French

Recommended Listening Gender assignment in French – An explanation for why words are assigned either masculine or feminine gender in the French language. http://www.arteradio.com http://www.silenceradio.org Quotes Être homme, c’est précisément être responsable. C’est connaître la honte en face d’une misère qui ne semblait pas dépendre de soi. C’est être fier d’une victoire que les camarades …

Arabic

“Arabic Language” in the Arabic Al-Bayan Script Arabic (Arabic: العَرَبِيَّة‎)  is a Central Semitic language that first emerged in Iron Age northwestern Arabia and is now the lingua franca of the Arab world. It is named after the Arabs, a term initially used to describe peoples living from Mesopotamia in the east to the Anti-Lebanon …

Kahu huruhuru

Lingo Cards It’s fun to learn the Māori language. Kahu huruhuru = Feather cloak Huruhuru = Feather Kahu = Cloak Newsworthy In the news because Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wore the kahu to Buckingham Palace for a dinner hosted by the Queen of England to celebrate the Commonwealth. Elsewhere on the Web Māori treasure kahu …

COLOV 2018

Oaxaca City hosts the 8th Coloquium of Otomangan and neighboring languages (8vo Coloquio sobre Lenguas Otomangues y vecinas, COLOV). The event takes place this week at Biblioteca de Investigación Juan de Córdova in the San Pablo Center, Independencia #904. Hashtags: #COLOV2018, #COLOV8 Key Links https://www.colov.org The Colloquium on Otomanguean and Neighboring Languages ​​(COLOV) is a …

Māori

Photo The Māori are the Indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. They arrived from Polynesian islands before 1300 AD. They are the first known inhabitants of New Zealand (Aotearoa) before the Europeans arrived in the early 1800s. September 10-16 are the dates for the 2018 Māori Language Week / Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. …

Russian

Elsewhere on the Web http://www.enchantedlearning.com/themes/russia.shtml Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_alphabet Twitter @UNEP_Russian Russian Vocabulary отлично = atlichna = great Да = Yes Planeta.com Language Russia

Gaeilge (Irish)

Languages 2018 has been declared the official year of the Irish language, or Bliain na Gaeilge. Key Links http://www.peig.ie/en/2018 https://www.facebook.com/gaeilge2018 https://twitter.com/PEIG_ie Tweets by PEIG_ie Headlines http://www.thejournal.ie/readme/opinion-will-bliain-na-gaeilge-turn-into-bliain-na-begrudgers-2018-3732909-Dec2017/ https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/taoiseach-launches-bliain-na-gaeilge-programme-1.3334455 https://cnag.ie/en/news/1042-celebrating-contemplating-125-years-of-irish-language-revival-with-bliain-na-gaeilge-2018.html https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/motherfoclir-can-millennials-rescue-irish-36409449.html http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-05/students-fight-to-keep-irish-language-from-fading-out/9118750 http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/abroad/54-irish-curses-you-won-t-have-learned-in-school-1.3011527 If every week is Seachtain na Gaeilge on RTÉ, do we need TG4? related: Meáin Ghaeilge RTÉ – Action Plan 2015 – 2019 http://metro.co.uk/2013/03/17/top-10-dreadful-fake-irish-accents-in-films-3545809 …

Australia Slang

Word cloud Even a drongo can use a dongle! Traveler Tip: If you are uncertain about a particular expression or word, just say, ‘Hang on a moment, I’m not quite sure what you’re on about.’ Featured Words Billabong Makarrata Walkabout Top Faves: Waddaya reckon? Arvo = Afternoon As fit as a mallee bull = Very …