Monthly Archives: September 2007

Where in the world?

Here’s a photo of a mystery town somewhere in Europe. Do you know or can you guess where it is, and which language is spoken there? Clue: I visited this town recently.

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Language, Quiz questions, Travel 8 Comments

Name the language

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

Language, Quiz questions 22 Comments

Maintenance v reactivation

A post on Tim Ferriss’ blog that I came across the other day, via Confessions of a Language Addict, asks an interesting quesion: How can you possibly maintain fluency in two foreign languages — let alone five or six — if the opportunities to use them are months or years apart? He then explains how […]

English, Language, Language learning 8 Comments

Word of the day – お任せ (omakase)

I came across today’s word on Amazon’s Affiliates site today. They use it as the name of a widget which displays products based on Amazon’s understanding of your site, the visitors to your site and the page you place it on. They say it means “leave it up to us”. お任せ (omakase) is a Japanese […]

Japanese, Language, Words and phrases 1 Comment

Typo Tour

I received an email today about what is apparently the first Typographic Tour of Italy or Il Grand Tour della tipografia italiana. When I first saw the subject of the email I thought someone was organising a tour of Italy especially for typographers. Then I realised it’s actually a virtual tour via images and text […]

Language, Typography 4 Comments

Language learning in the EU

EU language experts would like to encourge European citizens to learn more languages, especially such languages as Arabic, Chinese and Hindi, according to a report I found today. They hope this will ” boost the EU’s global competitiveness”. They would also like language teaching to be more enjoyable and entertaining in order to try to […]

Language, Language learning 15 Comments

Word of the day – proprioception

Proprioception [ˈpɹopɹiːoˌsɛpʃən], from Latin proprius (one’s own) and perception = the sense of the relative position of neighbouring parts of the body. I came across the word proprioception while reading Richard Robinson very interesting book, Why the toast always lands butter side down – the Science of Murphy’s Law. Proprioception involves knowing where your limbs […]

English, Language, Words and phrases 1 Comment

Name the language

Here’s a recording of a mystery language. Can you guess or do you know which language it is? Clue: this is a member of the Tibeto-Burman family of languages spoken in parts of Thailand, Burma and China.

Language, Quiz questions 6 Comments

Language quiz

Here’s a recording of a mystery language. Can you guess or do you know which language it is, and where it’s spoken? Clue this is an Indo-European language.

Language, Quiz questions 17 Comments

Cuairt Nam Blog

Today I found an online version of a BBC television programme called “Cuairt Nam Blog”, in which the presenter, a Scottish Gaelic tutor from Glasgow, meets a number of people who blog in Scottish Gaelic. She find the bloggers through Tìr nam Blòg, a site which amalgamates blogs in Gaelic, and visits the author of […]

Language, Language learning, Scottish Gaelic 3 Comments