Monthly Archives: May 2007

Elephants are not permitted

Here’s an interesting and useful site for you that I came across the other day: SmartPhrase. It contains phrasebooks for Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish, though unfortunately there are no audio recordings. There is also a random phrase generator which gives you either serious or humerous phrases in a variety of languages. […]

Language, Words and phrases 6 Comments

Language quiz

Here are recordings of Danish, Norwegian and Swedish. Can you tell which is which? Recording 1 Recording 2 Recording 3 By the way, I’ve just added pages of useful phrases in Danish, Norwegian and Swedish (and also Faroese and Icelandic) on Omniglot.

Language, Quiz questions 8 Comments

Where in the world?

Here’s a photo of a mystery city sent in by David W. Do you know where it is and which languages are spoken there?

Language, Quiz questions, Travel 13 Comments

Practical Chinese Reader

The other day I found some useful sites: one that contains all from the lessons and other material from Practical Chinese Reader with sound files; another which includes tests from that same textbook; and an online version of the New Practical Chinese Reader (Books 1, 2 and 3). In my first year at university, the […]

Chinese, Language, Language learning 9 Comments


The other day I found a site called Nobukaze which contains some interesting information about Japanese history, samurai, pop culture, language and a variety of other weird and wonderful Japan-related topics. There’s also some information about the Indonesian and Javanese languages and writing systems, and a guide to “Java for the Absolutely Clueless“. The Indonesian […]

Japanese, Language 1 Comment

Radio ga ga

I find listening to radio programmes in the languages I’m studying is a good way to tune my ears to the languages, and to learn new vocabulary and grammar. With some languages I only have a vague idea what the radio people are talking about, if I really concentrate. With others, particularly Welsh, I’ve got […]

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Word of the day – Hypocorism

A hypocorism is a pet name or diminutive. For example, Bob, Rob, Bobby, Robbie (from Robert). I came across this word for the first time the other day and had to look it up because I didn’t know what it meant. Hypocorisms or diminutives seem to be more widely used in some languages than in […]

English, Language, Words and phrases 21 Comments

Canu caneon yn y Gymraeg

Heddiw fe ddes i o hyd i ddau wefanau diddorol iawn: Pwrpas y wefan hon ydy dod â chaneuon Cymraeg at sylw y Cymry di-Gymraeg – ond os bydd yn atgoffa ambell Gymro neu Gymraes am ein hetifeddiaeth gerddorol, gorau’n y byd! Codi Canu – Ystafell Ymarfer Eich siop-un-stop i ddysgu caneuon newydd gyda’r […]

Language, Music, Welsh 1 Comment

Mystery language

Today we have a recording of a mystery language sent in by Mats Attnäs. This a message Mats got on his answering machine a few years ago in a language he hasn’t been able to identify. He thinks it might be one of the languages spoken in India. Can you help?

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Name the language

Here’s a recording of a mystery language. Can you work out which language it is and what it means?

Language, Quiz questions 5 Comments
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