Monthly Archives: September 2009

Moldovan or Romanian

Moves are afoot to rename the language of Moldova Romanian rather than Moldovan, according to this report. The Moldovan Prime Minister believes that the “Moldovan people speak in Romanian like Americans speak in English. The national language can be renamed in the future from Moldovan to Romanian”. While the main language they speak in Moldova […]

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Identity, Language 8 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?

Language, Quiz questions 12 Comments

Any Fijians out there?

A translation agency has contacted me asking for help finding someone who can translate from English to Fijian. If you can do this, or know someone who can, please contact Stephen at stealthtranslations@googlemail.com as soon as possible. Thank you / Vinaka

Language, Translation 3 Comments

Groupe de conversation Française

Last night I joined a French conversation group which meets regularly in a local pub. I heard about it at a party in January and have been intending to join since then. Last night I finally tracked them down. All members of the group are English and/or Welsh and can speak French well, or at […]

French, Language, Language learning 13 Comments

Loaded for bear

The phrase “loaded for bear” appears in the novel I’m reading at the moment and is used in the following context: “I know next to nothing about computers but clearly Dommie is loaded for bear.” I take this to mean that Dommie is a computer wizard who’s ready for any challange, and if he were […]

English, Language, Words and phrases 20 Comments

Empty chairing

On the radio the other day they were discussing the possibility of staging televised debates for British politicians similar to the ones that happen during presidential elections in the USA. One commentator thought it was unlikely that the British Prime Minister would be willing to take part in such debates and that if he didn’t, […]

English, Language, Words and phrases 3 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?

Language, Quiz questions 18 Comments

Funky cabinet

A visitor to Omniglot recently bought an antique cabinet with some writing on it and would like to know what it means. Here’s a photo of the writing: The script is Arabic but I don’t know what it says. Can any of you help?

Puzzles, Writing 11 Comments

Word of the day – platformed

While travelling by train the other day I heard an announcement which explained that passengers in the back two or three coaches of the train would have move forward if they wanted to get off at the next stop as their coaches would not be ‘platformed’. I think this was the first time I’d heard […]

English, Language, Words and phrases 8 Comments

Language quiz

Here’s a recording of song in a mystery language. Do you know or can you guess which language it’s in and where it’s spoken? This is one of the songs I’ll be singing tomorrow afternoon at the big Sing for Water event in London. The Bangor Community Choir with be there along with about 50 […]

Language, Music, Quiz questions 13 Comments