Monthly Archives: December 2007

Language quiz

Here’s a recording of a well-known Christmas carol in a mystery language. Do you know or can you guess which language it is?

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Language quiz

Here’s a recording of Silent Night in a mystery. Do you know of can you guess which language it? I’ll be making the long track north to the parental home tomorrow, and will probably be offline for most of the week. So you’ll have to wait until next week for the answer. A Multilingual Merry […]

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Name the alphabet

Here’s a text in a mystery alphabet sent in by one of my correspondents. Any ideas which alphabet it is and which language it’s being used to write here?

Language, Quiz questions, Writing 9 Comments

Word of the day – solstice

As today is the shortest day of the year, at least in the northern hemisphere, I thought solstice would be a good word to choose. It comes, via French, from the Latin solstitium, the point at which the sun seems to stand still, from sol, sun, plus sistere, to come to a stop, make stand […]

English, Language, Latin, Words and phrases 3 Comments

Cultural interpreters needed?

Most British managers think they should make more effort to learn about the business practices of other countries before visiting them, and two thirds find their lack of knowledge about other cultures embarrassing, according to an article I found today. A survey of just over 200 senior managers and directors of major UK companies found […]

Language, Translation 5 Comments

Irish in New York

The other day while listening to Raidi├│ na Gaeltachta, the Irish language radio station, I heard an interview with a guy from New York who has taught himself Irish over the past year or so. He works for the NYPD and has Irish ancestry, hence his interest in the language. He’s never been to Ireland […]

Irish, Language, Language learning 7 Comments

Word of the day – panettone

This week we’ve had a Secret Santa style exchange of gifts at the office. Quite a few of those involved asked for the money to be donated to charity, but there were a few actual presents. Someone very generously gave me what I thought was a large cake, but have since discovered is a kind […]

Italian, Language, Words and phrases 6 Comments

Beowulf to Virginia Woolf

The British Library website, which I came across today, has some interesting information about language and writing in the Language and the written word section. It tells the story of written English from the Beowulf, the earliest known narrative poem in English, to Virginia Woolf’s early 20th century novels, with samples of each. The site […]

English, Language, Writing 8 Comments

Language quiz

Here’s a recording of a mystery language. Can you guess or do you know which language it is? Or at least which language family it belongs to.

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Where in the world?

Here’s a photo of a mystery city. Do you know which city it is, and which language is spoken there?

Language, Quiz questions, Travel 10 Comments