Guest Post: Learn like a Boss with Your Own Resources

Create your own vocabulary list and dialogues

We all know that there is abundant of language learning material available either in the bookstore or on the internet. However, the question is “Which learning material suits your learning style and your necessity?”

A wide variety of choices is good in terms of providing sufficient learning material but it also could make you confused of choosing the right one for you.

Moreover, you may also be confused because of facing the scarcity of learning material, especially for unpopular languages. Continue reading

‘Huckleberry Finn’ – An Unusual Attitude to Linguistic Diversity

Since you are reading my blog, I assume you are aware of the fact that there is a wide variety of languages in existence around the world today. It may even be hard for you to imagine that many African slaves in the 19th century United States had no knowledge of the concept of ‘language’. They had no access to education and were very unlikely to encounter foreigners in their area. In addition, they had neither the right, nor the money nor the will to travel abroad. So with regards to an understanding of linguistic diversity, they were just like us in our childhood years! I remember hearing my grandparents talking in Greek and not being aware that they were conversing with each other the way I did in Hungarian. In other words, I saw foreign languages as gibberish. Have I got evidence for this? Of course I do! Once I shouted out a made up sentence in front of my parents and finished with the following remark: “This is my Greek.” I’m not sure if this experience would have foretold my future passion for constructed languages and glossopoeia, but it did leave my parents astonished, there’s no doubt about that.

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Best of 2013 – The 15 Most Popular Articles of the Year

First of all, I wish you all a New Year that brings luck and prosperity, fills your home with joy and spirit, and gives you new confidence and courage for a fresh start. Let me re-introduce the 15 most visited posts of 2013 on ‘I wish to be a polyglot!’. It seems to be quite a diverse list of articles, which encourages me to continue exploring a wide range of topic areas in the New Year. With over 5000 views and 120 comments, my blog has become my proudest achievement of 2013 – besides my GCSE results, of course. I would like to thank you all for being kind enough to sacrifice some time and have a quick look at the stuff that go through my mind. Oddly enough, your comments indicate that some of you even consider my articles ‘interesting’ – special thanks for that! A propos, I am aware of the issue with the comments and promise to answer them all as soon as possible. Continue reading

Juntante la comunia de elefen – Como me pote aida? #babel2013

Prima, me vole demanda un pardona per no publicinte un article de cuando la vijila de tota santas. E ance, pardona per scrivente en elefen en loca de engles! La razona per esta es ce me ia enscrive a la Dia European de Bloginte Multilingual, cual ia es en 15 novembre, e donce me aora scrive en un otra lingua. Alora, nos ta parla sur alga cosa plu interesante! Continue reading

Simple, fluent, elegant – Introducing an alternative writing system

I have always been planning to write this article due to the amount of comments I have received in connection with the beautiful writing system I use to write Neo-Ugric. Let’s reveal the truth: the alphabet is called ‘Tciaar’ and was invented by Ricardo Reséndiz Maita and Cialy Saturno Maita in 2005. According to Omniglot, the creators were inspired by writing systems such as Arabic and Mongolian, which seem to share a lot of interesting traits with the outcome. Continue reading

It’s all Greek to me!

I have a tendency to write incredibly long articles, I know. But having a quick look at my other posts made me realise that in some cases a short piece of writing can be just as successful as a longer one. So please don’t expect a lengthy article this time! As you can see from the title, today I am going to write a bit about Modern Greek, more specifically my own experience with it. You may have read in my introduction that my mother is Greek and that this wonderful language and culture had a great impact on my early life. It was the first foreign language I came across, and the first one I began to learn in class. However, the years of studying did not seem to pay off at the end. And – in my opinion – are yet to pay off! Let me tell you a bit more about why my views on this are so pessimistic. Continue reading

More about Lingua Franca Nova

Since I published the article ‘My adventures in 10 languages‘ nearly a week ago, I received quite a few questions about one of the paragraphs. This mysterious paragraph was written in a constructed language called Lingua Franca Nova, which I would like to write about in this article. So around two years ago, while searching for simple conlangs on the internet, I found an article about LFN and – as I expected – it gained my interest in the language. At this point I began to look through everything related to the subject that I could find on the internet (and surprisingly, there was a wide variety of available materials). Despite my great enthusiasm, it was only last week that I decided to have a go at using the language without being able to speak it. And, believe it or not, it seems to have worked. Continue reading