Archive for May, 2013

Funny Pronunciation of Certain English Words

repeataftermeEvery language has its rules. When a native speaker encounters another language, s/he automatically applies the rules of his language. This is the case for Turkish native speakers who just begin to speak English.

It is not an accent issue- it is more about generalizing all the rules for every language. 🙂 Of course, these are quite simple pronunciation mistakes which are easy to overcome but they are great fun for beginners. 🙂

Let’s see what kind of mistakes a Turkish beginner makes. I wanna thanks the presenter for this funny video. The introduction is Turkish- so just skip the first part 🙂

http://www.viplay.com/diziler/eglence/bir-bilene-soralim/dogru-ingilizce-konusma_22833

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Someone said “More Language Facts” ? :)

surprised-babySeriously, this is on request. 🙂 Yeah, I like language facts, too. That’s why I have a huge collection of websites that have such content.

Sometimes, the world gets so small that you think you and your neighborhood is the only place in the world. However, as long as we enjoy different languages and cultures, we just go beyond this easily.

I just wanna say there is a huge world out there to discover!

And, let’s go back to our topic- well, language facts. 🙂

Here, more… 

 

There are only 4 words in the English language which end in “duos”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

There are at least two words in the English language that use all of the vowels, in the correct order, and end in the letter Y: abstemiously & facetiously.

There are 41,806 different spoken languages in the world today.

The word “queue” is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.

The word “honcho” comes from a Japanese word meaning “squad leader” and first came into usage in the English language during the American occupation of Japan following World War II.

The shortest word in the English language with all its letters in alphabetical order is the word “almost.”

The Philippines has more than 1,000 regional dialects and two official languages.

The only MLB team to have both its city’s name and its team name in a foreign language is the San Diego Padres.

The longest word in the Finnish language, that isn’t a compound word, is ‘epaejaerjestelmaellistyttaemaettoemyydellaensaekaeaen’. In English it means ‘even with their lack of ability to disorganize’.

The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis. The only other word with the same amount of letters ispneumonoultra-microscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.

 

Source: http://www.muskurahat.us/amazing-facts/language-facts-1.asp

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10 Funny Language Facts

2000px-Face-surpriseYou know, sometimes you hear some fact and you say “No way!”… Here, I’ve found some facts about languages on internet and compile them for you… 

This is the first part… I hope you enjoy all these funny language facts! 🙂

 

According to Illinois state law, it is illegal to speak English. The officially recognized language is “American.”

Widow is the only female form in the English language that is shorter than its corresponding male term (widower).

Victor Hugo’s Les Miserable contains one of the longest sentences in the French language 823 words without a period.

There is only ONE word in the English language with THREE CONSECUTIVE SETS OF DOUBLE LETTERS…. Bookkeeper

There is a word in the English language with only one vowel, which occurs five times: “indivisibility.”

There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, “therein”: the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein.

There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: “abstemious” and “facetious.”

There are thirteen languages spoken by more than 100 million people. They are: Mandarin Chinese, English, Hindi, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Bengali, Portuguese, Malay-Indonesian, French, Japanese, German, and Urdu.

There are roughly 6,500 spoken languages in the world today. However, about 2,000 of those languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers. The most widely spoken language in the world is Mandarin Chinese. There are 885,000,000 people in China that speak that language.

There are only two sequences of four consecutive letters that can be found in the English language: “rstu” and “mnop.” Examples of each are understudy and gynophobia.

 

Source: http://www.muskurahat.us/amazing-facts/language-facts-1.asp

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Rules for Freelancers

If you’re freelancer, it is quite hard not to procrastinate at home. 🙂 You just want to start something but without noticing, you happen to be distracted by Facebook or other social networks… – or simply by Wikipedia. Yeah, I like reading Wikis, too. 🙂

So, if you want to keep up with your deadlines, you just have to make some rules for themselves. Whenever I get a translation, I use this tactic: “I will not check other websites until I finish 5 pages.” I’m sure you all have such rules and it will be useful if you share them with us. 🙂

Let’s see another alternatives…

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Find Out the Similarities Between Languages

There are thousands of languages and dialects around the world. If you encounter a language that you’ve never heard before, you feel like an alien is speaking to you. 🙂

But it doesn’t work like that for people who are interested in foreign languages. Instead of listening to an alien speech, we try to understand some certain patterns, we give attention to syllable stresses, we try to find some lexical similarities between our own language and this “alien speech”. 🙂

So, I discovered an interesting website showing the similarities between languages. It does not go in detail and it only shows the percetages of the similarities in certain categories, but I’m sure you’ll want to check it up. 🙂

 

First, you select the language that you want to compare to other languages:

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Than you can see the similarities a certain language shares with others.

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Cactuses (Difficulty) indicate the relative difficulty of learning this language if you already speak Italian. The fewer cactuses/cacti, the easier.

Here is the website: http://how-to-learn-any-language.com/e/languages/similarities/index.html

Enjoy! 🙂

 

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