Major Hayden
4 hours ago

Hey, #spanish friends: how should I think about using the word "pinche"?

Some tell me that it means "lousy", while others say it can be interpreted as pretty foul language, especially near children. I hear "pinche" **constantly** in San Antonio when someone is getting frustrated with someone else or something.

#espanol #languages

Major Hayden
4 hours ago

Also, if I could ever learn to use tan/como más/que properly when making comparisons in #spanish, it will be a miracle. This was hard for me in grade school, too. My brain just has so much trouble with those combinations. 🧠

#duolingo #languages #español

Camera zooming in on Justin Timberlake's face and he's obviously not pleased
Rebecca Celeste
7 hours ago

Brought some language learning books home from the public library. Including the French edition of this Janosch book! Janosch is one of my favorite illustrators.

#LanguageLearning #languages #languefrançaise #Books

"Janosch – Les musiciens de Brême"
Cover of this book by Janosch.
8 hours ago



Português (BR)

It seems the project possibly could use #translation help for non-#European #languages, in particular from #Asia-#Pacific and #Africa, also for #EthnicMinorities.
Also, given the number of people from there, #Italian and #Ukrainian might be of interest from my point of view.

Where #Twitter is exclusive, the #Fediverse should be inclusive.



The novel is also published in Spain, in this edition with the 2 other stories of his "Siberian Trilogy". The Brazilian and Italian editions are available as #ebooks on #Kobo.

I think now is a specially good timing to publish this novel in other #languages, it's a good insight about the motivation to execute other people. It's especially valuable with a biography note about the author, himself purged by Stalin. So if you know a #publisher pass the word please.

#books #publishing #translation

"Trilogía Siberiana" - Spanish edition
Chunshek Chan (he/him/his)
1 day ago

To my #polyglot, #multilingual, #trilingual, #bilingual peepodons, or even #monolingual folks who are nonetheless curious about #languages.

I’ve started an alt account over at where I plan to geek out on #LanguageLearning. I’ll record my upcoming journey learning #Taiwanese, and share #trivia about names, words, and phrases in different tongues.

Follow and #CodeSwitch with me.

Japanned Steve McCarty
2 days ago

NEW Deep in Japan podcast "KUKAI THE UNIVERSAL with Professor Steve McCarty" on the life and times of Japan's great saint Kūkai, Esoteric Buddhism, and Zen. I discuss the book in terms of East Asian history, language education, and translation issues including voice. My philosophy is expressed as well, so comments would be much appreciated. Listen at
(or find it at Apple, Google, Amazon, Spotify, etc.).

More multimedia at
or publications on Japan at

#podcast #podcasting #Japan #India #China #Asia #Buddhism #religion #religions #philosophy #history #Tang #Nara #Heian #East Asia #AsianReligions #AsianHistory #language #languages #translation #voice #Sanskrit #Chinese #Japanese #JapaneseBuddhism #Zen
@religion @histodons @linguistics @philosophy

2 days ago

Я слово начал учить русский язык. я начал учить русский много лет назад. Но я не добился большого прогресса потому что это очень сложный язык. я самоучка и использую книги и приложения. я думаю что русский язык полезный потому что русский говорят во многих странах.

I started learning Russian again. I started learning Russian long ago but haven’t made a lot of meaningful progress. I think Russian is useful because it is spoken in many countries. #Russian #Languages #Assimil #polyglot #books

3 days ago

Always good to remember that today's internet represents a skewed and incomplete view of the world. #languages #idiomas

Jorge 🇪🇺 🌍🛰️
3 days ago


Only 2210 IN THE WHOLE OF THE UK will do German A-level this summer.
Two thousand two hundrend. Thanks, #Brexit, for the isolationism!

"Entries for German A-level are provisionally down 17%, from 2,675 last summer to 2,210 this summer, and have dropped by almost a quarter (24%) since 2019."

#BrexitBenefits #Brexit #Rejoin #ALevels #German #languages

"Entries for German A-level are provisionally down 17%, from 2,675 last summer to 2,210 this summer, and have dropped by almost a quarter (24%) since 2019."
3 days ago

Unglaublich, wie schnell sie hin und her wechseln 🤐

Watch "unique encounter between 2 polyglots in 21 languages" on YouTube #languages #polyglots

4 days ago

#books #storybooks #reading #math #children #Indonesia #languages

'Following the success of the first phase of the Translate a Story campaign, UNESCO and the Global Digital Library (GDL), in cooperation with the Agency for Language Development and Cultivation (Badan Bahasa) from the Ministry of Education of Indonesia, jointly organized a translation workshop from 29 May to 2 June in the country’s capital, Jakarta.'

Juno 🪐
4 days ago

La privacidad brilla por su ausencia: hace unas semanas que me puse a estudiar francés y ahora me salen algunos de los anuncios de Instagram en ese idioma.... sospechoso....😑​

#français #languages #privacy #nope

ADMIN magazine
4 days ago
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Juno 🪐
4 days ago

Ahora ya sé porqué el encuadernado era tan barato... Esto no me había pasado nunca... (y sólo tienen unos 3 meses) 😑​

#italiano #languages #fail

Parte trasera de una encuadernación donde se ve que el plástico se ha doblado por la mala calidad
Parte delantera de una encuadernación donde se ve que el plástico se ha doblado por la mala calidad
Miro Collas
5 days ago

Can You Explain Left And Right To An Alien? | QI - YouTube

#Languages #English #QI #Trivia

Hebrew by Inbal
5 days ago

How do you say LOVE in your language?

Share it in the comments, and let's spread our love and languages!

#love #languages #mazeldon #jewish #language

Programming Quotes
6 days ago

A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.

— Alan J. Perlis


1 week ago

دیشب من دلیر بودم. در رستوران به جای همبرگر و سیب زمینی سرخ شده پاستا خوردم.

Last night I was brave and ordered pasta instead of a hamburger and fries

#persian #english #languages #polyglot #food

Programming Quotes
1 week ago

PHP is a minor evil perpetrated and created by incompetent amateurs, whereas Perl is a great and insidious evil perpetrated by skilled but perverted professionals.

— Jon Ribbens

#languages #perl #php

This a fascinating article from the Economist (the link is strange because it's an archive to bypass the paywall).

I fully agree with it, and it has become my approach to teaching and using English these days.

TL;DR: No, it doesn't belong to Britain, even less to the US, it belongs to the entire world now.

#English #Language #Languages

Scientific terminology: "Space", as in space-time continuum, in various languages.
As you will no doubt notice, the Germanic languages other than English use the cognate of English "room".
Please fill in the blanks, those who can - particularly for Sami?
#etymologidag #language #languages #linguistics

Map of Europe with the word for "space" in various languages
1 week ago

Latin name:

Digitalis. (digitus = finger)

Trivialnamen: Trivial names:

Fingerhut. (finger+ hat = thimble)

Foxglove. (Fuchs + Handschuh)

#PlantNames #languages #florespondence

Nahaufnahme der Blüten von Digitalis purpurea, die sich eng am Stängel befinden. Die Blüten sind pink und schlauchförmig. Auf der Innenseite sind kleine weiße Punkte mit einer dunkleren Mitte. Die Blüten würden auf eine Fingerspitze passen.

Flowers of digitalis purpurea in close-up.
Nabucodonosaurio II
1 week ago

Hey #Fediverse! I built this very simple bot to practice #Mandarin #Chinese vocabulary.


It currently only outputs #HSK1 words but I'll add more in the near future.

It's Free Software too! Entirely written in TypeScript and licensed under AGPLv3. You can get the whole code from my GitHub.

So... if you're learning Mandarin Chinese, feel free to follow and let me know what you think. :)

#Learning #Languages #Education #Bot

Sampath Pāṇini ® ✅
1 week ago

The word "summer" comes from the Old English word "sumor," which means "hot season of the year".

The word is related to the Dutch "zomer," the German "Sommer," and the Sanskrit "samā" which means "year".

The Sanskrit word for "heat," "gharma," is also related to the word "summer".

#languages #etymology #summer

I guess it is time to update the #introduction.

Hi, I am Imdat Celeste. Nice to meet you all.

I am a veteran software engineer who works as a freelancer from their home.
I *love* modernizing ancient software by carefully, slowly rewriting while it is still operating - without disruptions.

Currently I have two wonderful, awesome, really amazing clients between whom I split my time roughly about 50:50.

For the first one, I am the "Primus inter pares" in a team rewriting a 20-yo C++ & JS-based system in modern nodeJS + Typescript. My main job there is not to write code (it seems), but review PRs, review code, give coding guidelines, merge PRs, and make sure everything my team needs is there: test servers, development server, on-premise Gitlab, on-premise Mattermost, a good/respectful/lovely atmosphere, a lot of fun, and what else we need to deliver an awesome product. The team is amazing, the atmosphere is full of respect and love; I will stay with this team as long as I can.

For the second client, I am rewriting a 15+ year old system (Java, Java/Swift/Vue1.x-FE; rpc-like crap-API) using go(BE), gRPC (API) and dart/flutter (FE).
Here I am the core developer for the new client and the new back-end. The back-end is, for now, a proxy/a wrapper around the existing one. Behind that wrapper, two wonderful co-workers are modernizing & optimizing the Java-BE. This team here is equally as lovely as one can ever hope for; and yes, I will stay with this team as long as I can as well.

Oh, and BTW: people in both teams are nearly 100% remote.

I am married to a wonderful, an absolutely amazing person who is so full of love that she sometimes struggles with the universe (or with humanity). And I am a proud father (yes, "father"*) of a woman with a brilliant Beautiful Mind and a heart as big as the universe (who also happens to have Mastery of Words™️).

I love learning new things from complete strangers. The stranger the new knowledge the more fascinating it is for me.

I have a #FragMyBrain (autistic, ocd, nd) so be ready for detailed explanations, where each word is carefully chosen & positioned in the sentence, but still some missing - when you ask me something.

I quickly fall in love with brilliant people with language mastery skills - Mastery of Words™️.

You can always shitpost with me & talk garbage - as long as it is done intelligently, with wit & humor, and respect.

The fastest way to land on my block list is not to make a mistake, but to repeatedly make the same stupid mistake again and again and insist on it being right or being racists, queer-/transphobic, ableist, disrespectful, white supremecist, etc., etc. - you know what I mean. There is always enough space in the "Dungeon of Blocked Accounts".

I will post about anything that my #ActuallyAutistic brain will come up with: politics (CW'ed), #Trans topics, #Musings, #Computers, #Flutter, #Languages, #GoodMorningAgatha, #Cats, #CatsOfMastodon, #Dogs, #Animals in general, #Beauty, #Love, #TransJoy, #TransPride, ... you see: there is no limit!

I will add CW and mark as sensitive whenever I think so. If I forget once, please inform me and I'll correct it as fast as I can. I don't discuss whether something needs CW/sensitive marker or not, I just accept it.

I wear my feelings on my skin, i.e. what you read and see is who I really am, there is no IRL Imdat Celeste and a different, Fediverse Imdat Celeste: you will see a lot of 🫂,💜,😍,🥰,🥹,😳... and more. If you feel it is intruding, please let me know.

I come over differently, but I am also insecure: so, I will add a lot of emojis - just to be sure.

Also, please don't expect a "normal person" here: I am completely, utterly, hopelessly an un-normal person.

Lastly, my posts may start with one specific topic but during the text itself it may just become something completely different - "Train of Thought".

Again, nice to meet you - I am always looking for more new friends...
*: I am a trans non-binary person. When I came out to her, my daughter asked me how she should call me from then on and since it is an honor to be her father, that, yeah, I am and will always be that.

1 week ago

#apps #fav #recommending #floss #freesoftware

#Geany - The Flyweight #IDE
«Geany is a powerful, stable and lightweight programmer's #text #editor that provides tons of useful features without bogging down your workflow. It runs on #Linux, #Windows and #macOS is translated into over 40 languages, and has built-in support for more than 50 #programming #languages.» -

Screen capture of Geany customized main window.
Programming Quotes
1 week ago

Languages that try to disallow idiocy become themselves idiotic.

— Rob Pike


Knowledge Zone
1 week ago

An in-depth look at the #Popularity of #Quantum #Computing #Languages and #Frameworks : Misc

How Will Modern #Tech Help Us #Age in Place? : Disc Mag

#ArtificialIntelligence could lead to #Extinction, experts warn : BBC

Check our latest #KnowledgeLinks

Rabi'a Elizabeth
1 week ago

My learning of #Tajweed (the science of #Quran #Recitation) is going better, Alhamdulillah. More about tajweed at the link below.

My main obstacle at this point is reading the letters, the vowel diacriticals, and the indications of where to pause and hold at a reasonable rate.

#Hyperlexia got me through several graduate programs in a shallow way. Apparently I cannot (yet) do the same with classical #Arabic. It's actually better for my #Learning process not to be able to rely on quick scanning this time around.

#Languages #LanguageLearning

1 week ago

#NativeAmericans #CherokeeNation #languages #Indigenous #IndigenousCulture #linguistics #apps

'During the May Tribal Council Culture Committee meeting, Cherokee Nation Language Department Executive Director Howard Paden provided updates of several projects happening in the language department. The language department has two language apps in the works.'

Club de TéléMatique :verified:
1 week ago

Free language courses
And films, and movies, and, and, and, #free #languages

1 week ago

So sad news. Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, one of the internationally most renowned Finnish #linguists of our times, an indefatigable researcher and supporter of the rights of #endangered and #minority #languages, the outspoken expert who brought the concept of #LinguisticHumanRights into public and academic discourse, has passed away.

Andre Polykanine
2 weeks ago

Random linguistic fact. English lacks a special colloquial word for a full 24-hour period. Well, when doing my tiny research for this post, I encountered the word "nychthemeron" for this (coming from Greek for "night-day"), but come on, who uses it in real life? I probably should, as I'm a nerd, but except for people like me?
The word "day" itself has a broader meaning (working day, day as in "daylight" etc.). The same is true for French, German and some other languages. However, in other languages like Ukrainian, Russian and Swedish there is a special word that means only a period from an hour to the same hour next day (it's 24 hours on our Earth). In some contexts it’s interchangeable with the word "day" of course (as in "I took 5 days of vacation"). However, if you need to be more precise, you use that special word.
In the next examples bear in mind that instead of the word "period" imagine there is a special word for 24 hours: "I work one period, then I get three periods of rest"; "That was an exhausting trip, I had to spend one period and a half on the train"; "They say, my PCR test result for covid will be ready in two periods". #Languages

Petra van Cronenburg
2 weeks ago

Even if you don't want to learn #Latin, follow @Minimus - the cutest #teaching #mouse ever!😍 #FollowFriday #fluffy #plush #mustodon 😁 #languages

The word for 'cheese' in some languages. Some languages have a more nuanced vocabulary - soft cheeses or things like cottage cheese may have a different word.
One of several cases where Finnic loaned a Germanic word a long time ago and preserves a "fossilized" form, preserving the initial j.
Scandinavian 'ost' is related to English 'juice'. Slavic 'syr' etc. is related to English 'sour'.

#etymologidag #language #languages #linguistics

Map of Europe with the word for 'cheese' in various languages
pabloscloud :gay_flag:
3 weeks ago

Do you skip or translate posts that are written in a language that you can't understand?

#fediverse #mastodon #languages

Quinn Dombrowski
3 weeks ago

Language nerd problems: doing the language equivalent of crash dieting before a wedding and trying to cram as much Cantonese as I can into my head before this Thursday when I fly across the ocean. 😳 #languages #cantonese

3 weeks ago

Localization in Open Source: @jkriggins discusses how language barriers are a risk to open source sustainability #localization #OpenSource #Kubernetes #ProjectManagement #languages #community

colored pipes surrounding a globe with 3D continents
Martha Crimson
3 weeks ago

I collected my toots about learning languages in a blog post (and polished them a bit). Now you can enjoy them together and get a break from whatever you need a break from. Enjoy!

#LanguageLearning #language #languages

Dr. Zalka Csenge Virág
3 weeks ago

I am making this a hashtag now


The Hungarian term for making promises in someone else's name and saddling them with an unwanted task is

"Beating the nettles with someone else's d***"

🤷‍♀️ 😄

#languages #Hungary #Hungarian

Jason Wyckoff
3 weeks ago

Bit of a mini re- #introduction as I've lost all my follows/followers recently and am hoping to reconnect with those folks. I'm a #StreetPhotographer based in #Boston, and was formerly an academic philosopher writing about #AnimalLiberation.

I'm an #anarchist and #vegan. I enjoy #SciFi and #fantasy #SFF literature, as well as learning #languages. (Currently working on Spanish and Italian.)

I am a #football #soccer fan, and support #Barça, #ASRoma, #FCSP, and #celtic

#StreetPhotography #AnimalRights #MastodonFC #philosophy

Michael Simons
3 weeks ago

The kind folks at Techweek Romania published a nice interview with me. Thanks for giving me that space. #Java #IT #Languages

Amy Fountain
4 weeks ago

OK friends I'm too delighted not to share this picture - and boast these people.

On the left, Rosalia Badhorse (Northern Cheyenne) earned her MA in Native American Languages from our program.

On the right, Regents Professor Ofelia Zepeda (Tohono O'odham), my teacher, colleague and friend.

You all. *I* got to be Rosalia's advisor. Her thesis was absolutely brilliant.

Ofelia was (appropriately) her choice to hood her at graduation ❤️

#graduates #Cheyenne #languages #Indigenous #NAMA #UAz

Two women are standing on the mall at UArizona in graduation regalia.  One is also wearing Northern Cheyenne regalia, with incredibly beautiful beadwork.  The other has a beautiful red and blue sash.  They are smiling and beaming with pride, which is well deserved.

Good Morning #Canada
Or should I say Bon matin! Canada has 2 official Languages and most of us speak English (75.5%) or French (21.4%). But the 2021 Census shows that we truly are a multicultural society. Excluding English and French, 4 in 10 Canadians could conduct a conversation in more than one language and 1 in 11 could speak three or more languages. Diversity makes us stronger as a nation.

#CanadaIsAwesome #Bilingual #Languages

Joe #RightToLove
4 weeks ago

I'm having a lot of fun learning Spanish at the minute lovely people, I've also rekindled interest I've had for about 18 years in German. The only problem is, I'm actually going to Cyprus in June and they speak Greek! If only I decided to start learning last year when we went to Lanzarote. That would have been much more useful! #Languages

Dr. Zalka Csenge Virág
4 weeks ago

Since the last fun fact was so popular, here's my favorite Hungarian threat, as a bonus:

"I will break into your house, and slurp the juice off of all your preserves!"

(Overheard by a friend at the marketplace)


#Hungary #Hungarian #languages #WTF

4 weeks ago

In terms of learning #languages, #Claude is way better than #Chatgpt.

Lory Widmer Hess
1 month ago

My list of 10 #Books of #Summer is here:

Includes two books in #French and #German for my Summer in Other #Languages Challenge - if you'd like to join a readalong of Voyage au centre de la Terre by Jules Verne, let me know!


Cover image of French edition of Voyage to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne, showing a black and white image of giant mushrooms with two small human figures in the bottom right corner
Dr. Zalka Csenge Virág
1 month ago

Another fun fact:

The Hungarian version of "the tables have turned" is "visszanyal a fagyi"

Which literally translates into

"The ice cream licks back"


#languages #Hungary #Hungarian #linguistics #HungariansSay

Dr. Zalka Csenge Virág
1 month ago

Fun fact:

The Hungarian version of "I have absolutely no idea" is "halványlila gőzöm sincs"

Which literally translates into

"I don't even have light purple steam" [about this]


#languages #Hungary #Hungarian #WTF #linguistics

Jai 🍜🥟
1 month ago

Yes, I know there are a lot of words that are similar between the languages. I find it interesting when I (re)discover them sometimes.

녹색 nogsaeg = green 🟩
녹차 nogcha = green tea 🍵
육 yug = six

Mandarin (pinyin)
綠色 lǜ sè
綠茶 lǜ chá
六 liù

Cantonese (jyutping)
綠色 luk6 sik1
綠茶 luk6 caa4 (sounds like 'cha')
六 luk6

#Language #Languages #AsianMastodon #Korean #Mandarin #Cantonese

The word for "forest" in some languages.
"Forest" in English was originally a legal term, denoting (royal) land set aside for hunting, not necessarily with trees on. Apparently, that was also how the Latin word was used in the times of Charlemagne.
Of course, English also uses "woods", and French has "bois", Italian has "selva", etc. But I'm hoping these are the most directly equivalent terms in the various languages.

#etymologidag #language #languages #linguistics

Map of Europe with the word for "forest" in various languages.
Dan Gero
1 month ago

Hi #Blind #Japanese speaking community! I recently purchased the Orbit Reader 20, and it should be arriving by tomorrow. If I'm writing in Japanese, how can I tell if I'm selecting the right Kanji? Do the candidates show up in braille in an easy to understand fashion? Also, if there are any communities for blind Japanese speakers, I'd be happy to learn about those. #A11y #Accessibility #Braille #BrailleDisplays #NVDA #NVDAJP #Languages #LanguageLearning #JapaneseLearning

Courtney Cantrell
1 month ago

TIL the word "priest" ultimately comes from a Proto-Indo-European word meaning "one who leads cattle."

I am amused.


Linux Magazine
1 month ago

The June 2023 issue is available now. This month, Joe Casad discusses the idea of safer coding -- what it means and what we can do about it #Linux #programming #cybersecurity #transparency #accountability #OpenSource #infrastructure #PeerReview #languages

Linux Magazine Issue 271 - June 2023 | Smart Home: Do-it-yourself automation for practical tasks | Pet Watcher: Monitor your menagerie with a Rasp Pi Camera | FREE DVD: Linux Lite 6.4 and SystemRescue 10.0
European Commission
1 month ago

Few hours left until 9 of May...

Let’s learn together how to wish a Happy Europe Day in all EU #languages


Happy Europe Day in all EU languages:

🇷🇴 Ziua Europei Fericită! 
🇩🇰 Glædelig Europadag! 
🇪🇪 Head Euroopa päeva! 
🇸🇪 Glad Europadag! 
🇨🇾 Χαρούμενη Ημέρα της Ευρώπης! 
🇸🇮 Vesel dan Evrope! 
🇱🇺 Schéinen Europa Dag! 
🇩🇪 Einen schönen Europatag! 
🇭🇷 Sretan Dan Europe! 
🇵🇹 Feliz Dia da Europa! 
🇮🇪 Lá na hEorpa sona daoibh! 
🇬🇷 Καλή Μέρα της Ευρώπης! 
🇮🇹 Buona Giornata dell'Europa! 
🇨🇿 Všechno nejlepší ke Dni Evropy! 
🇭🇺 Boldog Európa-napot! 
🇧🇬 Честит ден на Европа! 
🇵🇱 Wesołego Dnia Europy! 
🇪🇸 ¡Feliz Día de Europa! 
🇱🇹 Su Europos diena! 
🇱🇻 Priecīgu Eiropas dienu! 
🇸🇰 Užite si Deň Európy! 
🇫🇮 Hyvää Eurooppa-Päivää 
🇧🇪 Prettige Europadag! 
🇫🇷 Bonne fête de l'Europe à toutes et tous! 
🇧🇪 Joyeuse Fête de l'Europe! 
🇳🇱 Fijne Europadag! 
🇲🇹 Awguri f'Jum l-Ewropa!  
🇦🇹 Schöner Europatag!
Jai 🍜🥟
1 month ago

Interesting difference: 🥳

➡️ "she" 她 / "he" 他 - both pronounced the same
- mandarin pinyin tā
- cantonese jyutping taa1
- but this is mainly used in Mandarin and Standard written Chinese
- where 女 "female"

➡️ "she; her; hers; it; he; him; his;" 佢 - jyutping keoi5
- this is used in Cantonese, not in Mandarin
- 佢哋 - "they, them" - keoi5 dei6
- 畀佢 - "give/let him/her" - bei2 keoi5

➡️ Korean: "she" 그녀 - geunyeo / "he" 그 - geu

#Mandarin #Cantonese #Korean #Language #Languages #AsianMastodon

Paweł Masarczyk
1 month ago

Just dropped on the App Store: #RHVoice for #iOS. For now only #Macedonian and #Albanian languages are supported but it's worth bookmarking/installing this now to follow updates. Again, new linguistic communities have been included to the #Apple ecosystem with high-quality, free-of-charge voices. #Accessibility #Blind #SpeechSynthesis #TextToSpeech #Languages

Jai 🍜🥟
2 months ago

Yes, I know there are *a lot* of similar words/sounds, but didn't know of this one before and I often find it fun when I discover them. 🥳

➡️ "concur with; consent to; agree"
- Korean: 동의 dong-ui
- Mandarin: 同意 pinyin: tong2 yi4
- Cantonese: 同意 jyutping: tung4 ji3

#Korean #Mandarin #Cantonese #Language #Languages #AsianMastodon

Andre Polykanine
2 months ago

Random linguistic fact: The letter W was used in 19th century French so rarely that Louis Braille, the genius inventor of the Braille code for the blind, put it to the 40th place in his table of Braille characters. So, basically, his code for French goes: U, V, X, Y, Z, then all the letters with diacritics (which are quite numerous in French), and then W. #Languages #French #Braille

The word for peacock in some languages. Yes, I know - technically, it's "peafowl" in English, but Wikipedia says "peafowl of either sex are often referred to colloquially as 'peacocks'", and that is my impression too.

There seems to be uncertainty about the origin of the word. Apparently, some - but not all - experts think Latin 'pavo' came from Ancient Greek 'taós', in which case the yellow and red colours are all versions of the same word. #etymologidag #languages #language #linguistics

Map of Europe with the word for 'peacock' in some languages.
Andre Polykanine
2 months ago

Here's today's #RandomLinguisticFact. As everyone liked yesterday's fact about articles, let's continue.
Some languages put articles not before the noun, but after it often appending them to the noun itself. For instance, in Bulgarian you say "chair" for "a chair" (no article), but "chairthe" ("chair-the") for "the chair". In plural, the article comes after the plural marker, so "chairs-the" for "the chairs". Many other languages have this feature, such as Romanian, Albanian, or Scandinavian languages. #Languages

Andre Polykanine
2 months ago

Random linguistic fact: Different languages have different set of articles, and many languages don't have them at all, that's why it's quite difficult to grasp the notion of articles for a Ukrainian or a Czech person, for example, as vast majority of Slavic languages lacks articles. but even languages that have articles expose some interesting features: in Italian it's normal to put a definite article before possessives, so "the my house" or "the his family" are usual constructions in Italian. In French you say "my house", but "This house is the mine", and the article is mandatory here. In Greek and Luxembourgish it's usual to put articles before proper nouns without any specific meaning: "Where is the John?" or: "I walked down the street and saw the Mary, she was running somewhere". #Languages

Milla Havanka
2 months ago

In Finnish you couldn't do this! In my language the memory storage is muisti and the thing you remember is muisto. Usually English has more words where we only have one, though! #languages

Paweł Masarczyk
2 months ago

Recently I have been playing with various GUI's for the Whisper transcription software. Buzz has definitely won the showdown. Almost completely keyboard accessible, give or take the toolbar which needs exploring through object navigation of NVDA or an equivallent in your screen reader of choice; handles the downloading of models, FFMPEG conversion and everything that otherwise would have required operation in the command line, works with Whisper.CPP as far as I can tell and can be localized to other languages.
Now I can finally listen to podcasts in all the languages I can't speak. I love it when technology enhances my access to knowledge and helps me do my work even better for those who benefit from it.
#Accessibility #Audio #Languages #OpenSource

Soh Kam Yung
2 months ago

"Portugal has always been a small and relatively powerless state, except for a period in the 15th and 16th centuries when the Portuguese became the first European power to explore the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans. Despite the relatively short time that they were in Southeast Asia, they left behind linguistic and cultural footprints that are still visible (or audible) today."

#History #SoutheastAsia #Portugal #Languages #Words

2 months ago

Was tempted to buy this yesterday, so that when Duolingo is getting annoying, I can set my cats on the green owl!
#Duolingo #GreenOwl #languages #CatToy

A cat fabric toy in a pet shop window that resembles the Duolingo logo/mascot of a green owl, though with pink floral wings. It is in a packet that says "Trixie" (brand) and "Spielzeug" (toy) and has a picture of a tabby cat on it
Knowledge Zone
2 months ago

#ITByte: #Programming #Languages are used in computer programming to implement #Algorithms.

What are the different types of Programming Languages?

An experiment: My first etymology map of Asia: The number 6.
Disclaimer: I am not a linguist, and I know hardly any of these languages. I made the map to learn. The main sources are Wiktionary and Omniglot. It will certainly contain mistakes - corrections and comments are welcome!
(But read the thread first:)
#etymologidag #language #languages #linguistics

Map of Asia with the word for the number 6 in various languages
John Ager
2 months ago

Italian speakers, how's my translation?

Il mio nome è John. Sono sposato con Naomi con tre figli piccoli, un ragazzo e due ragazze. Sono un ufficiale dell'Esercito di Salvezza che vive in pensione. Abbiamo un giovane cane chiamato Rufus.

#Italian #Languages #Translation

Deborah Elizabeth Finn
2 months ago
2 months ago

Ok... #introduction

Mid-40s human (she/her) based on the Dartmouth side of #Halifax. Married, have two #cats, no children.

Into learning #languages, currently focused on German.

Love #plants, #hiking, #fitness, #peloton but very anti-diet culture.

#vegan for almost 15 years.

Living with #ChronicPain #Spoonie

Web & graphic designer but honestly, that's the least interesting thing about me. Firmly anti-hustle culture, more about slow, intentional living.

Part of the #twittermigration.

My husband and I last summer, standing on the pier waiting to board the sailing ship The Bluenose II. I am wearing a brown and black floral print hat and have mid length brown hair with pink highlights. He has on a wide brim khaki hat and has a beard. We are both smiling like dorks and wearing sunglasses.
A photo of our two cats Stacey and Stella. They are tortoiseshell - Stacey is black and orange and Stella is gray and cream. They are snuggling together on a knitted blanket that is on a blue velvet sofa. They look very content.
2 months ago

#Introduction I've been on Mastodon for a while, and I guess I haven't written a good short introduction and a few words about myself. You can find some information in my profile, but maybe this post will help you to know me a little bit more.
My name is Dorota, I'm a #Blind woman from Poland. I am interested in wide-range of things including #Law, #HumanRights, #Languages, #Technology, #Psychology, #Books, #Science, #Climbing, #Mountains, and much more. I love talking to people and getting to know them and their stories. I'm an #Atheist, #Metalhead, and a very loyal and honest person. Honesty and loyalty are values I really do appreciate in people. If you treat people bad, if you want to treat me bad or deceive me somehow you better don't try it. I'm open-minded and friendly and very down to earth. I am curious about the world, cultures and I respect people and their views. Thank you for reading this maybe too long post. Feel free to contact me!