Monthly Archives: December 2015

“Be Prepared” in Zulu, one of the official languages of South Africa

Zulu is the most spoken language in South Africa based on native speakers. My language, English, is only the fourth most spoken language. Not many Disney films have been translated into African languages, but with Lion King, they decided to … Continue reading

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Meet my friend P. Ano

A guy walks into a bar and sees a 3 foot guy playing the piano. He walks over to the barman and asks, “What’s the deal with the piano player?”. “Well, I met a genie once and he said I … Continue reading

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How to Mispronounce Everything

I love people messing around with languages! Steve Harvey has made a few too many verbal slipups over the years and in this hilarious SNL skit they make fun of his verbal hijinks. He is like Mrs. Malaprop who mixed … Continue reading

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Is the new use of “literally” literally the worst thing to happen in English?

I get annoyed with people who complain about the use of the word “literally”. They think it is some objective arbiter of reality and any figurative usage is simply heinous.   Except, “literally” even in the sense of “the following … Continue reading

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A classic sketch

This is a pretty funny skit 😀 Although we have a similar thing with emoji nowadays. The problem with this kind of system though is that there is no agreement on what each picture is supposed to mean. Does this … Continue reading

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Introduction to Low German

  Building Blocks of Low Saxon : An Introductory Grammar Low Saxon: Introductory Grammar | Niedersächsisch: Einführende Grammatik Source: lowlands-l.net/grammar-new/index.php Low Saxon (also called Low German) is a language spoken in Northern Germany that is related to Frisian and English … Continue reading

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A skit in Old English

Fraconian was a language spoken in Northern German and what is now the Netherlands. It became Modern Dutch and Belgian Dutch, and one dialect of Dutch would become Afrikaans which is spoken in South Africa. Afrikaans became an official language … Continue reading

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Atlaans vs Tohanian

Atlaans is spoken in the capital of the northern Kingdom of Atlantis called Hammen and Tohanian is spoken in the city of Tohan. They are similar to each other, but Tohan has a slightly more complex grammar. Tohanian has grammatical … Continue reading

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Transcription fail

Computer’s are getting really clever these days. They can even transcribe audio automatically. But sometimes, it doesn’t work perfectly. What they do in this video is sing something, have the computer transcribe it. They then sing that transcription and have … Continue reading

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Christmas Carol – Caption Fail

You better watch out, you better not cry, otherwise the avocadians are coming for you. Prescriptivists are coming to town! They know when you made a typo They know when you mispell So write well, for writings sake 😀

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