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

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

My adventures in 10 languages

I have to admit that finding a title for this article took me “slightly” more than a second. By saying ‘adventures’ I intend to refer to my encounters with certain foreign languages – yes, this is what the article will be about. And by saying ’10 languages’ I mean that I will try my best at telling each little story in the corresponding language. I would like to emphasise that, even if the quality of my writing disproves this fact, the paragraphs below are not a result of clicking the ‘Translate’ button on our favourite instant translator website. It’s not worth copying the story of my English adventure from my introduction, so I shall move on to Hungarian, which will be followed by a bit of French, Neo-Ugric, German, Lingua Franca Nova, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Greek and Esperanto. In case you have some knowledge of any of these languages, I would appreciate if you could give me some feedback on my attempt, by leaving a comment on this post. Continue reading