Monthly Archives: December 2010

Happy New Year!

General, Language 12 Comments

On the grow

A somewhat unusual turn of phrase I heard today on BBC Radio 4 was “on the grow“. The programme was called Where England Meets Wales, and they were taking about the increase in the number of speakers of Welsh in north east Wales. The context was: I’m not entirely sure why, if compared to Scots […]

English, Language 9 Comments

Segues and sequels

Segue [ˈseɪgweɪ; ˈsɛgweɪ] – verb to continue at once with the next musical section or composition (often used as a musical direction). to perform in the manner of the preceding section (used as a musical direction). to make a transition from one thing to another smoothly and without interruption: The conversation segued from travel anecdotes […]

English, Language, Words and phrases 7 Comments


I don’t have a quiz for you today, but do have a question from a correspondent: Can any of you provide a good English version of the following? Recht haben und Recht bekommen sind zwei verschiedene Dinge. This would be used in a context of somebody who loses or fears losing in a court of […]

German, Language, Puzzles 14 Comments


Nadolig Llawen Joyeux Noël 聖誕快樂 Nollaig shona doibh ¡Feliz Navidad! Nollick Ghennal Bo Nadal Nollaig chridheil メリークリスマス Buon Natale Frohe Weihnachten Bon Nadal Veselé vánoce and Merry Christmas!

Chinese, Czech, English, French, German, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Language, Manx, Scottish Gaelic, Spanish, Welsh 18 Comments

Irish language strategy / Straitéis don Ghaeilge

According to an article I found today, the Irish government has a strategy, launched yesterday, to increase the number of regular speakers of Irish in Ireland by a factor of three over the next 20 years. Apparently there are currently about 83,000 who speak Irish on a daily basis, and the government would like this […]

Irish, Language 9 Comments

Colds, streams and rivers

It’s rather cold here at the moment with daytime temperatures not much above freezing, and nighttime dropping to -10°C (14°F) or even -20°C (-4°F) in places. As a result, some of the snow that fell last week has frozen solid and been trampled down on pavements and ungritted back streets making them decidedly icey and […]

Chinese, Czech, English, Etymology, French, German, Greek, Irish, Language, Latin, Manx, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, Words and phrases 9 Comments

Language quiz

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

Language, Quiz questions 17 Comments


This piece of writing was sent in by a visitor to Omniglot who got it in Rajasthan. Can anyone identify the language and decipher it?

Language, Puzzles, Writing 6 Comments

Languages in the Czech Republic

According to a report I found today in The Prague Post, less than half of Czechs speak foreign languages. A survey by the Social and Economy Analyses Institute (ISEA) found that while 27% of Czechs can communicate in at least one foreign language – the most popular languages are English and German, 54% of Czechs […]

Czech, English, German, Language 10 Comments
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