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About this blog
This blog contains my musings on language, linguistics and related topics.

Who am I?
My name is Simon Ager, I live in Bangor in Wales and earn a living from my website, Omniglot.com. I enjoy playing with languages, making music, singing, writing songs and tunes, juggling, reading, and going on adventures. More about me.

What’s an Omniglot?
Omniglot is a word I coined back in 1998. Originally it was the name of a web design and translation business I tried to set up, and it later became the name of my Online encyclopedia of writing systems and languages.

Omniglot (‘ɒmnɪˌglɒt) noun
1. having a command of all languages
2. written in, composed of, or containing all languages
3. a person with a command of all languages
4. a book containing several versions of the same text written in all languages
5. a mixture or confusion of languages
[from Latin omnis (all) + Greek γλωσσα (glossa) – tongue/language]
Adapted from the definition of polyglot in Collins English Dictionary

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4 Responses to About

  1. StephenGross says:

    I have tauaght ESL to many Guatemalans who attest to the fact that those who speak indiginous languages like Quiche and Kaqchiquel learn English very rapidly. Also as Spanish medical interpreter when chaatting with patients they also attest to this phenomenon even among their family members related by marriage. One Guatemalan lawyer noticed this and said English does not enter for him, pointing to his ear.
    My investigation into Quiche phonemes showed vowels that exist there and are absent in Spanish and the glottal stop might make new words easily remembered whereas Spanish is weak in vowel sounds. Particularly the rounded vowel of bird and Thursday is a challenge to Spanish speakers but exists in the Mayan languages.
    However, I wonder if there is a noticeable advantage of being bilingual to learning a third language?
    Is it the development of cerebral wiring between areas of the brain that makes it possible. Are Belgian bilinguals in French and Flemish fast learners of other languages? Do Swiss bilinguals of German and French learn other nonrelated languages rapidly?
    Any anecdotes or neurolgical studies?

  2. Is it the development of cerebral wiring between areas of the brain that makes it possible. Are Belgian bilinguals in French and Flemish fast learners of other languages? Do Swiss bilinguals of German and French learn other nonrelated languages rapidly?
    Any anecdotes or neurolgical studies?

  3. Louis Jacobs says:

    Have you ever seen those language apps like Duolingo or Speakeasy? Would you recommend either of those? I’ve heard of people using them with good results.

  4. Simon says:

    Louis – I haven’t used either app, so can’t recommend them.

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