BOO! It’s the spookiest time of the year in the western world, when it’s customary to dress up as the scariest thing you can imagine and go door to door, wowing strangers with your costumes in exchange for treats. At Kwintessential, we’re all about real, native-speaker language translation (the kind that won’t scare anyone […]
Gilgamesh is the world’s first action hero, playing up to all the stereotypes of masculinity – even though his story was first written somewhere in the region of 4,000 years ago. Long before it was rediscovered in 1853, and translated to English in 1870, the story had been possibly the most important and influential ever […]
Ah, April Fools’ Day – the prankster’s favourite time of year. Mayhem, mirth and merriment are mandatory. Expect light hearted jokes to be played on friends, family and increasingly, total strangers. But where did April Fools’ Day even come from? Does every culture around the world have a joke holiday? The Original Pranksters […]
It’s time to pick some flowers, make romantic plans – and maybe even declare your secret love for that special someone. Valentine’s Day might be the day love shines brightest in our neck of the woods, but it’s certainly not the only celebration of love in the world. Any extra days that spread the love […]
Old English, the Anglo-Saxon root of the modern English language, is virtually unrecognisable to today’s native English-speakers, with the long-separated dialects sharing only about 15% of their words in common. This shows just how much the English language has evolved over time. Languages develop naturally from generation to generation, but in the internet […]
From New Year’s Eve and big rock concerts, to weddings and of course Bonfire Night, fireworks are a staple feature of the celebrations and events we love most. But there’s a lot more in the calendar for fireworks than a few rock shows and our British wintertime traditions. All over the world, excited crowds […]
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