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Mauricio Ruiz is a writer and journalist who has lived in the US, Belgium, Mexico and Norway. His work has appeared in Words Without Borders, CatapultThe CommonThe RumpusElectric LiteratureJMWWRiver TeethLiteral Magazine, among others. He's been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and Myriad Editions Competition in the UK, as well as the Fish Short Story Prize in Ireland. He has received fellowships from OMI writers (NY), Société des auteurs (Belgium), Jakob Sande (Norway), Can Serrat (Spain), and the Three Seas' Council (Rhodes). His second book, Silencios al sur, was published in early 2017, and his work has partially been translated into Dutch and French. Mauricio Ruiz can be followed on Twitter and Instagram.

23 November 2022

Which European countries are best at English as a second language?

Education First (EF) has released its 2022 English Proficiency Index revealing that nine out of the top ten countries with very high proficiency in English are […]
29 September 2022

What foreign languages does the Royal Family speak?

Being part of the Royal Family comes with many responsibilities. Among those, speaking at least one other language besides English is mandatory, from the late Queen […]
14 September 2022

Is Quebec French the real French?

Quebec French, also called Québécois French or simply Québécois, has sometimes been mocked for its different pronunciation and even vocabulary. Being called rudimentary or not proper, […]
29 August 2022

This app helps you learn minority European languages

Languages ​​such as the Sami language, Gaelic, Cornish, Basque and Galician have their own space in the IndyLan app, a project that was born with the […]
26 July 2022

What impact do international schools have in Brussels?

The capital of Belgium is the beating heart of Europe in more than one way. Because of its location, the country has been a crossroad for […]
25 July 2022

How speaking more than one language affects your brain

Speaking more than one language has clear advantages but mixing them all is not unusual. Researchers are studying the impact of speaking two or more languages […]
28 April 2022

1,500 languages could disappear by the end of the century

Research by the Australian National University (ANU) has found that of the world’s 7,000 recognized languages, around half are currently endangered. 1,500 are particularly at risk. […]
18 March 2022

What are the differences between the Ukrainian and Russian languages?

If you listen to them, both the Russian and Ukrainian languages sound somewhat similar. However, they have several differences. Ukrainian and Russian belong to the same […]
16 February 2022

Gender-neutral pronoun ‘hen’ to soon enter Norwegian dictionaries

The gender-neutral pronoun ‘hen’ will officially enter dictionaries in Norway after rising popularity in the use of the new word. This comes after similar developments have […]
14 February 2022

How to say ‘I love you’ in the 24 official EU languages?

Today is Valentine Day and there is one thing that you need to be prepared to say: ‘I love you’. According to Eurostat, for the period […]
8 December 2021

Dutch are the best non-native English speakers in the world

For the third year in a row, Dutch people were ranked as the best non-native English speakers. The results were presented by a report by EF […]
16 November 2021

These are the most common second languages spoken around the world

Spanish in the US and French in Canada, Turkish in Germany. There’s a chance you might have guessed those are the second most spoken languages in […]
11 November 2021

10 most spoken languages in the world

With the advent of the world wide web and the expansion of mass travel, the percentage of people speaking more than one language has rocketed over […]
8 October 2021

An introduction to Esperanto

Esperanto is an artificial language invented in 1887 by Dr Ludovic Lazarus Zamenhof, a Polish polyglot who wanted to create a universal second language to promote […]
29 September 2021

10 endangered languages that risk extinction

Today, more than 2,500 languages are considered in danger and several of them are very close to disappearing. On its website, UNESCO provides a list of […]
22 September 2021

Meet the American who pranks Chinese people with perfect Mandarin

Arieh Smith, a.k.a. Xiaomanyc on social media, is a famous American Youtuber with over 4 million subscribers. He is famous for his amazing languages skills. He […]
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