memrise:

Alex Rawlings, our Polyglot in Residence, delivers hist first guest post, “10 monolingual countries where you need to know the language”. Head over to our blog to read Part One, and let us know what you think!
http://is.gd/AlexRawlingsAtMemrise_1

memrise:

Alex Rawlings, our Polyglot in Residence, delivers hist first guest post, “10 monolingual countries where you need to know the language”. Head over to our blog to read Part One, and let us know what you think!

http://is.gd/AlexRawlingsAtMemrise_1

taureangrace:

Nothing worse than having a strong urge to learn a language but not being able to due to lack of resources 

sino-file:

入乡随俗 - When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do
入乡随俗 literally means “Enter the village, follow the customs” but is usually translated into the more well-known English phrase, “When in Rome…” and is a useful phrase to keep in mind if/when you visit China.
入 (ru) - Enter
乡 (xiang) - Village/town
随 (sui) - Follow
俗 (su) - Custom

sino-file:

入乡随俗 - When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do

入乡随俗 literally means “Enter the village, follow the customs” but is usually translated into the more well-known English phrase, “When in Rome…” and is a useful phrase to keep in mind if/when you visit China.

入 (ru) - Enter

乡 (xiang) - Village/town

随 (sui) - Follow

俗 (su) - Custom

kanji-a-day:

141/2000

JLPT: N4

School Grade: 2nd (7 years old)

This character combines 辶 the walk/movement radical and  head/chief. Here 道 is acting phonetically to express “direct,” while still lending its meaning of “chief/main.” This gives “chief means of direct movement,” or “a main road.”

mapsontheweb:

Country genders in Russian
atrubetskoy:

A few explanations:
• Соединённые Штаты (United States) is plural, but Америка (America), which is feminine, is used most often outside of formal context.
• Перу (Peru) and Чили (Chile) are most often neuter when talking about the political entity, but feminine when talking about the physical country.
• Somalia seems to be in anarchy even in the Russian language. Сомали (Somalia) can be seen variously as masculine, feminine or neuter.
• There is a similar ambiguity with Тонга (Tonga) and other Pacific Islands; generally they are masculine by default.
• As someone has pointed out, Нидерланды (Netherlands) is the more formal name in Russian, which is plural. Голландия (Holland) is not incorrect, however, unlike in English; it is feminine.
• Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan are masculine by their official names, which are rarely used favor of the “-ia” feminine versions.
• For the UK, Великобритания (Great Britain, fem.) is the standard. Соединённое королевство (United Kingdom, neut.) is seldom used, and Англия (England, fem.) is inaccurate.
• The Dem. Rep. Congo and Rep. Congo are marked as feminine, which is correct when using the long names. “Конго” (Congo), however, is neuter.
More detailed info on gender patterns in Russian and plural countries here.

mapsontheweb:

Country genders in Russian

atrubetskoy:

A few explanations:

• Соединённые Штаты (United States) is plural, but Америка (America), which is feminine, is used most often outside of formal context.

• Перу (Peru) and Чили (Chile) are most often neuter when talking about the political entity, but feminine when talking about the physical country.

• Somalia seems to be in anarchy even in the Russian language. Сомали (Somalia) can be seen variously as masculine, feminine or neuter.

• There is a similar ambiguity with Тонга (Tonga) and other Pacific Islands; generally they are masculine by default.

• As someone has pointed out, Нидерланды (Netherlands) is the more formal name in Russian, which is plural. Голландия (Holland) is not incorrect, however, unlike in English; it is feminine.

• Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan are masculine by their official names, which are rarely used favor of the “-ia” feminine versions.

• For the UK, Великобритания (Great Britain, fem.) is the standard. Соединённое королевство (United Kingdom, neut.) is seldom used, and Англия (England, fem.) is inaccurate.

• The Dem. Rep. Congo and Rep. Congo are marked as feminine, which is correct when using the long names. “Конго” (Congo), however, is neuter.

More detailed info on gender patterns in Russian and plural countries here.

send me some countries!
America: What is your favourite place to eat?
Australia: Do you have any quirks when speaking?
Austria: What kind of person do you wish to be?
Belarus: Is there anyone you love? Family, friends, romantic interest?
Belgium: What do you think of your siblings?
Botswana: Do you like to sing? Why or why not?
Bulgaria: Who do you consider close to you?
Cameroon: Describe your culture.
Canada: Favourite wintertime activity?
China: What was the best moment of your life?
Cuba: What sort of grudges do you hold if any?
Cyprus: What hands-on activities do you like (drawing, carving, building, etc.)?
Denmark: Do you wish for something of your past?
Egypt: Do you stand up for what you believe in? How?
England: Are you controlling?
Estonia: Do you think people often misunderstand you?
Finland: What do you prefer, kindness, sternness, or apathy?
France: How do you show love for those you care for?
Germania: What is the hardest thing you have ever had to do?
Germany: Do you have a hard time forgiving yourself?
Ghana: What is your favourite sport?
Greece: Do you let other help you when in need?
Hungary: Who is the person you trust most?
Hutt River: What is the most memorable dream or nightmare you have had?
Hong Kong: Do you fear death?
Iceland: Do you hide your real personality? Why?
India: How important is family to you?
Japan: Tell us a secret about yourself.
Kenya: What is your favourite wild animal?
Korea: What is one thing you accomplished by yourself?
Kugelmugel: Is there anyone you have a love-hate relationship with?
Latvia: Do you believe you are brave?
Ladonia: What is the internet site you visit most often?
Liechtenstein: How do people underestimate you most often?
Lithuania: Do you desire power?
Macau: What is your favourite festival or celebration?
Molossia: Do you consider yourself strong?
Monaco: Do you think you are a lucky person?
New Zealand: Would you rather be an elf, dwarf, Hobbit, or wizard?
North Italy: What is your least favourite part of your personality?
Norway: What was the most disappointing time in your life?
Netherlands: Most generous thing someone has done for you?
Poland: Hardest thing you have gone through?
Prussia: Would you prefer to live forever or die alone?
Roman Empire: How would you like to be remembered?
Romania: What is something you are very ashamed of?
Russia: Have you ever suffered from low self esteem? Do you still?
Sealand: Who is your best friend?
Seborga: What is your favourite beverage?
Seychelles: How do you handle people being rude to you?
South Italy: What is your favourite part of your personality?
Spain: What would you tell to the person or people you hurt most if you had a second chance?
Sweden: Are you a leader, follower, or independent?
Switzerland: Would you consider yourself evil, good, or neutral?
Thailand: How good is your poker face?
Tibet: What do you value most?
Taiwan: What do you think of the people or person who raised you?
Turkey: Would you ever want children?
Uganda: How would you like others to see you?
Ukraine: What is one thing that has made you stronger in life?
Vietnam: What is something you are proud of about yourself?
Yemen: What kind of art do you like?
Zimbabwe: Who is your favourite character from any folklore?
oh, oh, pretty please, amuse me. : )
speutschlish wrote:
13, 8, 2?
  • 2. favorite language to write in? icelandic!!!
  • 8. weirdest place knowing a foreign language has been useful? in pe class with a supply teacher i didnt know the answer to a question so i pretended to be an italian person who didnt speak english
  • 13. weirdest language-related classroom memory? idk i think a lot in french so i often find myself responding in french instead of english

umlauts-are-happy-letters:

I like it how people describe something hard as “like learning a foreign language”, while I use that to describe something fun

aphfandoms:

DO YOU EVER REALISE HOW AMAZING IT IS TO KNOW A SECOND LANGUAGE

LIKE ANY OTHER LANGUAGE IS JUST GIBBERISH BUT SOMEHOW YOU UNDERSTAND THESE DIFFERENT WORDS AND THEY MEAN THINGS AND JUST

LANGUAGES ARE SO FREAKING FASCINATING HOW DO OUR BRAINS EVEN FUNCTION WHAT ARE LANGUAGES