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. Like this:Like Loading…

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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? Like this:Like Loading…

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? Like this:Like Loading…

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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? Like this:Like Loading…

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