Time has flown by since my last post. And now summer is here, the sun is shining and it’s hard to concentrate on a task at hand. Why not procrastinate with something that might entertain and educate at the same time? Have some language fun in the sun
Time for some more language tools to educate and amuse. Enjoy! Language tools for the academically minded The University of Glasgow Historical Thesaurus of English: Almost 1,500 years of English at your fingertips. I rest my case. The World Atlas of Language Structures (WALS): This is the perfect place to while away some time. Click through the maps or just browse countries and language families. I guarantee that you will marvel at the many languages you have never heard of. Those
Translating is serious business. But it doesn’t always have to be that way. Here are some resources that I happened to find online. One of them might give you that spark you need. Or maybe you’ll just have a little fun during your break. Either way, enjoy! Language tools and games to make you smile English to Shakespearian for a tongue-in-cheek translation of your regular English into the Bard’s flowery prose. Lyricstraining for listening comprehension and fun tunes.
A tool for preventing branding fails We’ve all read the scary stories of automotive companies giving their cars names that don’t translate well for international markets – names with unintended meanings in other languages. The internet is full of lists of such marketing translation fails and no one wants to be featured in one. (Here’s a nice example.) WordSafety is a searchable database of 3,000 words along with phonetic variations from 19 languages (Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Dutch, English, Finnish, French,
Podcasts: Relax your eyes and use your ears instead Podcasts are a great way to make productive use of downtime during household chores, commutes or walks with the dog. In the last months, I’ve really started enjoying the wonderful variety of podcasts on offer. Here are some of my favorites: