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12 Aug 2022

A PEEK INSIDE THE INCREDIBLE MINDS OF MULTILINGUALS

Having the ability to fluently speak more than one language comes with a lot of advantages. But how, exactly, do multilinguals manage to flip from one language to another without getting thoroughly confused? According to a fantastic article shared by TWFH writer, Barbara Adams, research has shown that when a person who is multilingual speaks, […]

29 Jun 2022

CAN YOU REALLY MASTER A LANGUAGE IN JUST ONE WEEK?

If you could have any super power in the world, what would it be? For me, it would be the ability to converse in any language. Can you imagine how amazing that would be?!? Of course, in reality, learning a new language is no easy feat. According to the Foreign Service Institute, it takes the […]

17 Jun 2022

THE SURPRISING TRUTH BEHIND YOUR FAVORITE PRODUCTS

Have you ever wondered how your favorite products came to be? I mean, who in the world came up with the idea of bubble wrap? And what evil genius was behind Play-Doh? According to this great article from Insider, many of the popular brands and products we use every day were actually created by accident. […]

30 Mar 2021

BIZARRE FACTS THAT PROVE REALITY IS STRANGER THAN FICTION

You’ve likely heard the famous quote from writer extraordinaire, Mark Twain, that says, “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it’s because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.” But just how strange can truth be? In this fascinating article from Buzzfeed, they give 42 examples of weird true facts that will be sure […]

22 Jan 2021

STRANGE AND UNBELIEVABLE MYTHS ABOUT WRITERS

When you think of a writer, what image comes to mind? An eccentric hermit who locks themselves up in a remote cabin, stays up all night writing, and drinks far too much alcohol? Like most stereotypes, these are not generally an accurate depiction of reality. In fact, most clichés about writers couldn’t be further from […]

25 Nov 2020

HOW OUR FEARS HAVE CHANGED OUR LANGUAGE

If you’ve read any of the Harry Potter books, then you know all about “he who shall not be named.” However, it may surprise you to hear that the practice of not speaking the names of the things we fear—and instead calling them by something else—is actually something that’s been done since the beginning of […]

04 Sep 2020

THE BENEFITS OF USING FILLER WORDS IN YOUR WRITING

Filler words really get a bad rap. You know the ones I’m talking about: “um”, “uh”, “like” … And hedge words, such as “just” or “kind of,” are treated just as badly. According to this article from the Harvard Business Review, though, using filler or hedge words in your speech and writing can actually be […]

28 Aug 2020

25 BEAUTIFUL AND INSPIRING WORDS TO EXPAND YOUR VOCABULARY

As human beings, we use language every day to convey thoughts and ideas, describe our feelings and emotions, to argue our points, and to convey directions.   And, as writers, we at TWFH use language even more than the average person. Very rarely, though, do we actually sit and think about just how beautiful language […]

14 Aug 2020

STAYING CONNECTED WHILE WE’RE DISCONNECTED

In these uncertain times of Coronavirus and quarantines, we have all had to find different ways to adapt and change the way we do things in our lives. TWFH came face to face with this challenge while trying to plan a “going away” party for our wonderful senior editor, Stephanie. We wanted to find a […]

14 Jul 2020

BUYING A CAT IN A SACK AND OTHER FUNNY IDIOM TRANSLATIONS

Languages are fascinating and funny things. And there are so many sayings and idioms that we use in our every day speaking that we rarely think twice about. But if you ever try to translate idioms from one language to another, you realize just how strange some of the things we say really are. Take […]