Monthly Archives: February 2007

Türk İşaret Dili (Turkish Sign language)

Turkish Sign Language (TİD) dates back to the Ottoman period. Between the 16th and 18th centuries there was apparently a large group of deaf people in the Ottoman palace who helped officials in secret gatherings and carried out various other official and diplomatic tasks. The first school for the deaf in Turkey, the Yildiz Deaf […]

Language, Sign language 12 Comments

Take a note, Bubbles

According to a recent post on Language Log, chimpanzees in the wild have been observed make pencil-like tools. They take sticks, tear off any branches, peel the bark off, and then sharpen one end. They then use the stick to make mark on large flat leaves. In one cases, a female chimp made marks on […]

Writing 10 Comments

Language exports

The other day I read in an article on the University of Notre Dame website that 51 universities outside Ireland teach Irish and that 29 of them are in the USA. Some of those studying Irish in the USA have Irish roots; others came to the language through an interest in Irish culture. The other […]

Education, Irish, Language, Language learning, Welsh 8 Comments

Language quiz

Here’s part of a song in a mystery language. Can you identify the language? By the way, the Omniglot forum in finally online at:

Language, Quiz questions 13 Comments

Language quiz

Here is a clip of part of a conversation in an unknown language. Any ideas what language it is?

Language, Quiz questions 6 Comments

Useful phrases

I’m just putting together a new phrases page – a collection of translations of the phrase “Could you write it/that down please?”. You can see what I’ve done so far here. Corrections and additional translations are very welcome. Are there any other phrases you’d like to see in the phrases section? Do you think that […]

Language, Words and phrases 23 Comments

Bangkok Danish

According to an article I came across today, language classes in Danish and Swedish are proving popular among quite a few Thai women in Bangkok. Most of these are women have Danish or Swedish husbands or boyfriends and want to be able to communicate better with them. Others are hoping to work with Scandinavian companies […]

Language, Language learning 5 Comments

Green with envy

Today I discovered quite a good online translator that translates between a number of different languages from Arabic to Russian. I’ve been using it to get an English translation of the Arabic text I’m adding to a website to ensure that the text is going in the right places. This is necessary where the translation […]

Language, Technology, Translation 15 Comments

‘Ōlelo Hawai’i ‘oe?

According to a couple of articles (here and here) I found today, a new PhD program focusing on the Hawaiian language and culture has recently been set up at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. This is apparently the first doctorate in the United States in a Native language. Five students are undertaking research into […]

Endangered languages, Hawaiian, Language, Language learning 15 Comments


My plan to stick to one language for two days at a time is going quite well so far. Previously I usually only listened to one or two different programmes at a time on online radio stations. Listening to one station all day is interesting as you get to hear a greater variety of programmes […]

Language, Language exchange, Language learning 4 Comments
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