Monthly Archives: March 2010

RhinoSpike

Last week I came across a useful-looking new site called RhinoSpike, where you can request recordings in a wide variety of languages and make them in your native language. The way it works is that you submit text in the language you want to be recorded by a native speaker. It goes into a queue […]

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Language, Language learning 6 Comments

Mystery writing

This image was sent in by a visitor to Omniglot who would like to know if anybody knows what writing system and language it’s in. The text appears within a Danish hymn book published in 1879. It looks a bit like cursive Hebrew to me, though appears to be written from left to right. [Update] […]

Language, Puzzles, Writing 16 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 11 Comments

Blogversary

Today is the fourth anniversary of this blog, and in the past four years no fewer than 988 posts and 9,533 comments have appeared here. In the same time the number of visitors to Omniglot has doubled from 500,000 a month to over a million, so I must be doing something right. When I first […]

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Fragile? No, broken glass!

What does this symbol mean to you? Probably ‘fragile / handle with care’. This is not how everyone would interpret it though – apparently staff at port somewhere in Africa saw this symbol on boxes, assumed they were full broken glass and threw them all into the sea. [Source] Here are a few other symbols […]

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Keeping an open mind

There’s an interesting post over on fluentin3months about the importance of keeping an open mind when in foreign countries. Benny the Irish Polyglot explains how he found Parisiens arrogant, rude and unfriendly the first time he was in Paris, and how they were discouraging about his efforts to learn French. He became convinced that all […]

German, Grammar, Language, Language learning 7 Comments

Bassoonic

bassoonic (bəˈsuːnɪk) adjective – like a bassoon One of the exercises we did at the singing class I went to this morning was to imagine our voices were like different instruments and coming from different parts of the body. The instruments were the flute (a smallish, narrow voice), the clarinet (a medium, wider voice), and […]

Language, Words and phrases 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 14 Comments

Satirical linguistics

The good people at Speculative Grammarian, the premier scholarly journal featuring research in the neglected field of satirical linguistics, would like your help – they are keen to receive submissions of satirical and humorous articles, poems, cartoons, ads, and all sorts of other material — no field within or related to linguistics is off limits. […]

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Library of Congress

I just heard that Omniglot has been selected for the Library of Congress Web Archives, its historic collections of Internet materials, so I must be doing something right :). A few years ago Omniglot was also listed in the British Library Web Archive, though their version of the site is a bit out-of-date.

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