Author Archives: Simon

I have worked in various parts of the UK, and in a few other countries, doing a variety of jobs in hotels, farms and offices. I currently make my living from my website, Omniglot, an online encyclopedia of writing systems and languages that makes money from adverts. I also play a variety of musical instruments, sing and write songs.

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Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Can you identify the language, and do you know where it’s spoken?

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Ave a butchers at er barnet

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The title of this post is an example of Cockney, a form of speech you might hear in London, specifically in the Cheapside district of the City of London. It includes to bits of rhyming slang – butchers and barnet. Do you know, or can you guess what they mean? To (h)ave a butchers (the […]

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Chut-chut

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Yesterday I discovered an interesting resource for learning Russian – Russian Podcast, which includes a series of conversations in Russian with transcripts. There are also videos featuring conversations with various people, with subtitles in Russian and English. These are called vodcasts, which is a new word to me. Most of the material is free, but […]

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Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Can you identify the language, and do you know where it’s spoken?

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Mug shots

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When listening to the Answer Me This podcast today I heard some discussion of mug shots, which got me thinking about the origins of that name. According to Wiktionary, a mug shot (or mugshot) is: 1. A photograph taken of the head and shoulders, often from the front and in profile, usually taken in conjunction […]

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Special offer from Rocket Languages

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This week Rocket Languges are celebrating their 13th Anniversary with a 4-day sale starting today and continuing until Friday 17th March, or until they’ve sold 1,000 courses. During this time you can get 60% off any of their online language courses, which include: French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese (Mandarin), German, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, Hindi, ASL, Korean, […]

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Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Can you identify the language, and do you know where it’s spoken?

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How to become a language expert in no time

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Today we have a guest post from Sebastien Marion As most expats would agree, the best way to learn a language is to go abroad. When abroad, you are immersed in the culture and are forced to speak the language. But whether you are abroad already or trying to improve your language skills from home, […]

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Protagonists and sidekicks

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When listening to The Allusionist podcast today I learnt an interesting word – tritagonist, who was the actor who played the third role in ancient Greek drama. Tritagonist comes from the Ancient Greek word τρίτἀγωνιστής (triagōnistḗs), from τρίτ ‎(third) and ἀγωνιστής ‎(combatant, participant). The actors who played the first and second roles in ancient Greek […]

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Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Can you identify the language, and do you know where it’s spoken?

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