Street Slang—Language Isn’t Dead Yet

Takwarents, Eddie, and yorme. Know what these words mean? You might find it curious that these words are in fact Filipino—well, Manila City street slang’s version to be exact. Recently, Manila’s mayor Isko Moreno has been getting attention with his use of colorful colloquial slang, reminiscent of how locals actually use the language. Translated in […]

The “X” in Christmas

“Merry Xmas!” Are you one of those people who frown when the abbreviation Xmas is used instead of the word Christmas as you somehow believe that using such abbreviation is taking Christ out of Christmas, literally and figuratively? Surprisingly, there is nothing wrong in using Xmas as it turns out that the word itself has […]

A Charity Event for the Deaf

Lexcode recently hosted a charity event entitled Love: the Only Language without Barriers at the Philippine School for the Deaf (PSD) in Pasay City last December 9. 30 top students coming from different classes were selected to participate in the event. Fun interactive games have encouraged these students to mingle and have a remarkable time […]

Universal Languages

The first time I stepped into a foreign land was in 2008 when our family went on a trip to China. It was there that I saw how serious the Chinese are in doing their business. As part of the tour, we had free time to roam around the shopping district and buy souvenirs and […]

Esperanto: An Easy Language to Learn

English is always referred to as the international language or the Swiss knife of languages because it is spoken in almost every part of the world. However, not a lot of people know about Esperanto: the international language of peace and, impressively, one of the easiest languages to learn. Esperanto is an artificial auxiliary language […]

Connecting Worlds: Pedro Fraile Aranda (Spanish < > English Translator)

No matter your level of language proficiency, it is always important to learn new words and expressions every day. As a frequent traveler, Pedro knows this all too well. Having worked as a translator for almost 5 years now, these seemingly trivial things are vital to produce the best translation quality. Read on to know […]

Instinct, Communication, and the Language Barriers

Although we humans are considered different from animals, we are similar to them in terms of instinct. Like animals, we are able to determine our needs with instinct. With it, we humans know that we need food for survival, fire for warmth, and shelter for safety. It is also through instinct that communication was developed, […]

Political Correctness in Language

Political discourse can oftentimes get too crass with the usage of language especially recently. We’ve seen it on TV. When leaders blurt out reportedly prejudiced remarks about topics like rape and gender equality, or when influential figures through their speeches call out racial groups and religious organizations regarding foreign policy, these create a stir that […]

5 English Words and Phrases Used Differently in the Philippines

The Philippines is known to have been colonized by a number of countries—Spain, United States, and Japan. As such, the Filipino culture has been greatly influenced by the cultures of these countries—from religion to customs, food, clothing, and more. Due to many foreign influences, no wonder that even the language of the Filipinos has evolved […]

5 Seemingly Interchangeable Words But Are Really Not

Just as how confusing your toothbrush with that of someone else is probably the most embarrassing blunder you can make, mistaking one word for another is something you and your audience will not forget anytime soon—albeit less disgusting. Here are five things that people often get wrong but, sadly, they don’t even notice. 1. Everyday […]