Sinopse

A podcast about language and linguistics

Episódios

  • Episode 37 – The Hardest Languages

    Episode 37 – The Hardest Languages

    28/10/2020

    In this episode I discuss which languages are hardest to learn, and what makes some languages more difficult to learn than others. It’s not possible to provide a definitive list of the most challenging languages as it depends on a variety of factors. This hasn’t stopped people from doing this anyway. Here are some examples: […]

  • Episode 36 – The Easiest Languages

    Episode 36 – The Easiest Languages

    28/09/2020

    In this episode I discuss which languages are easiest to learn for native speakers of English, and what factors make languages easy or difficult to learn, including grammar, spelling, pronunciation, vocabulary, the availablity of resources, and so on. Tunes features in this episode Hedge Cats / Cathod y Gwyrch See the score for this tune. […]

  • Episode 35 – Adventures in Etymology

    Episode 35 – Adventures in Etymology

    08/08/2020

    In this episode I take you on an adventure in etymology, the study of where words come from, and how they have changed over time. I start with the word etymology, and see where I end up. Tunes features in this episode Hedge Cats / Cathod y Gwyrch See the score for this tune. Push […]

  • Episode 34 – Dutch

    Episode 34 – Dutch

    30/06/2020

    In this episode I talk about Dutch (Nederlands), a West Germanic language spoken mainly in the Netherlands and Belgium. I talk about the language itself and its history, about my attempts to learn it, and related stuff. English words of Dutch origin include: Santa Claus, yacht, yankee, wildebeest, wagon, wiggle, waffle, stove, stoop, snack, skate, […]

  • Episode 33 – Giving Up

    Episode 33 – Giving Up

    07/06/2020

    In this episode I talk about reasons why we stop learning learning langauges. Why we give up on them and quit. This is based on a poll I posted on the Omniglot Fan Club on Facebook. Top reasons for giving up on a language include losing interest, not having enough time, getting distracted, another language […]

  • Episode 32 – Acutal Fluency

    Episode 32 – Acutal Fluency

    02/05/2020

    In this episode I talk to fellow podcaster and language nerd, Kris Broholm. He makes The Acutal Fluency Podcast, on which he talks to language learners about their language learning experiences and journeys. We talk about language learning, about Danish (Kris is from Denmark), and other language-related things. Tunes features in this episode Hedge Cats […]

  • Episode 31 – Talent

    Episode 31 – Talent

    18/04/2020 Duração: 19min

    In this episode I talk about talent, particularly talent for languages. Do some people have an innate talent for learning languages? Do others lack such a talent? If you don’t have a talent for languages, can you learn one anyway? Further reading: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/is-innate-talent-a-myth/ Tunes features in this episode Hedge Cats / Cathod y Gwyrch See […]

  • Epsiode 30 – Gibberish

    Epsiode 30 – Gibberish

    21/03/2020 Duração: 20min

    In this episode I talk about, and in, Gibberish – what it is, where it comes from, how I learnt it, and possible reasons why some people find it difficult to learn. Tunes features in this episode Hedge Cats / Cathod y Gwyrch See the score for this tune. Dancing on Custard / Dawnsio ar […]

  • Episode 29 – Language and Music

    Episode 29 – Language and Music

    25/02/2020 Duração: 31min

    If you’re good at languages, does it follow that you’re good at music, and vice versa? In this episode I talk about links between languages and music. I explore similarities and differences between learning and using languages, and learning and playing music, based mainly on my own experiences. Links Languages and Music https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3338120/ https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/133/the-relationship-between-music-and-language Edinburgh […]

  • Epsiode 28 – Languages in Fiction

    Epsiode 28 – Languages in Fiction

    27/01/2020 Duração: 19min

    In this episode I talk about how languages are used in, and invented for works of fiction, such as books, films and TV programmes. I also look at the ways writers indicate that characters are speakers in foreign languages without actually writing in those languages, and how accents are used for a similar effect in […]

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