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Skyrim in English and Irish

I made a mod for Skyrim that allows you to play it in English (with Irish in brackets). This way you can learn Irish while playing Skyrim. Get it here

Silly Linguistics is looking for writers for monthly articles

For the first couple of issues I just got submissions from people I knew and from people out on the internet. I would like to put a bit more structure in place. Organising the magazine takes quite a lot of time and I have to juggle that with running the page as well as running my other social media outlets like Twitter and Youtube.

So I am offering a position where you can write articles every month for the Silly Linguistics magazine and get paid a portion of the magazine’s income. It is not a lot at the moment, but it is growing. I think that for a growing page and business like mine this is a good opportunity for language fans and aspiring writers.

This magazine is one of the few magazines catering to language fans and it comes at a price of just $2 / month which will make the magazine accessible to a lot of people. This is a good opportunity for any writers and language enthusiasts out there. We have an audience of about 500 000 people on our Facebook and it is growing all the time. The magazine is advertised on the page so it is a great way to get your work out there for others to see.

If you would like to get involved, send an email to and tell me why you would be a valuable addition to the team. I would also like to get articles from you monthly so that I can keep providing lots of content to the readers of the magazine. This is a great opportunity for writers to learn about languages and linguistics and get paid for doing it 😀

What do you like about languages? How did you get interested in them? And also, what do you have to say about languages that the world needs to hear? I love reading the comments on the posts on the page and I learn a lot from you guys. I can’t wait to see what you guys can add to the magazine.

Each article should be a minimum of 600 words and be no longer than about 5 pages. I like to keep the articles accessible to people of all linguistic knowledge levels. I like to focus on the fun and interesting parts of language and show people how fun learning languages can be.

In your submission please also include some writing samples so I can see what your writing is like.

Whether you are a current contributor, future contributor or just a reader thank you for being a part of this language journey and I can’t wait to see where things go to from here

Steve the vagabond

Introduction to Russian Cyrillic

The following are memory aids and only represent an approximation of the Russian sound

Once you can remember each letter, you should go on to listen to each letter pronounced by a Russian speaker

Many get overwhelmed by a new writing system and stop at the beginning

These memory aids should help you get used to the letters and make connections between them and things you already know

Letters that are the same or very similar to the English counterparts

Аа is pronounced like English “ah”

Кк is pronounced like English “k”

Мм is pronounced like English “m”

Оо is pronounced like the “o” in English “or” but further back in the mouth (a bit like the “oh” when a Scot says “Oh, I see”)

C is pronounced like the letter “c” in “cent”, “city”, “censure”, “cement” or “century”

T is pronounced like English “t”

Letters that look like English letters but are pronounced differently

Вв is pronounced like English “v”. You can use the following to remember it. Betty vindictively bought very bright violet bells

Ее is pronounced like English “yeah”

Ёё is pronounced like English “yo” where the “o” is like the Russian O mentioned previously

Нн is pronounced like English “n”. Imagine a capital N where the middle slanted line is rotated until it is flat and you have cyrrilic Н

Рр is pronounced like Spanish “r”. It is a rolled R. Rita petted red parrots and read purple roombas

Уу is pronounced like English “oo”

Хх is pronounced like Scottish “ch” or Spanish “j” (in trabaja)

Letters that don’t look like English letters

Бб is pronounced like English “b”

Big black bears bit a bit off the bear’s big black ear

Imagine a b but with a bit bitten out of it

Гг is pronounced like English “g”

Г looks like a gun. Put your hands in the air Г

Дд is pronounced like English “d”

Д looks like a dome. Dave drove deer during dinner to the delightful dome

Жж is pronounced like English “s” in “pleasure”

It looks like a spider. The spider’s aversions to decisions lead to confusion and collusion

Зз is pronounced like English “z”

This looks a bit like a 3, so 1, 2, 3 and x, y, z

Ии is pronounced like English “ee” (which in IPA is /i/)

This looks like a backwards N and we all know that King Arthur was confounded by the Knights who say NI! So it looks like an N and sounds like the second letter in NI

Йй is pronounced like English “y”

Лл is pronounced like English “l”

The first part looks like a backwards capital L

Пп is pronounced like English “p”

Пп looks like a simplified city skyline. Peter picks a peck of pickled buildings

Фф is pronounced like English “f”

Ф looks like a lollypop. Fred fed the lollypop four fried fish

Цц is pronounced like English “ts”

Чч is pronounced like English “ch”

Ч looks like an upside down chair

Шш is pronounced like English “sh”

Just put a horizontal line at the top and they look like shutters

Shut the shutters

Щщ is pronounced like English the “sh” in “sheer”

Ыы looks like a chair on a bus. It sounds like the “i” in hit or the “e” in “roses”

The bus hit the roses

Ээ is pronounced like the “ei” in “heir” or the “ai” in “air”

Юю is pronounced like “you”

Яя is pronounced like “ya”

Palatalization markers

Palatalization is where consonants start to be pronounced using the palate. There are many sounds that can be pronounced there but for our purposes we can say that palatalization is where a sound like the “y” in “yellow” is added.

Ъъ prevents the previous consonant from becoming palatalized

Ьь palatalizes the previous consonant