Polyglot Cafe http://polyglotcafe.org Houston's Language and Cultural Exchange Club Sat, 24 Mar 2018 04:23:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Voyager’s Greetings to the Universe in 55 Languages http://polyglotcafe.org/2015/04/04/voyagers-greetings-to-the-universe-in-55-languages/ Sat, 04 Apr 2015 18:25:50 +0000 http://polyglotcafe.org/?p=290 In 1977, NASA launched the Voyager space probe that has since left our solar system. In case the probe is ever found by extraterrestrial intelligence, it included a gold record with a message etched onto it. The message shows where Earth is located and a drawing of a man and woman, but also includes an audio recording of sounds from Earth. The probe is over 16 billion km away, and the track below is Earth’s greeting to the universe in 55 different languages. How many can you name?

9 hard languages for English speakers – Matador Network http://polyglotcafe.org/2015/04/03/9-hard-languages-for-english-speakers-matador-network/ Fri, 03 Apr 2015 17:50:13 +0000 http://polyglotcafe.org/?p=271 Matador Network talks about 9 languages that they think are hard for English Speakers to learn. Which ones do you speak, and do you agree?

WHILE THE EASIEST LANGUAGES for English speakers to learn have some syntactic common ground with English, the toughest ones are quite alien. Learners tackle writing systems, tonality, and grammatical systems so different, they can make an English-speaking head spin.

If you’re studying or have mastered one of these nine languages, Matador salutes you…and we want to learn your secrets.

Visit Matador Network for the list: 9 hard languages for English speakers – Matador Network.