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Gender, language and Brexit
Excellent research, crowdsourced by @JonWorth.
sexandgenderandsexuality  languages  brexit 
march 2018 by nwlinks
The Great Soulmate Debate – The Geeky Gaeilgeoir
“mo anam cara” and why you should checknthe translation before you get your tattoo.
irish  languages 
february 2018 by nwlinks
Elvish as she is spoke
What Tolkien was doing and what other people did to it.
tolkien  languages 
may 2017 by nwlinks
Learning Avar
It's not easy. (Difficult language, few materials.)
december 2016 by nwlinks
Love in Translation
A hilarious and moving piece about learning your spouse's language. #fb
august 2016 by nwlinks
Čay v tea
The words for "tea" in European languages.
july 2016 by nwlinks
Da Qin
Why does 大秦 mean the Roman Empire?
languages  China 
april 2016 by nwlinks
Where do languages go to die?
Decline of a Lingua Franca: The Story of Aramaic
languages  linguistics  history 
september 2015 by nwlinks
Letter of Recommendation: Uzbek
"since then, I have spoken Uzbek outside the classroom on exactly two occasions"
august 2015 by nwlinks
How India changed the English language
Loot, nirvana, pyjamas, shampoo, shawl, bungalow, jungle, pundit, thug.
languages  english  india 
june 2015 by nwlinks
That Way We’re All Writing Now
How social media is changing our language.
internet  languages 
march 2015 by nwlinks
European Day of Languages: Tongue twisters
Combien de sous sont ces saucissons-ci? Ces saucissons-ci sont six sous.
linguistics  languages  eu 
september 2014 by nwlinks
Talk to me
Brilliant language quiz
september 2014 by nwlinks
Hawaiian name won't fit driving licence
Mrs Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele's problems.
september 2013 by nwlinks
The Great Language Game
How far can you get? I scored 700.
september 2013 by nwlinks
Me Translate Funny One Day
Is "ziegenleer" funnier than "goatless"? (I think so.)
june 2013 by nwlinks
Proposals for Ulster-Scots GCSE outright dangerous
"Ulster Scots simply isn’t at the level of development necessary for anything approaching a formal academic test"
languages  northernireland 
july 2012 by nwlinks
What Are The Hardest Languages To Learn? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Voxy Blog
I am surprised by some of these - the South-East Asian languages in the 'Medium' rather than 'Hard' category, and Arabic categorised differently from Hebrew. Also absence of German a bit puzzling.
may 2012 by nwlinks
Harry Potter and the 800 lb Gorilla
How the Rowling / Warner machine treats translators.
languages  sf 
may 2012 by nwlinks
539 - Vive le tweet! A Map of Twitter's Languages | Strange Maps | Big Think
Fascinating - Belgium and Switzerland invisible, Thailand way more prominent than its neighbours.
maps  languages  twitter 
november 2011 by nwlinks
The Smart Set: How Do U Say... - June 13, 2011
At one point, driving through a toll plaza, I figured I’d ask the toll-taker whether I was going the right way. I pulled out the iPad and said, “Is this the right road for Valladolid?” Jibbigo transcribed, “Is this the right road for liability?” and Sultry Voice said, “Es este el camino correcto para el obligatorio?”
The toll-taker looked at me like I was nuts. So instead, I did what many Americans do in a foreign country — I pointed wildly ahead and said, loudly, “Valladolid!?”
june 2011 by nwlinks
John le Carré thinks German - Think German
"Anyone who has acted as an interpreter - as I have - anyone who has played a tiny part in the corridors of political power - knows that what people say to you in your language isn’t always what they say or even think among themselves in theirs. I don’t need to tell you that we Brits in the large know almost nothing of the real Germany of today. And our popular media do precious little to enlighten us, quite the reverse."

Brilliant piece. Read it all.
june 2011 by nwlinks
Hunting Monsters: Modelling Language Survival
"Now, of course, the fellows producing this model are physicists and they are not directly familiar with the socio-political factors that can strengthen or weaken a language, though they did attempt to factor some of these into their results. Their model nevertheless produced some interesting findings. They reckoned that there are three factors that allow two languages to coexist indefinitely in an area. Firstly, there needs to be a significant number of speakers of each language there. Secondly, the languages need to be somewhat similar. And thirdly, there needs to be a large bloc of people who can speak both languages. Their model is apparently fairly good at retrospectively predicting the historical data on the relative strength of Spanish and Galician in northwest Spain. The last requirement is being presented as the most surprising one, but I was struck by their model's suggestion that the two co-existing languages need to be somewhat similar."
march 2011 by nwlinks
How we found the rudest cities in the world – Analytics @ foursquare | Foursquare Engineering Blog
Manchester the rudest city in the (English-speaking) world; El Paso a close second, others (Pittsburgh, Bloomington) way behind.
languages  england 
march 2011 by nwlinks
500 - It's 10:15 in Germany. Do You Know Where Your Isoglosses Are? | Strange Maps | Big Think
I've always loved isoglosses. But am more used to the standard east-west ones in Germany.
february 2011 by nwlinks
The Earth Beneath Her Feet - How Slippery?
If you really want to know the meaning of the Dutch phrase, "zo glad als een aal in een emmer snot", click on this link.
january 2011 by nwlinks
Locale::Maketext::TPJ13 - search.cpan.org
"Imagine that your task for the day is to localize a piece of software -- and luckily for you, the only output the program emits is two messages, like this:

'I scanned 12 directories.'
'Your query matched 10 files in 4 directories.'
So how hard could that be?"
january 2011 by nwlinks

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