June 26th, 2009

Lady Brigit and Hector del Mar


I'm a writer who got the linguistic bug from my father, who's a professional linguist/translator (I still remember getting yelled at in various languages at the same time while I was a kid)... He's much more impressive than I, knowing almost all the Romance languages and some farther East, as well as Macedonian and Russian.

As for myself, I study languages because well for one thing I love them, and for another, I think they add depth to writing. It always drove me nuts with sci-fi when there were aliens who spoke English! At best, therefore, mine don't do so; yeah I not only study languages I create some too...

Some languages I know a tiny bit of, only because I do a little historical from time to time, and so I sing in Scots Gaelic, Welsh, Flemish and Irish. But otherwise I either only know a tiny bit more of them or want to learn.

What languages do I know/sre studying?

fluent in French
fluent in Spanish
semi fluent auf Deutsch
semi fluent in Scots Gaelic
learning Irish
learning Japanese
learning Kartuli (Georgian)
want to learn Finnish
want to learn Albanian
want to learn Welsh

I have a filter for both Irish and Georgian on my journal here; so you guys can comment or make suggestions if you want:)


quick japanese question

A friend of mine is on the committee for a culture festival in Newport, RI, whose sister city is Shimoda in Japan (not sure if it's the one in Aomori or Shizuoka, though) and she wants to add a greeting in Japanese to the brochures. I suggested ニューポートへようこそ but she wants "Greetings to our good friends from Shimoda". For some reason, I'm having a major mental block and can't think of a good and polite equivalent to "greetings!". Any help?


Maharaja Kimero Transcription

I've been watching Gypsy Caravan, a documentary about several musical groups as they tour the US. At the beginning of the film, the band Maharaja, from Rajasthan, India preforms their song "Kimero."

The first line of the song is translated in the subtitles of the film as "O, Let me not suffer life without beauty." I am working on a poster assignment for a typography class, and I would love to work on this phrase. I don't know if they are singing in Hindi, or Rajasthani, or of the any hundreds of possible dialect -- fortunately Last.fm has the track, so I was wondering if anyone could give it a listen and transcribe that first line out in Devanagari?

Maharaja - Kimero It starts at about  :45 ish seconds in. 

If all else fails, could somebody translate "O, Let me not suffer life without beauty" into Hindi, and bust out that Devanagari?

As a trade, I would be happy to send along a print quality pdf of the final poster?

Muchas Gracias, Mahalo Nui, and thanks a ton!

from a painting

IPA to Speech

Does anyone know of any text-to-speech programs or websites that "read" or generate audio from IPA? This would be especially useful for learning to read IPA more "fluently" and hearing a conlang. Thanks in advance.

P.S.: I've already tried Apple's Repeat After Me, but it apparently doesn't accept standard IPA phoneme representations.