Monthly Archives: February 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?

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Language, Quiz questions 14 Comments

Word of the day – cheesecake

One of the things we discussed last night at the French conversation group was cheesecake – a member of the group has a weakness for this dessert and couldn’t resist when she saw it on the menu. We concluded that the word cheesecake is also used in French and that there probably isn’t a French […]

English, French, German, Language, Words and phrases 25 Comments

Mysterious inscriptions

Can anybody decipher the inscriptions below? The image was sent in by a visitor to Omniglot and comes from an old Turkish book. More images can be seen here.

Language, Puzzles, Writing 9 Comments

Reckankreuzungsklankewerkzeuge

When Richard Wagner first heard the saxophone he apparently said it sounds like the word “Reckankreuzungsklankewerkzeuge”, a word he invented himself. (Source) I used to play the sax and can’t say that it ever sounded like that! Reckankreuzungsklankewerkzeuge is also the name of a record label based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

German, Language, Words and phrases 9 Comments

Alphabets and Ambigrams

The other day I came across a useful site that helps you learn various alphabets and other writing systems – Henrik Theiling’s Script Teacher. It includes tests on CJK radicals, Hiragana, Katakana, Bopomofo, Hangul, Greek, Cyrillic, Arabic, Armenian, Hebrew, Georgian, a number of constructed scripts, and even a Blackletter (Gothic) typeface. Other writing-related sites I […]

Language learning, Writing 4 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 16 Comments

Croenlun

They were talking about tattoos this morning on Radio Cymru and one of the presenters used the word croenlun, which I hadn’t heard before but could understand from the meaning of its component words – croen (skin) and llun (picture, image). This word doesn’t appear in any of my Welsh dictionaries so I suspect it […]

English, Etymology, Language, Puzzles, Welsh 8 Comments

Crimean Tatar

Crimean Tatar (Qırımtatarca) is a Turkic language spoken in Crimea in Ukraine, and also Uzbekistan, Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria. At different times during the past century is has been written with the Arabic, Latin and Cyrillic alphabets, and all three alphabets are still used by Crimean Tatars in different countries. At a recent seminar in […]

Language 7 Comments

Postcard

A visitor to Omniglot who would like to know what the Latin and Greek bits on this postcard mean, and whether anybody has any ideas about the identity of the writer. The postcard that was sent to an address in the UK and has a UK stamp on so was probably it was posted in […]

Language, Puzzles 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 21 Comments