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Vocabulario: A

spanishboone:

1. Abofetear- to slap

2. Abolladura- a dent

3. Abollar- to dent/ding up

4. Acceder- to access/to log in/log on

5. Acechanza- an ambush

6. Aconsejar- to advise

7. Acontecimiento- event/occurrence

8. Acosar- to harass/stalk

9. Abanicarse- to fan onesels

10.

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lavidapoliglota:

I have a rule that if I’m learning a new language I have to have got past its honeymoon phase and convinced myself I can maintain it before I start learning another

this is what frustrates me about having a language tumblr

like every day I think “I wanna be one of those hip kids learning Arabic or Turkish or Greek or Swahili” and then I remember no I’m not allowed and I feel like you guys are all having fun while I’ve been grounded

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amante-de-idiomas:

SITALIPIZA NA WALA SITASAHAU= I won’t revenge but I won’t forget (Swahili / Kiswahili)
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What is a Lingua Franca?
A lingua franca, is a language that is adopted as a common language between speakers whose native languages are different. The plural of this word, is “lingua francas”. An example of a lingua franca, is Swahili.
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About the Swahili language
The Swahili language or Kiswahili is a Bantu language and the mother tongue of the Swahili people. It is spoken by various communities inhabiting the African Great Lakes region and other parts of Southeast Africa, including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The closely related Comorian language, spoken in the Comoros Islands, is sometimes considered a Swahili dialect.
Although only around five million people speak Swahili as their mother tongue, it is used as a lingua franca in much of Southeast Africa. The total number of Swahili speakers exceeds 140 million. Swahili serves as a national or official language of four nations: Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is also one of the official languages of the African Union.
Some Swahili vocabulary is derived from Arabic through contact with Arabic-speaking Muslim inhabitants of the Swahili Coast. It has also incorporated German, Portuguese, English, Hindi and French words into its vocabulary through contact with empire builders, traders and slavers during the past five centuries.
Sources and Further Reading:

http://www.glcom.com/hassan/kanga/kanga1.html

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/lingua-franca
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swahili_language
Please also visit the following pages, if you wish, InshaaAllah (God willing):
Kanga (African garment)- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanga_%28African_garment%29
The History of the Kanga- http://www.glcom.com/hassan/kanga_history.html
Kanga Writings- http://www.glcom.com/hassan/kanga.html
An Introduction to Zanzibar Island, Tanzania- http://www.frommers.com/destinations/zanzibar/538445#sthash.89XIzqFt.dpbs
List of Lingua Francas- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_lingua_francas

amante-de-idiomas:

SITALIPIZA NA WALA SITASAHAU= I won’t revenge but I won’t forget (Swahili / Kiswahili)

______________

What is a Lingua Franca?

A lingua franca, is a language that is adopted as a common language between speakers whose native languages are different. The plural of this word, is “lingua francas”. An example of a lingua franca, is Swahili.

______________

About the Swahili language

The Swahili language or Kiswahili is a Bantu language and the mother tongue of the Swahili people. It is spoken by various communities inhabiting the African Great Lakes region and other parts of Southeast Africa, including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The closely related Comorian language, spoken in the Comoros Islands, is sometimes considered a Swahili dialect.

Although only around five million people speak Swahili as their mother tongue, it is used as a lingua franca in much of Southeast Africa. The total number of Swahili speakers exceeds 140 million. Swahili serves as a national or official language of four nations: Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is also one of the official languages of the African Union.

Some Swahili vocabulary is derived from Arabic through contact with Arabic-speaking Muslim inhabitants of the Swahili Coast. It has also incorporated German, Portuguese, English, Hindi and French words into its vocabulary through contact with empire builders, traders and slavers during the past five centuries.

Sources and Further Reading:

Please also visit the following pages, if you wish, InshaaAllah (God willing):

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allthingslinguistic:

Practice with Pronouns is a site that lets you practise subject, object, possessive, and reflexive forms of English third person pronouns. It comes with a few of the most common options, but you can also fill in whatever pronouns you like. Useful for both English learners and people wanting to practise using nonbinary pronouns.  
As if it couldn’t get any more delightful, it often uses quotes from Welcome to Night Vale in the practice sentences, which is definitely far more entertaining than See Spot Run. The feedback sentences are also very cute. 
(Hm, I’m pretty sure the second blank in that screenshot should have said “xyr”, in retrospect.)

allthingslinguistic:

Practice with Pronouns is a site that lets you practise subject, object, possessive, and reflexive forms of English third person pronouns. It comes with a few of the most common options, but you can also fill in whatever pronouns you like. Useful for both English learners and people wanting to practise using nonbinary pronouns.  

As if it couldn’t get any more delightful, it often uses quotes from Welcome to Night Vale in the practice sentences, which is definitely far more entertaining than See Spot Run. The feedback sentences are also very cute. 

(Hm, I’m pretty sure the second blank in that screenshot should have said “xyr”, in retrospect.)

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tongueturner:

Pinyin scrabble, it’s everything you’ve wanted! (maybe…unfortunately you can only do single characters but I’m hoping for improvements)
It takes a little getting used to but it’s fun and I’ve definitely picked up some new characters (you write the pinyin but get more points if you can define a character for it). Right now it only seems to be an iPad app but other versions are coming. 
Makes me curious about letter distribution and things, like K is worth 8, and F and Q are 4, and of course vowels are all 1. Fun times.

tongueturner:

Pinyin scrabble, it’s everything you’ve wanted! (maybe…unfortunately you can only do single characters but I’m hoping for improvements)

It takes a little getting used to but it’s fun and I’ve definitely picked up some new characters (you write the pinyin but get more points if you can define a character for it). Right now it only seems to be an iPad app but other versions are coming. 

Makes me curious about letter distribution and things, like K is worth 8, and F and Q are 4, and of course vowels are all 1. Fun times.

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What do you mean Finnish is difficult?

English:
A dog
Swedish:
What
English:
The dog
English:
Two dogs
Swedish:
Swedish:
Swedish:
En hund, hunden
Swedish:
Två hundar, hundarna
German:
English:
No, go away
Swedish:
No one invited you
German:
Der Hund
English:
I said go away
German:
Ein Hund, zwei Hunde
Swedish:
Stop it
German:
Den Hund, einen Hund, dem Hund, einem Hund, des Hundes, eines Hundes, den Hunden, der Hunden
Finnish:
Sup
English:
NO
Swedish:
NO
German:
NO
Finnish:
English:
German:
Swedish:
Finnish:
Koira, koiran, koiraa, koiran again, koirassa, koirasta, koiraan, koiralla, koiralta, koiralle, koirana, koiraksi, koiratta, koirineen, koirin
German:
Swedish:
Finnish:
English:
Finnish:
Aaaand... koirasi, koirani, koiransa, koiramme, koiranne, koiraani, koiraasi, koiraansa, koiraamme, koiraanne, koirassani, koirassasi, koirassansa, koirassamme, koirassanne, koirastani, koirastasi, koirastansa, koirastamme, koirastanne, koirallani, koirallasi, koirallansa, koirallamme, koirallanne, koiranani, koiranasi, koiranansa, koiranamme, koirananne, koirakseni, koiraksesi, koiraksensa, koiraksemme, koiraksenne, koirattani, koirattasi, koirattansa, koirattamme, koirattanne, koirineni, koirinesi, koirinensa, koirinemme, koirinenne
English:
Swedish:
German:
Finnish:
Wait! then theres koirakaan, koirankaan, koiraakaan, koirassakaan, koirastakaan, koiraankaan, koirallakaan, koiraltakaan, koirallekaan, koiranakaan, koiraksikaan, koirattakaan, koirineenkaan, koirinkaan, koirako, koiranko, koiraako, koirassako, koirastako, koiraanko, koirallako, koiraltako, koiralleko, koiranako, koiraksiko, koirattako, koirineenko, koirinko, koirasikaan, koiranikaan, koiransakaan, koirammekaan, koirannekaan, koiraanikaan, koiraasikaan, koiraansakaan, koiraammekaan, koiraannekaan, koirassanikaan, koirassasikaan, koirassansakaan, koirassammekaan, koirassannekaan, koirastanikaan, koirastasikaan, koirastansakaan, koirastammekaan, koirastannekaan, koirallanikaan, koirallasikaan, koirallansakaan, koirallammekaan, koirallannekaan, koirananikaan, koiranasikaan, koiranansakaan, koiranammekaan, koiranannekaan, koiraksenikaan, koiraksesikaan, koiraksensakaan, koiraksemmekaan, koiraksennekaan, koirattanikaan, koirattasikaan, koirattansakaan, koirattammekaan, koirattannekaan, koirinenikaan, koirinesikaan, koirinensakaan, koirinemmekaan, koirinennekaan, koirasiko, koiraniko, koiransako, koirammeko, koiranneko, koiraaniko, koiraasiko, koiraansako, koiraammeko, koiraanneko, koirassaniko, koirassasiko, koirassansako, koirassammeko, koirassanneko, koirastaniko, koirastasiko, koirastansako, koirastammeko, koirastanneko, koirallaniko, koirallasiko, koirallansako, koirallammeko, koirallanneko, koirananiko, koiranasiko, koiranansako, koiranammeko, koirananneko, koirakseniko, koiraksesiko, koiraksensako, koiraksemmeko, koiraksenneko, koirattaniko, koirattasiko, koirattansako, koirattammeko, koirattanneko, koirineniko, koirinesiko, koirinensako, koirinemmeko, koirinenneko, koirasikaanko, koiranikaanko, koiransakaanko, koirammekaanko, koirannekaanko, koiraanikaanko, koiraasikaanko, koiraansakaanko, koiraammekaanko, koiraannekaanko, koirassanikaanko, koirassasikaanko, koirassansakaanko, koirassammekaanko, koirassannekaanko, koirastanikaanko, koirastasikaanko, koirastansakaanko, koirastammekaanko, koirastannekaanko, koirallanikaanko, koirallasikaanko, koirallansakaanko, koirallammekaanko, koirallannekaanko, koirananikaanko, koiranasikaanko, koiranansakaanko, koiranammekaanko, koiranannekaanko, koiraksenikaanko, koiraksesikaanko, koiraksensakaanko, koiraksemmekaanko, koiraksennekaanko, koirattanikaanko, koirattasikaanko, koirattansakaanko, koirattammekaanko, koirattannekaanko, koirinenikaanko, koirinesikaanko, koirinensakaanko, koirinemmekaanko, koirinennekaanko, koirasikokaan, koiranikokaan, koiransakokaan, koirammekokaan, koirannekokaan, koiraanikokaan, koiraasikokaan, koiraansakokaan, koiraammekokaan, koiraannekokaan, koirassanikokaan, koirassasikokaan, koirassansakokaan, koirassammekokaan, koirassannekokaan, koirastanikokaan, koirastasikokaan, koirastansakokaan, koirastammekokaan, koirastannekokaan, koirallanikokaan, koirallasikokaan, koirallansakokaan, koirallammekokaan, koirallannekokaan, koirananikokaan, koiranasikokaan, koiranansakokaan, koiranammekokaan, koiranannekokaan, koiraksenikokaan, koiraksesikokaan, koiraksensakokaan, koiraksemmekokaan, koiraksennekokaan, koirattanikokaan, koirattasikokaan, koirattansakokaan, koirattammekokaan, koirattannekokaan, koirinenikokaan, koirinesikokaan, koirinensakokaan, koirinemmekokaan, koirinennekokaan
Swedish:
German:
English:
Okay, now you're just making things up!
Finnish:
Finnish:
And now the plural forms...
(NOTE:
I found one tumblr version of this but when I tried to reblog it it wasn't as long as this so I decided to copypaste this from the site I originally found it - don't be mad. )
EDIT:
I found the origin of the text: mylifewasamazinguntiliwasborn.tumblr.com, thank you so much!

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