Tag: language

a Chinese story

TOTD has long had a fascination with languages and this delight is a story in Chinese in which every syllable is prounced ‘shi’.  With different tones of course.  If any Chinese speakers would like to drop by the office and

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Les Trois Petits Cochon do Gaga

In June of last year we reported on librarians doing Lady Gaga (http://www.liblog.port.ac.uk/blog/2010/06/2047/).  Now it’s the turn of the three little pigs! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qxnpz0z_hg You might even learn some French watching this! Thanks to S for finding it.

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Corporate Speak

Anyone who has been watching The Apprentice will have been treated to a myriad of cliches, buzzwords and other rubbish. Here are a few examples: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-13338023 If anyone else wants to bring anything to the table for factoring in then

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obsolete words that should make a comeback

Improve your vocabulary and deliciate in these 20 words we’ve corraded and kenched at: http://matadornetwork.com/abroad/20-obsolete-english-words-that-should-make-a-comeback/ Those who wish to brabble about this malagrugrous post can just freck off!

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St. Patrick’s Day

Dia duit agus’s Fhéile Pádraig Shona! Yes, as you may have guessed, today is St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland. Here is a link to a site about Irish Gaelic: http://www.gaeilge.ie/

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Trolley Dash

This is aimed at kids (and I’m reliably informed is well loved in some schools).  But it’s surprisingly hard: http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/fun-with-english/trolley-dash And a great test of memory not to mention English language training for those who might find it helpful.

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Google Labs Ngram Viewer

With this fascinating tool you enter words or phrases and the Ngram Viewer produces a graph to show how those words or phrases have appeared in a corpus of books over a period of time. http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/ You can read more

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Evolving English

A new exhibition opened at the British Library this week charting the evolution of the English language. Here is their website with details, events and a quiz: http://www.bl.uk/evolvingenglish/

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The Apostrophe Song

Thanks to Mr S. Fry for this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vc2aSz9Ficw

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Thai Language Day

สวัสดี คุณพูดภาษาไทย? If not then don’t worry as today is Thai Language Day (or วันภาษาไทยแห่งชาติ) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thai_language

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