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What is the Phrase? October Version

Wherever you’re on the planet, you’ll have felt the change of the seasons over the previous month. Right here within the U.Ok, we’ve stated an emotional goodbye to our summer season garments, which have been packed away safely till subsequent 12 months *sniff*. It’s not all dangerous information right here, although – fortunately the autumnal chill within the air has given us Brits extra materials for our favourite dialog matter: the climate. Oh, and The Nice British Bake Off is again on TV! October additionally marks Black Historical past Month within the UK, with this 12 months’s theme ‘Sharing Journeys’ being highlighted by means of a collection of occasions and exhibitions throughout the nation, together with an enormous artwork path in Bristol. Head to our Instagram web page to see how we’ve been marking Black Historical past Month right here at Memrise. 

Now, let’s check out what else has been taking place on the planet of language and tradition!

Bake off misses the mark with ‘Mexican week’

Talking of Bake Off being again, you’ll have seen that everybody’s favourite PG-rated cooking present was on the middle of some controversy this month. And no, we’re not simply speaking about avocado-gate. Whereas Twitter was nearly set alight with hilarious and lighthearted discussions concerning the bakers’ and presenters’ mispronunciations of guacamole (glocky-mo-lo) and pico de gallo (peeko-de-kalo), the usually middle-of-the-road present was criticized for its stereotypical representations of Mexican delicacies and tradition. And this isn’t the primary time this has occurred: Bake Off has been criticized previously for equally stereotypical representations of Japanese and Chinese language delicacies. 

We hope that the beloved present will tackle board the criticisms from this 12 months’s Mexican week and do extra to raised characterize the variety of baking around the globe in future. For those who (or any of this 12 months’s bakers!) fancy brushing up in your Mexican Spanish expertise, together with learn how to order Mexican dishes in a restaurant, check out our course.

Oktoberfest and a highlight on German

Subsequent up, we’re speaking about one of the crucial well-known October occasions on the planet: Oktoberfest! However do you know the pageant isn’t actually held in October?! The occasion, held yearly within the Bavarian capital of Munich, Germany, really begins in mid-September and runs for round two weeks. Benefiting from the higher climate and longer days in September, organizers moved the beginning date again in order that festivities might be stretched out and loved much more! Fancy experiencing the thrill of the well-known pageant and practising your German with out having to journey anyplace? Have a learn of our weblog about Oktoberfest phrases and phrases!

For much more enjoyable German content material, take a look at our Instagram web page, the place we’ve been placing a highlight on German over the previous month. That is the start of a brand new month-to-month collection, so tell us which language would you wish to see us highlight subsequent!

An A.I Chatbot operating for Parliament?!

Heading north of Germany, to Denmark, the place we’ve noticed the story of ‘Chief Lars’, an AI Chatbot who’s the chief of a brand new European political occasion. Yep, you learn that proper. An Synthetic Intelligence bot has been appointed the top of Denmark’s ‘Artificial Get together’, and there are large plans for Lars… The chatbot has been programmed utilizing the insurance policies of all fringe events in Denmark since 1970, with the Artificial Get together’s purpose being to seize the votes of people who find themselves at the moment unconvinced by mainstream political events within the nation. The Danish-speaking bot may perceive English, however solely responds in his mom tongue. Technically, being a robotic, Lars isn’t really allowed to run for workplace himself, however the human members of his occasion can win votes on his behalf! Is that this the way forward for politics?


And that’s all for this version of What’s the Phrase? Each month we spherical up among the coolest issues which can be taking place around the globe and share them with you within the hope they’ll quench your language and basic knowledge-seeking thirst just a bit bit. Catch you subsequent time!

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