Monthly Archives: January 2010

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

Win a Trip to Learn Spanish in Argentina

The makers of Bueno, entonces…, a new Spanish language learning software, are trying to build their Facebook cred by reaching 10,000 Fans by March. If they get there, one lucky fan and a friend will win a trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for 10 days of intensive Spanish lessons, a chance to meet the cast […]

Language, Spanish Comments Off on Win a Trip to Learn Spanish in Argentina

Word of the day – ortzikara

Today’s word, ortzikara, is Basque and means “time when a storm is brewing” or in Spanish “tiempo amenazado por la tormenta”. Do any other language have a single word to express this meaning? This word comes from a book I’m reading at the moment – Mother Tongues – Travels through Tribal Europe, by Helena Drysdale, […]

Basque, Language, Spanish, Words and phrases 9 Comments

Multilingual video

I came across this multilingual video the other day and thought I’d share it with you: Could you keep up with all these languages?

Language 20 Comments

Name the language

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

Language 10 Comments

Syriac letter

Can anyone make sense of this letter, which appears to be in the Syriac script?

Puzzles, Writing 14 Comments

De bouche à oreille

Last night we were discussing how to encourage more people to come to the French conversation group and we concluded that word of mouth is probably the most effective way – all the posters we put up around Bangor last Saturday have yet to bring hordes of new recruits. We also thought that the French […]

Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Language, Spanish 17 Comments


The Dutch word, slaapverwekkend, means mind-numbing, sleep-inducing or soporific. It comes from a site I found today – Dutch word of the day, which looks like a useful resource for learners of Dutch. The site discusses a different Dutch word each day; provides details of their pronunciation, including recordings, as well as examples and related […]

Dutch, Language 2 Comments

Armenian inscription

Can anyone decipher the writing on this image? It appears on the back of a photo of a gentleman who was born in Russia of an Armenian family. Unfortunately part of the inscription is missing.

Evolution, Language 3 Comments

Skol dy’Sadorn Kernewek

Last week the first bilingual Cornish/English creche or Skol dy’Sadorn Kernewek (Cornish Saturday School) opened its doors for the first time. The group is being held on Saturdays at the Cornwall College in Cambourne and children between 2 and 5 years old are attending. The children are immersed in Cornish in one room, and their […]

Cornish, Language 5 Comments
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