[The English Language]
[Borrowed Words in English]
[Words and Names]
[The World's Most Spoken Languages]
[UK and USA English]
[London Place Names]
[It's a WORLD Wide Web]
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The Latvian language is getting more popular. For example, a casino is called kazino in Latvia.
Languages and Linguistics
Language Families : The English Language : Words
Grammar : History of Writing : UK and USA English : London English
Place Names : Writing for the Internet
Essays, Tables and ListsLanguages belonging to the same family share common ancestors. This essay looks at some of the more common and important language families. These are described in general terms with unusual or interesting grammars indicated for selected languages.
There are descriptions of several language families in detail:
There is also a listing of the 30 Most Spoken Languages in the world.
Most people go on vacations not releasing there might be a language barrier even when taking Cancun vacations or a Dominican Republic all inclusive you will come across a lot of Spanish speaking people. Plan ahead and look up the native languages of where you might be traveling to learning a little can be a great advantage.
The list features languages as diverse as Arabic, Hindi, Cree, Italian, Quechua and Ewe. Borrowed words include algebra, ketchup, barbecue, yacht, baron, caravan, picnic, patio, lava, clock, theory, shampoo, doctor, and chocolate.
A search engine allows borrowed words to be found by language, continent, language family, and type of word.
A map shows the evolution of scripts, alphabets and syllabaries with links to several examples:
Amharic, Arabic, Aramaic, Armenian, Bengali, Berber, Brahmi, Burmese, Cham, Chinese Characters, Chinese Pictograms, Coptic, Cuniform, Cyrillic, Etruscan, Georgian, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Javanese, Kannada, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Latin (Roman and Modern), Lepcha, Linear B, Malayalam, Maldivian, Mayan, Mongolian, Nastaliq, Oriya, Phoenician, Punjabi, Runic, Samaritan, Sanskrit, Sinhalese, Syriac, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Tocharian, Ugarit.
A table shows the evolution of the Latin Alphabet from the original Phoenician alphabet.
"Have a butchers, me old china!"
Many writers on the web assume that their readers will be from a particular country ("the Prime Minster says..."), cultural background ("the holiday season is approaching..."), hemisphere ("now that spring is here...") or religion ("merry Christmas...").
These assumptions can be a bar to effective communication and may even cause offence.
KryssTal Related Pages
From a linguistic point of view, this essay includes a section on how language is used to obscure facts and mould public opinion.
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Language for Travellers
A web site featuring languages useful for travellers.
100 Best Online Dictionaries
Stock up on New Words Today.
An excellent etymological site with many links and a section on World English.
Very large site for the etymology and history of first names.
A list of the numbers 1 to 10 in thousands of languages and many more language resources.
So You Wanna
So you want to know the most spoken languages in the World. Plus more on languages.
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