Monthly Archives: March 2016

How far back in time could you go and still understand English?

All languages change over time. But the rate of change is dependent on a lot of factors. Purely spoken languages change the most over time. Languages that have a long written tradition and most children are in school (as opposed … Continue reading

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Hello by Adele in Swedish

Wow! She is a really good singer! And Swedish is a very pretty language. Even in normal speech it sounds lyrical so it sounds even more musical here. It has a lovely flow to it. She changes some of the … Continue reading

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Episode 2 of the Silly Linguistics Podcast is now available

I love the language podcasts out there. But I felt there was a place for a new kind of language podcast. Most language podcasts deal with words, and phrases, and while that is awesome, and very interesting, we wanted to … Continue reading

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A look at Old Norse

Old Norse is the name given to the language of the Vikings. There were to main types of Old Norse, Old West Norse which lead to Icelandic, Norwegian and Faroese, and Old East Norse which lead to Swedish and Danish. … Continue reading

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The Litany Against Fear translated into Atlaans

The Litany Against Fear originated in the Dune series of books by Frank Herbert. It is spoken by those facing great danger. There is a lot of discussion in the Dune books over humanity’s place in the universe and what … Continue reading

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Native Speakers

It’s not that native speakers ignore grammar, it’s that they do it on instinct. Being a native speaker of a language is a very different thing to having learned a language from a book. Only through a large amount of … Continue reading

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