Monthly Archives: October 2010

Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Can you identify the language and where it’s spoken?

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Effortlessness

When you listen to someone speaking a foreign language, whether it’s yourself of someone else, you may notice that some aspects of the pronunciation and intonation are more exaggerated and seem to be quite effortful, especially if you compare them to a native speaker of the same language. This struck me particularly when listening to […]

Language, Language learning 17 Comments

Morgan M Morgansen

The other day I heard about a couple of interesting short films that use Joycean language and that I thought you might enjoy. They recount the adventures of a character called Morgan M Morgansen in a fantasy Victorian/Edwardian world. Morgan M Morgansen’s Date with Destiny View on ExposureRoom Morgan & Destiny’s Eleventeeth Date – The […]

English, Language 6 Comments

Xenoglossy – Are the Reports True?

Today we have a guest post by Carrie Oakley There’s a general theory that if the news is sensational, it cannot be true; however, in certain cases, truth is stranger than fiction and so sensational that it is hard to accept it as fact. Of late, there have been a few news reports of people […]

Language 4 Comments

Language quiz

Here’s a recording of a short conversation in a mystery language. Can you identify the language and where it’s spoken?

Language, Quiz questions 12 Comments

Word of the day – Sny

I’ve heard today’s word sny in the Czech phrase hezký sny and from the context I thought that it meant “sleep well” or something similar. I knew that hezký meant beautiful or pretty and assumed that sny meant sleep. When I finally got round to looking it up, I discovered that it means “nice dreams”. […]

Czech, English, Language, Words and phrases 25 Comments

Word of the day – Splodge

Splodge [splɒdʒ], noun – a large irregular spot or blot; verb – to mark (something) with such a blot or blots [source] I’m making some apple and raspberry jam at the moment using a recipe that calls for a ‘lemon juice splodge’. It just specify how much lemon juice there is in a splodge, so […]

English, Language, Words and phrases 12 Comments

Chinese gooseberries

I discovered today that the kiwifruit is known as 獼猴桃 (míhóu táo) or macaque peach in China. It is the edible berry of the woody vine Actinidia deliciosa native to southern China, and the name kiwifruit was dreamt up by marketing people in New Zealand in the 1950s, before which it was called the Chinese […]

Chinese, English, Language, Words and phrases 20 Comments

Name the language

Here’s a sign in a mystery language. Can you guess which language it is and where it’s spoken?

Language, Quiz questions 17 Comments

Location Lingo

Today I came across an article on the BBC website about a project called Location Lingo, which is run by The English Project and Ordnance Survey and aims to collect local nicknames for places in the UK. That is, unofficial names that don’t appear on maps. Some examples they give include Skem and Barlick for […]

English, Language 7 Comments