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So, it’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these. It’s been a while since I have been posting regularly, period. Now that I have some gainful employment and have stopped moving around for the time being, I have some time to post regularly again and, hopefully, make this blog even better than ever! So, in celebration of the resuming of normal posts again, here’s another shoutout to you awesome people that follow this blog and some other amazing blogs that you should check out!

Linguastic - A blog of a fellow language-learner. I am simply amazed by the concrete goals she’s set for herself, the cool content, and other interest things that may interest you as well. I think all language learners should do something like what she’s doing - make weekly goals and keep practicing! I will actually be taking some tips away from her blog and reworking mine a bit, accordingly!

tipsforlanguagelearning - Another great language blog with a wealth of tips and more in many languages - it’s not language-specific. 

languagescom - Essentially, a mirror of languages.com. The posting is scarce, but there’s some interesting things about languages on there.

arabicproblems - You don’t need to know Arabic to relate; we’ve all been there. Here’s something to cheer you up when your language learning seems a bit tough.

latin-student-problems - Just like the about is Arabic-specific, this one’s all about the Latin, baby.

oupacademic - A neat blog put together by the Oxford University Press. It’s not 100% languages or linguistics, but for those of you that love to learn about languages and the world, this is a must follow (If you haven’t already).

Related: Shoutout! #1, Shoutout! #2, Shoutout! #3

person

Word: человек

Pronunciation:

  • che-lo-vek

Meaning: Noun, person

polyglotted:

This is a really good article, especially for those of you who don’t think that you’re really a “polyglot” just because you don’t speak 4+ languages. You’re still part of the community.

Also… does this make me an internet polyglot?

I would say yes.

linguastic:

Back in December I made a post called “Eight things I learned from my ‘Latin mission’”, so I’m making a similar post, eight things I learned from studying Italian:

  1. An “awesome” language-learning method (e.g., Assimil) isn’t necessarily the best method for everyone.
  2. Focusing on…

lazy

Word: perezoso/a

Meaning: Adj, lazy

allthingseurope:

Puffin Island, Ireland (by zig_rob)

polyglotted:

languagethings:

in my first year of uni my french teacher told us about how there are so many tourists in Paris and how sometimes the french seem a bit ‘rude’ about it.

he said “imagine you have always lived in Paris. you go down to your local bakery to pick up a loaf of bread, but there are tourists everywhere inside and it is full. you have to stand in line for so long while people take photos around you. they speak a language you don’t understand and you don’t know what they are saying. they don’t speak french so you can’t ask them if you can just quickly go in front grab a loaf of bread and get out. you have to wait so long in line you are running late to work.

imagine you are walking down the street because you are running late and you’re trying to hurry up to pick up your children from school but there are tourists all around taking photos and standing around. you are just trying to go about your day and lead your life, you have things you need to get done, just like everyone else, but all your every day activities take twice as long because there are tourists everywhere, many of whom do not speak a word of french.

you start to feel like a stranger in your own home.”

I can’t really relay the story as well as he did, he told it magnificently and it is five years later and I still think about this every time I go overseas anywhere, and possibly one of the reasons I feel really uncomfortable going anywhere in a large tour group and not speaking a word of the language.

people often forget when they go travelling that they are real-life normal people who are just trying to go about their day who live in that town, and while you are spending hours staring at all the beautiful cakes in the bakery, someone behind you might just be trying to buy a loaf of bread and get home to their family.

This is a really good point. Obviously, he’s not saying you shouldn’t travel… but be considerate of others (especially locals) when you do travel.

Great point. Exactly how I feel.

افتح فمك فقط إن كان ما ستقوله أجمل من الصمت
Open your mouth only if what you are going to say is more beautiful than silence.
Arabic Proverb  (via bl-ossomed)

(via linguastic)

duty

Word:   واجب /واجبات 

Transliteration:

  • singular: wā-jib
  • plural: wā-jib-āt

Meaning:

  1. Noun, duty; work
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