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Map: How much holiday you get depends on where you live. Easter may be approaching, but for most people that doesn’t mean a long holiday, and for many it doesn’t even mean a long weekend.

Map: How much holiday you get depends on where you live

But as this colourful map shows, if you’re in the UK you should probably be thankful for the amount of holiday you are legally entitled to. There are lots of caveats, as the map doesn’t include national holidays, specific allowances for factory workers in India and Pakistan for example, or additional entitlements based on years worked. English Short Films. How the language you speak changes your view of the world - Science - News.

Bilinguals get all the perks.

How the language you speak changes your view of the world - Science - News

Better job prospects, a cognitive boost and even protection against dementia. Now new research shows that they can also view the world in different ways depending on the specific language they are operating in. The past 15 years have witnessed an overwhelming amount of research on the bilingual mind, with the majority of the evidence pointing to the tangible advantages of using more than one language.

Going back and forth between languages appears to be a kind of brain training, pushing your brain to be flexible. Just as regular exercise gives your body some biological benefits, mentally controlling two or more languages gives your brain cognitive benefits. Why Finland loves saunas. The only Finnish word to make it into everyday English is "sauna".

Why Finland loves saunas

But what it is, and how much it means to Finns, is often misunderstood - and it's definitely not about flirtation or sex. In a dimly lit wood-panelled room, naked men sit in silence, sweating. One beats himself repeatedly with birch branches. Another stands, takes a ladle of water and carefully pours it over the heated stones of the stove in the corner.

There is a hissing noise. Within seconds a wave of moist heat creeps up around your ankles and over your legs before enveloping your whole body. This bathing ritual has been performed across Finland for thousands of years, ever since the first settlers dug a ditch in the ground and heated a pile of stones. 7 billion people and you: What's your number? Former CBS News Anchor Dan Rather Explains Modern Internet Slang. How to sneeze, slurp and burp in different languages. Achoo, hat xi, achee, hatschi, apchkhi, hapsu, are just some of the ways to make your sneeze multilingual.

How to sneeze, slurp and burp in different languages

We know this thanks to Manchester-based illustrator James Chapman, who is kick starting a Kickstarter to fund the publication of his latest book on onomatopoeia, How to Sneeze in Japanese. While his previous works, Soundimals, taught us that "woof" in Mandarin is "wong", the new book spells out how to say all those everyday human noises - burping, sneezing, slurping - in a whole bunch of languages. Chapman told My love of onomatopoeia comes from how arbitrary it all is, they're all just words chosen that are especially fun to say. He added: Dogs don't really go 'woof' or 'ham' (Romanian) or 'meong' (Korean), they're just such nice words to say that might invoke an image in your head.I love how varied they can be from language to language.

Copy of History of US Immigration by Hwang Sooyoung on Prezi. What your country’s emoji use says about you. Significant strides were made in the world of international emoji understanding this week, with the publication of a groundbreaking report.

What your country’s emoji use says about you

Swiftkey, a British software company, trawled through “more than 1bn pieces of emoji data” to extract some enlightening trends in global emoji use across speakers of 16 different languages. While the world is still processing the findings, many Canadians are expected to react by texting each other smiling piles of poop. I don’t mean to besmear Canada; it got itself into this situation. According to the Swiftkey report, Canada uses the “smiling poop” emoji more than any of the other countries that were surveyed. It appears to be the visual equivalent of “eh” for the digital-savvy Canuck. Eh? Canada’s emoji use sheds interesting new light on its domestic character, but what insights are to be gleaned from the national emoji of other countries? The most beautiful words in 12 different languages, as voted for by Reddit users. The good folk over at Reddit have come together to share their favourite words in their mother tongues.

The most beautiful words in 12 different languages, as voted for by Reddit users

Some are tongue-twisters, some have quirky roots, some are specifically attached to certain cultures - and all are brilliant. In no particular order, here are some of the top-voted words and phrases from different languages around the world: 1. Hungarian 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. People Who Are Bilingual Are Smart, Creative And Better Lovers. If you thought accents were sexy, imagine how absolutely mind-blowing it would be to have the person of your dreams tell you those three magic words in more than one tongue.

People Who Are Bilingual Are Smart, Creative And Better Lovers

Five ways to survive your daily commute. Commuting sucks.

Five ways to survive your daily commute

It costs up to 14% of your annual salary, increases stress levels and generally saps all energy and goodwill towards humanity. What I'm really thinking.