Monthly Archives: December 2010

Knock hardly

Today I saw a note on someone’s door in my neighbourhood which reads “Please knock hardly”. This got me wondering whether they meant that people should knock on their door only a little, or whether they want people to knock hard on the door. I suspect they mean the latter, though I haven’t seen hardly […]

English, Language, Words and phrases 14 Comments

Endangered Alphabets Poetry Project

Today’s post comes from Tim Brookes Dear Friends and Colleagues, My Endangered Alphabets Project is in the process of giving birth to a new phase: the Endangered Alphabets Poetry Project. Let me explain what I’m trying to do. I’ve written a short, simple poem about the importance of preserving endangered languages in their spoken and […]

Language, Poetry, Writing 1 Comment

Language quiz

Today’s language quiz is slightly different from the usual recordings. Instead your challenge is to try to guess what the text below said before it was ‘babelized’. It will not be shown blind. Deaf or hearing Pool of people can not talk about. I wrote the original text in English, than translated it between 15 […]

Language, Quiz questions 15 Comments

Frankingle & Inglefrank

This is a sort of guest post from François Bouillon In the novel Peter Ibbetson by Georges Du Maurier, two bilingual children invent “Frankingle”, a language with English grammar and phonetics and a French lexicon, and “Inglefrank”, a language that works on the opposite principle. François Bouillon has written Frankingle and Inglefrank versions of two […]

English, French, Language 2 Comments


Leste adj. [lɛst(ə)] – nimble, agile, sprightly, light; risqué (joke); offhand (remark). This is a word I discovered last night while browsing a French dictionary. It is thought to come from an old Germanic word liste. A related adverb is lestement, which means nimbly, agilely, in a sprightly manner, lightly or offhandedly. It’s related to […]

English, French, German, Language, Portuguese, Spanish, Words and phrases 9 Comments

Language and thought

An article I came across today on Science Daily discusses a study which found that language can affect attitudes and thoughts. The study found bilingual speakers of Spanish and English in California showed a distinct preference for Spanish names and words when tested in Spanish, but no such preference when tested in English, and that […]

Language 7 Comments


I made another little film with Xtranormal today, and this one’s in German and English. If there are any mistakes in the German, please let me know. I suppose the aim of these films is the demonstrate how to use some basic phrases in various languages. It should be possible to work out what the […]

German, Language 4 Comments

How to Learn a Foreign Language While Living Overseas

This is a guest post by Kenji Crosland, a writer for TeachStreet. TeachStreet is a website that provides online and local classes including Foreign Language Lessons in languages like Japanese, Spanish and many others. When I moved to Tokyo five years ago I expected to learn the language quickly. After all, it’s often been said […]

Japanese, Language, Language learning 7 Comments

Name the language

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

Language, Quiz questions 13 Comments

Egyptian medallion

This image of a medallion was sent in by a visitor to Omniglot. Can you decipher the writing on it?

Language, Quiz questions, Writing 7 Comments
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