Category Archives: Language

The Portuguese Language and What Makes it Intriguing

This is a documentary style language profile about the Portuguese language which is spoken in Portugal, Brazil, and beyond. * If you’re learning Portuguese, visit PortuguesePod101: http://bit.ly/portuguesepod101. (Full disclosure: if you sign for a premium account, Langfocus receives a small … Continue reading

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About the Nahuatl language

[…] Check out the Paleogloss channel (Nahuatl poem): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_rR… Check out Odilon Bautista’s channel (the Nahuatl song singer): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzBy… Today we are discovering the language of the Aztecs – Nahuatl! Yes, it is still a living language, and it is … Continue reading

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Language Keepers – Emergence Magazine

This six-part multimedia experience shares the stories of four Indigenous communities in California who are revitalizing their languages. https://vod-progressive.akamaized.net/exp=1633376334~acl=%2Fvimeo-prod-skyfire-std-us%2F01%2F3831%2F13%2F344156119%2F1391057171.mp4~hmac=f511bb4aab1499f38acde70781ab503d69b47816efdf742e3ddc98671e2ddc43/vimeo-prod-skyfire-std-us/01/3831/13/344156119/1391057171.mp4?filename=EM_Maries_Dictionary_Festival_Cut_Master_2019-06-24a_Vimeo.mp4 At the age of eighty-five, Marie Wilcox is the only remaining fluent speaker of Wukchumni, a dialect of the Tule-Kaweah language … Continue reading

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‘Gutteral’ Sounds (Back Fricatives) in English

Lass, R. 1999. The Cambridge History of the English Language, Vol III. Paston letters on Archive.org – https://archive.org/details/pastonlet… Hart, J. 1569. An Orthographie. Butler, C. 1633. English Grammar. Brilioth, B. 1913. A Grammar of the Dialect of Lorton (Cumberland). Wheeler, … Continue reading

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International Day of Sign Languages | United Nations

Maleni Chaitoo, representative of the International Disability Alliance, addresses the meeting using sign language during the special event in observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (2015). PHOTO:UN Photo/Amanda Voisard   We Sign for Human Rights The International … Continue reading

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Why Swahili is becoming Africa’s Official Language

The Remarkable Rise of Swahili in Africa. Swahili is a Bantu language, which stands out from the rest in Africa and is the most spoken and widely studied indigenous African language. Swahili’s rise, development and spread also makes it the … Continue reading

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The Language That Died In An Explosion

 

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Why French sounds so unlike other Romance languages

[…] ~ Briefly ~ Follow my animated recipe for a taste of how sound shifts changed French pronunciation throughout the ages: Latin, Gaulish and Frankish influence, an early Romance era of Oïl vs Oc, Old French, Middle French, the Renaissance, … Continue reading

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The English Language ‘Family Tree’

 

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How to Talk to Aliens | The Space Show

Professor Michael Garrett of the University of Manchester speaks with Motherboard’s Becky Ferreira about his work with SETI – the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

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