Monthly Archives: May 2008

Word of the day – šišlat

The word šišlat is Czech and is usually translated as to lisp. However it refers to a form of speech impediment that involves substituting s /s/ sounds with sh /ʃ/ sounds. For example, slimák (slug) is pronounced šlimák. This isn’t quite the same as a lisp in English, which usually involves replacing s /s/ sounds […]

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Word of the day – gwyddbwyll

In Modern Welsh, gwyddbwyll means chess, (lit. “wood wisdom”), however it originally referred a different board game which is mentioned in the ancient Welsh tales of the Mabinogion. According to this site, the original game was often played on a pegged board with a king and four princes (or defenders) against eight opponents (or raiders). […]

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My Language Notebook

My Language Notebook is a free program I heard about the other day that helps you to keep and organise notes on the languages you’re studying. You can use the program to make notes of sentences and longer texts, add translations and notes, and also record audio. You can also upload your notes to the […]

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Return to Brighton

I arrived back in Brighton last night after an enjoyable week of studying and using Welsh in Nant Gwrtheyrn. There were only six others on the courses – all men – and I was the youngest. Most of the others were Welsh, or had Welsh connections, or at least make regular visits to Wales. Most […]

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Nant Gwrtheyrn

Tomorrow I’m off to Nant Gwrtheyrn, the Welsh Language and Heritage Centre in North Wales, where I’m going to learn some more Welsh. I’ll be there for a week and probably won’t have internet access, so won’t be able to answer your emails. I’m also going to turn off comments to prevent the usual flood […]

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Polyglot Scrabble

Today I received an email from someone at Mattel, the owners of Scrabble, about their plans to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Scrabble this year. One idea they’re working on is to run a polyglot Scrabble game where you can play Scrabble in a number of languages at the same time. It’s likely to be […]

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Foreign Language Expertise

On a website I came across today, there’s some useful and interesting advice about studying languages. The author of the site, Alexander Arguelles, is a professor of linguistics and has studied many many languages – you can find out which ones on the how to learn any language forum. There’s also some discussion of polyglottery, […]

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Word of the day – priodol

Today’s word, priodol, means appropriate, proper or suitable in Welsh. I came across it while reading a web page about self-employment and had to look it up as I wasn’t sure what it meant in the context. I knew that the root priod had something to do with marriage, but didn’t know it also meant […]

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Police signing

A number of police officers in Lancashire have been learning sign language (BSL) in order to communicate more effectively with deaf people, according to an article in the Lancashire Evening Telegraph. The BSL-trained officers use their skills to help people who have been arrested and to gather statements from victims, witnesses and offenders. The Lancashire […]

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Language quiz

Here’s a recording of part of a news report in a mystery language. Can you guess or do you know which language it is?

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