ETIQUETTE & LANGUAGES

Etiquette and Languages observes how people relate to each other through behaviors and speech. Find information on topics like tipping, sign language, good manners and slang.
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Why do some people learn new languages easily and some don't?

A required language class in high school or college has been the academic downfall of many a student. But for students who have a so-called "ear for languages" and pick them up easily, German 101 is a piece of cake. What accounts for the difference?

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  • 10 Completely Wrong Ways to Use Commas

    10 Completely Wrong Ways to Use Commas

    Commas are notoriously tricky punctuation marks, and with good reason. So how can you know if you're using them correctly? It comes down to one question: Is it essential? See more »

  • 10 Cover-ups That Just Made Things Worse

    10 Cover-ups That Just Made Things Worse

    G. Gordon Liddy once observed that the trouble with conspiracies is people can't keep their mouths shut. He should know: He was part of one of the most notorious cover-ups in history. Which was it and what were the other nine? See more »

  • 10 Grocery Store Etiquette Rules

    10 Grocery Store Etiquette Rules

    Whether you're there to grab light bulbs or a dinner feast, the grocery store is full of opportunities to get a little lax with your social graces. Here are some guidelines to keep the process running smoothly. What are your grocery rules? See more »

  • 10 IKEA Etiquette Rules

    10 IKEA Etiquette Rules

    For the rule-loving (and germaphobic) people among us, IKEA can be a nightmare: Huge crowds, long lines and loud kids can make things seem chaotic. Help bring order to the madness by following our etiquette outline. See more »

  • 10 Laundromat Etiquette Rules

    10 Laundromat Etiquette Rules

    You toss your clothes and detergent in, let the cycle run and then pop that laundry in the dryer. Easy peasy. But there are some nuances to laundromat manners you may not be privy to. See more »

  • 10 Restroom Etiquette Rules People Are Constantly Breaking

    10 Restroom Etiquette Rules People Are Constantly Breaking

    Who's the worst in the restroom? The person who drips on the seat, talks on the phone or hogs the mirror? We put all three – and some others – on our list of annoyances. See more »

  • 10 Ridiculous Victorian Etiquette Rules

    10 Ridiculous Victorian Etiquette Rules

    The Victorians were many things, but simple and straightforward in their social dealings they were not. While their rules for behavior might strike us as odd today, those wacky ways formed the backbone of Victorian society. See more »

  • 10 Rules of Gym Etiquette People Are Constantly Ignoring

    10 Rules of Gym Etiquette People Are Constantly Ignoring

    Hey, recognize me? I'm the one chatting loudly on my cell phone on the treadmill next to yours. Later on, I'll forget to wipe off the machine when I get off. Yep, I'm the gym hog who needs a refresher course in etiquette. See more »

  • 10 Weird Elevator Etiquette Rules

    10 Weird Elevator Etiquette Rules

    To make the best out of your next 30-second trip in vertical transportation horror, follow our 10 weird (but indispensable!) rules of elevator etiquette. See more »

  • 10 Wrong Grammar Rules Everyone Knows

    10 Wrong Grammar Rules Everyone Knows

    Will the grammar police really arrest you if you start a sentence with a conjunction or end one with a preposition? There's only one way to find out. See more »

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