Have you ever been so excited to ride a boat that you had ticket-holding fits? Perhaps, but I don’t think that’s what the translator of a certain Chinese sign meant. A photo on Leonie Doyle’s blog (Lightlyskipping) shows a sign … Continue reading
[my video] Have trouble figuring out the days of the week? You need The Calculendar! This TV-commercial parody was inspired by the lyrics Yesterday was Thursday, Thursday Today it is Friday, Friday [. . .] Tomorrow is Saturday And Sunday … Continue reading
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Tagged absurd, calculator, calendar, closed-captioned, commercial, days of the week, días de la semana, english, español, français, French, Friday, infomercial, jours de la semaine, parody, Rebecca Black, silly, Spanish, spoof
It’s Chinese New Year’s Day. Happy Year of the Rabbit! According to Language Log and Dog sun, the clever thing for Chinese cards now is Chinese-English mixing of greetings. Thus: “Happy New Year 兔 you!” (Happy New Year tu you!; … Continue reading
[my video] Steven and Brandon have a misunderstanding. Can you spot the ambiguity? Link to video Closed-captioning (CC) and transcript available.
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Tagged absurd, ambiguity, automobile, car, closed-captioned, dry landscape garden, japanese, Japanese rock garden, karesansui, karesansui teien, lexical ambiguity, silly, teien, verbal ambiguity, word ambiguity, youtube, Zen garden, 善, 庭園, 枯れ山水, 枯れ山水庭園, 枯山水, 枯山水庭園
[my video] After a short, original light-verse poem, hear about Christmas and Japanese New Year’s and learn some Japanese words related to New Year’s. Link to video Closed-captioning (CC) and transcript available.
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Tagged Christmas, closed-captioned, hatsumode, hatsumoude, Japan, japanese, Japanese New Year, kadomatsu, light verse, nengajo, nengajou, New Year's, otoshidama, poem, poetry, Shogatsu, Shougatsu, お年玉, 初詣, 年賀状, 正月, 門松
If you want to create a realistic science fiction/fantasy world, language helps a lot. Here are some conlang (constructed language) resources for creators and those interested. How to write the next great alien language (io9.com on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Elvish and … Continue reading
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Tagged artificial language, conlang, constructed language, elvish, fantasy, klingon, lord of the rings, okrand, satire, sci fi, science fiction, star trek, tolkien
[Obligatory Yoda inverted word order here insert you may.] The folks at TomTom are selling Star Wars voices for their GPS devices and seemed to have enjoyed the making of behind-the-scenes videos of the recording sessions. The Yoda one has … Continue reading
As I wrote last year (2007 (First) NZ Sign Language Week), New Zealand has given official status to New Zealand Sign Language, the natural language of New Zealand’s Deaf community. New Zealand Sign Language Week is this week (May 5-11, … Continue reading
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Tagged auslan, bsl, celebration, deaf, fingerspelling, manual alphabet, new zealand, new zealand sign language, nzsl, sign, sign language, week
The United Nations has declared 2008 to be an International Year of Languages, to be overseen by UNESCO. Happy new year to all.