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London, the linguistically most diverse city in the world #languages #london #diversity #multilingual #multicultural #伦敦 #Londres #ロンドン #лондон #런던 #لندن  (Taken with Instagram at Potters Fields Park)

London, the linguistically most diverse city in the world #languages #london #diversity #multilingual #multicultural #伦敦 #Londres #ロンドン #лондон #런던 #لندن (Taken with Instagram at Potters Fields Park)

🇨🇳 Practising #Chinese #vocabulary #中文 #汉字 #学 #作业 #大学 #汉语 #生词 #languages #studying #السينية #chino #chinois #mandarin (Taken with instagram)

🇨🇳 Practising #Chinese #vocabulary #中文 #汉字 #学 #作业 #大学 #汉语 #生词 #languages #studying #السينية #chino #chinois #mandarin (Taken with instagram)

Punjabi support for London 2012

Punjabi support for London 2012

Thank-you-note to a colleague who baked a whole cake for the office (Taken with instagram)

Thank-you-note to a colleague who baked a whole cake for the office (Taken with instagram)

New languages - Jamaican Patois

A lot of languages are becoming extinct these days. But luckily, new ones are also developing. The BBC looks at the translation of a part of the Bible into Jamaican patois: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16285462

A few Jamaican patois rules

  • Plural nouns are made with the word “dem” (“they” or “them” in English) - so the plural of “uoli prafit” (“holy prophet”) is “uoli prafit dem”, and the plural of “enimi” (“enemy”) is “enimi dem”
  • The past tense is marked by the word “did” - so “he lived” is, in patois, “im did liv”
  • The future tense can be marked with ” a go” or “wi” (“will”) - “Im a go siev” is “He will save”, and “Yu wi nuo” is “You will know”

Examples:

  • Jos laik ou im did taak chuu im uoli prafit dem - Just like how he talked through his holy prophets
  • Im a go siev wi fram wi enimi dem - He will save us from our enemies
  • So yu wi nuo se wa yu ier a chuu - So you will know that what you hear is true
Nov 7
Eid Mubarak

Eid Mubarak

Jul 5

Oriental Pride?

Have you ever seen someone eating Japanese sushi with a fork?
Then why do people eat Chinese food with it?

Do you know any Japanese people that introduce themselves as Johnny or Suzy?
So why do Chinese not take pride in their real names?

I think Chinese people should demand less ignorance for their culture by foreigners. What do you think?

Jul 3

Altar in a Mauritian home. Next to Hindu deities, there are also pictures of Jesus and Mary, a result of the multi-religious heritage of Mauritius

Swaminarayan Temple (Neasden, North London)

The biggest Hindu temple outside India is in London. It was made traditionally with limestone and marble. Over half of the UK’s Hindu population lives in London, making up a fifth of the population in some areas in North London.

doihaveyoghurtonmyface:

See the World: A multilingual eye chart by Byte Level Research

I love different writing systems. Deciding whether to learn Chinese and Arabic, their different writing system was definitely an attracting factor for my decision.

doihaveyoghurtonmyface:

See the World: A multilingual eye chart by Byte Level Research

I love different writing systems. Deciding whether to learn Chinese and Arabic, their different writing system was definitely an attracting factor for my decision.