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A late-20s university grad living in the Bay Area.

Aspiring polyglot with Spanish and Japanese under my belt. My eyes are set for French, German, Italian, and Hawai'ian. I often get distracted from my language learning. You can find me as 'moon_goddess' on Memrise, or DM me for Lang-8 or Busuu contact information.

My obsessive-compulsions include stopping the microwave only when the time remaining is divisible by five and reading the fine print on commercials.

My first sip of tea was out of my baby bottle. I make one of the best cuppas you’ll ever taste.

Posts tagged "language"


A feeling many may be familiar with after a long day…


MultiTree: A Digital Library of Language Relationships

MultiTree is a website by Linguist List where you can browse and search related languages: just click the solid-coloured nodes to expand, and it will dynamically resize. 

It’s a lot better than traditional language family tree diagrams because you can zoom, expand and collapse nodes, pan around to different areas, and change the colours and font size. The other great part is that you choose which tree you want to see based on the author and date, which helps remind us that, although many language classifications are uncontroversial (yes, English is a Germanic language), language typology is an evolving, dynamic field where researchers are still figuring out the most accurate way of classifying them. 

Here’s a guide to using MultiTree from the Linguist List blog (note that it’s still in beta but it worked fine when I was playing around with it). 

Other online tools that you can use compare lots of languages: WALS (World Atlas of Language Structures), APiCS (Atlas of Pidgin and Creole Language Structures), and World Phonotactics Database. Another project is Wikitongues, which records video of people speaking their language(s).


Suuuuuper interesting!



A map of the world, with each country labeled in its local language – a fine addition to visual storytellers’ creative maps of the world.

( io9)

Languages if the world!!! There are many different ones with their own alphabets and characters….

(via allecto)

Germany: eine, zwei, bitte, Wasser, groß, Dankeschön, danke, hallo, Guten Tag, tschüss, ja, “wo ist Toilette?”

French: merci, l’eau, bonjour, au revoir, “si vous plais”, “ou es toilette?”

Netherlands: Danku.

I would speak in broken [insert language] and we’d either figure it out from body language or, more often the case, the second party spoke English. Usually I was complimented on my attempts which was encouraging. :)

We’ll be leaving to visit my SIL in Spangdahlem soon. I was told that beer is cheaper than water in restaurants, but I can’t drink. Can someone confirm that the following is right?

"Ich will eine Wasser trinken, bitte."

I’m just trying to say “I want some water, please”.

I’m trying to stay motivated! I have downloaded Memrise for French and German and a new reading app (Wakaru) for Japanese. Memrise also has Japanese, Spanish, Chinese (only menu-reading), Russian, and Portuguese.

I need to just start Skyping on Busuu and Lang-8, but what can I say, I have to be in the mood to deal with other humans especially after a day at my horrible job. Maybe I should vlog instead. Any suggestions, lang nerds?

Has anyone used the Hamiltonian system for language learning? Someone recommended it on the Tofugu Google+ page, but I can’t find examples on any blogs or sites.

I get the primary focus is to shift from grammar to vocabulary, and emphasize reading, reading, reading. But I’m skeptical.





(via linguisticsape)