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watches-and-windchimes · an hour ago
A languages rant
One of my absolute least favourite things I hear as an aspiring linguist is when monolinguals tell me it would be better if everyone just spoke one language. It's usually English speakers saying this, but the sentiment is there with pretty much every colonialist country (l'Académie Française is a whole other post I could make).
No, it would not be better if the entire world only spoke English. Firstly, learning languages is shown to be good for your brain so even if you can't find it in yourself to care for other cultures, that's a starting point. But far more importantly, there is so much value to every single language on this planet. There are details and ways of saying things which would lost, all those tiny pockets of history and culture. Thousands of years of context are embedded into certain phrases. There are different ways of talking about time and colour and direction. There are phrases which cannot properly translate.
Along with this is the idea that only certain languages are worth learning - languages like English, French, Spanish and German. While I agree that, in a school context (and certainly where I am in the UK) I would choose them for being widely spoken (and there's a money aspect I won't get into), that doesn't take away from the value of other languages. Sure, minority languages aren't necessarily "economically useful" but they're still incredibly valuable.
When you think of a minority language as pointless, think about all the years of oppression that went into making that language so small. Think about the prejudices you've been raised with regarding the native speakers of that language. Think of all the politicians who don't want you to know your country has more than one native language.
I don't really know what resources to put here. Tom Scott has a ton of videos on linguistics, some of which are on features which do not exist in English. I'd also recommend looking at local or hereditary minority languages and finding individual resources for learning them. If you're in America, learn about the languages of the people whose land you're on. If you're on the UK, learn about the Celtic languages and Scots. Learn about the history of your local sign language(s)
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don't you think that with that new law in France French will be spoken by less people in the areas with regional languages?
Kaixo, anon
No, we don’t. There’s no place in France, no matter how little or isolated inside an area with a regional language, where people can’t speak French or where  there isn’t any contact with that language 24/7.
The Molac Law doesn’t impose minority languages by banning French, it just protects them and puts them at the same level French is, something that’s been long overdue.
Besides, why the fear to lose French speakers, a language spoken by tens of millions? Nobody in power feared losing Basque, Català or Breton speakers by having French imposed for centuries.
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fluencylevelfrench · 3 hours ago
Weird English question: where is it possible to say 'Happy Weekend' ? I have only ever heard something like 'have a nice weekend'. Is it just not used that often or in which country would natives say it? Thanks!
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dreamindaeyo · 4 hours ago
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i do speak Vietnamese, English, Korean, Español and language of Soul
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what-is-nvld · 7 hours ago
I love languages and wish I could learn then but it's very hard for me to especially by myself, I would need an actual teacher.
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teatimemols · 10 hours ago
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Here we call it "carneirinhos" or little lambs! 🤗
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keiicom · 10 hours ago
Yo, Russians and Japanese people have amazing songs and I'm just discovering this now. I mean, listening to OPs is one thing, but other Japanese songs and Russian songs are really catchy too!
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spanishskulduggery · 11 hours ago
Idiomatic Expressions - vender humo
Literally, “to sell smoke”
This expression is very common in the field of journalism and politics. It’s defined as “to try to convince someone (about something) using words and arguments that are lacking in sense”
This is said when someone makes claims without evidence, or tries to misrepresent the facts, or someone who outright lies for political or personal gain. If someone is making baseless claims and/or it’s all very suspect, then that person vende humo “sells smoke”
The closest equivalent in English is “to blow smoke” / “blowing smoke”
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ancesters · 13 hours ago
Shawnee language
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The Shawnee language is a Central Algonquian language spoken in parts of central and northeastern Oklahoma and is closely related to languages such as Sac and Fox and Kickapoo and more distantly related to languages like Menominee and Ojibwe. Historically the language was spoken throughout the Eastern United States, mostly north of the Ohio River.
It is a polysynthetic language with free word order. Of the 2,000 members of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe, more than 100 are speakers; of the 1,500 members of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe in Ottawa County, only a few elders are speakers; of the 8,000 members of the Loyal Shawnee in the Cherokee region of Oklahoma around White oak, there are fewer than 12 speakers.
Vocab (Eastern Shawnee mostly)
Hello - Hatito, hiteto
Do you feel good? - Hikehowaselisimimo, Hakiwisilaasamamo?
I’m good -  Nehowaselisimimo, Niwisilasimamo
I’m fine - Tapenehowaselisimimo
What about you? - Mikeqikeli
Thank you - Neyiwa
What is your name? - Nahewaketasefo?
My name is - Netasefo
Where are you from? - Tinewawiyagekehogepeyi?
I speak Shawnee - Nisawanwatowe
I’m Shawnee - Lenawe nilla
We are Shawnee - Sawanwa killa
I love you - Ketiqalamala
Yes - Hene
No - Miti
I’m hungry - Nesqiliaw
Let’s go eat - Kapiwefanepa
Maybe somewhere I’ll see you again - Kimogoliqikanolanoke
I’ll see you tomorrow - Wipikakanolanoke
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womanofthestars · 14 hours ago
I’ve started the Yiddish course on Duolingo. Any tips?
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marebear555 · 14 hours ago
One of my favorite glitches in the matrix is when you see another language and you think you can read it, and you thought you just read it but you look again and you realize "oh I don't know German".
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ancesters · 14 hours ago
Delaware language
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The Delaware language is a part of the Eastern Algonquian language family and is made up of 2 main dialects; Munsee and Unami. They refer to themselves as Leni Lenape (Lënape in Unami and Lunaapeew in Munsee). Leni, meaning real or original and Lenape meaning ‘man’ (mankind, people) in which -nape is a cognate of -naabe. In Lenapehoking, (the original Lenape homelands) Munsee speakers lived in the north, while Unami speakers were in the centre. A third dialect, Unalachtigo speakers, which is no longer spoken, lived in the south of Lenapehoking. Their historical territory included present-day New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania along the Delaware River watershed, New York City, western Long Island, and the Lower Hudson Valley.Today, Lenape people belong to the Delaware Nation and Delaware Tribe of Indians in Oklahoma; the Stockbridge-Munsee Community in Wisconsin; and the Munsee-Delaware Nation, Moravian of the Thames First Nation, and Delaware of Six Nations in Ontario. 
The Lenape language began its decline along the Grand River in Six Nations and rapidly vanished in the Munsee-Delaware Nation. Today Munsee survives only at Moraviantown, where there are two fluent first language speakers aged 77 and 90 as of 2018. Members are currently working to revitalize the language within the community.
Vocab (Lunaapeew)
Are you well? - Koolamalsi?
My name is - Nii ndushiinzi
I’m from downstream (Moraviantown) - Noonjiiyayii naahii
I am Lenape - Nii ndulaapeewi
I’m glad to see everyone - Kwiinga-neewulohmwa
What is the weather at Downstream today? - Tha lahkameew kway kiishkwehk Nalahiinung?
Sun and cloud - Kiishooxkw waak akumakwat
What is the weather at downstream this evening? - Tha lahkameew kway piiskeekw Nalahiinung?
Tonight some rain - Kway piiskeekwe tangii-sookulaan
11C - Ngwutaanihka
Vocab (Lënape)
Are you well? - Kulamàlsi hàch?
Are you well too? - Kèpe hèch kulamàlsi?
I’m unhappy - Nsàkhotènami
I’m fine - Nulamàlsi
Not really - Ku mayay
Do you speak Lenape? - Kàski hàch alënixsi?
I speak Lenape - Ntalënixsi
Is it cloudy? - Kùmhòkòt hàch?
It’s cloudy - Kùmhòkòt
Do you think it’ll rain? - Ktite hàch xu sukëlan?
Maybe it will rain - Konaèt xu sukëlan
I think it will rain - Ntite xu sukëlan
I’ll see you again - Làpìch knewël/Xu làpi knewël
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thestartupfounder · 16 hours ago
Is There Any Text-To-Speech Solution With License Rights for Comercial Purposes?
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regalstudies · 16 hours ago
Fashion and Japanese Identity: Dissertation Opinion Survey
Hi langblr/studyblr! I’m just under two weeks away from my undergrad dissertation deadline, and I need some help from you guys on this last leg!
I’m researching the connection between fashion and the construction of identity, specifically in the context of Japan and the Japanese identity. If you have any questions, the contact details of both myself and my dissertation supervisor are located in the information sheet :)  
If you identify as Japanese or as a member of the Japanese diaspora it would be a great help if you could fill out the survey below!
I’ll most likely keep this link up until 16/04/2021
The questions are in Japanese, but answers in Japanese or in English are okay! Any and all responses are a great help, and I appreciate it immensely.  
Please help spread the word, because the more people who answer the better! <3
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alfonsoxo · 17 hours ago
Tengo una historia tan extraña y única.
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¡El gascón que quiere cruzar la calle tranquila, de repente aparecen los dos coches (portugués y catalán) que chocan entre sí y también chocan al gascón!
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Esta historia era como sus lenguas que casi se parecen en todos los sentidos (fonologías, vocales y consonantes), por cierto el portugués parecía la versión híbrida del gallego. 😂😆😉
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lgbtinews · 18 hours ago
Polari, The Forgotten Gay Language › Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Intersex News, LGBTI News
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