Omniglot News (09/07/23)

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

There are new language pages about:

  • Kafa (kafí noonoó / የከፋ-ቋንቋ), a North Omotic language spoken in the Keffa Zone in the south west of Ethiopia.
  • she shashishalhem (She Sháshishálhem), a Coast Salishan language spoken in the southwest of British Columbia in Canada.
  • Nooksack (Lhéchalosem), a Coast Salishan language spoken in the northwest Washington State in the USA.

New numbers pages:

  • Sinte Romani, (Sintitikes), a Romani language spoken in Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy.
  • Welsh Romani, (Romnimus / Kååle), a Romani language that was spoken in Wales until about 1968.
  • Finnish Kalo (kaalengo tšimb), a Northwestern Romani language spoken mainly in Finland and Sweden.
  • Caló (kaalengo tšimb), a mixed Iberian-Romani language spoken in Brazil, Spain, France, Portugual and Columbia.

On the Omniglot blog there’s a post called Moon’s Ear, about the names of the @ symbol in various langauges, and there’s the usual Language Quiz. See if you can guess what language this is:

Here’s a clue: this language is spoken mainly on one small island in the South Pacific Ocean.

The mystery language in last week’s language quiz was Hill Mari (Кырык мары йӹлмӹ), a Uralic language spoken mainly in the Mari El Republic in the Russian Federation.

There are new Celtiadur posts about words for Spears and Javelins and the number Ten, and related things, in Celtic languages.

The Celtic Pathways podcast this week, Spears and Sceptres, discovers links between words for spears and related things in Celtic languages with words for arrows and sceptres in Basque and Armenian.

In other news, Duolingo appear to have suspended their ‘refer a friend’ offer. This was a way to get Super Duolingo, the paid version of their app, for free. For every person who signed up via your referal link, you got a free week of Super Duolingo. I put links on Omniglot, and have enjoyed many months of using Super Duolingo. It reverted back to the free version for me this morning, with all the tedious ads, and limited hearts and other restrictions. I’ve got so used to using the paid version, that I might have to start paying for it now. I’ve just signed up for the free 2 week trial. My current streak reached 2,178 days (nearly 6 years) today, by the way, and I have no intention of stopping any time soon.

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