Monthly Archives: February 2011

Speaking in Tongues

The other day I heard about an interesting-sounding film called Speaking in Tongues, which tackles issues surrounding bilingual education in the USA, and follows four American children who are being educated in immersion programs in San Francisco. Two of children are in immersion programs to retain their native languages while learning English, and the other […]

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Language, Language learning 3 Comments

Language quiz

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

Language, Quiz questions 17 Comments

Audio books

At the moment I’m reading the novel Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain Fournier, and have been wondering how to pronounce Meaulnes, which is the name of one of the characters. I guessed it was something like /meyln/ or /meylnə/, and have now discovered that it’s pronounced more like /mœln/. I’ve also found a free audio […]

French, Language, Language learning 11 Comments

Macaronic radio

I listened to some Cantonese on RTHK this morning, and while I didn’t understand everything, I could get the gist of the news stories. Then I saw that RTHK has a Mandarin channel as well, so I listened to that for a while and noticed that when they had outside reports and interviews, many of […]

Chinese, Language 18 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 19 Comments

Puzzle

Here’s a piece of calligraphy sent in by a visitor to Omniglot who would like to know what it means. Close-up of the red writing: It appears to be a form of Tibetan calligraphy, possibly the Drucha style.

Language, Puzzles, Tibetan 4 Comments

Grok

Grok [ˈɡɹɒk] / [ɡɹ̩kʰ] is a word I came across today in an email, and though I’ve encountered it before, I wasn’t sure what it meant. I thought it had something to do with programming as I’d only seen and heard it used in that context. According to the Oxford Dictionaries online, grok is a […]

English, Language, Language learning 7 Comments

Puzzle

A visitor to Omniglot would like your help deciphering the writing below. It comes from an old silk painting which appears Chinese, or maybe Japanese. The bit on the left appears to be a signature which I think is 三抆向 (San Wenxiang) and perhaps the name of a town 圓山? (Yuanshan ?) – a small […]

Language, Puzzles 7 Comments

Mice, muscles and mussels

Today I came across the German word Mäusefänger (mouse catcher) in an article, sent to me by a friend, about the cat that recently took up the position of chief mouse catcher at 10 Downing Street, the official residence of British Prime Minister David Cameron. Number 10 apparently has a bit of a problem with […]

English, Etymology, German, Language, Latin, Proto-Indo-European, Words and phrases 9 Comments

Language quiz

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

Language, Quiz questions 17 Comments