Monthly Archives: August 2007

Books books books

Whenever I pass a bookshop or library, I feel a strong urge to go in a have a browse. I often end up in the language section and find myself thinking that such and such a language course would really help me with my Spanish/Russian/Japanese/etc, or that I can’t live without a particular dictionary, grammar […]

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Language, Language learning 11 Comments

nciku

I found a new online Chinese dictionary called nciku today, via Sinosplice. The interface is in English and Chinese. It includes a handwriting recognition system which you can use to enter characters by hand, and which seems to work well, though was a bit slow for me. There’s a handy auto complete function which suggests […]

Chinese, Language 2 Comments

Where in the world?

Here’s a photo of a mystery city. Do you know or can you guess where it is and which language is spoken there? Here’s a clue: this city is in South America.

Language, Quiz questions, Travel 6 Comments

Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Do you know or can you guess which language it is?

Language, Quiz questions 15 Comments

Word of the day – cwtsh

cwtsh [ku:tS] = to hug; to cuddle; to kiss; to lie down; a safe place; a cupboard/space under stairs; a scuttle (for coal); snug; cosy; nice and warm; a kiss. It comes from the Welsh word cwtch, which originally meant a cupboard or cubbyhole, but later acquired the extra meanings to lie down; a cuddle […]

English, Language, Welsh, Words and phrases 2 Comments

New phrases page

There’s a new phrases page on Omniglot – Please say that again – how to ask people to repeat something that you didn’t understand or hear clearly. A very useful phrase when you’re learning a language. Could you let me know if you spot any mistakes or have translations into other languages? Yesterday Owen Lee […]

Language, Words and phrases 9 Comments

Office Speak / Béarlagair na hOifige

Today I found a useful site that has Irish versions of some popular phrases used in offices, some of which are words of wisdom from that great leader, David Brent of the BBC comedy series, The Office. Here are a few examples: Mura n’éiríonn leat an chéad uair, faigh réidh leis an bhfianaise go ndearna […]

English, Irish, Language, Words and phrases 2 Comments

Riviera Lloegr / The English Riviera

The towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham in the county of Devon in the south west of England are marketed collectively by the local tourist board as ‘The English Riviera‘. Their website offers provides information in a number of languages – the usual suspects like French, German, Italian and Spanish, and also Dutch, Polish, Chinese […]

Language, Travel, Welsh 8 Comments

Where in the world?

Here’s a photo of a mystery city. Do you know or can you guess where it is, and which languages are spoken there?

Language, Quiz questions, Travel 6 Comments

Language quiz

Here’s a text in a mystery language sent in by Stuart Johnson. Do you know or can you guess which language it is, and where the text comes from?

Language, Quiz questions 6 Comments