I have this problem where I often think of languages as entities, some that I’m sincerely in love with while others I don’t get along with so well.
Right now I feel like I’m dating German because they’re friendly, and I feel comfortable with them and they make me laugh.
And then sometimes I sneak around the corner to see Japanese, who completely sweeps me off my feet and has since I was young. They’ve romanced me and I’ll always secretly belong to them…
Yeah, and they aren’t all romantic. I think of French as a brother, the one I’ve spent the most time with, know the best, and have admired since I was a kid. Mandarin’s like a good friend of mine, someone stable who never changes. German’s the new kid and Swedish is the really hot guy I have a severe crush on.
Indigenous Love Words Project (by the1491s)
This entire video is awesome, but I made some unholy noise 4:45 in when they did it in Nahuatl. :D
I wasn’t gonna reblog but then white people
THE POLYGLOT CLUB
Can I just say *screaming*.
Okay wait lemme try that again.
The Polyglot Club is a HUUUUUGE website dedicated to all things polyglot. There are gazillions of people on this website, and it even lets you look for fellow language learners in your area! When you sign up, you input what language(s) you speak well enough to teach, and which ones you’re trying to learn, and then speakers of the languages you’re learning can find you and you can practice with them! You can also write things in the language you’re learning, and have people who speak the language correct what you’ve written, and you can correct other people’s writings, too.
The thing I have pictured above is a newer feature (I guess, I only found the website a day or two ago so everything is new to me!) called the Virtual Study Room. It’s basically a giant chatroom where you can mingle among people from all over the world and find people to practice with, or simply learn new things about the languages they speak. There’s a big room that everyone can join, and then “tables” where you and a smaller group of people can join and discuss things more privately. The tables also have a space where you can draw and write, and I believe there’s an option to actually speak using your computer’s microphone.
The best part I think is you never really know who you’re going to run into or what you’re going to learn. I signed up looking for people to practice Italian with, and wound up having a discussion with a couple Russian people in the Study Room about Russian smiley faces (and in exchange they had me teach them English curse words, lmao). It was really fun, though! I highly recommend this site.
Bilingualism Across the U.S. Infographic - Found here.
Dialects of Arabic
There are few resources out there for learning this wonderful language but don’t let that discourage you! The new edition of Colloquial Slovene (2012) is excellent, a far cry from the old one. As far as online resources go:
Free online dictionary: http://en.pons.eu/ (Slovene <>…
There are so many interesting things to be found on tumblr and there’s no way to find all of them by one’s self. I want to share other blogs (and sites) that I have found to be interesting. So, each month, I’m going to try and give a shoutout to some of the things I have liked.
Ahhhhh so THAT’S why I got so many new followers.
Please check out the other blogs as well, they’re all amazing!
you can literally find anything on the internet with all sorts of resources on how to learn that desired language
you don’t have to take an expensive class at the uni or comm. college, just gather the means of learning the language and just start practicing
there are tons of libraries to visit, tons of websites to explore, and even friends to ask
i definitely would like to put this on my bucket list.
Learning a new language, even on your own, is not as difficult or impossible as people make it out to be. In this day and age with the internet there are SO MANY resources available at the click of a button it’s ridiculous. Never neglect from learning a language simply because you think it’ll be too hard or you won’t have time.
WAIT HOLD THE FUCK UP
IS ‘MRS’ JUST MR’S
LIKE BELONGING TO MR
Mr comes from the French monsieur, which I think literally translates as ‘my lord’ and basically just means master, and Mrs comes from maistre which is the feminine form of master, so actually—for once—no.
This was an extremely relevant comment and I thank you for educating me
But in Mandarin, the word for mister “先生 (Xiānshēng)” literally means “first life/being” while the word for Mrs is “夫人 (Fūrén)” means “husband person” and the word for miss is “小姐 (Xiǎojiě)” means “little sister.”
I dunno, I just think that’s interesting. The terms in Chinese do seem to be more sexist, although Chinese people probably never think of what their words actually mean when taken apart.