Monthly Archives: September 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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Language, Quiz questions 11 Comments

Endangered Alphabets Project

Today we have a guest post by Tim Brookes, founder of the Endangered Alphabets Project. As some of you know (in part because Simon has been kind enough to publicize my work on Omniglot), I’ve been spending the past three years gathering texts in writing systems that seem in danger of extinction, and then carving […]

Language, Writing 3 Comments

Noodling

Recently I came across the word noodling which in the context referred to singing an improvised sort melody made up of nonsense syllables over the top of a song. I hadn’t encountered this usage before so remembered it. I thought this sort of thing would be called improvisation or scat singing. Have you heard of […]

English, Language, Music 7 Comments

Knowing a language

If you say that you ‘know’ a particular language, what does that mean to you? 1. Does it mean that you know some words and phrases and can ‘get by’ in ordinary tourist-type situations? 2. Does it mean that you can participate in conversations in the language on topics familiar to you, even if you […]

Language, Language learning 7 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 10 Comments

Free online language course to give away

I’ve been given free access to the online courses offered by Online Trainers to give them a try, and have one course to give away. The languages available are English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Dutch. If you’re interested, just drop me an email at feedback[at]omniglot[dot]com and I’ll send you an access code that gives […]

Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Language, Language learning, Spanish 2 Comments

Omphaloskepsis

Omphaloskepsis /ˈɒmfələʊˈskɛpsɪs/ is an interesting word I came across today that refers to the practice of contemplating one’s navel as an aid to meditation. It comes from the Ancient Greek ὀμϕαλός (omphalos – navel) and σκέψις (skepsis -inquiry). Apparently omphaloskepsis is used in yoga and sometimes in the Eastern Orthodox Church and it helps in […]

English, Greek, Language, Welsh, Words and phrases 6 Comments

Spoken language is a special type of music

According to an article I came across yesterday music might be what enables us to acquire language, and spoken language could be thought of as a special type of music. When acquiring language babies first hear speech as “an intentional and often repetitive vocal performance” and they learn to hear and mimic its emotional and […]

Language, Language acquisition, Language learning, Music 4 Comments

Inspire Language Learning Blogger Competition

Kaplan International are running a competition for bloggers who write about language learning. All you have to do is write a post (at least 250 words) about what you think is the most important benefit of learning another language. The prizes are an Apple MacBook Air or a Kaplan English course in Edinburgh. The competition […]

Language, Language learning 1 Comment

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 6 Comments