Monthly Archives: July 2007

Reviving Sanskrit

Recently the number of people studying Sanskrit, the best known of India’s classical languages, has been increasing, according to an article I found today. The piece mentions that there’s a lot of interest in Sanskrit both in India, and among India ex-pats in the USA and other countries. Reasons for this include the booming Indian […]

Language, Language revival 5 Comments

Blog newydd / nua

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I was thinking of starting a new blog to practice my the languages. Well I’ve finally made up my mind and have created one – Rywsut-rywfodd. I plan to write everything in Welsh and Irish for now, and might write in other languages from time to time. […]

General, Irish, Language, Welsh 15 Comments

Do women really talk more than men?

According to researchers at The University of Texas at Austin, the commonly-held believe that women talk a lot more than men is a myth. An article I came across today gives details of the research, which discovered that both men and women use around 16,000 words per day on average. Between 1998 and 2004, the […]

Language 7 Comments

How old is English?

The other day I came across an interesting site about the history of the English language. It argues that English has been spoken in Britain for a lot longer than is conventionally assumed, and that there wasn’t sufficient time for the native population to adopt English after the Anglo-Saxons starting settling in the 5th century. […]

English, Language 21 Comments

Name the language

Here’s a recording of a mystery language. Can you guess or do you know which one it is and where it’s spoken?

Language, Quiz questions 17 Comments

Where in the world?

Here’s a photo of a mystery place sent in by David. Do you know or can you guess where it is? Which languages are spoken there?

Language, Quiz questions 8 Comments

Alphabets and email

One of the things I do in my job is to prepare html emails in many different languages, which are sent out by our web marketing bods. We’ve discovered that the text of emails in non-Latin writing systems often gets mangled in transmission, so to make sure the recipients can read the text, we send […]

Language, Writing 10 Comments

Idiom of the day

In English when you give up on something or admit that you’re defeated, you might say that you’re throwing in the towel or the sponge, a phrase that comes from boxing. In Welsh you put the fiddle on the roof: rhoi’r ffidil ar y tô. I like the image this conjures up. Other Welsh idioms […]

Idioms, Language, Welsh 9 Comments

Where were the Etruscans from?

The origins of the Etruscans, whose civilisation flourished 3,000 years ago – c.1200 BC to c.100 BC – in Etruria (modern Tuscany), have long been subject to debate among archaeologists, linguists and historians. There are three main theories: Herodotus, the Greek historian, believed that they came from Anatolia (southern Turkey); others believe they came from […]

Language 10 Comments


Recently I was offered a free trial of a new online language course called Balingua, the author of which promises that you can learn a language quickly and well using the techniques he has developed. Apparently you can acquire basic oral proficiency in a new language in 30 hours, and the course “relies on the […]

Language, Language learning 8 Comments
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