Xah's Belles-lettres Blog Archive 2014-10 to 2014-10

English: I'm a sybarite with lots fripperies!

Etymology of Rocket, Spinster's Staff!

Microsoft Research: Real Time Speech Translation with Same Voice, from English to Chinese by Machine 📺

The lure of vocabulary, the depth of literature, the question of style, the logic of linguistics, the ills of English, and the cure by writing. Xah Wordy English

if you went with a girl to watch a 3D film, don't forget that it's her the next day. 📺 English Accent: British Accent 2 📺

“I have done thy mother.” “Titus Andronicus” Act 4 Scene 2

饿 Lojban and Chinese tutorial with voice recording Lojban and Chinese, A Word A Day

The English language is derived from two main sources. One is Latin, the florid language of ancient Rome. The other is Anglo-Saxon, the plain languages of England and northern Europe. The words derived from Latin are the enemy — they will strangle and suffocate everything you write. The Anglo-Saxon words will set you free.

Writing English as a Second Language By William Zinsser (The American Scholar). At http://theamericanscholar.org/writing-english-as-a-second-language/

(via Sujith Abraham)

Poetry in Chinese vs English

月不圆花不好… 浮云散明月照人来,团圆美满今朝最。清浅池塘鸳鸯戏水,红裳翠盖并蒂莲开。双双对对恩恩爱爱,这园风儿向着好花吹。柔情蜜意满人间。周璇 ♪ “月圆花好”

Poetry in Chinese, is far deeper than English can possibly ever go. Chinese language,… here's a brief random Xah Edu Corner brief: Chinese language, is such that, not going with formality n all, but for ya American monolinguists to get a sense of Chinese, u can think of stringing together similar words that are on the ballpark of your meaning. And that's how Chinese is. In a sense, every phrase is a idiom. Note the word Every. So, when you study Chinese, you are actually study history. Chinese lang, is rather terrible for any science or engineering work. But for poetry, a english saying is that poetry is like honey, but in Chinese, it's, like, honey injected directly into your bosom.

Virginity breeds mites, much like a cheese; consumes itself to the very paring, and so dies with feeding his own stomach.

All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare

now there's a “random” button to randomize the list of words. See: Vocabulary: Words in Olympia Reader