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by IronMike
Fri May 26, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Language logs
Topic: So many languages, so little time. A(nother) language log (RU, EO, maybe some others)
Replies: 33
Views: 1558

Re: So many languages, so little time. A(nother) language log (RU, EO, maybe some others)

The studying continues! Today I got the email explaining what time and where to be on 10 June for my C1 exam in Esperanto. The test starts at 1100, but I have to be there at 1030 for registration. The testing location is not too far away by metro, so that's good. After the test I'll probably go to a...
by IronMike
Mon May 22, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Learning Anglo Saxon words
Replies: 14
Views: 346

Re: Learning Anglo Saxon words

Interesting fact for you re: Anglo-Saxon words in Modern English, from John McWhorter's The Power of Babel , p. 95: Out of all the words in the Oxford English Dictionary...no less than 99% were taken from other languages. The relative few that trace back to Old English itself are...62% of the words ...
by IronMike
Mon May 22, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Language as a Political Tool and Weapon of War?
Replies: 23
Views: 718

Re: Language as a Political Tool and Weapon of War?

Political linguistics, one of my favorite sub-fields!
by IronMike
Mon May 22, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: My language Dilemma
Replies: 10
Views: 436

Re: My language Dilemma

When I was working on my thesis (Russian language prestige in the states of the former Soviet Union), I learned that many people have different first language vs. mother tongue. In some states of the FSU, the census will ask two questions: What is your mother tongue? What is your native language? (A...
by IronMike
Mon May 22, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Native Content available for Old English
Replies: 14
Views: 424

Re: Native Content available for Old English

I'm deviating a little bit from the post but I really liked the idea of going backwards from Modern English, but I suddenly realised that before tackling Early Modern English literature, I should master Modern English literature itself. Let me explain, I have no trouble whatsoever reading anything ...
by IronMike
Thu May 18, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: Hours needed to "maintain" a language
Replies: 23
Views: 1105

Re: Hours needed to "maintain" a language

Whenever I have the choice, I choose speaking. It is the hardest skill in each of my languages, but it combines with listening, which is the harder of the two receptive skills (for me at least). I sometime run into Russian co-workers on the metro, and when I do, I turn the Esperanto radio off and s...
by IronMike
Thu May 18, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: Hours needed to "maintain" a language
Replies: 23
Views: 1105

Re: Hours needed to "maintain" a language

Can doing only active skills preserve passive skills simultaneously? I would tend to disagree. If you are a mediocre speaker you may be treated as such and the whole discussion will take place in some kind of 'basic' language with a low percentage of rare words and idioms. Or you will just hear a l...
by IronMike
Sun May 14, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: Native Content available for Old English
Replies: 14
Views: 424

Re: Native Content available for Old English

These are the books I've used for Old and Middle English (in that order, due to many many Anglo-Saxon words in early Middle English). Introduction to Old English by Baker Old English Aerobics to go along with the above book A Book of Middle English by Burrow My favorite version of Beowulf is Heaney'...

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