Monthly Archives: December 2009

Falling in the apples

Last night in the French conversation group the idiom “tomber dans les pommes” (to fall into the apples) came up. As it was in the context of somebody actually falling I took it literally at first and pictured the person falling into some apples or into an orchard. Then it was explained that it means […]

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French, Idioms, Language 13 Comments

Conlangers Anonymous

Are you sometimes, or indeed frequently gripped by the urge to create languages? Do your doodles often become new alphabets? Do you feel compelled to create worlds in which your languages and alphabets might be used? If so, help is at hand in the form of Conlangers Anonymous, an organisation founded by Francis Lodwick in […]

Conlangs, Language 6 Comments

Quick Czech question

Can any of you translate the following bit of Czech into English – “Zdravím předladatele”? A visitor to Omniglot has asked for help with this.

Czech, Language, Translation 6 Comments

Tibetan mobiles

A mobile phone which can send and receive text messages in Tibetan has been developed in China, according to this report. Such phones have apparently existed for a few years, but the new phone is a bit different as it can recognise handwritten input in Tibetan. A useful Tibetan-related site I came across today is […]

Language, Technology, Tibetan 2 Comments

Name the language

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 13 Comments

Word of the day – cawl

Today’s word, cawl /kaul/, is a Welsh word meaning soup, broth, gruel or a mess. Cawl is also a traditional Welsh stew made with meat and vegetables. It’s the kind of dish that’s made from whatever is available so the exact ingredients vary, but it often includes lamb and leeks, and is often served with […]

Breton, Cornish, English, Etymology, German, Irish, Language, Scots, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, Words and phrases 6 Comments

It’s a braw bricht moonlicht nicht

I went for a walk with some friends last night and one of the things we were talking about was the moon, which was nearly full and very bright. One of my companions suggested that there should be an adjective similar to sunny to describe such a night. He came up with moony, and I […]

English, Language, Scots, Scottish Gaelic 6 Comments