John Gordon Ross

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Language Stuff

Almost everyone uses language, so inevitably almost everyone thinks they are an expert in it. I don’t consider myself an expert, though most of my work requires at least language competence and sometimes actual skill, but I do follow the blogs featured on this feeds page.

(If you are wondering where the translation-related feeds have all gone, I have put them on their own page.)

Most of the blogs represented here are in English, most of the time, but don’t be surprised to find other languages used. Go with the flow – I occasionally find myself pleasantly surprised at how much I can grasp in languages I have never seen before.

Language On the Net

Language Log » Mao Zedong's "three jewels"

Monday 2 October 17:12:41 UTC 2017

On the eve of the establishment of the PRC, Chairman Mao referred to united front (tǒngyī zhànxiàn 統一戰線) work as one of the Party’s “three great fabao” (sān gè dà fǎbǎo 三个大法宝). So what is a fabao, what did Mao mean by that expression, and where did he get it? Mao's "fabao" is often glossed as "magic weapon" or "secret … [Link]

Omniglot blog » Project-based learning

Monday 2 October 16:50:29 UTC 2017

When learning languages I use a variety of tools. At the moment I’m using Duolingo and Memrise, and also Colloquial Icelandic. I like the way Duolingo puts words in different contexts and tests you in different ways. I like the way Memrise gives you the option to create your own memory hooks, and the conversations and grammar notes in Colloquial … [Link]

Language Log » A sign pointing to a sign

Monday 2 October 12:21:06 UTC 2017

This is a sign pointing the way to a sign. — Chris Buckley 储百亮 (@ChuBailiang) October 2, 2017 zònghé xìnxī pái 综合信息牌 ("general information sign") — very well translated! Better than GT, Baidu Fanyi, and Microsoft Translator, all of which have "integrated information board", which sounds as though it has been influenced by electronics. There are about 114,000 ghits … [Link]

Urban Word of the Day » Kush Mama

Monday 2 October 7:30:00 UTC 2017

Nickname for someone awesome who always comes in hot with the weedz. Kush Mama has got it going on! [Link]


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