Monthly Archives: September 2011


Can anyone decipher the writing below? It was sent in by a visitor to Omniglot and looks like the Arabic script to me.

Language, Puzzles, Writing 3 Comments

Sum in ‘ksup wivit?

In The Broken Ear and Tintin and the Picaros, which tell the story of Tintin’s adventures in the fictional South American republic of San Theodoros, Tintin and friends encounter some native people in the jungle who belong to the Arumbaya and Rumbaba tribes. They speak in a what looks at first glance to be a […]

Language 1 Comment

New design for Omniglot

Recently I’ve been tinkering with the design of Omniglot. This doesn’t involves any major changes, at least I’m not planning to make any major changes at the moment – it’s more a case of changing colours and logos, and trying to improve menus. You might have noticed a few changes already – for example there […]

General 3 Comments

Language quiz

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

Language, Quiz questions 11 Comments

Sing for Water London

I will be singing with the Bangor Community Choir and many other choirs from around the UK at Sing for Water London, part of the Thames Festival, on Sunday 11th September 2011. The aim is to raise funds for Water Aid. The Bangor Community Choir will be singing by HMS Belfast on the South Bank […]

Music 2 Comments

Komz a rez brezhoneg? / Wyt ti’n siarad Llydaweg?

I decided to have a go at learning Breton today and listened to some of Le Breton sans peine. I just listened without looking at the book to see if I could understand anything – one of my friends is convinced that Breton has more similarities with Welsh than with Cornish, but I thought that […]

Breton, Cornish, French, Language, Language learning, Welsh 5 Comments


According to a report I found today, a textbook for Japanese people wanting to learn Welsh entitled ウェールズ語の基本 (Wēruzugo no Kihon – “Basic Welsh”) by Dr Yoshifumi Nagata (永田喜文) and Takeshi Koike (小池剛史) was recently published. Dr Nagata teaches Welsh culture at universities in Japan and developed an interest for the Welsh language through the […]

Japanese, Language, Language learning, Welsh 5 Comments

Language quiz

Here’s a recording in a mystery language. Can you identify the language, and do you know where it’s spoken? The sound quality on the recording isn’t great, but I couldn’t find any better ones in this language.

Language, Quiz questions 9 Comments

Just playing around

In Mandarin Chinese when you want to talk about playing a musical instrument, there are quite a few different words you could use, depending on the type of instrument. – 拉 (lā) is used for bowed instruments such as the 二胡 (èrhú), violin (小提琴 xiǎotíqín), viola (中提琴 zhōngtíqín) and cello (大提琴 dàtíqín), and also means […]

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Eilean Mhanainn / Ellan Vannin

I just listened to the first in a series of programmes on Radio nan Gàidheal on the Isle of Man (Eilean Mhanainn in Scottish Gaelic, and Ellan Vannin in Manx), which focuses on the Manx language. I found it very interesting, and was pleased to find that I could understand almost all the Scottish Gaelic, […]

Irish, Language, Manx, Scottish Gaelic 5 Comments
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