Medanese Slang

Jangan bikin awak palak (Don't annoy me)
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Have you heard about Medan? Maybe yes, maybe no. It is not so famous like Bali or Jakarta, however, this city is worth to explore, especially its culinary.

This capital city of North Sumatera province is the third largest city and fourth most populous city in Indonesia. Apart from that, it is also the largest city in Sumatera Island and outside of Java Island, where the capital city is located. Located just less than one hour by flight from Penang (Malaysia) and about one and half hours from Singapore, has made Medan a favorite tourism and business destination by both countries.

Guest Post: Four Mistranslations which Changed the Course of History


“I will bury you” says Nikita Khrushchev


When millions of people speak different languages, miscommunication is going to be inevitable. Translators, who we solely rely on, are human so are going to occasionally make mistakes. Here are four of the most famous blunders in translation history:

احصل على بعض التحفيز!

Language diversity
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1. ما هي أسهل لغة ؟
2. كم عدد المتحدثين للغة؟
3. ما مدى أهمية اللغة؟
4. ما هي اللغة الأكثر شعبية؟
5. والقائمة تطول ...

Guest Post: My experience in learning Languages

English: Flag-map of Venezuela

¡Epale!, my name is Luis, I am from Venezuela, I was born and raised in the Amazon Jungle, one of the most exotics places in the world. I studied Management of Tourism Enterprises. I can speak Castilian, English and I am learning French and Chinese, more Chinese than French since I’m living in Taipei.

Guest Post: What’s the difference between IELTS and TOEFL?


In an international world, the key for many young people wishing to get on in the modern age lies in language. All over the world, from Brazil to Belgium, young adults are learning new languages with the intention of broadening their horizons.

With the possibility of choosing from an IELTS, TOEFL or other language courses, you have an array of options to choose from when it comes to English proficiency.

Изучение языков с иностранным языком

An intermediate language class at Shane Global...
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Задумывались ли вы выучить иностранный язык на другом языке. Это то, что я сейчас делаю. Я учусь несколько иностранных языков на английском языке,  который для меня является иностранный язык. В вопросе о неудобство и трудности -я не обнаружил никаких трудностей в изучении других языков на английском языке.  Возможно, что английский язык стал почти как мой родной язык. Я использую английский язык всегда и везде. Из-за частого использования английского языка, я чувствую себя странно, когда я переключаюсь на индонезийском языке. Кроме того, я чувствую себя странно, когда я использую компьютер своего отца, который запрограммирован на индонезийском языке.

Tim: Der junge Polyglot

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Vor 2 Tagen habe ich auf Facebook über einen jungen, talentierten, 16-jährigen Jungen erfahren. Er ist beeindruckend, inspirierend oder wie auch immer man es nennen möchte. Es ist einfach so cool! Ich habe mir sein YouTube, PolyglotPal, angeschaut und herausgefunden, dass er 11 Sprachen spricht! Wenn du denkst 3 Sprachen zu sprechen, ist fantastisch, Tim mit seinen 11 Sprachen ist dann mehr als fantastisch! Ich frage mich wie er es schaffen kann all diese Sprachen zu erlernen. Seine Methoden des Lernens sind offensichtlich etwas Besonderes, was ich unbedingt lernen muss. Mit 15 hat er seinen Sprach-Blog begonnen, nun ist er 16. Es ist einfach so viel, was er sich innerhalb eines Jahres angeeignet hat. Das ist einfach unglaublich!

การท่องจำมีประสิทธิภาพจริงหรือ?

the memorize cassette
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ในการพบปะพูดคุยกับเพื่อนเมื่อวานนี้ เธอบอกฉันว่า เธอพยายามอย่างยิ่งในการท่องจำคำศัพท์ภาษาอังกฤษ  มันทำให้ฉันคิดขึ้นมาเกี่ยวกับประสิทธิภาพในการท่องจำในทางการเรียนภาษา ซึ่งจริงๆแล้ว ฉันก็เคยทำสิ่งเหล่านี้เมื่อตอนที่ฉันเป็นนักเรียน มันเป็นสิ่งที่ตลกมากที่หลายๆคนจะท่องจำคำศัพท์เฉพาะตอนที่จะต้องสอบ ซึ่งหลังจากสอบเสร็จทุกคนก็จะลืมสิ่งที่ตัวเองท่องจำมา

تماشای ﻛﺎﺭﺗﻮﻥ

Meet the Flinstones
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به تازگی روشی جدید اما مهم برای  تقویت زبان پیدا کردم ؛ تماشای کارتون. کارتون دیدن می تواند روشی موثر در فراگیری زبان های جدید باشد.اگرچه مخاطب کارتون ها اکثرا کودکان هستند ولی کارتون هایی برای بزرگسالان نیز تولید می شود.
همچنین درکنار کارتون ها ، شما می توانید از برنامه های تلوزیونی مخصوص  کودکان  نیز استفاده کنید. آنها معمولا حول محور موضوعاتی ساده اجرا می شوند و بنابراین دارای ادبیاتی ابتدایی و جذاب برای مخاطبان خردسال هستند.

PANGUNGULEKTA NG LIBRO


Maliban sa pagtugtog ng gitara, ang pangungulekta ng mga aklat tungkol sa iba't ibang lenguwahe ang umagaw sa aking pansin. Nakakapanghalina diba? Sa ngayon, labing-isang lenguwahe na ang aking natutunan. Ito ay ang mga sumusunod:

Išmok kiniečių: naujas metodas

Logo of the TOP
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Buvau pakankamai užsiėmęs besiruošiant kiniečių kalbos egzaminui (TOCFL), kuris būna laikomas dukart per metus. Jį sudaro penki lygiai, pradėjau nuo trečiojo. Išlaikiau trečiąjį ir ketvirtąjį lygius tais pačiais metais, sunkiai galėjau patikėti, kad man tai pavyks. Man liko pats sunkiausiasis penktasis lygis. Dukart laikiau šio lygio paregiamąjį egzaminą ir gavau ganėtinai prastus balus, 47 ir 44. Šis lygis išties  sudėtingas. Mažiausias išlaikymo balas yra 62. Oficialus egzaminas bus gegužės pradžioje, taigi dar po mėnesio.

மொழிகளின் விளையாட்டு


சர்வதேச அமைப்பில் படித்து கொண்டிருக்கும் எனக்கு உலகெங்கும் இருக்கும் 60 கும் மேற்பட்ட நாடுகளில் இருந்து படித்துகொண்டிருகிற சர்வதேச சமூக மாணவர்களோடு ஒரு நல்ல அனுபவம் மற்றும் சர்வதேச சமூகதில் இருப்பதை போன்ற உணர்வை கொடுகிறது. சர்வதேச அமைப்பு எனக்கு பல மொழிகள் பேச உபயோகமாய் இருக்கிறது. வடக்கு ஆப்ரிக்கா பிரெஞ்ச்மொழி , அரபு மொழி மற்றும் தெற்கு ஆப்பிரிக்காவில் பயிலும் 11 வேறுபட்ட மொழிகளை நான் கற்று இருக்கிறேன் . இது போக டச்சு , சுவாசி போன்ற மொழிகளை கற்று இருக்கிறேன் . மேலும் பிரெஞ்சு மொழி போன்று உள்ள ஹைதியன் கராலே , பிட்கின்ஸ் கராலே , மற்றும் பசிபிக் கடலோர நாடுகளின் மொழிகளையும் கற்று இருக்க ஆவலாய் இருக்கிறேன்.

Are women better language learners?


Commitment to learning 
A key difficulty for language learners is staying committed. Female busuu users complete more language learning units and, consequently, are more likely to achieve their goals. 
Testing and Reward 
Women are more likely to test themselves on their knowledge retention but they also like to trade in the rewards for their efforts. Interestingly, they prefer to buy ladybirds for their language garden, whilst men prefer kites!

1000 Words Challenge

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If a picture is worth 1000 words, what are 1000 words worth? What would our society look like if every had at least 1000 words in another language?
  • Businesses would be better equipped for success in the global economy
  • Cultural and educational levels would be raised
  • Innovation, creativity and enterprise would be boosted through contact with ideas and technologies from abroad, and international networks

Tłumaczenie artykułów

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Tłumaczenie artykułów może wydawać się zbyt skomplikowane albo czasochłonne, jednak biorąc pod uwagę postęp jaki mogę zrobić, gra wydaje się warta świeczki. Zazwyczaj wyszukuję interesujące mnie newsy w internecie. Następnie kopiuję tekst do edytora tekstu, jak Ms Word, i zaczynam tłumaczenie.

Robiąc to spodziewam się napotkania pewnych słów kilka razy. Im więcej razy się to zdarzy, tym łatwiej będzie je zapamiętać. To proste, nieprawdaż? Wykonywanie regularnie ćwiczenia wymagać będzie jednak włożenia w to trochę siły i czasu.

दच्च - Ik spreek Nederlands



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Хэлний бүлгүүд

United Nations Headquarters
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Гадаад хэл сонирхон судалдаг хүмүүст тулгардаг нэгэн түгээмэл асуулт нь яг ямар хэл сурах вэ юм. Надад ч гэсэн ийм асуудал тулгарч байлаа. Би юу хийсэн бэ гэхээр аль хэлээр хамгийн олон хүн ярьж байна, аль хэлийг хүмүүс илүүд үзэж байна, ажилд ороход хамгийн хэрэгтэй хэл ямар хэл байна вэ гэх мэт “хамгийн хамгийн” гэсэн жагсаалт гаргаж бяцхан судалгаа хийлээ.

Varför ska vi egentligen lära oss ryska?


Matryoshka (Photo credit: Wikimedia)

  • Det ryska språket är en resurs för den internationella kommunikationen mellan nationer av den ryska federationen och OSS (Oberoende staters samvälde – forna republiker av Sovjetunionen).
  • Ryska är ett av de sex officiella språken i FN (Förenta Nationerna)
  • Rysslands nya öppenhet har under de senaste 10 åren lett till konsolideringen av ekonomiska, politiska och kulturella band mellan Ryssland och Europa, USA och Asien. Ryssland integreras snabbt i världsekonomin.

24 сағат ойнатын әңдер


Менде бір жақсы жаңалық бар.Менің жақсы досым бірнеше күндер кейін маған күшті веб-сайтты берді.Бұл сайтта бірнеше тілдерде әңдер, мысалы путунхуа, қытайлық, корея, жапондық,кантон және сырттар жиырма сағат тыңдау болады.Мен оны соңғы уақытта пайдаланамын.Ол 廣播電台.com аталады.Бұл мен сияқты дерлік бас-басы күнде музыканы  тыңдау не істеп тұрса тәуелсіз жақсы көретін адамдарға жақсы веб-сайт.Ванна бөлмеде болса мен ән ойнауын реңнің режимде қоямын.

Valodu apgūšana skaipā

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Vai Tu esi kādreiz izmantojis skaipu, lai apgūtu kādu valodu? Ja jā, tad tas ir lieliski! Tu esi izmantojis vienu no labākajiem veidiem, kā iemācīties valodu. Ja nē, tad Tev vajadzētu apsvērt šo iespēju. Skaips ir lielisks līdzeklis, es to izmantoju katru dienu, lai sazinātos ar ģimeni vai draugiem, jeb ar citiem vārdiem sakot, starptautiskiem vai vietējiem zvaniem. Tas ir par BRĪVU!!!

Kuinka muistaa kieli jonka olet oppinut Steve Kaufmannin mukaan

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Tässä on toinen hyvä esimerkki videoista mita Steve on tehnyt. Videon sisältö käsittelee aiheita, kuten miten ylläpitää oppimansa kieli sekä äidinkieli. Jälkimmainen on erittäin tärkeä minulle, koska se on tapahtunut minulle. Esimerkiksi, olin puhelimessa muutama päivä sitten yläasteen opettajani kanssa, ja hän sanoi että aksentti (murteeni) on muuttunu. Luonnollisesti en henkilökohtaisesti kiinnitä huomiota murteeseeni. Koska asun kaukana kotimaastani, tämä on johtanut että puhun vieraita kieliä päivittäin. Tämä ei kuitenkaan tarkoita, että unohtaisin oman äidinkieleni.

Proficiência

English: Teaching and Learning
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Da minha experiência aprendendo diversas línguas, eu percebi que eu compreendo melhor ouvir e ler melhor do que falar e escrever no começo. Eu poderia categorizar ouvir e ler em "Entrada" (Input) e falar e escrever em "Saída" (Output).

Verbling

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Cea mai mare problema pe care o intampina cei ce vor sa invete o limba straina e lipsa vorbitorilor nativi cu care sa exerseze. Ei bine, asta nu va mai fi o problema, multumita Verbling. Verbling este un site interactiv care aduce impreuna studentii de limbi straine cu vorbitori nativi de Spaniola, Italiana, Engleza, Franceza si Rusa. Si este gratuit.

Velkolepá Jazyková Hra


Našel jsem velmi zajímavou hru na stránkách poliglota, kterého sleduji. Jedná se o jazykovou hru. Hráči uslyší zvukový záznam a podívají se na možné odpovědi. ( Hráči vidí možnosti až ve chvíli, když zvukový záznam zní ) Podle O stránce, zvukové záznamy jsou fragmenty novinek z SBS Austrálie.

Hra dovoluje hráčům rozlišovat jazyky pomocí poslechu zvukových záznamů. Hráč se může v průběhu hry třikrát zmýlit. Na začátku mají hráči 2 možné odpovědi. Jak hra postupuje, možnosti se postupně zvětšují na 3, 4, atd. což dělá hru těžší.

Omniglot


ラトビア語の文法について検索していたら、外国語学習の参考になるウェブサイトを発見しました。このウェブサイトには言語の表記体系やフレーズ、学習方法や参考になる資料など、色々な情報が記載されています。サイトの内容を読むことによって、有益な情報が得られることを期待しています。

実はLonely Planet社出版のバルト言語(エストニア語、ラトビア語、リトアニア語)フレーズ集を購入したのですが、ラトビア語の文法が大変難しいため、良い学習方法を探していたのです。文法の学習は決して楽しいものではありませんが、文法なくして良い文を構築することはできません。

10+ Celebridades Multilingües

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¡Qué buen día es hoy! Sigo disfrutando el enseñar idiomas. ¿He mencionado que son tutor de indonesio, mandarín e inglés? El aprender y el enseñar idiomas siempre ha sido mi pasión. Siempre estoy interesado en aprender nuevos idiomas extranjeros y comunicarme con la gente en otros idiomas o simplemente escuchar otros idiomas por medio de la televisión y la radio.

Yazmak neden tuşlamaktan daha iyidir?

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Elle yazmanin önemini, öğretmenim çince karakter yazma ödevi verdiği zaman anladım. Genelde, çince karakterleri yazmak yerine dijital ortamda tuşlara basarak yazardım. Sonra anladım ki her ne kadar dijital ortamda çince karakterleri tuşlayabilsem de, gerçek hayatta yazamıyordum.

Çince karakterler size sesin nasıl çıkması gerektiği konusunda hiç bir ipucu vermez. Bilgisayarda yazarken, once doğru tonu koyarsınız, sonra da doğru karakteri listeden seçip sonraki kelimeye geçersiniz. Bununla birliklte, çince karakterleri elle yazarken, ton ve ses olmadan yazarsınız.

Due Libri Cinesi Preferiti

中文: 中國古籍。
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Amo molto leggere. Nessuno può negarlo e sogno di avere la mia libreria completa di tutti i libri che sono ancora conservati ordinatamente in camera mia nella casa dei miei genitori e i libri in lingua straniera che ho collezionato. Finora, ci sono 31 lingue nella mia collezione di libri in lingua straniera, che ho preso principalmente da amici e acquistato da librerie che ne vendono di seconda mano. Mi piace leggere diverse categorie di libri tra cui quelli di Filosofia, Psicologia, Affari, Lingue, Viaggi e Cultura.

La lettura è una delle tante attività che mi piace molto, anche la lettura in una lingua straniera. Indonesiano a parte, ho letto anche in inglese, cinese e spagnolo. Ho esercitato l'abitudine di leggere in cinese e spagnolo recentemente. Qui, voglio mostrare due dei miei libri cinesi preferiti.

Online Talen Leren

The office
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Wat een geluk dat internet vandaag der dag bestaat, vooral wanneer het ons kan helpen in onze dagelijkse activiteiten. Tegenwoordig kan je zelfs een volledige taal leren met behulp van het internet. Voorbeelden hiervan zijn Busuu, iTalki, Livemocha, en LingQ. Het leren van talen is zoveel makelijker en efficiënter geworden door het bestaan van internet websites and fora.

Alles wat je hoeft te doen is jezelf registreren op zo´n website en een taalpartner vinden of taallessen nemen. Je kan op deze websites chatten, of elkaar toe voegen op Skype en daar het gesprek vervolgen. Je kan zelfs je eigen tekstjes of audio transcripties op de website zetten en ze vervolgens laten nakijken door andere gebruikers. Dit soort websites maken het makkelijk om ´Native Speakers´ (moedertaalsprekers) van een taal te vinden. Maar ook gewoon mensen die dezelfde taal als jij aan het leren zijn.

앞으로 또는 뒤로 외국어 번역하기

welsh lost in translation roadsign funny
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당신은 외국어의 의미를 이해하기 위해서 모국어로 번역할지도 모릅니다. 만약 잘된 번역이라면 그 의미를 이해하게 될 것이고 아니면 더 혼란해 할 수 있을 것입니다. 외국어는 문법, 문장 구조, 전문 용어, 그리고 문화적 측면에 의한 차이에 의해서 다른 의미를 가집니다.

외국어를 앞이나 뒤에서 부터 번역하기 전에 번역하고자 하는 언어에 대한 이해가 필요합니다. 당신의 모국어로 번역하는 것은 쉬울지 모르지만 외국어로 번역 할땐 고유의 문장 규칙과 많은 단어를 사용해야 합니다. 어떤 언어들은 다른 의미를 가지지만 같은 단어를 사용합니다. 그러므로 이런 언어에 존재할 수 있는 혼란에 대해 확신을 가져야 합니다.

Esperanto: 5 Months





Saluton ĉiuj! Kiel vi fartas? Mi nomiĝas Teddy kaj mi parolas Esperanton
Hi everyone! How are you? My name is Teddy and I speak Esperanto

It is Esperanto, an artificial language created by a Polish oculist 125 years ago. What makes it special is the fact that Esperanto is the most spoken artificial language in the world. I began to learn it on May 20th this year after watching several videos about the history of Esperanto and its international society. It is so easy that many Esperanto speakers can learn it up to conversational level in just a few months.

Multilingual Singer and Song

Singer: 黄明志 Namewee
Namewee (Chinese: 黄明志; pinyin: Huáng Míng Zhì) or Wee Meng Chee; (born May 6, 1983 in Muar, Johor) is a Malaysian Chinese of Hainanese descent. He speaks Fujianese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay, and English. Read more
Title: WE ARE GANGSTER!- Malaysia 4 Languages Rap [鬼老大哥大Hantu Gangster] Movie theme song
Language: English, Fujianese, Malay, Tamil



Guest Post: The 3 Worst Mistakes I Made as a Language Student

ONE MISTAKE IS ONE TOO MANY - NARA - 515122

When I was 18, I studied Modern Standard Arabic for a year and a half. I attended class seven hours a day, and then studied at night for another one to three hours. It was exhausting. But at the end of the program, I finished second in my class and passed my proficiency exams with no problems. More importantly, I could read Arabic newspapers and listen to Arabic news broadcasts, and I had no problem talking about a variety of topics.

Klingon: nuqneH

An SVG version of the Flag of the Klingon Empi...
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Klingon (tlhIngan Hol) is the language spoken by alien characters in the Star Trek movies called Klingons. The first few words had been invented in 1979 by James Doohan ("Scotty") for the first Star Trek movie. In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, the director and writer-producer wanted the Klingons to speak a real-sounding language, so they appointed Marc Okrand to invent the Klingon language. Besides the invention of few alien-sound words, he also invented a complete language, with its own grammar and vocabulary. Marc created uncommon consonants and combinations of consonants in natural languages in order to make it sound alien, such as /q͡χ/.

Marshallese Language



Aolepān Aorōkin M̧ajeļ


The Marshall Islands (Marshallese: Aolepān Aorōkin M̧ajeļ) is located in the northern Pacific Ocean. It is home to more than 68,000 Marshallese. The most populous atoll is Majuro, which is also the capital city. The Marshall Islands is one of several Pacific countries that use US Dollar. American, Japanese, German, Russian, and British had visited, settled, and even colonialized these Micronesian islands in the late 1700s. While the local population is mostly indigenous, there a numerous mixed of Japanese, American, and German Marshallese

Gilbertese Language


Kiribati (Gilberts)

Kiribati (or locally pronounced as "Gilberts") derives from the Gilbert Islands, which is the main island. The name of the Gilbert Islands in indigenous Gilbertese language is "Tungaru". The Gilbert Islands was named after a British explorer, Thomas Gilbert, who was the first European to discover them. It is home to about 100,000 of I-Kiribati.

Tuvaluan Language



Talofa Tuvalu!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s chartered jet landed on this Polynesian island last year on the final leg of their tour to the Far East. Tuvalu ranks as the fourth smallest country in the world, following Vatican City, Monaco, and Nauru as the top 3 in the list, respectively. Formerly known as the Ellice Islands, Tuvalu separated from Gilbert Islands in 1975, and gained independence from Great Britain in 1978. The capital city is Funafuti. 

Nauruan Language

Nauru parliament Suomi: Naurun parlamenttitalo...


The Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has held a two-day event promoting the Asia-Pacific culture in the capital city of Taiwan, Taipei City, on September 28-29th. The participants come from the Solomon Islands, the Philippines, the Marshall Islands, Vietnam, Tuvalu, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Palau, Nauru, Malaysia, Kiribati, Japan, Indonesia, India, Fiji, and Brunei. Apart from performing dances from each of the countries, the participants also displayed a wide variety of handicrafts and artworks as well as authentic cuisine on each country's booth. 

Chinese Menu

baozi, chinese food in a beijing restaurant
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Whichever country we are in this world, we cannot deny that food is part of our life. Especially when living in a foreign country, food can be an issue although I sometimes love food adventure. It is still fresh in my mind how I spent my first month in Taiwan eating food from convenience stores, such as 7-11 and Family Mart. Thank God they saved me :D The problem is, I was lack of Mandarin skill and we have different food culture. 

Spanish for White Belt Beginners


With the nowadays-advanced technology, learning has been taken to a new level. Teaching-learning environment may not only happen inside classroom, but also in the internet. Learners from around the world may take as many paid/ free courses as they want from any field of study, as long as they are connected to the internet. Institutions and individuals offer the courses. Learners simply need to sign up and start taking courses.

The Great Language Game


I came across The Great Language Game from a social media from a polyglot that I follow. It is a language game. Players are shown with an audio recording and choices of language for the players to choose. According to the About page, these audio recordings are snippets of news from SBS Australia

The game lets players to distinguish languages by listening to the audio recordings. Three mistakes are allowed for every game. In the beginning, players will have two choices of answer. As the game goes on, the choices of answer will increase its amount to three, four, and so on, this makes the game more difficult.

11 Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures

Tsee iz fahran ah Subway?
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Translation may be fun and practical for language learning. I always translate articles like those in newspapers from my target language to the language that I use to learn that target language. It is not necessary to use your native language to learn a language. Note in mind that not everything can be translated perfectly into another language. Every language has its own culture. Thus, translating your language into a foreign language with your own culture may cause an awkward experience of the native speakers of that foreign language. Here are several untranslatable words from other cultures.

Incredible China

Hong Kong Light Show
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Fortunately, I arrived in Hong Kong on the day after typhoon had passed through it to Southern China. One-week trip in Fujian Province in China was great. There were many unusual yet interesting things to see and to experience. However, there is one thing that I do not like the most: some websites like Facebook, YouTube, and even Blogger are blocked in China, which means that they are NOT accessible. I searched online and found some ways to overcome the problem but I doubted the safety.

Two Months Later

English: Cover of the book "Esperanto in ...
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It is finally two months since I started to learn Esperanto. I used Libera Esperanto Libro and Lernu in the beginning. I read them every day. Then, I found some pdfs in English and Spanish about Esperanto. So far, it is going well. I have been exchanging messages on Lernu and talking in Esperanto after one week of learning and three weeks of learning, respectively. I enjoy reading articles very much, such as articles from El Popola Cxinio. Apart from that, I also enjoy chatting with Esperantists (Esperanto speakers) in Skype.

Skype Language Learning

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Have you ever used Skype for language learning? If yes, that is great! Congratulations, you have used one of the best tools for language learning. If no, you may want to consider about using it. Personally, Skype has been a magnificent tool. I use it every day to talk with my family and friends, or in other word, for international and domestic calls. It is FREE!

The Universal Language


What is a universal language? Why do we need a universal language? How a universal language can benefit us? These several questions and considerations have existed since decades ago. Several people, thus, had adapted or even created a language that served as a common language. Have you ever thought how Spanish language be the major language of South American countries? Have you also thought why I am writing in English, which is not even my native language?

Daniel Tammet

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This person blew my mind when I watched a video of him learning Icelandic in a week, and then performed it live in one of Icelandic national TV stations. The story about him dated a few years back; however, I think that it is still an interesting story. His name is Daniel Tammet, an English writer, essayist, and autistic savant who immigrated to France in 2008. He lives in Paris since then.

3 Weeks of Esperanto

Esperanto
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So, you may have heard about Esperanto. Just in case if you have not, welcome to read my previous article about it Esperanto: Saluton! I actually wanted to learn Portuguese because of its similarity with Spanish; however, the made-to-be-easy Esperanto caught my attention. Then, I tried it! 

Two Favorite Chinese Books

中文: 中國古籍。
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I love reading very much. Nobody can deny it and I am dreaming of having my own library full of all the books that are still kept neatly in my room in my parents' house and foreign language books that I have been collecting. So far, there are 31 languages in my foreign language book collection, which I mainly got from friends and bought from second-hand bookstores. Several book categories that I like to read include Philosophy, Psychology, Business, Language, Traveling and Culture.

Reading is one of many activities that I enjoy very much, including reading in a foreign language. Apart from Indonesian, I also read in English, Chinese and Spanish. I have been exercising the habit of reading in Chinese and Spanish recently. Here, I want to show two of my favorite Chinese books. 

Esperanto: Saluton!

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I had heard and read about Esperanto before, but did not pay much attention to it until today, when I watched several videos about Esperanto. You may question what kind or which country's language Esperanto is. How important is this language for the society? How did everything begin? How many Esperanto speakers there are in this world? Can Esperanto be one of the major languages in the global business market like Chinese and English?

The Reason

Essential Foreign Languages Centre, Yangon (Ra...
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What is the reason behind learning a foreign language? Some of the popular reasons that I can recall are job requirement, school mandatory class, and for travelling. I guess I have never mentioned any reason behind my foreign language learning, have I? So here you are. I am going to write about those languages that I have learned and the new languages that I want to learn as well as (of course) the reason.

Is Being Bilingual a Good Thing?

Bilingual sign Chinatown London
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What do you think about the title? Do you agree that being bilingual is a good thing? There are many countries in this world, which have only one language; however, there are many more countries that have more than 1 language being spoken every day!

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