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Parrot Time - Issue 26 March/April 2017


Published every two months, it has had such diverse feature articles as:

Are You Wasting Your Money on Language Classes?
Chatting in Languages Online
Why English Is Different Than Any Other Language
Why Do People Learn Languages?
The Ultimate Fate of Language Learning
Coming Home to Faroese - The Why and How of Learning a Small Language
Religion in Culture
Constructed Languages - Making It All Up
Rohonc Codex, Linear A & B, the Rosetta Stone, the Voynich Manuscript
Speaking with Aliens
When Languages Meet and Conflict

As well as standard columns dealing with:

Language artefacts
Linguist and author biographies
Film and book reviews
Languages in peril
Celebrations from around the world
Etymologies of foods
"Where are you?" monthly contest


1. Letter From The Editor - Nom de Plume

When you want to write anonymously, you get a "non de plume". When you want to write for Parrot Time, you join Nom de Plume.

2. Mark Your Calendar

Find notices of upcoming language events.

3. At the Cinema - Un Sac de Billes

The story of a Jewish kid and his brother escaping the Nazi persecution in occupied France is recounted in Un Sac de Billes and reviewed by Olivier Elzingre.

4. Where Are You?

Guess the city and country from the article and picture.

5. Basic Guide to Croatian

Croatian is the form of Serbo-Croatian spoken by Croats, mainly in Croatia and former parts of Yugoslavia. Here are some beginner words and phrases in Croatian for you to...

6. News Brief

Get the latest in world language news.

7. In Focus

See pictures from others travels here and be inspired to embark on your own journels.

8. Language Puzzles

Join us here every issue for a new language puzzle

9. Book Look - Aikainen lintu nappaa madon. Sananlaskuja läheltä ja kaukaa

A review of Axel Scheffler's book "Aikainen Lintu Nappaa Madon. Sananlaskuja Läheltä Ja Kaukaa".

10. At A Glance

Quick look at various language websites and resources


1. Language Learning In The Globalization Era: Translation, Culture And Power Relations

Though language learning is considered, by many, as an entertainment, it is also a political action by which the learner becomes either empowered or a subject.

2. When Pigs Fly

One of the hardest parts of becoming fluent in another language is becoming able to properly use and understand figurative language. In this article, Tarja Jolma shares her love of proverbs and their importance.

3. Introducing Words R Us

Words mean things and are the heart of a language. John C. Rigdon introduces us to "Words R US", a project which has at its heart a huge collection of words in multiple languages.

4. Languages in Peril - The Good Language of Brazil

Many of the indigenous languages of the Brazilian Amazon are dying out. Eugênio Brito describes exactly what is happening to one, and what he and others are doing to save it.

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