What is Cockney rhyming slang?

10 April, 2017
Erin O'Neill

Is the dog and bone ringing? Could you brew me up a cup of Rosie lee? If you’re confused, you mustn’t be fluent in Cockney rhyming slang. Said to originate in London’s East End in the mid-19th century, these once widely-used slang phrases have slipped out of the popular vernacular in recent times. 

TLG meets Korean Billy

15 March, 2017
Erin O'Neill

This Tuesday March 14, the TLG team met popular YouTuber Korean Billy.

Billy, from South Korea, whose real name is Seong-Jae Kong, garnered a huge following online for his videos imitating various regional UK accents. These include the dialects of Liverpool, Bristol, London and more.

Language learning and the brain

15 December, 2016
Char Willis-Jones

Have you ever wondered why learning a new language becomes more of a challenge as we get older? Tiny babies seem to learn how to speak without even trying, whilst as adults, we struggle with new forms of grammar, vocabulary and writing. It turns out that humans are hardwired for language learning, but our brains both help and hinder the process.

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