Do you want to buy a precious coin for you or a loved one? Do you want to sell your old baseball cards? Are you looking to buy stamps to complete your, or someone else’s, card collection? Well, one online marketplace that you can use to search for these things is Mercari. Mercari is he largest online marketplace to buy and sell goods in Japan, according to LinkedIn. It was created by Ryo Ishizuka, Shintaro Yamada, and Tommy Tomishima. You can read more about Mercari here. Mercari is used to buy and sell almost anything in a quick and easy manner. The word mercari is a Latin word, which means “I bought”. Other words that are derived from mercari are, but not limited to: merchant, Mercury, merchandise, merchandising, and etc. Coding apps and creating new things in the digital world are becoming more and more popular; the usage of Latin words is increasing for naming these new startups.
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Duolingo is a company that helps you learn languages for free. It offers help for common languages like Spanish and French and not-so-common languages like Welsh. Duolingo is an app I have on my phone and frequently use to help learn some basic Spanish because I have never taken a Spanish class in my life (so far). Its software is user friendly and helps anyone learn a new language, no matter what their age is. This is extremely important, especially in America, because most people are only fluent in English. In order to connect with other people around the world, we must first have prior knowledge about their culture and language itself. Duolingo makes that possible. What does that have to do with Latin? Duolingo has Latin roots. According to its website, Duolingo is supposed to mean ‘two languages’. The word can easily be split into two parts, ‘duo’ and ‘lingo’. ‘Duo’ means two in Latin and ‘lingo’ means a foreign language, with its roots tracing back to Latin, coming from the Latin word for tongue (lingua). Cool, right?
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