Useful websites

Here are a couple of useful language-related websites I came across today:

BePolyglot
Provides a systematic way to learn four Romance languages: French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. It contains a detailed comparison of the grammars of these languages, highlights similarities and differences in vocabularly and shows how to convert words between languages.

It’s intended for those who want to improve their knowledge of one or more Romance languages, as well as for anyone interested in comparative linguistics and Romance languages. To access the full content of the site, you have to subscribe, which costs $4.95 per month or $19.90 per year.

Does anyone know of similar sites for other language families?

Kanji Converter
This site converts Japanese kanji into hiragana, katakana and/or romaji. It also gives information about the words in English.

I usually know or can guess what Japanese kanji mean and know how to pronounce them in Mandarin, but don’t always know how to pronounce them in Japanese, so this site is very useful for me.

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19 Responses to Useful websites

  1. Attila Smith says:

    Dear Sir,
    in what language is the translation of your epigraph written?
    Yours respectfully,
    Attila S.

  2. Polly says:

    My guess is that it’s Czech. It’s so similar to Russian that I would’ve recognized it out of context. “nikoga” rather than “nikogda” seems a little strange, though.

  3. Simon says:

    This week, the translation of ‘one language is never enough’ is in Bulgarian. I have translations of this phrase into quite a few other languages, but not Czech yet, which would be something like ‘jeden jazyk není nikdy dostatečný’.

    Can you provide translations into any other languages?

  4. Joseph Staleknight says:

    Do you accept constructed languages?

  5. Lau says:

    In Danish it is:
    “Ét sprog er aldrig nok”

  6. Per says:

    Ett språk är aldrig nog.

  7. Simon says:

    Joseph – constructed languages are acceptable as well.

  8. Polly says:

    In Armenian (with questionable spelling):

    Մեկ լէզու երբէք չի բաւեր:
    Meg lezu yerpek chi paver.

    Or, alternatively:
    Մեկ լէզու երբէք բաւական չէ:
    Meg lezu yerpek pavagan cheh.

    In Russian (probably an overly literal translation):
    Один язык никогда не хватает.
    Odin yasik nikogda nye khvataet.

  9. Glanthor Reviol says:

    Egy nyelv sosem elég. (Hungarian)

  10. BG says:

    Eine Sprache ist niemals genug. (German, if you don’t already have it.)
    Una lingua numquam satis est. (Latin)

  11. Stephen says:

    O singură limbă nu ajunge niciodată. (Romanian)

  12. Werstan says:

    An ziár netúer nisče sie. (Ozhdik)

  13. In Portuguese, of course (as if you didn’t already know):
    Uma língua nunca basta.

  14. ekill_CZ says:

    to Simon:
    ‘jeden jazyk není nikdy dostatečný’.
    Well, I, as a native speaker, would say “(jen) jeden jazyk nikdy nestačí / jeden jazyk není nikdy dost”. I find it quite difficult to explain but “dostatečný” insinuates that something is sufficient (e.g. a due proof to sentence someone or oil reserves).

  15. Evita says:

    I’m happy to provide a translation of this phrase in Latvian:

    “Ar vienu valodu nekad nepietiek.” Curiously enough, this sentence doesn’t have any letters with diacritical marks, although Latvian has plenty of those.

    P.S. This is my first post here.

  16. jdotjdot89 says:

    “One language is never enough”:
    Hebrew: שפה אחת לעולם לא מספיק
    Spanish: Un idioma nunca es suficiente

  17. Joseph Staleknight says:

    Here’s the Omniglot motto in my constructed language Sarga:

    “Fin sarga tölt nepën joacaru.”

    Info about the language is at Langmaker.

  18. Laura says:

    In Italian the sentence is: “una sola lingua non è mai abbastanza”.

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