Monthly Archives: September 2012

Community language teaching

According to an interesting article I found today, the UK government is planning to cut funding to Asset Programme, which provides classes in a wide range of language not usually covered in the regular school curriculum. The languages are known as ‘community languages’ to distinguish them from modern languages, such as French, German, Spanish and […]

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Language, Language learning 5 Comments

Deps and Depping

When I was in London this weekend I heard the word dep being used by a singer who was standing in for another in a singing group. I hadn’t come across this word before and assumed it was an abbreviation of deputy. According to this article, that’s exactly what it is – “in the music […]

English, Language, Words and phrases 3 Comments

London

While in London this weekend I heard many different languages being spoken, including different varieties of English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin and Cantonese. Those were just the ones I recognised. I spoke mainly English while I was there, plus some Mandarin and a little Japanese and Portuguese. The next time I’m there I […]

Language 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 15 Comments

Sing for Water London

This weekend I’ll be in London for Sing for Water London, a concert featuring a massed choir made up of members of 50 or so choirs from all over the UK with the aim of raising money from WaterAid. So if you happen to be in London on Sunday afternoon, please come along to the […]

Music 2 Comments

Have you heard?

I’ve just finished a new video. It’s in English this time and has similarities and references to previous videos. I added Chinese subtitles just for fun, and because it was a good excuse to practise my Chinese. If you spot any mistakes in the Chinese, or you’d like to translate the subtitles into other languages, […]

Chinese, English, Language 2 Comments

Labhair Gaeilge liom

I just watched a video of an interview in Irish that Benny Lewis did on RaidiĆ³ na Life, the Irish language radio station in Dublin. Benny mentions that he has had a t-shirt made with “Labhair Gaeilge liom” (Speak Irish with me) on it and that people who see the shirt speak Irish to him, […]

Chinese, English, Irish, Language, Language learning, Welsh 25 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 4 Comments