Thursday, July 01, 2010

Where My Head's At Today


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I got there because my boss and I are having a discussion about how to identify a language she overheard, not long ago, at the airport, that she couldn't identify on the spot. And since my boss is Irish, has an aunt who is Welsh, has traveled all over the world and spent a lot of time in Turkey and Saudi Arabia and Brazil, AND is a language nerd...let's just say that there's not many languages that she CAN'T identify on the spot. Lots of soft round sounds, and clicks, she said, spoken by three slender dark-haired girls with faintly olive skin. In this case, I think the gender identity of the girls is a red herring, so to speak. We've already ruled out everything on most continents, including Welsh, Basque, Catalan, and Icelandic. Nothing Cyrillic or Germanic, for sure. My boss' description makes it sound African. It's POSSIBLY Romanian or Finnish. Thoughts? (Celia? Rob?)

In any case, Omniglot looks fascinating. I may spend a lot of time there in the future.

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Take me there, please.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Husband is Romanian, it's a Latin language. I KNOW, I was surprised to learn that too because the pitch and tonality sound Slavic to me, but there you have it. Now that I have been exposed to Romanian speakers for a few years and because I speak French and a spattering of Spanish, I can usually pick out a few words, just enough to get the gist of the conversation but not enough to understand it. has free language tutorials. Maybe she could try a few languages in there to see if she can pick it out?