Monthly Archives: April 2012

Language quiz

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

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Foreign thinking

According to a study published in Psychological Science, the language you think and make decisions in can influence the decisions you make. The study found that people tend to be more willing to take risks if they are presented with choices in a foreign language than they are in their native language. The researchers think […]

Language 8 Comments

Flam paradiddles & Pataflaflas

I came across the term flam paradiddle on the radio the other day and thought at first it might be used to describe some kind of movement – maybe a dance move or a skateboarding trick. Now I know that a flam paradiddle one of the patterns or rudiments used in drumming, or rather a […]

English, Language, Words and phrases 4 Comments

Language quiz

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

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Pozo

Last night I learnt a song, En el pozo María Luisa (In the Maria Lusia mine), from a Spanish friend. This song, which is also known as Nel Pozu Maria Luisa or Santa Bárbara Bendita, comes from Asturias in north west Spain and is usually sung in Asturian, Spanish or a mixture of the two. […]

English, Etymology, Language, Latin, Music, Proto-Indo-European, Spanish 3 Comments

Cleaning up Russian

According to an article I found today, the Russian Ministry of Education and Science plans to ‘clean up’ Russian by removing foreign loanwords and replacing them with native words. They plan to revise dictionaries, school textbooks, and to set up a website to explain the changes. The website will give Russian speakers a chance to […]

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Kumzari

The other day I came across an article about the Kumzari language and people. It reports that: Iran’s threat of closing Straits of Hormuz, advent of TV, Internet to tiny village located on northernmost tip of Oman’s Musandam peninsula threaten survival of thousand year-old Kumzari language. It describes Kumzari as: the ancient Kumzari language, a […]

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Language quiz

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

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Les giboulées de mars

The other day I discovered that the French equivalent of April Showers is Les giboulées de mars, or ‘March showers’. April showers sound soft and light to me, whereas Les giboulées de mars sound unpleasantly wet. April showers are showers, often heavy, that fall in Spring, especially in March and April, in the northern hemisphere, […]

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Pennines puzzle

This image was sent in by a visitor to Omniglot who saw the inscription while walking in the Pennines. Does anyone have an ideas what, if anything, it might signify?

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