Monthly Archives: February 2016

Emoji and ideographs

Ideographics scripts, such as hieroglyphics, use complex characters to represent ideas. Another well known ideographic script is Chinese, which uses thousands upon thousands of characters to represent all the different ideas and concepts in the Chinese languages. Emoji aren’t an ideographic … Continue reading

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“Adele – Skyfall” in Atlaans

Atlaans is a constructed language I made a while ago that mixes various Germanic languages together. I love constructed languages because they allow you to play with language and to see what a language would look like if history was … Continue reading

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Mama Mia in Ancient Greek

Language can be intimidating sometimes. You look at all the weird words and symbols, and you think you will never be able to learn it. I love videos like this because it shows you can have fun with language and … Continue reading

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A fun song in Danish

Oh boy, a video about a grandmother drinking beer 😀 And in Danish too, the language of the Vikings! What’s not to like! 😀 I have always liked Danish. It has such an interesting sound to it. I know some people … Continue reading

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Emulating Accents

A funny discussion about accents. This guy moved from Gambia to the UK and he says that immigrants try to emulate the British accent, but they always end up with some weird hybrid. Accents have a large affect on someone’s … Continue reading

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An overview of languages that have at one time or another served as a lingua franca

A lingua franca is a language that may not be someone’s native language, but it is a language that they know well enough to get by in. A language becomes a lingua franca due to economic and political forces, and … Continue reading

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If you ever wanted to learn the quirks of South African English, now you can :D

All languages have dialects. And English is no exception. I live in South Africa, and as such, I speak South African English. It is not wildly divergent from other types of English but some of the differences can be a … Continue reading

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Istoriesmearkoudes (Greek) – 20 Exotic Words That Don’t Exist in English

  Istoriesmearkoudes (Greek) – 20 Exotic Words That Don’t Exist in English Literally “stories with bears,” it refers to narrated events so wild and crazy it seems they can’t possibly be true.Share this on Facebook? Source: www.purpleclover.com/entertainment/3258-20-exotic-words-dont-exist-english/item/slide_348793_3717805_free/ Of course, all … Continue reading

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Chinese language and dialects

The Chinese language is made up of 11 “dialects”. They are not so much as dialects, as they are pretty much stand alone languages. Even those so called dialects have subdivisions in themselves which can be hard for speakers of … Continue reading

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Paul Frommer created the Na’Vi language for the film Avatar

If you follow this blog, you will know that I love conlangs! I love hearing people talking about conlang and how they created them. Paul Frommer is a linguist who was hired to created a language for the movie Avatar. … Continue reading

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