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Long journey

Tomorrow morning I’m off to Ireland for a week of Irish language and culture at Oideas Gael in Donegal. After this I’ll be going to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic college on the Isle of Skye, for a week of Gaelic song, and should have plenty of opportunities to speak Scottish Gaelic there as well. […]

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Language quiz

Here’s a recording of part of a song in a mystery language. Do you know or can you guess the language?

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Foreign songs

Recently while looking for songs in various languages I came across the following sites: Spanish Songs Translations – a blog featuring songs in Spanish from Spain and Latin America with English translations. There are also videos of the songs being sung. Russian songs – a collection of traditional Russian, Cossack and Ukrainian songs with videos […]

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Language quiz

Here’s a recording of a song in a mystery language. Any ideas which language it is and where it’s spoken? [Update] Here are the lyrics of the song: Ferðist eg í millum landa Síggi gleði sorg og stríð Men ein myndin bjørt man standa Minnir meg um bestu tíð Ja har heima í tí dali […]

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Language quiz

Here’s a recording of part of song in a mystery language. Do you know or can you guess what language it’s in and where it’s spoken?

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Language quiz

This is a song that I learnt this week at one of the choirs I go to. Does anyone know what language it’s in and what it means? We were told that it’s a “gypsy song from Czechoslovakia” and that it’s a counting song. The words look like a mixture of Romany and Spanish – […]

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Word of the day – luthier

A luthier is someone who makes or repairs stringed instruments. The word comes from the French luth (lute). Luthiers are often divided into two categories: those who deal with plucked or strummed instruments, such as guitars, banjos, mandolins, etc, and those who devote themselves to bowed instruments, such as violin, violas and cellos. The latter […]

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Musicians’ brains are different

Brain scans have found that the corpus callosum, the contection but the two halves of musicians’ brains tends to be significant enlarged in comparison the corpus callosum found in the brains of the non-musicans. A number of other differences between the brains of musicians and non-musicians have been found, including enlargements to the cortex, auditory […]

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Word of the day – uśmiechnięta

Today’s word, uśmiechnięta, means ‘smiling’ in Polish, and appears in the Polish version of Silent Night: Cicha noc, święta noc, pokój niesie ludziom wszem, A u żłóbka Matka święta czuwa sama uśmiechnięta, Nad Dzieciątka snem. Nad Dzieciątka snem. The singing group I go to at the Hammersmith Irish Centre in London will be performing (for […]

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Language quiz

Here are recordings of the first verse of a famous Christmas carol in four different languages. I’m sure you’ll be able to recognise the carol, but can you work out which languages they are, and which of them is the odd one out? Language 1 Language 2 Language 3 Language 4

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