Monthly Archives: November 2009

Y Cooish

I’m currently in the Isle of Man for the Cooish, a festival of Manx language and traditional music from the Isle of Man, Ireland and Scotland. Last night I went to an excellent concert in Peel which included the Arrane son Mannin (Song for Man) competition, and there’s a lecture in Manx (Leaght y Ghaaue) […]

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Irish, Language, Manx, Music, Scottish Gaelic, Travel 4 Comments

Afghan rug

Can anybody decipher the writing on this rug? More details

Language, Puzzles, Writing 11 Comments

A different kind of classroom

A language school in Montreal has come up with an interesting way to teach languages – the students get together in local restaurants where the language they’re studying is spoken. This enables the students to learn languages, and about cultures and cuisines, in a relaxed environment where they can actually use what they’re learning. They […]

Language, Language learning 6 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 15 Comments

Word of the day – moli

Today’s word, moli, is the Welsh for ‘to praise’ and appears in a song we’re learning at the Welsh learners’ choir. I don’t think it’s commonly-used in modern Welsh, but does appear in some songs and maybe in poems. The more common word for to praise is canmol, which appears to come from the same […]

Irish, Language, Welsh, Words and phrases 13 Comments

Translator specs

A Japanese company has come up with a gizmo called a Tele Scouter / テレスカウター which can translate what people say to you in foreign languages and display the results via a retinal display attached to your glasses. The Tele Scouter is a small gadget that fixes onto glasses which incorporates a retinal display, a […]

Language, Technology, Translation 7 Comments

Puzzle

The follow bits of text appear on a tapestry bought in Ürümqi about 50 years ago. My guess is that the writing is in Uighur – can anyone decipher it?

Language, Puzzles 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?

Language, Quiz questions 10 Comments