Monthly Archives: July 2017

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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Linguistic adventures

This week I have been speaking quite a bit of Irish. Even though I rarely speak it at home, it is usually there when I need it. When trying to understand songs or poems in Irish, I realise that there are plenty of gaps in my vocabulary, but I can at least get the gist […]

English, Finnish, German, Irish, Language, Music, Poetry, Russian, Songs, Travel 4 Comments

Turrys foddey / Turas fada / A Long Journey

Last night I arrived safely in Glencolmcille in Donegal in the northwest of Ireland. I left Peel at 8am, went by bus to Ronaldsway airport, flew to Dublin, then took buses all the way to Glencolmcille, arriving just before 8pm, so it took nearly 12 hours. I met people I know from previous visits to […]

English, French, German, Irish, Language, Manx, Romanian, Russian, Travel, Welsh Leave a comment

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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Celtic conversations

This week I’ve had quite a few conversations in Manx. I only speak it when I come to the Isle of Man, and when I meet Manx learners at polyglot events. At the beginning of the week my Manx was decidedly rusty, but it’s starting to flow now. When I don’t know a word or […]

Breton, Cornish, English, Irish, Language, Manx, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh Leave a comment

Who are the Celts?

This week I am in the Isle of Man for the CeltFest, a festival of Manx and Celtic music and culture. There are lunchtime concerts every day at the Noa bakehouse in Douglas, and concerts and other events every night in Peel. Last night I went to a fascinating talk by Alice Roberts, an anatomist, […]

English, Language, Manx, Proto-Indo-European 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?

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How many Chinese characters/words do you need to know?

One thing Chinese learners often ask about is how many characters they need to know in order to read Chinese. In a new article I was sent today, there’s some discussion about how many Chinese characters and words you need to know. I decided to check to details provided by the writer, and re-wrote this […]

Chinese, English, Language, Language learning 1 Comment

Colombian Slang

This is a guest post by Nate Alger Have you ever been to Colombia? If not, you are missing out on one of the best kept secrets in Latin America. It is a country filled with life, lots of culture, and great food to eat! It’s the place that I have called home for the […]

English, Language, Language learning, Spanish, Words and phrases Leave a 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
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