Monthly Archives: March 2007

Language quiz

Here’s a recording of a mystery language. Can you guess or do you know which language it is? This language is spoken mainly in India.

Language, Quiz questions 5 Comments

DIY phrasebooks

At the moment I’m reading Bill Handley’s Fast Easy Way to Learn a Language, which, as the title suggests, has lots of useful tips about learning languages. One suggestion I particularly like is to compile a list of words and phrases you want to say and think will be useful to you, then to get […]

Language, Language learning 4 Comments

Exercise and language learning

I came across an interesting article today, via this blog, about the connection between physical and mental fitness. According to a study undertaken by Charles Hillman at the University of Illinois, students who are physically fit and who take regular aerobic exercise, tend to do better academically then those who are unfit. Physical exercise increases […]

Language, Language learning 11 Comments

Learning lesser-studied languages

If you want to learn a language that not many people study, it can be difficult to find language courses and other materials. Moreover, courses for regional languages and dialects are often only available in the dominant language of the country in which they are spoken. For example, resources for learning Italian dialects are mostly […]

Language, Language learning 23 Comments

Tuning into Czech

Last Saturday I went out with some Czech and Slovak friends, and was pleased to discover that I could get the gist of what they were talking about in Czech and Slovak. Although I could only catch the odd word and phrase, this was enough to get a basic idea of the subjects under discussion. […]

Czech, Language, Language exchange 14 Comments

First blog anniversary

I started this blog exactly a year ago, so today is its first anniversary. It currently contains 319 posts and 3,213 comments, and is visited by around 300 people a day. Unfortunately it also attracts a huge amount of spam posts – over 30,000 to date – fortunately the spam filters catch most of these. […]

General 24 Comments

Language quiz

Today we have a recording of song in a mystery language. Can you work out which language it is?

Language, Music, Quiz questions 11 Comments

Language quiz

Here’s a recording of conversation in a mystery language. Any ideas which language it is?

Language, Quiz questions 11 Comments


Among the comments on an old post, a question about definite articles has been posed, and I thought it deserved it’s own post. Here’s the question: Does anybody know if a system like the definite/indefinite article system exists in any other languages beside Indo-European and Semitic ones? I can’t think of any non-Indo-European or non-Semitic […]

Language 8 Comments

Classification of writing systems

People sometimes question the way the writing systems on Omniglot are classified. Most writing systems fit well into one category or another, but others straddle several categories, or don’t fit well into any category. For example, when used to write Hebrew, the Hebrew script is an abjad or consonant alphabet. When it’s used to write […]

Language, Writing 12 Comments
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