Polyglots United (Foreign Language Trading)

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Polyglots United (Foreign Language Trading)

Hi.

I have a specific interest in teaching myself Russian. I love language. Besides English & a bit of Russian I also know bits of Icelandic; Danish; French; Spanish; Latin; and am also interested in dialects of English (Cockney English, Australian slang, etc!)  We speak so many different languages on here, and yet we all communicate through art & mail. It's a good thing.

I wonder if anyone else is interested in learning other languages.

This group will exist to celebrate communication through different tongues + art + mail; if you want to learn more of a language --- which I definitely do --- or you just love other languages, maybe join this group. 

Everyone is welcome here :)

I realize we communicate through ART, which can transcend the language barrier --- but we still speak different tongues and I would personally like to learn some foreign language. 

Thank you! Hope to see you here.

Post Script: The video is my favorite Russian song right now by Zemfira. I have no idea what the whole song says or means!!! But it rocks. xxx

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English Mail Words for non-native speakers

Started by Heleen de Vaan. Last reply by Heleen de Vaan Jan 8. 11 Replies

For non-native speakers sometimes words about mail in English can be confusing.For instance, what's the difference (or the similarity) between 'mailbox', 'letterbox' and 'postbox'? E.g. in Dutch the…Continue

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Translation Tools - Sites and Programms

Started by Ruud Janssen. Last reply by Ruud Janssen Dec 25, 2013. 9 Replies

Because we are speaking in many languages, but yet don't know all of them, it is handy to explain eachother which sites and tools we use for translating. Please share your tools and methods here.(see…Continue

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Comment by Alan Brignull on February 27, 2014 at 7:29pm

Hello Gin — welcome back, I did wonder about the non-existent person who started this group.

Pseudolalia sounds good, if it didn't exist before then it does now. That card was my attempt at creating a convincing 'fake' language which didn't look too obviously like any real one.

My guess at noo nadizha would be something like 'hopefully'.  'Ну' is a filler word like 'well' and 'Надежда' is 'hope' … but let's wait for a real Russian.

Comment by Eva (HMA) on January 27, 2014 at 2:18pm

I guess polyglots and language lovers will love this game: The Great Language Game.

How many points have you obtained? For me, 250 first time, 400 segond attempt...

Comment by Alan Brignull on December 24, 2013 at 1:52pm

I'm not fluent in any language except my own, but I'm interested and I enjoy the sound of some languages, just pronouncing the words without fully understanding them. Is this group only for 'real' foreign languages?

Comment by Eva (HMA) on October 28, 2013 at 10:08pm

The theme for the challenge of this month of Mail a Smile was "Spain". I tried to focuse in languages. See also in my blog.

Comment by Patricio - The Celestial Scribe on October 12, 2013 at 4:13pm

Hi poliglotes.  My first language is spanish.  I have spent more time in Brazil, where I actually live, than in my country of origin.  I´m sworn translator portuguese-spanish.  English is my third language. Mail Art is the last one but the way I see it, it will be the number one soon.  

Comment by Annick SB on September 25, 2013 at 5:36pm

Comment by Eva (HMA) on September 24, 2013 at 10:43am

26th September is "European Day of Languages"

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on September 16, 2013 at 6:38pm

Amazing!

And beautiful, such an original poem. And interesting for us non-natives to try to hear the differences in the words..

Thank you very much for sharing, 謝謝, Eva!

石獅子詩人

Comment by Eva (HMA) on September 16, 2013 at 5:42pm

Please, listen to this poem and read to the translation. It's soooo amazing!

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on September 15, 2013 at 11:37am

Sloppy, messy?? Never worry: I don't see any sloppi- nor messiness at all! And if so, than especially that's Art (with a capital 'A')! :-)

Another nice thing concerning the image (does not have to do with languages but with mail art so I cannot resist mentioning it here, too :-)

It's a pity that I cannot show also the original version on the internet to all of you: Gin's card - maybe unintentional - shows an amazing effect!
On the irl-version of the card, the word 'wish' is in front, while here on the IUOMA site, on the scanned version, it looks like if the background of the word 'wish' is in the back of the white part of the card!
Very fun to see how 3D can have visual effects over 2D imigaes (similar to the effect TicTac created in this mail art: in real, the man has been glued on the green background, but once scanned, it seems like the man is behind the green line and green part is in front of the man!). So nice and virtuosely made, thanks again, Gin!

Back to language (well, in the alinea above there are some: preposition puzzles for non-native English writers :-) E.g. I don't know which preposition is right in the phrase 'effects .... over'. In Dutch it's 'effect ... op', 'effect' happens to be the same in both languages, but the Dutch preposition translated into English can be 'on', 'at', 'over', etcetera... :-) )

Concerning the polyglot mail art Gin sent to me: for the ones who were wondering, the long phrase in Gin's mail is in Danish, and is from Hamlet :-)

 

 

 

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