Tag: language

Visuwords

Visuwords is a graphical dictionary and thesaurus. Entering a word generates a network of nodes that spring out to form a tree of related words. Dragging the nodes about the screen is like manipulating some strange and wobbly sea creature.

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Plain English Day

Hello there, Thing of the Day is touching base with you to facilitate a deliverance of an initiative by the Plain English Campaign called ‘Plain English Day’. This is a proactive and not reactive vision to streamline deliverables, make communication

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Learn to speak Māori

Te Whanake Animations is an excellent site if you too wish to learn Māori, the language spoken by the indigenous people of New Zealand. http://animations.tewhanake.maori.nz This website contains 15 animated modules that will introduce you to different aspects of the

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21 accents

TOTD has long had an interest in languages and found that some can be harder just because of the accent required.  This tour-de-force is remarkable: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UgpfSp2t6k

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Howjsay It

Every now again you come across a word you’re just not sure how to pronounce. You know you should know it and you dare not ask anyone in case they think you’re a bit thick! Howjsay.com is for just such

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Rechtschreibreform

TOTD is discombobulated. It maybe over a decade too late – certainly it can’t pass as ‘news’ any more, but apparently the Germans have thrown out their language.  Well, at least some of their spellings.  Makes the Library throwing out an old

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speech

TOTD finally got to read all of President Obama’s inauguration speech and thinks it much better than the media presented yesterday evening in its soundbites. We’ve mentioned Wordle before and inevitably the speech was an obvious candidate: http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/tag_clouds_of_obamas_inaugural_speech_compared_to_bushs.php So obvious

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Dydh Da

That’s Cornish for ‘hello’ or ‘good day’. This website is run by the Cornish Language Fellowship to preserve the language of Cornwall: http://www.cornish-language.org/

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cuil – or not

Language Hat reveals that actually the new search engine ‘cuil’ which claims it’s an old Irish word for ‘knowledge’, isn’t. http://www.languagehat.com/archives/003201.php Not an impressive beginning.

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Words with no vowels

TOTD has been exploring words which have no vowels and here are few findings: English can supply some: http://www.geocities.com/Colosseum/Park/1840/novows.html but it depends on your definition of a word as this tired explorer found: http://www.grammarmudge.cityslide.com/articles/article/1029289/8966.htm And an ever useful list of words

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