Monthly Archives: January 2008

Musicians’ brains are different

Brain scans have found that the corpus callosum, the contection but the two halves of musicians’ brains tends to be significant enlarged in comparison the corpus callosum found in the brains of the non-musicans. A number of other differences between the brains of musicians and non-musicians have been found, including enlargements to the cortex, auditory […]

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Language, Music 9 Comments

Where in the world?

Here’s a photo of a mystery city. Any ideas where it is and which languages are spoken there?

Language, Quiz questions, Travel 13 Comments

Language quiz

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

Language, Quiz questions 9 Comments

Nòs Ùr

Nòs Ùr (New Style), the first West European Minority Languages Song Competition will be held in Inverness in June of this year, according to this article. It is one of four regional finals which will be held in different parts of Europe, the winners from each will compete in the Pan-European Minority Languages Song Competition, […]

Language 3 Comments

Language beauty contest

According to Eurolang, Estonia’s Education Minister is planning to hold a language beauty contest to mark the 90th birthday of the Republic of Estonia. The minister would like school children around the world to make recordings of up to seven words in their languages. The article doesn’t mention who will be judging the entrants or […]

Language 16 Comments

Criticism and shoes

There’s a saying in English that goes something like this: “don’t criticise someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes”. A corollary that’s sometimes added is: “If they don’t like your criticism, you’ll be a mile away and you’ll have their shoes”. Aislinn Thomas, whose blog, In Your shoes, describes how she puts this […]

Language, Translation, Words and phrases 5 Comments

Word of the day – ariandy

I came across today’s word, ariandy, while looking for something else in one of my Welsh dictionaries, Y Geiriadur Mawr. It combines arian, silver / money, with dy, a mutated form of tŷ, house, and is an archaic word for bank, as in a place where money is kept. The normal word for bank is […]

Language, Welsh, Words and phrases 6 Comments

Language quiz

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

Language, Quiz questions 17 Comments

Where in the world?

Here’s a photo of the capital city of a country in Europe. Do you know where it is and which languages are spoken there?

Language, Quiz questions, Travel 5 Comments

Word of the day – locavore

A locavore, which was the Oxford Word of the Year 2007, is someone who tries to eat only locally-grown food. The word was coined in 2005 by a group of four women in San Francisco who come up with the idea of only eating food grown or produced within a 100-mile radius. Since then, quite […]

English, Language, Words and phrases 5 Comments