Monthly Archives: May 2012

Little quiz on lesser-spoken languages

Just thought I’d share this with you here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18258902 – see how good your knowledge of endangered and lesser-spoken languages is. In other news, Arabic has become the language of choice for Facebook in the Middle East and North Africa, according to this report. It’s overtaken English in popularity and left French behind. What language […]

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Arabic, English, French, Language 11 Comments

Aramaic revival with help from Sweden

I found an interesting article today about efforts to revive the Aramaic language in Israel. The Syriac variety of Aramaic is used in the Maronite Christian and Syrian Orthodox churches, where prayers are chanted in the language, though few understand them. Only the elderly members of the community still speak the language, which is the […]

Language, Language revival 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? This should be a relatively easy one.

Language, Quiz questions 11 Comments

Hand writing and writing implements

There was some interesting dicussion on the radio the other day about which writing implements people use if and when they write by hand. This got me thinking about how little I write by hand these days – I do most of my writing on my computer. When I do write by hand I tend […]

Language, Writing 18 Comments

Hunting haggis

I’ve just finished a new video using Xtranormal – it’s in Scottish Gaelic and features Hamish and Helen (Seumas & Eilidh). Hamish is from Harris in the Hebrides and hunts haggis as a hobby with his haggis hound Hector (who doesn’t appear in the video), and also farms ostriches. Helen is a translator from Beijing […]

English, Irish, Language, Manx, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh 6 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 8 Comments

Mysterious calendar

A reader of this blog would like to know if anybody knows which language this is: Kiländer (Ray Ráán) Rááninfel: Sunday Serinfáál: Monday Yóŕuwow: Tuesday Yéélúwan: Wesnesday Yófowan: Thursday Yalimow: Friday Yommol: Saturday I discovered that the word ráán means day in Trukese/Chuukese, but this Trukese dictionary gives different, though seemingly related, words for the […]

Language, Puzzles 5 Comments

Lexiophiles top language blogs competition

This blog has been nominated for the language learning category of the Lexiophiles top language blogs competition for this year. Voting is currently underway, so if you’d like to vote for this blog, please click the button below. Thank you / Merci / Danke / Diolch / Go raibh maith agat / 謝謝 / ありがとうございます. […]

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Language of icons

Any ideas what these symbols/icons might mean? According to an article I came across today, this text means: Chinese artist Xu Bing has ideas about how people communicate. Different people in different countries should speak one language. Xu Bing wrote a new language. It uses pictures not words. It looks like Egyptian script meets Madison […]

Language, Writing 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 9 Comments