FTL (Feeling The Love)

Nov 20, 2011

Apparently, someone out there likes Silent Schwa. Silent Schwa wants you to know that Silent Schwa appreciates this.

Here’s an interesting language blog from one college student with enough time on his/her hands (what, anOTHer one? Just wait till they get a job!).

Actually, his/her blog SHOULD be their job because there’s some great stuff there – e.g. the “Facebook / Twitter – interdits” entry. Ca vaut le détour, franchement.

Silent Schwa thanks you for the love en Français.  BTW, I’m a he in case you were still wondering.  Also, I do have a job, albeit of the part-time student (read: slave labor) nature.

http://voxappeal.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/silent-shwa/

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The United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights holds the Guinness World Record for the most translated document, the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” which has been translated into over 300 languages and dialects. How many of them can you read?

Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

If you’d like to hear some of these translations read by native speakers, point your browser to Omniglot.  [Note: I found a couple of apparent errors in the Japanese version and have apprised Omniglot.  These minor errors may have already been corrected by the time you read this.]

European (Whoa) Radio

Feb 2, 2011

Do you study (or speak) a European language?  Are you worried about losing it?  Why not try listening to radio broadcasts your target language?

Countless radio stations all over the world stream their content over the internet, but it can be hard to find some of them if your Search Fu isn’t strong.  Well, the folks as listenlive.eu have taken care of that.  Need to work on your Russian?  French?  Italian?  Icelandic?  All you have to do is go to their website and search by country.  (They even have Vatican State!)

Enjoy!

Forvo.com may just be one of the coolest linguist-geek websites on the planet.  Their motto is “All the words in the world.  Pronounced.”

Yes, you read that right.  While they still fall quite short of that goal (so far), they’re doing a pretty damn good job.  There are tons of languages listed on the site that I’ve never even heard of.  According to the website’s internal statistics, there are 544,917 words and 457,743 pronunciations in 236 languages (at this moment).

Even though every word in every language isn’t listed (yet), this is still a very cool idea, and a potentially very useful tool for any budding linguist involved in the study of a foreign language.  Even if you’re not a linguist, but are merely interested in hearing how a foreign word is pronounced by native speakers, give this site a look-see.

This being St. Patty’s Day, why not use the website to learn how to impress your friends with a hearty Sláinte?

Warning: Don’t make any plans.

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