Sunday, April 04, 2010

Fun Links

The last week or so, I've been working on two things: filling in gaps (slowly) in my Uzbek vocabulary, and taking another look at the Romance languages. I've got a sense of some basic Uzbek structures and what to do with them, but words are wanting so I decided it was time to be able to talk about some new things. I've got some things I've been trying for this. If any of them work out, I'll update on that next week.

Reviewing the Romance languages has been inspired by two sites, one with some excellent input - www.bilingual-texts.com - and one that proposes a modern Latin as a tool to getting in touch with the major Romance languages - http://sites.google.com/site/neolatino/.

Bilingual-Texts.com is an excellent site with a small (but growing) selection of, well, bilingual texts. You can get selected novels and play in French, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Japanese (maybe more by now) with English translations. And in those cases where audio is available free online, this is linked. If you're an advanced beginner or higher and what some good material with the roadmap provided by an English translation, be sure to check out the site. Or, if you're a purist, you can cover the second column and still enjoy the material!

When it comes to the neolatino site, I'm a bit of a skeptic. Neolatino is an auxiliary language based on Latin, and I'm a skeptic of auxlangs in general. However, if you can read a couple Romance languages, it's fun to poke around, to see how easily one can read this "neolatino" and to see, equally, how little effort it takes to read texts in languages like Valenciana, once you get out of the habit of reading for specific meaning in a language you know and start reading for general meaning as best you can. If you really should be studying your French/Spanish/Italian/Portuguese, etc, but you don't feel like it, this is a great site to kill some time.

1 Comments:

Blogger jorcaiba said...

I'm glad to see that you found our Via Neolatina site inspiring. The project, which has started at the University of Barcelona, is trying to develop a standard language for the whole Neolatin world using scientific criteria (this means that Neolatin is not intended to be a simplified constructed language as, for example, interlingua). It's not based on Latin but on the modern Romance languages, specially Italian, which is the most central one. Its aim is to provide Romance speakers with a Romance auxiliary language for intercommunication, so that they don't need to use a non Romance auxiliary language (English).

Cordialmente,

Jordi Cassany

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