The Irish language steps into the highlight ☘️

Irish Language@2x

Leaping from one Celtic nation to a different, we’ve seen the Irish language effectively and actually step into the highlight this awards season! There have been BAFTA and Oscar nominations for tragicomedy The Banshees of Inisherin and Irish-language movie An Cailín Ciúin (The Quiet Woman). We additionally noticed Irish (not British!) actor Paul Mescal impress movie followers on the BAFTAs by giving an interview fully as Gaeilge – in Irish – on the pink carpet to advertise his Oscar-nominated movie Aftersun. Seeing Mescal giving the interview in Irish, and apologizing for being rusty, was an ideal lesson for Memrise learners of any language: it’s all the time higher to simply get talking than to attend till you are feeling absolutely assured (as a result of, spoiler alert: that day could by no means come!). At this price, perhaps Irish must be our subsequent official Memrise course!

You realize that we’re large advocates of immersive language studying, in addition to utilizing the stuff you already like to be taught a language! Films are an enormous a part of this, so for awards season this yr, we’ve created a sequence of movie-based classes for learners of various languages. Our Spanish learners may even construct their vocabulary by studying the translations of phrases from two of the movies talked about above: The Banshees of Inisherin and Aftersun.


And that’s all for this version of What’s the Phrase? Each month we spherical up a number of the coolest issues which are taking place world wide and share them with you within the hope they’ll quench your language and basic knowledge-seeking thirst just a bit bit. Catch you subsequent time!