Vocab of the Day (27 October 2014)


German (Deutsch): das Brot

French (Français): le pain

Spanish (Español): el pan

Italian (Italiano): il pane

Dutch (Nederlands): het brood

Czech (Čeština): chleba

Slovenian (Slovenščina): kruh

Polish (Polski): chleb

Russian (Русский): хлеб

Swedish (Svenska): bröd

Finnish (Suomi): leipä


Vocab of the Day (25 October 2014)


German (Deutsch): das Auge/die Augen

French (Français): l’œil/les yeux

Spanish (Español): el ojo/los ojos

Italian (Italiano): il occhio/gli occhi

Dutch (Nederlands): het oog/de ogen

Czech (Čeština): oko/oči

Slovenian (Slovenščina): oko/očesi (dual)/oči (plural)

Polish (Polski): oko/oczy

Russian (Русский): глаз/глаза

Swedish (Svenska): öga (indefinite), ögat (definite)/ögon (indefinite), ögonen (definite)

Finnish (Suomi): silmä/silmät

Animals 2 – (Czech-CS)

vlk liška jelen zebra
wolf fox deer zebra

delfín mrož žralok tučňak
dolphin walrus shark penguin

krokodýl želva krab medúza
crocodile turtle crab jellyfish

křeček veverka zajíc krysa
hamster squirrel hare rat

husa netopýr housenka vosa
goose bat caterpillar wasp

(Jellyfish photo by William Warby.)

New Sporcle game + useful sites

Yet again, I had not intended to be absent from this blog as long as I’ve been! I have been doing most of my language work offline or working on song translations over at LyricsTranslate, so I haven’t had many structured articles to post here. I am close to allowing myself to be talked into beginning Ancient Greek in earnest by my classicist sister (I already study Latin) and into adding Romanian to my ever-increasing list of languages here–this time, at least, I convinced myself to work on what I have a bit more first!

Animals quiz online at Sporcle
Earlier today I finished the animals quiz on Sporcle for anyone to have a go at. You can find it by clicking here. It doesn’t include the last row of animals (ant, fly, bee, spider) simply because there wasn’t enough room! I’ll include them in the next animals game, to go with the lesson of Animals 2 that I’m working on for the blog.

Some useful websites
I’ve accumulated some more useful websites for language learning that I don’t think I mentioned here yet. I hope you check some of them out if you think they could be of use.

Lang-8 is a journal-entry-type website, where you can post entries in the language you’re learning, and native speakers can correct them with a sentence-by-sentence set-up that makes it easy to compare the corrections with your original text. In turn, you earn points by correcting other people’s entries in your native language. Free membership allows you to choose two foreign languages, while the pro option, while fairly expensive, gives you an unlimited number; if, like me, you have over ten languages to work on and you use the site fairly regularly, I think it’s well worth the money. It has been an absolute godsend for me. It may seem that you need to be very proficient to write entries in the foreign language you’re studying, but I’ve gone from pretty much a beginner stage to writing a little blurb in English and translating it into each of my languages without as many problems as one might expect. I think the best way to learn to write and speak in a language is to try, even if you make many mistakes; the best way to remember something is to get it wrong and be corrected, I think!

This is a Czech-language site, but the interface is simple enough that you should be able to navigate fairly easily. It is a Czech dictionary going into various languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Latin, and Esperanto.

Similarly, Sanakirja.org is an online Finnish dictionary (in Finnish), showing translations to and from many different languages simultaneously.

Kaannos is very similar to Sanakirja.org, providing a Finnish-language dictionary with translation to multiple languages simultaneously.

Urbaan Sanakirja
Urbaan Sanakirja is the Finnish-language version of Urban Dictionary. The entries are in Finnish, and are very useful for finding out the meaning of slang and colloquial language.

Anglesko-slovenski slovar
This is a Slovenian-language dictionary to and from English.

This is a Russian site, providing translation to and from many languages, with examples of context.

Teen Slang
As the name suggests, this is a site with explanations of teen slang in Russian.

North American countries (Czech-CS)

Antigua a Barbuda Bahamy Barbados Belize
Antigua and Barbuda Bahamas Barbados Belize

Kanada Kostarika Kuba Dominika
Canada Costa Rica Cuba Dominica

Salvador Grenada Guatemala
Dominican Republic El Salvador Grenada Guatemala

Haiti Honduras Jamaika Mexiko
Haiti Honduras Jamaica Mexico

Nikaragua Panama Svatý Kryštof
a Nevis
Svatá Lucie
Nicaragua Panama St. Kitts and Nevis St. Lucia

Svatý Vincenc
a Grenadiny
Trinidad a Tobago Spojené státy
St. Vincent and
the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago United States
of America

Oceanic countries (Czech-CS)

Austrálie Federativní státy
Fidži Kiribati
Australia Federated States
of Micronesia
Fiji Kiribati

Marshallovy ostrovy Nauru Nový Zéland Palau
Marshall Islands Nauru New Zealand Palau

Nová Guinea
Samoa Šalamounovy ostrovy Tonga
Papua New Guinea Samoa Solomon Islands Tonga

Tuvalu Vanuatu
Tuvalu Vanuatu

Asian countries (Czech-CS)

Afghánistán Arménie Ázerbáidžán Bahrajn
Afghanistan Armenia Azerbaijan Bahrain

Bangladéš Bhútán Brunej Kambodža
Bangladesh Bhutan Brunei Cambodia

(Čínská lidová republika)
Kypr Gruzie Indie
China (People’s
Republic of China)
Cyprus Georgia India

Indonésie Írán Irák Izrael
Indonesia Iran Iraq Israel

Japonsko Jordánsko Kazachstán Kuvajt
Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kuwait

Kyrgyzstán Laos Libanon Malajsie
Kyrgyzstan Laos Lebanon Malaysia

Maledivy Mongolsko Myanmar (Barma) Nepál
Maldives Mongolia Myanmar (Burma) Nepal

Severní Korea Omán Pákistán Stát Palestina
North Korea Oman Pakistan Palestine

Filipíny Katar Saúdská Arábie Singapur
Philippines Qatar Saudi Arabia Singapore

Jižní Korea Srí Lanka Sýrie Tchaj-wan
(Čínská republika)
South Korea Sri Lanka Syria Taiwan
(Republic of China)

Tádžikistán Thajsko Východní Timor Turecko
Tajikistan Thailand Timor-Leste Turkey

Turkmenistán Spojené
arabské emiráty
Uzbekistán Vietnam
Turkmenistan United Arab
Uzbekistan Vietnam


Introductory Phrases (Czech-CS)

Here are some basic introductory phrases to get you started. Czech has an informal pronoun for “you” (“ty”), and a formal (“vy”).

Ahoj! Hello!
Jak se jmenuješ?
Jak se jmenujete?
What is your name?/What are you called?
Jmenuji se ____. My name is _____./I am called _____.
Jak se máš?
Jak se máte?
How are you?
Mám se (dobře/špatně). I am (well/not well).
Kolik je ti let?
Kolik je vám let?
How old are you?
Je mi _____. I am ____ years old.
Kde bydlíš?
Kde bydlíte?
Where do you live?
Bydlím v ____. I live in ______.
Dobré ráno! Good morning!
Dobrý den! Good day!
Dobrý večer! Good evening!
Dobrou noc! Good night!
Prosím. Please.
Děkuji. Thank you.