July 29th, 2011

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My name is Laura, and I am in the process of learning Spanish.

The demand is quite high where I live (a small, rural city in the Midwest) which surprises me.

I am eager to get to know people! 

An Englishman in... London

Hello, another new person - I've been trying to post all week but the downtime has made it very difficult! I'm an English guy based in London who is more or less obsessed with the French language. I studied French at the University of Birmingham, with an Erasmus year at Bordeaux III. I then went on to do an MPhil in European cinema (specialising in the depiction of violence in the early films of Jean-Luc Godard) and completed a PGCE to become a French teacher. And then quit teaching after six months in order to move into publishing and advertising sales. I still do freelance tutoring from time to time.

I'm here, I guess, because I'm fluent in French, but shockingly ignorant of most other languages (I can order a beer in Spanish, Italian and German, but that's really about it). Having been told it had never before been published in English, I translated the whole of Giacomo Casanova's L'histoire de ma fuite, before finding out it had already been done back in 1894.

For other students of French, I've written a few articles which may be of interest.
Using the negative in French - I missed a few negative forms off the end, I keep meaning to go back and add them.
The French verb aller - I got a message last night saying I'd written transitive instead of intransitive, ouch!
French phrases that use the infinitive vivre - I'm not even sure why I wrote this, to be honest.
The basics of French verb tenses - does what it says on the tin.
Best ways to pick up a French accent - some tips and tricks that worked for me personally, YMMV
10 ways to improve spoken French - after 'go to France', I struggled a bit, tbh.
Tips for learning French vocabulary - anyone who's learned languages at schools will probably recognise at least a few of these...

I'm very keen to meet fellow francophiles and linguists in general.

Sy'u Ma!

Sy'u Ma (Honorative Noun; colloquial): Hello. I've been engaged in a long-term recall project where I've been retrieving words, historical and cultural bits from a language I used to speak in a past life. The language is called Yal Dawo (lit. "Borrowed Tongue") and it comes from another planet, which is the subject of what I hope shall be a series of best-selling science-fiction novels. Back in the ink and paper days I was part of a Language Apa called "Linguiça" where I could geek about Yal Dawo to my heart's content. Much of the fannish audience online, however, seems more oriented toward English.

Anyway, here's what I've written so far:

The Touching Lands Dance: The theft of some cutting-edge technology draws together two communities whose flying islands are about to collide.

The Telepaths' Song: A psychic becomes the new priest in town on a flying island about to drift into the equivalent of the Battle of Midway, where she must ultimately choose her path.

A Dance in White Time: A (different) priest and her son are separated in arctic weather by an air crash. She faces a small town's hidden mystery. He tries to find his mother and encounters a species out of legend--and out of bounds to his people.

I just rewrote Touching Lands and may review White Time for similar improvement. I'm distinctly on the fence in re Print-on-Demand; I'd prefer to be recognised by a Real (i.e., paying) publisher first, which means dealing with the eternal slush-pile. The Yal Dawo language is an essential element to these stories and I try to teach things contextually as I go. E.g., "He picked up an iBrejNa and listened for the switchboard operator."

Hope to hear more from youse.

the origin of 全 (zen/mattou)

hello, does anyone know the meaning/origin of this kanji? my dictionary said it's formed from man人 or enter 入+ king 王, how can that = complete/full/all? king=all men in the country? chinese or japanese explanation is ok. thanks for the help.

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Hello, Привет, Sastjipe :)

I've popped on here before, but I never gave an introduction of myself!

I'm Alisa. I'm Russo-Ukrainian, born in Kyiv but raised in America (in Kentucky and Florida). I'm an artist. I draw illustrations and comics. I'm also a lover of languages. I know both English and Russian fluently, though my Russian does have mistakes. I'm learning Romani, but I don't have too much trouble reading it now. Listening is another thing. I'm also peeking into Hungarian a little. And that's that. Really loving this community :)

Меня зовут Алиса. Я руссо-украинка; родилась в Киеве, но выросла в Америке - в Кентукки и во Флориде. Я художница. Я рисую иллюстрации и комикс. Также я любовница языков. Знаю я оба английский и русский язык, но в русском языке я много ошибаюсь. Я учу ромский (цыганский) язык, и нет много проблем с чтением теперь. Но еще трудно понимать, когда слушаю его. И немножко венгерского учу. И это все. Очень сильно нравится мне эта группа :)

Muro nav Alisa si. Me rusijako-ukrajinaki sim. Arakhadilem me ande Kijev, ale bardilem opre ande Amerika - ande Kentuki thaj ande Florida. Me 'kh artista sim. Hramov illustraciji thaj komiks. Vi sim ekh kamadi le shibjangi. Zhanav inglizicki thaj rusicki, ale na sajekh vorbij thaj hramov rusickones chaches. Thaj sikavav la romani shib. Akanak ginavav me bi phares, ale t' ashunav inka phares. Vi sikavav cirra la shib ungaricki. Thaj kadi sa. But drago mange kadi grupa :)

hi, intro

I'm a native English speaker* trying to learn Hindi on my own, without an institutional course -- I'd love one, mind you, but there aren't any that are affordable in the Bay Area (California, USA). You'd think there would be -- the South Bay has a huge community of South Asian immigrants. But all that exists are a few "heritage" learning classes at community centers, and an extremely expensive ($3,200) class at the University of California-Berkeley.

So. I mostly use the Rupert Snell "Teach Yourself Hindi" books and CDs, Rosetta Stone, Pimsleur, online resources that I find -- Taj Afroz's "Door into Hindi" is a wonderful video series, BBC Hindi is always excellent, and Britain's School of Oriental and African Studies has some online stuff for Devanagari. Of course I also watch (and am addicted to) Bollywood movies and listen to music in Hindi, whether it's filmi music or not.

If there are people on here who are studying Hindi, or know Hindi and like to talk about it, I'd love it if you'd comment so I'd know who you are, on LiveJournal (you know, as long as LiveJournal continues to function). I guess secondarily... when I was talking with my sister about the Cal-Berkeley intensive course which I can't afford, she perhaps sensibly suggested I save up money and just go learn in India. Does anyone here have experience with language schools in India?

I'm interested in Urdu, also, but not so much in the writing system. I have a hard time with the Arabic alphabet, and have spent a fair amount of time on Devanagari, at this point.

Thanks, in advance -- I'm a bit surprised I didn't look for this community earlier.

*I'm fairly fluent in French and good in Spanish, also...

Hello to all 你好大家!


My name is James. I am half-filipino and half-American. I grew up in a family of multi-lingual speakers. My dad has lived in Asia for 10 years and is conversational in many languages. My mom grew up in the Philippines and speaks at least 7 different dialects of Filipino plus Tagalog and English. In our family, we mix out languages. Unfortunately, I only speak English fluently.

I have no real Linguist training but I love to learn languages. Grammar, sounds, and cultural difference are my love. I love to just listen to people speak and guess where people are from.

I am currently trying learn Mandarin.  I have been studying it for a couple years. My vocabulary is good, but my grammar and listening is horrible. Where online can I find great resources to practice my lacking skills in especially grammar? Also what resource books are great to learn Mandarin?

Plus what are good books to read about languages, dying languages, and tracing history of languages?

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 hi! i'm lyssa and i absolutely love language. i'm a classics major so i know latin and ancient greek, and i even picked up a little bit of german along the way.

i took 8 years of spanish, so i guess i can speak some of that.

i am super excited for this community. :D
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linguaphiles in the community spotlight

I noticed that this community was in the community spotlight - pretty cool. I guess it explains all the intro posts! Welcome to the community, all of you who stumble upon here :-D It's a great community, I've been here for over 9 years and I'm glad it's still going strong (in your face, Zuckerberg!).

God kväll!

Hi! I'm Beth, super-bouncy and more than a little bit silly, and I have to confess that I'm crazy when it comes to languages. I have a list of, at the last count, thirteen (Swedish, Dutch, Italian, Irish Gaelic, Welsh, Greek, Mandarin, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi, Arabic) on top of the three (English, French and German) which I already speak to a passable standard. I'm a native English speaker (and can also speak Yorkshire dialect, if a little haltingly), and studying both French and German at A2-Level next school year, and then thinking to go on to study a BA Modern Languages in German, Dutch and Russian at Sheffield University if I get the required grades (ABB, if anyone's interested).

However, German grammar is something of a weak point of mine - the cases make me want to shoot myself in the head, and after six months of studying them I STILL cannot get my head around them further than the fact that my German teacher hates us using the Dative where we could use the Genitive instead (das Auto von meinem Vater / meines Vaters Auto etc.) - so any helpful pointers or tips with that would be most appreciated. c:
My Swedish is, thanks to a friend, passable introductory; my Dutch is poor, and my Mandarin doesn't even bear thinking about. I hope to improve all three of those as best I can, and a headstart in Dutch would obviously be good for university plans and also because I'm hoping, if possible, to become an English teacher in a school abroad (preferably the Netherlands). I do have an intense interest in Dutch but I find pronunciation difficult (probably because I'm English and born to monoglot parents, thus brought up to believe that the comprehensible world stops at Dover). I have been to Amsterdam (and was the only one in the family brave enough to greet people with 'Goede dag!' and say 'Dank u', if with a somewhat Germanic accent) but other than that I'm relatively unschooled when it comes to the Netherlands and their culture, so it'd be great if anyone could help with that too.
Either way, that's my introduction. Nice to meet you all. Sorry for all the 'HALP ME ;_;' in this post.
P.S. Yes, that's Eddie and Alex Van Halen in my icon. Blame them for an obsession with all things Dutch. :D

Little introduction

 Hey everyone, I'm Irene. I'm 20 and I'm from Spain. I'm fluent in both Spanish and English, though I would love to have more practice speaking the latter. I love learning languages and I'm currently interested in Swedish, Icelandic and Hungarian, though I wouldn't mind learning as many languages as possible! I was quite happy to see a community over here dedicated to languages so I just had to give it a go. Nice to meet you all! :D