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 – (French-FR)

le loup le renard le cerf le zèbre
wolf fox deer zebra

le dauphin le morse le requin le pingouin
dolphin walrus shark penguin

le crocodile la tortue le crabe la méduse
crocodile turtle crab jellyfish

le hamster l’écureuil le lièvre le rat
hamster squirrel hare rat

l’oie la chauve-souris la chenille la guêpe
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 (French-FR)

Antigua-et-Barbuda Bahamas Barbade Belize
Antigua and Barbuda Bahamas Barbados Belize

Canada Costa Rica Cuba Dominique
Canada Costa Rica Cuba Dominica

Salvador Grenade Guatemala
Dominican Republic El Salvador Grenada Guatemala

Haïti Honduras Jamaïque Mexique
Haiti Honduras Jamaica Mexico

Nicaragua Panama Saint-Christophe-
Nicaragua Panama St. Kitts and Nevis St. Lucia

Trinité-et-Tobago États-Unis
St. Vincent and
the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago United States
of America

Oceanic countries (French-FR)

Australie États Fédérés
de Micronésie
Fidji Kiribati
Australia Federated States
of Micronesia
Fiji Kiribati

Îles Marshall Nauru Nouvelle-Zélande Palaos
Marshall Islands Nauru New Zealand Palau

Samoa Salomon Tonga
Papua New Guinea Samoa Solomon Islands Tonga

Tuvalu Vanuatu
Tuvalu Vanuatu

Asian countries (French-FR)

Afghanistan Arménie Azerbaïdjan Bahreïn
Afghanistan Armenia Azerbaijan Bahrain

Bangladesh Bhoutan Brunei Cambodge
Bangladesh Bhutan Brunei Cambodia

Chine (République
populaire de Chine)
Chypre Géorgie Inde
China (People’s
Republic of China)
Cyprus Georgia India

Indonésie Iran Irak Israël
Indonesia Iran Iraq Israel

Japon Jordanie Kazakhstan Koweït
Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kuwait

Kirghizistan Laos Liban Malaisie
Kyrgyzstan Laos Lebanon Malaysia

Maldives Mongolie Myanmar (Birmanie) Népal
Maldives Mongolia Myanmar (Burma) Nepal

Corée du Nord Oman Pakistan Palestine
North Korea Oman Pakistan Palestine

Philippines Qatar Arabie saoudite Singapour
Philippines Qatar Saudi Arabia Singapore

Corée du Sud Sri Lanka Syrie Taïwan
(République de Chine)
South Korea Sri Lanka Syria Taiwan
(Republic of China)

Tadjikistan Thaïlande Timor orientale Turquie
Tajikistan Thailand Timor-Leste Turkey

Turkménistan Émirats
arabs unis
Ouzbékistan Viêt Nam
Turkmenistan United Arab
Uzbekistan Vietnam


African countries (French-FR)

Algérie Angola Bénin Botswana
Algeria Angola Benin Botswana

Burkina Faso Burundi Cameroun Cap-Vert
Burkina Faso Burundi Cameroon Cape Verde

Tchad Comores Côte d’Ivoire
African Republic
Chad Comoros Côte d’Ivoire

Djibouti République democratique
du Congo
Egypte Guinée equatoriale
Djibouti Democratic Republic
of the Congo
Egypt Equatorial Guinea

Érythrée Éthiopie Gabon Gambie
Eritrea Ethiopia Gabon The Gambia

Ghana Guinée Guinée-Bissau Kenya
Ghana Guinea Guinea-Bissau Kenya

Lesotho Liberia Libye Madagascar
Lesotho Liberia Libya Madagascar

Malawi Mali Mauritanie Maurice
Malawi Mali Mauritania Mauritius

Maroc Mozambique Namibie Niger
Morocco Mozambique Namibia Niger

Nigeria République
du Congo
Rwanda Sao Tomé-
Nigeria Republic of the Congo Rwanda São Tomé
and Príncipe

Sénégal Seychelles Sierra Leone Somalie
Senegal Seychelles Sierra Leone Somalia

Afrique du Sud Soudan du Sud Soudan Swaziland
South Africa South Sudan Sudan Swaziland

Tanzanie Togo Tunisie Ouganda
Tanzania Togo Tunisia Uganda

Zambie Zimbabwe
Zambia Zimbabwe