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What is the phrase? April version

There’s completely no means of speaking concerning the final month with out mentioning the Oscars. Consider us, we’ve tried. So we’re simply going to dive straight in. 

Simply once we thought the glitziest award ceremony of the 12 months was going to make headlines for all the best causes, the entire evening received flipped-turned the wrong way up. One factor’s for certain, that ten-second interplay between Will Smith and Chris Rock will likely be dividing opinion for a loooong time. However, now everybody’s nearly picked their jaws up off the ground, it’s clear that regardless of being topped Finest Actor, Will goes to must work fairly onerous to get again in Hollywood’s good books. All that being mentioned, watching Colombian-based Encanto scoop Finest Animated Function and deaf household drama CODA take gold with Finest Image actually hit the spot for us!

Elsewhere (as a result of though it’s onerous to imagine, different stuff did really occur), season 2 of everybody’s favorite regency romance dropped on Netflix – that’s proper, Bridgerton is again! There’s famously much less bodice ripping than season 1, however nonetheless, prep your self for some critical eye contact. There merely aren’t sufficient hearth emojis – once more, we’ve tried.

And specifically, these language and culture-related tales caught our eye, too.

Something for fun: the LOL origin story


It’s onerous to recollect a time earlier than we had the crying with laughter emoji (formally generally known as ‘tears of pleasure’ 😂). Critically, how on earth did our family and friends know simply how onerous we have been laughing at their hilarious messages? Baffling. Nevertheless (deep breaths, millennials and mums in all places) it seems Gen Z have deemed even that may need had its day 💀. 

However even with the rise and fall of emojis, the OG of laughing over textual content is stubbornly sticking round. Lol is a digital shorthand for ‘laughing out loud’ that’s been with us from the beginning – even earlier than the web itself – and has outlasted a few of the most traditional textspeak. The place gr8 and whatevs have come and gone, lol has positively stood the take a look at of time.

It was first utilized by Canadian Wayne Pearson within the Eighties throughout a piece teleconference, and added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 1993. 4 a long time later, that little three-letter acronym has turn into a staple not solely in our texting vernacular, however even in on a regular basis speech. And, it’s morphed into that means a lot extra than simply ‘snicker out loud’. We use lol to rapidly acknowledge one thing humorous, break a clumsy second, and straightforward dialog endings. We’ve expanded it to lololol and looooool, and even made it right into a verb: lolling

Lol has even gone globetrotting, and is a key a part of most textspeak all over the world, even in languages apart from English. Though in Spain, texters additionally use jajaja, and in France it’s mdr, which stands for mort de rire and means dying of laughter. In Chinese language, in the meantime, it’s the numeronym 233 – as a result of that’s the shortcut for the laughing emoji on a well-liked on-line discussion board. 

BRB, off to start out a petition to save lots of our ‘tears of pleasure’.


Apple TV takes a punt on multilingual present Pachinko


Based mostly on the bestselling novel by Min Jin Lee, this saga tells the story of a Korean girl named Sunja, and 4 generations of her household. Leaping throughout totally different international locations and time intervals, starting with the Japanese occupation of Korea within the early twentieth century, Pachinko raises subjects of cultural identification by a stellar all-Asian forged.

However it doesn’t finish there. The tremendous attention-grabbing factor about Pachinko? It’s advised in Korean, Japanese, and English, so the actors needed to get the cling of talking all three languages in very particular methods (that means we are able to formally add them to our record of multilingual celebs!). Following within the footsteps of Squid Sport, Lupin and Cash Heist, which received mainstream viewers comfy watching TV with subtitles or dubbing, Pachinko has gone one step additional. And it’s happening a storm.

We’re loving all these strikes in the direction of streaming companies choosing up culturally numerous reveals – roll on Squid Sport season 2!


Phrase up! Lexicon Lane has landed and we are able to’t wait to go to


In 2020, an immersive language museum referred to as Planet Phrase opened in Washington DC, devoted to the significance of language and designed utilizing interactive, voice-activated displays. Now, Planet Phrase has opened a model new flooring – and we expect it sounds epic.

Named Lexicon Lane, this flooring provides guests the possibility to resolve a collection of mysteries, riddles, and puzzles based mostly on wordplay. It’s like an escape room crossed with a extremely nice English lesson, and makes use of a mixture of music, dance and space-themed video games to get folks actually serious about language. Will get us all tingly simply serious about it. 


Studying Spanish? Try new streaming service ViX


Transfer over, Netflix, there’s a brand new niño on the block.

Final month, a Mexican media heavyweight merged with the largest hispanic tv service within the US to launch a model new on-demand video service. ViX is very for Spanish audio system, and the platform comes with a whopping 40,000 hours of video. It’s obtainable totally free on loads of totally different gadgets, and you’ll catch authentic Spanish TV reveals, films and sports activities.


We’ve mentioned it earlier than and we’ll say it once more: immersion studying is likely one of the best methods you may choose up a brand new language in double-quick time, and this new service could possibly be an superior means of doing simply that. And if, whilst you’re watching, you want some assist perfecting the pronunciation, simply try our weblog.


Able to dive into studying Spanish? We can assist with that!


And that’s all for this version of What’s the Phrase? Each month we spherical up a few of the coolest issues which can be occurring all over the world and share them with you within the hope they’ll quench your language and normal knowledge-seeking thirst just a bit bit. Catch you subsequent time!



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