Monthly Archives: August 2008

Language quiz

Here’s a recording of a poem being read in a mystery language. Do you know or can you guess which language it is?

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Voice Actors – Voice Coaches – Audio Reviewers

I received an email today about a number of vacancies at Rosetta Stone: They are looking for Voice Actors, Voice Coaches and Audio Reviewers who are native speakers of, or have native-level fluency in Vietnamese, Turkish and Tagalog. They are also keen to find people who speak Latin well or who have a good knowledge […]

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Baby talk

Our brains are wired to recognise repeated auditory and visual patterns, an ability that possibly evolved as a way to detect the non-random sounds made by predators, and which is also used in language acquisition. According to a report on canada.com, researchers from Canada, Chile and Italy have done studies of newborn babies in Canada […]

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I can hear you

A report I found today in Science News suggests that early hominids had hearing capabilities similar to modern humans, and paleoanthropologists at the American Natural History Museum in New York believe that this could indicate that they had some form of language. Analysis and reconstruction of the auditory bones in skills of Homo heidelbergensis dating […]

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Name the dialect

Here’s a recording in a mystery dialect. Do you know or you guess which dialect this is?

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Mobile sign language

A team at the University of Washington has developed software that enables people to communicate in sign language via cell phones in the USA, according to ScienceDaily. The system transmits the face and hands in higher definition than other parts of the video, which reduces the bandwidth needed and will work on US cell phones […]

Language, Sign language, Technology 7 Comments

Word of the day – macaronic

At the end-of-course ceilidh at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, one of the Irish guys read a story which was half in English and half in Irish. It was very funny, if you understood both languages; those who didn’t missed quite a lot. Even speakers of Scottish Gaelic found it quite difficult to understand all the Irish […]

English, Italian, Language, Latin, Words and phrases 3 Comments

The accent game

A website I found today has a game which shows you a series of short videos of people reading a few lines of a poem in English. Then they ask you to guess the where they’re from based on their accents. If you guess correctly, it also asks you to guess which city they’re from. […]

English, Language 8 Comments

Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Can you guess of do you know which language this is, and which story this passage comes from?

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Number of Gaelic speakers

According to the most recent census, the number of people in Scotland who speak Scottish Gaelic is 58,650. However some of people I talked to last week who are involved in teaching or researching Gaelic believe that the actual number is higher. They suggested that some fluent Gaelic speakers who don’t read and write the […]

Language, Scottish Gaelic 12 Comments