Monthly Archives: November 2007

Name the language

Here’s a recording of a song (2.7MB) in a mystery language. Do you know or can you guess which language it is and where it’s spoken?

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Language, Music, Quiz questions 19 Comments

Japanese more difficult than Chinese?

An article I came across today, via Keith’s blog, argues that it’s a lot more difficult to learn Japanese than Chinese. The author of the article studied both Chinese and Japanese at the Defense Language Institute (DLI), and lived in Japan for over seven years. He feels confident about communicating in Chinese (Mandarin) and found […]

Chinese, Japanese, Language, Language learning 26 Comments

Word of the day – Samhain

Today’s word, Samhain (/ˈsˠaunʲ/) is the Irish word for November, and also refers to the ancient Celtic festival which was traditional celebrated at this time of year to mark the end of the harvest and the start of the ‘Celtic New Year’. The word samhain comes from the Old Irish samain, which possibly means ‘summer’s […]

Irish, Language, Words and phrases 15 Comments