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 – (Italian-IT)

il lupo la volpe il cervo la zebra
wolf fox deer zebra

il delfino il tricheco il squalo il pinguino
dolphin walrus shark penguin

il coccodrillo la testuggine il granchio la medusa
crocodile turtle crab jellyfish

il criceto il scoiattolo la lepre il ratto
hamster squirrel hare rat

l’oca il pipistrello il bruco la vespa
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 (Italian-IT)

Antigua e Barbuda Bahamas Barbados Belize
Antigua and Barbuda Bahamas Barbados Belize

Canada Costa Rica Cuba Dominica
Canada Costa Rica Cuba Dominica

El Salvador Grenada Guatemala
Dominican Republic El Salvador Grenada Guatemala

Haiti Honduras Giamaica Messico
Haiti Honduras Jamaica Mexico

Nicaragua Panamá Saint Kitts
e Nevis
Santa Lucia
Nicaragua Panama St. Kitts and Nevis St. Lucia

Saint Vincent
e Grenadine
Trinidad e Tobago Stati Uniti
St. Vincent and
the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago United States
of America

Oceanic countries (Italian-IT)

Australia Stati Federati
di Micronesia
Figi Kiribati
Australia Federated States
of Micronesia
Fiji Kiribati

Isole Marshall Nauru Nuova Zelanda Palau
Marshall Islands Nauru New Zealand Palau

Nuova Guinea
Samoa Isole Salomone Tonga
Papua New Guinea Samoa Solomon Islands Tonga

Tuvalu Vanuatu
Tuvalu Vanuatu

Asian countries (Italian-IT)

Afghanistan Armenia Azerbaigian Bahrein
Afghanistan Armenia Azerbaijan Bahrain

Bangladesh Bhutan Brunei Cambogia
Bangladesh Bhutan Brunei Cambodia

Cina (Repubblica
Popolare Cinese)
Cipro Georgia India
China (People’s
Republic of China)
Cyprus Georgia India

Indonesia Iran Iraq Israele
Indonesia Iran Iraq Israel

Giappone Giordania Kazakistan Kuwait
Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kuwait

Kirghizistan Laos Libano Malesia
Kyrgyzstan Laos Lebanon Malaysia

Maldive Mongolia Myanmar (Birmania) Nepal
Maldives Mongolia Myanmar (Burma) Nepal

Corea del Nord Oman Pakistan Stato di Palestina
North Korea Oman Pakistan Palestine

Filippine Qatar Arabia Saudita Singapore
Philippines Qatar Saudi Arabia Singapore

Corea del Sud Sri Lanka Siria Taiwan
(Repubblica di Cina)
South Korea Sri Lanka Syria Taiwan
(Republic of China)

Tagikistan Thailandia Timor Est Turchia
Tajikistan Thailand Timor-Leste Turkey

Turkmenistan Emirati
Arabi Uniti
Uzbekistan Vietnam
Turkmenistan United Arab
Uzbekistan Vietnam


Introductory Phrases (Italian-IT)

Here are some basic introductory phrases to get you started. Please note that Italian has several pronouns for “you”: informal (singular “tu”, plural “voi”) and formal (singular “Lei”, plural “Voi”, [or “Loro”, but this is old-fashioned and falling out of common use]).

Ciao! Hello!
Come ti chiami?
Come si chiama?
What is your name?/What are you called?
Mi chiami ____. My name is _____./I am called _____.
Come stai?
Come sta?
How are you?
Sto (bene/male). I am (well/not well).
Quanto anni hai?
Quanto anni ha?
How old are you?
Ho ____ anni. I am ____ years old.
Dove abiti?
Dove abita?
Where do you live?
Abito a _____. I live in ______.
Buongiorno! Good morning!
Buongiorno! Good day!
Buonasera! Good evening!
Buonanotte! Good night!
Per favore. Please.
Grazie Thank you.