jaimelyncupcakes:

//Hey guys! Can I be cheeky and ask people to reblog this? I’m posting this for Deaf Awareness Week, even though at the moment my BSL sucks xD//

LOOK AT THIS CUTIE PIE!!!

related note: I found out that this week is International Deaf Awareness Week (yeah!!!) and because of that my university is organizing a few events related to ASL and awareness and what not. Including a 5-week introductory course in ASL, once a week, as of October, for only $50. 

What to do if you’re interested: If you’re in Montreal, it will take place at McGill, McLennan Library, every Thursday. If you’re not in Montreal, look up for academic institutions or deaf institutes and stuff, there’s probably something going on. 

beenthereshippedthat: What are some good sites for learning languages? I already have duolingo but there isn't that much variety :-/

I wrote “language masterpost” on tumblr search and found a bazillion examples. ;)
this one maybe?

tjvonp: I assume that you've met a lot of polyglots. How often do you meet polyglots who also sign? Do you find that people list American Sign Language (ASL) or other sign languages alongside the spoken languages they know?

Hello!

I have met several polyglots, true, but not many seem to be polyglots because of a general interest in Language. Usually they just happened to be born to immigrant parents in the bilingual city I live in (Montreal) and learned another language in High School. 
I haven’t met anyone who is fluent in a few languages and also in another sign language; and I know this might sound weird, but I don’t think that signing people are included enough in society for me to be able to find them without actively looking for them. Right now my priority is to finish my Bachelor, and then I can get back to language studies again — and ASL is pretty high on my priority language list. :)

ryqboy7: Hey, I'm 14 and I just started a polyglot club at my high school and was wondering if you had any ideas for cool activities. I was thinking about a 6 week esperanto challenge, but thats all ive got

oh man oh man oh man. I love this. 
I can think of a learn a language in 6 months type of challenge. You chose someone who speaks a different language and that person teaches you their language, while you teach someone else your own language. 
Or maybe you guys can have theme days, like… you go to a restaurant or community centre and learn the names for stuff in the theme culture.
Or erm… movie nights? I had a class in college called Foreign Language Cinema, and I loved watching stuff in Chinese and Russian and stuff. 

I’ll publish this so that other people can give you their ideas. I’m sorry (not sorry) if your inbox gets overloaded with polyglot care. :D


losmunsters: Hi! I've been having a hard time conjugating in portuguese. How do I use Do, das and da?

Do, da, dos, das are contractions (prepositions + articles).
Do = de + o
da = de + a
dos = de + os
das = de + as.

Some places will use them before names, many won’t. So for example:

O caderno é de Rebecca. > The notebook is Rebecca’s.
O caderno é do (de + mandatory article) pai da (de + non-mandatory article) Rebecca. > The notebook is Rebecca’s father’s.
A casa é das (de + mandatory article) primas de Rebecca. > The house is Rebecca’s (female) cousins’.
O cachorro é dos primos da Rebecca. > The dog is Rebecca’s (male) cousins’. 

Where I come from we put articles before people’s names, so I can say
A Maria foi comprar carne.” > “Mary went to buy some meat.”
and no one really cares. You can choose what you prefer to use, as long as you are consistent with it. :)

You also use contractions when talking about location.
If you’re gonna say “Rebecca is from the US” you would say “Rebecca vem/é dos Estados Unidos”; when you say “____ the United States” you put an article before US if you’re speaking English — and also if you’re speaking Portuguese.
Because you have a preposition (de) and an article (os), you automatically have a contraction. I think this doesn’t happen in Spanish, but it does in French and Italian, for example. 
Most places will take only the preposition “de” or the contraction “da”. You’ll see “de Porto Rico”, “de Sao Paulo”, “de Minas Gerais”, “de Portugal”… “da Inglaterra”, “da Suíça”, “da Espanha”, “da Colombia”, “da China”… and it happens that you see “do” as well (but I think it is rare, I had trouble remembering examples): “do Japao”, “do Canadá”, “do Laos”.

This should help.

Message me again if you need it explained differently. :) 

bunny-banana:

IF YOU SERIOUSLY THINK I’M GONNA LISTEN TO YOU EXPLAINING TO ME ALL THE DIFFERENT REGIONAL ACCENTS/DIALECTS OF YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE AND SHOWING ME THE EXACT LINGUISTIC DIFFERENCES TO RELATED LANGUAGES then you are absolutely right make yourself comfortable i’ll just bring the popcorn and then we can proceed

(via prototumblinguist)

losmunsters: How did you learn how to speak portuguese? Do you have any references?

native tongue, dear. I would suggest you start with stuff like Duolingo or Assimil and then move on to kids stuff that you could find online (seriously, dowload disney movies, a series called castelo ra-tim-bum, pokemon, you choose.), then move on to music (there’s a music masterpost here somewhere with all kinds of languages). Also, I see you’re in NY… the Brazilian community in NY is MASSIVE. It’s crazy. Look up any kind of Brazilian Cultural Centre and you’ll find teachers, friendly people in general and a lot of people who would love to teach you their language. I would say we generally feel honoured when someone wants to learn Portuguese. (: 

If you start learning, feel free to send me all the questions. :) 

quintanear:

So I decided to read a sociolinguistics textbook.
These were my reactions to the mention of Portuguese and then to the lack of proofreading. COME ON MAAAAN. COME ON RONALD, BRO!!! WE AIN’T USING NONE O THAT Ñ THING!!!! WE USE NH, BUD!!! GET.IT.TO.GE.THER!!!!

  • Satan: [appears]
  • Satan: You can have anything you wan--
  • Me: LANGUAGE.
  • Satan: What?
  • Me: GIVE ME EVERY LANGUAGE.
  • Satan: What the--?
  • Me: YOU SAID ANYTHING. GIVE ME EVERY LANGUAGE IN THE WORLD.
  • Satan: Wouldn't you rather have love or money?
  • Me: EVERY. LANGUAGE. MASTERY OF EVERY LANGUAGE. NOW.

needkpop: Hi. I'd like to just say that there's this really good app/website called memrise. Where you can do language courses and they have a lot of them it's really good you should check it out.

THANKS, BOO *_*