Monthly Archives: May 2009

Language quiz

Here’s a recording of part of a story 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 15 Comments

Language maps

Today I found an interesting website called MuturZikin which has many different maps showing where languages and dialects are spoken. The site and the maps are mainly in French and English, with some parts in Basque, Spanish and quite a few other languages. The maps include the native names of the languages, which are given […]

Language 5 Comments

Romansh

The other day I came across an interesting article on efforts to keep the Romansh language alive. Romansh or Romansch, which you can hear in last week’s language quiz, is a Romance language spoken mainly in the Swiss Canton of Graubuenden (Grischun/Grigione/Grissons) by about 60,000 people. There appears to be mixed views on the language […]

Endangered languages, Language, Language revival 4 Comments

Name the language

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

Language, Quiz questions 26 Comments

Research projects

Chinese Englishes One of my classmates at university is doing a research project on mutual intelligibility between varieties of English spoken in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and the UK. It involves listening to recordings of these varieties of English and answering simple questions. The recordings are divided into five sections, each lasting less than […]

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buusuu.com

buusuu.com, a website that describes itself as an “online community for learning languages”, provides online lessons in English, Spanish, French and German, as well as opportunities for language learners to learn from one another. They are currently celebrating their first anniversary and are offering a 10% discount on premium memberships. They have also added video […]

Language, Language learning 4 Comments

Languages and jobs in Spain

According to an article I found the other day, a knowledge of languages is required for 27% of jobs in Spain, and the language most in demand is English. So if you speak English and Spanish and would like to work in Spain, there should be plenty of jobs you could apply for. The article, […]

English, French, German, Italian, Language, Portuguese, Spanish, Welsh 1 Comment

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?

Language, Quiz questions 11 Comments

New Welsh news website

I discovered an interesting new Welsh language news website today – Golwg 360 – which lets you choose what type of news you want to read, and the way it’s displayed. You can also choose to see news from different areas of Wales. Other Welsh language news sites include the BBC, which includes local, national […]

Language, Welsh 2 Comments

Studies

I handed in my last essay today, so that’s pretty much the end of the taught part of my course and I can now concentrate on my dissertation. It’s a great relief to get all the assignments out of the way after spending what seems like ages on them. Fortunately I don’t have any exams […]

General, Language, Language revival, Linguistics, Manx 2 Comments