Monthly Archives: April 2009

Foreign accents

At the moment I’m writing an essay on the acquisition of foreign pronunciation. There seems to be a widespread belief that people who start learning a language at an early age are more likely to speak it with a native accent, while those who learn languages as adults tend to speak them with foreign accents. […]

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Language, Language acquisition, Linguistics, Pronunciation 20 Comments

Mysterious inscription

The photo below was sent in by Dan Newman. The script is Arabic, and Dan says that the language is Turkish. Can any of you decipher it?

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Puzzles, Writing 12 Comments

Irish on the radio

There are a number of radio stations in Ireland and Northern Ireland that broadcast entirely or partly in Irish, and I listen to one of them, Raidió na Gaeltachta, reguarly. However I wasn’t aware until the other day that there’s a radio station in New York (Nua Eabhrac) that broadcasts a weekly radio show in […]

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Irish, Language 4 Comments

Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Do you know or can you guess which language it’s in and where it’s spoken?

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Language, Quiz questions 12 Comments

Omniglot on YouTube

One of the members of the Omniglot forum (imbecilica) has posted a video on YouTube featuring sceenshots from the Omniglot website, blog and forum, a select of texts in different writing systems, and extracts from recordings in different languages. There is also an Omniglot page on Facebook.

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Language, Technology 3 Comments

English villages in Taiwan

The Taiwan government is planning to spend millions of dollars “improving Taiwan’s English-language environment”, which will include the setting up of two English-language villages, according to this report. They will improve English language signage and aim to host more international concerts and exhibitions. The idea of the English villages is to make it easier for […]

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English, Language, Language learning 9 Comments

Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Do you know or can you guess which language it’s in and where it’s spoken?

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Language, Quiz questions 11 Comments

The importance of backups

This blog seems to be working again now and I’ve managed to restore the data up to last November. Unfortunately that was the last time I made a backup of the blog, and due to the problems with my old server, it is not possible to recover the data since then. Oh well, lesson learned. […]

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Normal service will be resumed shortly

I’m still trying to get this blog up and running again.

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