Category: Language

DIALECT: A Game about Language and How it Dies

I love languages, and I love constructed languages. Years ago, I heard about a Kickstarter for this game: Dialect. I was excited, and so were other Esperantists. I finally received my physical copy of the game and I was so excited to play it with friends, and seeing the variety of Backdrops provided with the …

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Topic languages that I want to learn…

Mandarin Chinese Hindi Arabic Spanish Korean Japanese Láadan Languages that I’m already decent at: English (native) Esperanto (intermediate-level)

Hindi (Devanagari) Mnemonics

I like to use Memrise when I’m learning a language and, generally, it is best to make up your own mnemonics when learning. Here are the steps I use when making mnemonics for learning new scripts: What is the romanized letter, or what does it sound like? Find a word (preferably a noun) that begins …

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Mandarin Chinese Class Review #2

Rose’s Chinese Comic

My little sister Rose took a Mandarin Chinese class while she was attending Longview Community College.  Here is a small comic she wrote for the class. 🙂  

Let’s Plays in Mandarin Chinese

I love Let’s Plays, and I think they’re really handy for when you’re learning a new language. If it’s a game you’re familiar with, you can usually figure out the context in which the player is speaking, which makes it a little easier to try to pick out words and sentences. So, what are some Mandarin …

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Mandarin Chinese Class Review #1

Mandarin Chinese Class Review #2 >> Tuesday nights I’m taking a Mandarin Chinese class through KU’s Confucius Institute. I need to review and practice speaking more, because even though I am listening and reading between classes, I get flustered when asked to actually speak. 🙂 Hello! Nǐ hǎo 你好 What is your name? Nǐ jiào …

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Rachel’s Mandarin Word List

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Swadesh list — a compilation of basic concepts, which can be useful to learn as a core set of vocabulary when learning a new language. While learning Esperanto, it became more clear to me what kind of things I talk about and what words I use most often (whereas with …

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New “Mandarin Chinese” section

I’ve spent a lot of time learning conlangs such as Esperanto, Láadan, Ido, and Toki Pona. Usually, while I’m learning a new conlang, I will make a website for it. For conlangs, there are a lot less resources out there than there are for natural languages, so while I might make a Twitter account for Spanish-only …

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Speak Esperanto as you would like to speak it.

Mi vidis tiun ĉi fadenon hodiaŭ, kaj mi vidis iun, kiun mi ofte spertas rete. Malbonkoruloj. Ofte, Esperantistoj deziras priparoli Esperanton, kaj malofte, Esperantistoj parolas pri iuj ajn aferoj.  Pro tio, Esperantistoj senĉese disputas pri la parolado de la lingvo, kaj insultas unu la alian, ĉar persono A ne parolas same kiel persono B. Fek …

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