Category Archives: Vocabulary

Korean Pasta?

I understand, it sounds weird. Korean pasta? What’s that about? As with pretty much everything on this blog, it’s about language. Specifically, it’s a continuation from my most recent post and the question of what to learn first. At the … Continue reading

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The Problem with success

Once upon a time, I decided to do something challenging and fun. The Babel Project was a response to a work situation that was becoming increasingly challenging, without much of a silver lining. If you have ever worked in an … Continue reading

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What hump?

I cannot help myself – it is too tempting to use a moment from my favourite ever (comic) movie as a Post title. With all due respect to the late great Marty Feldman, not only have I found my hump, … Continue reading

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Faster, higher, whatever?

What an interesting couple of weeks it has been. Some of you may have noticed a little thing called the Olympics make its way through town. In other news, I managed to come down with a chest cold and undergo … Continue reading

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Hit the slopes

It’s winter-time down here, and some are thinking about skiing. Not your humble correspondent, who remains faithful to his obsession with language. Nevertheless, the seasonal discussions have dented my bubble and that, along with a challenging couple of days with … Continue reading

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The geography of language – mountain

Moving right along with the theme, I have chosen mountain to symbolise Chinese – in this instance specifically Mandarin Chinese. The tonal structure of Chinese can quite easily resemble the ups and downs of your average Himalayan (or other) mountain range. … Continue reading

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The geography of language – forest

Each language has its own shining feature. Spanish and French are romance; German and Arabic are guttural; Italian and Japanese are bouncy while Chinese is up and down. English is ubiquitous. I have already written about Arabic and the desert analogy. … Continue reading

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