Monthly Archives: April 2010

Hens and chickens

There are a number of words in English for the domesticated fowl Gallus gallus domesticus: Chicken – general word for the birds and their meat Cock / Rooster – adult male Cockerel – adult male under a year old Hen -adult female Pullet – young female Chook – general word for the birds used in […]

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English, Etymology, French, Language, Latin 9 Comments

Bœuf

Breton, Cornish, English, Etymology, French, German, Irish, Language, Latin, Manx, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, Words and phrases 7 Comments

Language quiz

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

Language, Quiz questions 11 Comments

Camels

There’s a popular myth that each Arabic word can denote itself, its opposite, and a kind of camel. Another version of this is that “Every Arabic word has a basic meaning, a second meaning which is the exact opposite of the first, a third meaning which refers to either a camel or horse, and a […]

Arabic, Language, Words and phrases 11 Comments

Hodgepodge

Yesterday I came across some interesting discussion on Keith’s Voice on Extreme Language Learning about the hodgepodge approach to learning languages, which he describes as follows: “It’s a kind of do-it-all approach and can be constructed in various ways. Absolutely no plan whatsoever is needed! Try some technique out and if you don’t like it […]

Language, Language learning 12 Comments

Language quiz

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

Language, Quiz questions 21 Comments

Word of the day – paraphe

The word paraphe, which is also spelled parafe, came up last night at the French conversation group – we were looking for how to say initial (letter) in French and found this word, along with initiale. The word also exists in English – paraph. Definitions include: a flourish made after or below a signature, originally […]

English, Etymology, French, Language, Latin, Words and phrases 5 Comments

Pictish

Using mathematical analysis, scholars at the University of Exeter have discovered that the symbols used in Pictish inscriptions are likely to represent a language, according to this article. The team compared the Pictish symbols, which date from the 4th-9th centuries AD with more than hundreds of texts in known ancient and modern languages. They compared […]

Language, Writing 6 Comments