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Word Nerd: Do you speak Latin? Yes, you do!

27 May

If I were to say to you, “She recruits students for the university on a pro bono basis,” would you realise that I’d spoken almost as much Latin as English? Although Latin’s use is itself limited, for instance to the Catholic Church, and certain military organisations, like the US Marine Corps, its influence on English […]

4 words from the incredible world of Game of Thrones

20 May

Words every Game of Thrones fan should know, now that our watch has ended. As a show, Game of Thrones garnered a mass following quite similar to that of Harry Potter or Avengers. While its last season has been uniquely disappointing thanks to its lackluster writing, we at BrainGain still believe that a show with […]

Are you a serious word nerd? Here are 7 signs that give it away

13 May

BrainGain Magazine started this Word Nerd series in March 2016. Since then we’ve written about Americanisms, the secrets to writing a good sentence, to best way to insult someone, accents, and other oddities of this common language we speak. For this edition, we thought about the series itself, and its name. We thought too about […]

“I wouldn’t change my study abroad experience for any other”: The story of a German student in France

1 May

Anke Wright at a tour organized by her company. Anke Wright is a German whose life has an interesting French twist. She chose to learn French, and later study in France, when most of her classmates were choosing to learn English and flocking to Anglophone countries. Anke went on to marry a Frenchman and start […]

Word Nerd: 4 words from fantasy fiction that are now part of our real lives

29 Apr

In 1989, ‘hobbit’, a creature from from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings universe, was added to the Oxford English Dictionary. It comes as no surprise that Tolkien, who is considered the godfather of fantasy writing thanks to his genre defining Lord of the Rings, had a word from his fictional universe recorded in the […]

Changemakers: Little Cricket League bowls it out of the park organizing cricket tournaments for underprivileged kids

5 Apr

By Rayaan Taneja I first began volunteering at Manzil, an NGO for low-income students in Central Delhi, in 2017. There, I occasionally organized cricket matches as a fun way of engaging my students after classes, and was struck by how joyful these children were while playing these games. After all, who doesn’t like sports? They’re […]

Changemakers: How a novice educator is taking The Lede in inspiring low income students to learn again

29 Mar

By Rayana Kalra Dedicated and supportive teachers have shaped my life. Now its my turn to spark that creativity in others. From my 4th grade English teacher, Mr. Ahuja who converted an apathetic pre-teen into a budding writer, to my 11th grade IB HL Drama teacher who has taught me to use my emotions to […]

Summer at Wharton: My ‘dream come true’

27 Mar

Every student who aspires to study in the US probably has Ivy league dreams—an opportunity to be taught by uniquely talented professors and experience life in one of the US’s most prestigious institutes. My dream came true when I got selected for the summer program hosted by Wharton and BrainGain Global called Global Young Leader’s […]

Changemakers: Rethinking Sex Education in India with Reproductown

22 Mar

Tired of our teachers’ embarrassment, fed up of the birds and bees narrative, we decided to take matters in our own hands. Sex education is India’s Achilles heel.   In an education system that has always prioritized numerical investigation and engineering studies, public health has often been overlooked. Despite the importance of sex education, people […]

Word Nerd: 5 English words that owe their cool factor to hip-hop

16 Mar

By Anandamayee Singh In 2018, rapper Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize for his album DAMN. At 31, Lamar became the first hip-hop artist to win a Pulitzer in a category normally overrun by classical composers. His win came fifty years after the explosion of hip-hop in the streets of Bronx, making it, more than […]