Monthly Archives: October 2009

Puzzling prayer

The text on this paper is apparently a prayer. Can any of you decipher it?

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Puzzles, Writing 10 Comments

Chinese in Liberia

China is apparently one of the largest overseas investors in Liberia and there are numerous Chinese people working there. As a result some Liberians have started learning Chinese and some of them are keen to visit China if they get the chance. Lessons are taking place in the Samuel Doe Stadium in Monrovia, and in […]

Chinese, Language, Language learning 2 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 7 Comments

Hangeul / Han’gŭl Day 한글날

Today is Hangeul Day (한글날) in South Korea, the day when they celebrate their alphabet. This year is the 563rd anniversary of the promulgation of Hangeul by King Sejong the Great in 1446. According to The Korea Herald, the Korean government is keen to encourage people all over the world to learn Korean and plans […]

Korean, Writing 4 Comments

Puzzling pumpkin

This mysterious writing was found by a visitor to Omniglot on a large pumpkin in a pumpkin patch in Michigan. Can anyone make any sense of the writing? (It’s the same writing in each image, just different ways up)

Puzzles, Writing 8 Comments

Mysterious metal plate

A visitor to Omniglot sent me the following photos today asking if anybody can decipher the writing on it, knows the significance of the numbers, or can provide any other details about this metal plate.

Puzzles, Writing 8 Comments

Word of the day – highpointing

I came across the word highpointing the other day in a list of a blogger’s hobbies. It’s not a word I’m familiar with so I looked it up. According to Wikipedia highpointing is “is the sport of visiting (and finding) the point with the highest elevation within some area (the “highpoint”), for example the highest […]

English, Language, Words and phrases 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 9 Comments

Word of the day – ectomorph

The word ectomorph is used to describe one of the characters in a novel I read last week. It’s not a word I’ve come across before so it caught my attention. According to The Free Dictionary, an ectomorph is “an individual having a lean, slightly muscular body build in which tissues derived from the embryonic […]

English, Language, Words and phrases 8 Comments