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Science has yet to solve many of the basic mysteries of spoken language: How did language evolve? Did homo sapiens learn to speak a mere 80, years ago, or more than a million? We can talk with more certainty about the first written languages: Sumerian Cuneiform and Egyptian Hieroglyphics both appeared around 3, BCE, almost certainly cross-influencing each other.
Writing was invented only twice more: Every written language in the world seems to have developed from these four original sources. Writing initially evolved to keep business records and contracts, and then quickly adapted to religious ideas and folktales. Shortly after the invention of writing the Egyptians and Sumerians both learned to reuse some of their logographic written symbols representing words phonetically to represent soundsthus creating the world's first abjads consonant-only alphabets.
The Greeks invented the first full alphabet a phonetic writing system which records vowels in addition to consonants around BCE. The Latin alphabet has been in use ever since and is currently employed to write more languages than any other writing systems.
Since language enthusiast Simon Ager has developed Omniglot. Here you'll find information, examples and kakimasu write a letter downloadable fonts for modern, ancient and even imaginary scripts, including Tolkien's Tengwar and Star Trek's Klingon.
But what inspires someone to spend thousands of hours creating such a fantastically useful labor of love without a paycheck?
What makes philanthropic scholars like Ager tick? Kristen Brennan caught up with Ager during the summer ofand conducted the following interview for Jitterbug Fantasia web magazine: Your father's family is from Suffolk and your mother's family is from Wales; Did the different linguistic ancestry of your parents create an environment in which you were encouraged to view the world from more than one perspective?
Did you occupy the mediator or communicator role in the family dynamic? As a child were you particularly drawn to stories or books written in other languages? Both my parents speak more or less RP ["Received Pronunciation"] English so there were never any communication problems at home.
My mum grew up in England and doesn't speak Welsh, neither did her parents, though her grandparents did. My dad's family moved around the country a lot so he has never picked up any particularly regional accent.
I grew up speaking English with a slight Lancashire accent. My default accent is closer to RP now, though I tend to adjust the way I speak to suit whoever I'm talking to.
This process is partly conscious and partly subconscious. We used to go on holiday to various parts of England, Wales and Scotland and I was interested by all the different English accents I came across, and enjoyed, and still enjoy, trying to imitate them. I only had limited exposure to foreign languages as a child.
I remember occasionally overhearing my mum's Welsh language lessons on records and tapes. I was also interested in the foreign languages and alphabets on the stamps I used to collect, and on product labels and instructions.
I was also fascinated by the strange alphabets in the Hobbit. Ever since I learnt to read I've been a very keen reader, though I didn't come across books in foreign languages until I started studying French and German at secondary school.
How has your perspective on English and English-speakers shifted because of your studies of other languages? Learning other languages has given me a better understanding of the complexities of English.
I can now appreciate why foreign students of English struggle with certain aspects of the language. Monoglot English speakers seem to have difficultly grasping the idea that English is difficult to learn. Do you think exclusively in English, or do you sometimes think in other languages?
Are there any useful concepts represented by a single word in a non-English language for which you wish there was an English equivalent?
When speaking, I tend to think in whatever language I'm speaking. When not speaking, I generally think in English. There are many concepts for which there are no exact English equivalent. They aren't necessarily "useful" but are interesting.
For example, the Chinese word "tangjie" means "a female cousin on your father's side who is older than you".
There are another seven other words for cousin in Chinese. Chinese kinship terms are much more precise than the English ones - they specify whether the relative in question is male or female, older or younger than you, and on your father's or mother's side of the family.Number a piece of paper from 1 to Translate the following into Japanese:  Let's write the letter tomorrow.
 Let's eat apples. What is the Japanese word for write? Japanese Translation. 書きます. Kakimasu. More Japanese words for write. write a letter. Full text of "Useful Japanese Expressions (1)" See other formats £3&JK) USEFUL JAPANESE EXPRESSIONS CONTENTS Page ♦ General Features of the Japanese Language ♦ Pronunciation of Japanese ♦ Conversational Expressions ♦ Who?
In this lesson, we will learn how to write a formal letter. In English there are a number of conventions that should be used when writing a formal or business letter. Furthermore, you try to write as simply and as clearly as possible, and not to make the letter longer than necessary.
Kono tegami, kakitome de onegaishimasu (Please write down this letter (for me)). “de” will be use most of the time when “onegai shimasu” is used sokutatsu de ikura desu ka (How much is the express mail?). Chapter 3 The Development of Writing 3A What is boustrophedon writing and when was it used?
Masuda-ga tegami-o kakimasu Masuda letter write `Masuda writes a letter' (4) Jon-ga shinbun-o yomimasu John newspaper read `John reads a newspaper' A friend of mine claimed My teacher promised would write me a letter of recommendation.