Omniglot News (16/06/24)

Omniglot News

Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot.

New language and alphabet: Bactiran (Αριαο) , an Eastern Iranian language that was spoken from about 300 BC to 1000 AD in Bactria, an ancient Iranian civilisation in Central Asia, and which was written with a version of the Greek script.

Surkh Kotal inscription, 2nd century CE
Surkh Kotal inscription, 2nd century AD

New language pages:

  • Biak (wós Vyak / wós kovedi), a South Halmahera-West New Guinea language spoken in the Bial Islands in eastern Indonesia.
  • Nambya (chiNambya), a Southern Bantu language spoken in northwest Zimbabwe and northeast Bostwana.
  • Bariai, a Western Oceanic language spoken in West New Britain Province of Papua New Guinea.

New numbers page: Bariai, a Western Oceanic language spoken in West New Britain Province of Papua New Guinea.

On the Omniglot blog there’s a new post entitled Earthlings and Other Lings about words ending in -ling, such as earthling, and there’s a post about my trip to Ireland / Éire. There’s also the usual Language Quiz. See if you can guess what language this is:

The mystery language in last week’s language quiz was Angika (अंगिका), a Bihari language spoken mainly in the states of Bihar and Jharkhand in northern India, and also in eastern Nepal.

There’s no Adventure in Etymology this week as I’m on holiday in Ireland. I probably won’t have time to work on Omniglot during that time, and there’ll be no recorded newscasts.

On the Celtiadur blog there’s a new post about words for Acorns and related things, and I made improvements to the post about Battle-related words.

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Omniglot News (09/06/24)

Omniglot News

Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot.

New language pages:

  • Zeme, a Kuki-Chin-Naga language spoken in Assam, Manipur and Nagaland in the northeast of India.
  • Borong, a Western Huon language spoken in Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea.
  • Boko, an Eastern Mande language spoken in northern Benin and northern and western Nigeria.
  • Vatlongos, a Southern Oceanic language spoken mainly on Ambrym Island in Malampa Province in northern Vanuatu.

New numbers pages:

  • Zeme, a Kuki-Chin-Naga language spoken in Assam, Manipur and Nagaland in northeastern India.
  • Northern Pomo, an extinct Pomoan language that was spoken in Lake County in California in the USA, and which is being revived.
  • Lebanese Arabic, a variety of Levantine Arabic spoken mainly in Lebannon.

New Tower of Babel translations: Alur, Akha, Adhola, Dangme, Achi and Abua.

On the Omniglot blog there’s a new post entitled Speading Sweetness about how words for honey, mead and related things possibly spread throughout Europe and as far as China and Japan. There’s also the usual Language Quiz. See if you can guess what language this is:

Here’s a clue: this language is spoken mainly in northern India, and also in eastern Nepal.

The mystery language in last week’s language quiz was Forest Enets (Баи), a dialect of Enets (Онэй база), a Samoyedic language spoken in Krasnoyarsk Krai in Siberia in the Russian Federation.

In this week’s Celtic Pathways podcast, Charming Witches, we look into the possible Celtic roots of words for witch in some Romance languages, such as bruja in Spanish.

On the Celtiadur blog there are a new posts about words for Mixed & Confused and Honey Wine and I improved the post about Magic and Spells.

I also improved the Maltese language page.

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Omniglot News (02/06/24)

Omniglot News

Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot.

New language pages:

  • Lakon, a Southern Oceanic language spoken on Gaua Island in Torba Province of Vanuatu.
  • Maléku (malécu jaíca) – a Chibchan language spoken in northern Costa Rica.
  • Kadiwéu (Ejiwajigi) – a Guaicuruan language spoken in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul in southern Brazil
  • Mocoví (moqoit) – a Southern Guaicuruan language spoken in Chaco, Santa Fe and Formosa provinces in the northeast of Argentina.

New numbers pages:

  • Bosnian (bosanski), a South Slavic language spoken mainly in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Celtiberian – an extinct Celtic language that was spoken in the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula until about the 1st century AD.

On the Omniglot blog there’s a new post entitled Super Brows about the word supercilious and other (eye)brow-related expressions in English and other languages. There’s also the usual Language Quiz. See if you can guess what language this is:

Here’s a clue: this language is spoken in Siberia.

The mystery language in last week’s language quiz was Blin (ብሊና), a Central Cushitic language spoken in and around the city of Keren in central Eritrea.

In this week’s Adventure in Etymology, we free ourselves by looking into the word Escape and related words.

On the Celtiadur blog there’s a new post about words for Eyebrows and related things.

Finally, here’s my latest song, which I finished writing and recording this week. It’s in the style of a sea shanty called Off To Sea

You can hear more songs and tunes I’ve written on SoundCloud.

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Omniglot News (26/05/24)

Omniglot News

Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot.

New writing system: Sheek Bakrii Saphaloo Script, which was created in 1956 by Sheikh Bakri Sapalo from Ethiopia, and is used to write Oromo, a Cushitic language spoken in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Egypt.

Sample text in the Sheek Bakrii Saphaloo script

New fictional script: Exception, which appears in the Netflix anime series “Exception”.

Sample text in Exception

New constructed script: Formetta, an alternative way to write English invented by TCSenpai, and designed to be clear, simple, and easy to learn and reproduce.

Sample text in Formetta

There are new language pages about:

  • Maká (mac’a) – a Matacoan language spoken in the Chaco region of Paraguay and Argentina.
  • Wichí Lhamtés Nocten (‘weenhayek) – a Matacoan language spoken mainly in southeastern Boliva, and also in northwestern Argentina.
  • Wichí Lhamtés Güisnay (Wiznay) – a Matacoan language spoken in Salta Province in northern Argentina
  • Wichí Lhamtés Vejoz – a Matacoan language spoken mainly in northern Argentina and also in southern Bolivia.

New phrase pages in Taíno-Quisqueyanaíqui, a reconstructed language based on the Taíno that was spoken in the Dominican Republic created by Desmond Johnson Montes De Oca.

On the Omniglot blog there’s a new post entitled A Little Alliteration about alliteration and other kinds of rhymes, and how they can be difficult to translate into other languages. There’s also the usual Language Quiz. See if you can guess what language this is:

Here’s a clue: this language is spoken in Eritrea.

The mystery language in last week’s language quiz was Mocoví, a Southern Guaicuruan language spoken mainly in Santa Fe, Chaco, and Formosa provinces in Argentina.

In this week’s Celtic Pathways podcast, Bills and Gouges, we find connections between Celtic beaks and bills, and chisels and gouges in other languages.

On the Celtiadur blog there’s a new post entitled The End about words for end, final, after and related things in Celtic languages.

2,500 days of Duolingo

I also made improvements to the Taíno language page.

In other news, I reached 2,500 days in my current streak on Duolingo this week. I’m still concentrating on Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Spanish and Japanese, and occasionally doing a bit of Dutch or Swedish.

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Omniglot News (19/05/24)

Omniglot News

Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot.

There are new language pages about:

  • Bhaca (isiBhaca) – a Southern Bantu language spoken in Eastern Cape Province in South Africa.
  • Ulumandaʼ – a South Sulawesi language spoken in West Sulawesi Province in Indonesia.
  • Bambam– a South Sulawesi language spoken in West Sulawesi Province in Indonesia.

New numbers pages in Ulumandaʼ and Bambam.

On the Omniglot blog there’s a new post called Buckling Swashes in which we learn about swashbucklers, and also pirates, privateers, buccaneers, freebooters and corsairs. There’s also the usual Language Quiz. See if you can guess what language this is:

Here’s a clue: this language is spoken in Argentina.

The mystery language in last week’s language quiz was Kagoshima dialect (鹿児島弁), a variety of Japanese spoken in Kagoshima Prefecture in southern Japan. It is also known as Satsugū dialect (薩隅方言).

The recording comes from YouTube:

In this week’s Adventure in Etymology, we look into the word Landlubber, and related words in English and other languages.

New Celtic Cognates page: Names – a collection of Celtic personal names from Celtic and non-Celtic roots.

On the Celtiadur blog there’s a new post about words for Glens and Valleys and I made improvements to the post about words for Full and related things.

In other news, the Polyglot Gathering is currently taking place in Prague in the Czech Republic. I decided not to go this year for various reasons, but if any of you were there, I hope you had a good time. I may go to the Polyglot Conference in Valletta in Malta in November.

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Omniglot News (12/05/24)

Omniglot News

Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot.

There are new language pages about:

  • Teanu – an Oceanic language spoken on Vanikoro Island in Temotu Province in the east of the Solomon Islands.
  • Nanggu (Engdewu) – an Oceanic language spoken on the island of Nendö in Temotu province in the east of the Solomon Islands.
  • Uneapa (Uniapa) – an Oceanic language spoken on Unea Island in West New Britain Province of Papua New Guinea.

Uneapa happens to be the 2,000th language on Omniglot, by the way.

There’s a new adapted script, Turkorece (툴코레제), a way to write Turkish with the Korean Hangeul script created by Wojciech Grala.

Turkorece (툴코레제)

New numbers pages:

  • Nawat (Nāwat), an Uto-Aztecan language spoken mainly in western El Salvador.
  • Classical Nahuatl (Nāhuatlahtōlli), an Uto-Aztecan language that was spoken in the Valley of Mexico and central Mexico until about the 17th century.
  • Chakma (𑄌𑄋𑄴𑄟𑄳𑄦 𑄞𑄌𑄴 / চাাংমা ভাচ), an Eastern Indo-Aryan language spoken in parts of Bangladesh and India.

On the Omniglot blog there’s a new post entitled 2,000 Languages!, in which I talk about some significant Omniglot-related moments from the past 26 years, including adding the 2,000th language to the site this week. There’s also the usual Language Quiz. See if you can guess what language this is:

Here’s a clue: this language is spoken in Japan, but isn’t (standard) Japanese.

The mystery language in last week’s language quiz was Nambya, a Bantu language spoken in northwestern Zimbabwe and northeastern Botswana.

In this week’s Celtic Pathways podcast, we find some Celtic Brio behind some vigorous Romance and English words.

On the Celtiadur blog there are new posts entitled Bodies and Meaty Flesh, and I made improvements to the post about words for Horses and Strength.

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Omniglot News (05/05/24)

Omniglot News

Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot.

There are new language pages about:

  • Sa’a (Tɛgɛ) – a Southeast Solomonic language spoken on South Malaita and Ulawa islands in Makira Ulawa Province of the Solomon Islands.
  • Talise (ẽberã) – a Southeast Solomonic language spoken in the south of Guadalcanal Island in Guadalcanal Province of the Solomon Islands.
  • Santa Cruz (Natqgu) – a Southeast Solomonic language spoken on the island of Nendö, one of the Santa Cruz Islands in Temotu province in the east of the Solomon Islands.

New numbers pages:

  • Santa Cruz (Natqgu) – a Southeast Solomonic language spoken on the island of Nendö, one of the Santa Cruz Islands in Temotu province in the east of the Solomon Islands.
  • Lepcha (ᰛᰩᰵᰛᰧᰵᰶ), a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in India, Nepal and Bhutan.
  • Limbu (ᤕᤠᤰᤌᤢᤱ ᤐᤠᤴ), a Kiranti language spoken in mainly in Nepal, and also in northern India.

New phrases page: Dogri (डोगरी), a Western Pahari language spoken in northern India.

On the Omniglot blog there’s a new post entitled Chocolate Peanuts in which we find out what links words for chocolate and peanuts in French, and the usual Language Quiz. See if you can guess what language this is:

Here’s a clue: this language is spoken in Zimbabwe and Botswana.

The mystery language in last week’s language quiz was Wymysorys (Wymysiöeryś), a West Germanic language spoken in Wilamowice (Wymysoü), a small town in southern Poland.

In this week’s Adventure in Etymology, we find out what the dickens a dinkus (***) is, and what to do with an asterism (⁂). Asterisks (*) and Asterix are also involved.

On the Celtiadur blog there’s a new post entitled Meaty Flesh about words for meat, flesh and related things, and I made improvements to the post about words for Brown & Dun.

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Omniglot News (28/04/24)

Omniglot News

Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot.

There are new language pages about:

  • Central Teke (Tɛgɛ) – a Bantu language spoken in the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Catio (ẽberã) – a Chocoan language spoken mainly in northwestern Colombia.
  • Pagibete (Apagibete) – a Bantu language spoken in the northwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Kukuya (Kikukuya) – a Bantu language spoken in the Plateaux Department in the Republic of the Congo

New constructed script: Pan-Caucasian alphabet, a unified writing system proposed by Vazgen R. Ghazaryan for the Northwest Caucasian and Northeast Caucasian languages.

Sample text in the Pan-Caucasian Alphabet script

New numbers pages:

  • Central Teke (Tɛgɛ) – a Bantu language spoken in the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Babine-Witsuwitʼen, a Northern Athabaskan language spoken in parts of British Columbia in Canada.

New page about telling the time in: Swahili (Kiswahili).

On the Omniglot blog there’s a new post entitled Surfing the Mountains, about French words for snowboarding, and the usual Language Quiz. See if you can guess what language this is:

Here’s a clue: this language is spoken in Poland.

The mystery language in last week’s language quiz was
Tongva
, an Uto-Aztecan language which was spoken in Southern California and which is currently being revived.

In this week’s Celtic Pathways podcast we’re sweeping French floors with Celtic Brooms.

On the Celtiadur blog there are new posts about words for Barns, and I made improvements to the posts about words for Brushes and Broom and Grey.

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Omniglot News (31/03/24)

Omniglot News

Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot.

There are new language pages about:

  • Ambo-Pasco Quechua (Kichwa), a Central Quechua language spoken in central Peru.
  • Matsés, a Panonan language spoken mainly in Brazil and Peru.
  • Yine, a Southern Arawakan language spoken in eastern and southern Peru.

New constructed script: Skyling Script, which was invented by Kitsune Sobo for his fictional Rhodinoverse.

Sample text in Skyling Script

New constructed script: Japonesian, which created by Aiden Neuding as an alternative way to write Japanese and Indonesian.

Sample text (Japanese)

New numbers pages:

  • Chuj (Koti’), a Mayan language spoken in western Guatemala and southern Mexico.
  • Tzotzil (Batsʼi kʼop), a Mayan language spoken mainly in the Mexican state of Chiapas.
  • Tzeltal (Bats’i k’op), a Mayan language spoken in the Mexican state of Chiapas.

On the Omniglot blog there’s a new post about Madrugadores (Early Risers), and there’s the usual Language Quiz. See if you can guess what language this is:

Here’s a clue: this is an International Auxiliary Language (IAL).

The mystery language in last week’s language quiz was Khanty (Ханты), a Ob Ugric language spoken in the Khanty-Mansi and Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrugs in the west and north of the Russian Federation.

In this week’s Celtic Pathways podcast, entitled Fortified Dunes, we uncover Celtic fortresses among the sand dunes.

On the Celtiadur blog there’s a new post about words for Blessings and related things, and I made improvements to the post about words for Talkative.

I also made improvements to the Tzotzil, Tzeltal and Kubachi language pages.

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Omniglot News (24/03/24)

Omniglot News

Here’s the latest news from the world of Omniglot.

There are new language pages about:

  • Jibu, a Central Jukunoid spoken in Taraba State in eastern Nigeria.
  • Oroha, a Southern Solomonic language spoken in the south of Small Malaita Island in Malaita Province in the east of the Solomon Islands.

There’s a new page about Neolatin, an international auxiliary language designed to be used by speakers of different Romance languages to communicate with one another, and also Phrases, Numbers, Time, Family words and Weather pages in Neolatin

New constructed script: Script of the All-Seers (Lishan Oiad), which was invented by Kitsune Sobo as the native script of the alien All-Seers in the fictional Rhodinoverse.

Sample text in Script of the All-Seers

New numbers pages:

  • Jibu, a Central Jukunoid spoken in Taraba State in eastern Nigeria.
  • Oroha, a Southern Solomonic language spoken on Small Malaita Island in the east of the Solomon Islands.
  • Kryts (цIека meз), a Northeast Caucasian language spoken in the Quba district in the northeast of Azerbaijan.

On the Omniglot blog we’re Noodling About Nurdles, and there’s the usual Language Quiz. See if you can guess what language this is:

Here’s a clue: this language is distantly related to Finnish and is spoken in Russia.

The mystery language in last week’s language quiz was Achuar-Shiwiar (Achuár chícham), a Chicham language spoken in Peru and Ecuador.

The recording comes from YouTube

In this week’s Adventure in Etymology, we’re Noodling About Noodles.

On the Celtiadur blog there’s a new post about words for heart, centre and related things, and I made improvements to the posts about words for Streets and Ants.

Finally, with all this noodling about, I was inspired to write a new song called Noodling. It goes something like this:

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