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  1. Yeah, it was lovely. Nice to be home though!
  2. iHola! I'm currently working on a Spanish course for English speakers. I'm fluent in Spanish, but I don't have a native accent (although I'm getting there), and I'm also thirteen so I don't like how my voice sounds in the course. So, I was wondering if any native Spanish speakers would like to do the job for me? It wouldn't require any travel or anything, just for you to record audio using anything available to you, and for the samples to be emailed to me. There are 1000 small sentences, for example, "Es lo que es". It wouldn't take long to get through them, but I'd like to request a couple of things: Any volunteers would be willing to do this as an unpaid favour, though credit would be given. Any volunteers have a good speaking voice that is clear and not too high/low, so learners can easily understand. Any volunteers can provide quality audio, whether that means using a mic or other recording device. Any editing like trimming of the clips can be done by me once received. I thank anyone who chooses to help me with this in advance, and if you are interesting please email me using my email below, or by replying to this thread. Have a good evening! - Frankie linguistanerd@gmail.com
  3. Ciao! For the last few weeks I've been on holiday to Spain, and I had a great time. Sadly, that meant I couldn't be here to post and comment on the forums. Anyway, I'm back now, so I'll be posting as before. Sorry everyone! - Frankie.
  4. Ah, sorry Leon. I didn't see your post until after I had written mine. Yeah, I totally agree with you. - Frankie.
  5. I agree with many of the posts in response to your question of Esperanto's "fail" in the auxiliary language field. It seems there isn't much point in learning Esperanto, at least to speak it with other people. However, I believe it has great potential as a way to begin learning languages. A natural language has many irregularities which can be daunting to a first time learner. But by first learning Esperanto, being it a language with simple grammar and few irregularities, it becomes far easier to pick up other languages. I learnt French and Spanish (I'm native English) before discovering Esperanto, but after learning the language in the short time of one week that it took, I found learning Italian far easier than it was before. That's my argument for the use of Esperanto, but no, it's not a great auxiliary language. - Frankie.
  6. I'm glad you're interested! I was planning on making a post about it later, so that will explain fully. To make the language sound beautiful and nice on the tongue, I adopted many rules, sounds and words from the Romance languages. For example, I took the 'sb' letter combination from Italian, along with the 'c' being the equivalent of English's 'ch'. Also, I 'stole' the ability to drop pronouns, as seen in Italian and Spanish. I'm fluent in French, so much of the grammar was taken from there, for example the 'ne...pas' negation method becoming nagative adverbs by changing 'pas'. E.g: ne...que ne...jamais etc. It is also important in a Conlang to show history of change in the language, in my opinion anyway. To do this, some words like Sbiliais (s-bee-lee-aees) are shortened to the informal and slang word Sbilìs (s-bee-li-s). This shows a change in who is speaking the language, which is true. It started off by being spoken by the elders (even though we're 13), but is now also spoken by my younger cousins who are 6 and up. I still tend to use Sbiliais, and other full length words, and the younger kids use them when addressing us older kids. I'll be going more in depth with the post on the language later, so if you want to know more take a look at that when it's out. - Frankie =)
  7. Hey Linguaholics! Not a long one today, but I have quite an interesting topic for you - the creation of a lexicon. A lexicon is the list of words in a language, and lexicons can be organised in many helpful ways. I use a site called Conworkshop (not sponsered or an employee), and they are a community based site containing many beginner to advanced level conlanging tools. One of the tools is a lexicon builder, which gives lists of different types of words for you to translate into your language, and then it stores the entries in your language's dictionary. Conworkshop is also a great tool as it notifies you of duplicated words, and helps you create nice sounding ones by allowing you to state the syllabic constructs. (Syllabic constructs say which sounds can go where or next to each other in a word, for example skdkfnjdwk isn't possible in English due to English's syllabic constructs). So that's how I make my words, and then I run them through a final test of using them in a sentence. If it sounds good, it can stay, otherwise it's bye bye! Keep in mind how your language should sound. My main language, Siniace, is meant to sound sexy and sleek like a mix of Italian, French & Spanish. Some languages, though, may strive to be more harsh and sharp. It doesn't matter which you go for, but don't try to mix them! Experiment, but be cautious. I leant the hard way. Haha. Anyway, how do you construct your words? Do you use syllabic construct checks, vocal tests or do you get a friend's opinion? However you complete the process, I'd love to know! Please support this new Conlang Forum on Linguaholic by commenting, completing the poll and checking back tomorrow for the next article. Have a good day! Frankie. Moderator and Editor of the Conlang Forum. (PS: Click the to visit the Conworkshop page - it's great!) https://conworkshop.com/
  8. I'm really glad that there's now a forum for this! And I'm delighted to be the moderator. Looking forward to the future working as a community!
  9. Hey all! It's been common request for a while now that a Conlanging forum is opened, and it's finally happened! I'm really excited to be moderator of the forum, and I'm encouraging all of you to come and join me. Do you know what a Conlanging is? Come over to the forum by clicking below to find out! There's even a weekly article to teach you about the subject, and a place for you all to share your wonderful creations. So, come and join us by clicking... ...right here! Hope to see you there soon! Regards, Frankie.
  10. 10.06.18 Science vs Art Hello and welcome to ConlangCut, the weekly service bringing all you conlangers great content on all aspects of the wonderful art... or is it a science? Well, that's what we'll be discussing in today's article of ConlangCut. Don't forget to share your opinion by commenting, I'd love to know what you think about the idea of a weekly article. Also, I've included a poll on this thread - Conlanging - Sciene or Art? Wait! Before you cast your vote, read the article, it may sway your decision. I've already informed you on today's topic: is conlanging an art or a science? To break down such a big and broad question, we first have to define some words. Firstly, we need the definitions of conlang, art and science. Conlang 1. A language that has been artificially created. Science 1. A systematically organized body of knowledge on a particular subject. 2. The structure, commonly more complex than not, of a particular subject. Art 1. Works produced by human creative skill and imagination. Now that we have our keywords and their definitions, how do they fit together? Let's first focus on the aspect of sciene. A conlanger (or any linguist, for that matter) first needs to understand that languages are much more than just words strung together. Take this English example. We have the words cat, dog, sit. And we also have the knowledge of the word order of English: SVO. So we can say "dog sit cat" or "cat sit dog", right? (Note: Click here for information on the Word Order of English) No, because English Syntax doesn't allow this. "Ugh! More confusing words!" Well, it's quite simple: syntax states the rules that tell you where words go in a language - a bit like the word order, just more advanced. Word order just states where the words are placed, while syntax tells you what has to change when a word goes there. For example, you couldn't say "I love he", right? You'd say "I love him", and syntax makes that clear. It tells us that "he" (subject pronoun) must become "him" (object pronoun) when it is placed into the object's place (after the verb). English and many languages alike have intransitive verbs, and "sit" is one of them. Intransative verbs can never have an object. You can't "sit" something, can you? The opposite of intransitive is transitive, and these verbs do have objects. For example "eat" is transitive because you can "eat" something. So, this proves that language is more than just words thrown together - there are rules. And before we go any further, the definition of syntax is... "the set of rules that describes the order of words in linguistics." Let me pick up on a keyword there, "linguistics". What does this mean? "The scientific study of language and its structure." I understand that this is about general language and not just conlanging, but here's my argument: Conlanging is creating the structure of a language (the syntax), and therefore conlanging is heavily scientific. This have given us our first argument - it's in favour of conlanging being a science. So let's now move on to the aspect of art. If you take a look above, you can see the definition of art. For all you lazy people who can't be bothered to scroll (I feel ya!), here it is... "Works produced by human creative skill and imagination." We can break this down fairly easily. Firstly, "works" - what is a work in this context? It's a thing that has been made or constructed. So, a conlang ticks this box straight away! How about "produced by human"? Well, I haven't heard of any animals creating conlangs, so we'll assume it hasn't happened, and tick that box too. Next up, "creative skill and imagination". Let's define those words for a clearer understanding, shall we? Imagination 1. The faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses. Creative Skill 1. The ability to turn ideas from the imagination into reality. The part in bold from the imagination definition is the important part that we'll focus on. So when we are making conlangs, we are performing the action of creating new ideas for the language. It tends to have a particular process, though it can vary from person to person. When making new words, I take into account the syllabic constructs of my language. What the... Okay, I'll stop with the crazy words, I promise. Syllabic constructs are the rules of how syllabes (each part of the word) are allowed to appear. For example, in English, we couldn't have a word such as "sdglpowct", because our syllabic construct doesn't allow that string of letters. Anyway, back to my process. Words must sound like they fit in a language, and this can be hard when making one from scratch. To solve this, a good starting point is to remember to use the syllabic constructs. My latest language, Sbiliace, allows s and b (as seen in the name of the language) to be together. I took this from Italian, along with much of the language's vocabulary. Try and think of a word starting with sb in English. Impossible, huh? So that's my imaginative process. And this shows that ideas are made using the imagination, therefore ticking the first box. Next, "creative skill". When making languages, we first come up with the ideas, as explained above. And how do we apply them? Using creativity, of course! So this gives the box of "creative skill and imagination" a double tick! To review, let's look at the statement again. "Works produced by human creative skill and imagination." We've just proved this statement to be completely correct, giving art a vote. So hold on... IT'S ART AND SCIENCE?! Well, yeah, I think that's what I'm trying to say. In general, conlangery is artistic and scientific - it will change for different people at different times. Within the group of people conlanging, whether it's one person or one hundred people, tasks from both aspects will pop up if you want a full, rich and natural-sounding language. I tend to find that when creating grammar rules, it becomes very scientific due to syntax, morphological agreement, etc (I know I promised to stop with the fancy words, but I'm sorry). In contrast, when creating words I see it (though it has scientific aspects) as more artisitic, and I take the approach of "Think of a word and make a sentence with it. If it sounds right, it stays, otherwise, it goes". There are better ways of doing it, but I'm happy with my syllabic constructs and my ears. I hope you've enjoyed the first article in the ConlangCut series, and don't forget to visit again next Sunday for another thread. Also, take the quick poll above so I can see what you think of ConlangCut, and whether you think conlanging is an art, sciene or both. Thanks for reading the article, and I hoped you learned something. You can give praise, feedback or criticism in the reply section, and I thank you all for visiting the Conlang Forum. Have a great day. - Frankie, Moderator and Content Editor of the Conlang Forum.
  11. Wow! Tagalog? I'd love to be able to even think about tackling such a language. I think it'd be harder for me than you, though, as you're native tongue is German, which has some crazy word order at times. Even a simple sentence using weil changes the order - and don't get me started on prepositions! I think what I'm trying to say is I'm not great at German Glad you liked the article. Frankie.
  12. Hey! I think you're doing really well, bravo my friend. However, watch out for relaxation of some words. When you said "good relationships" it sounded a bit like "g'rationships". I'm a native English speaker, and I can understand you well, so I think you're doing a great job! Regards, Frankie.
  13. Hey Linguaholics! I'm currently writing a new article about some linguistic science, and I mentioned word order. I wanted to link the section to an article, but I couldn't find one specifically on this subject that was simple enough for anyone to understand. Therefore, I've decided to make one myself. Word order is the order that words are placed in a sentence, to put it simply. Take the example below: it's a simple sentence consisting of four components. He loves brown dogs madly. We first have the subject "he". The subject of the sentence performs whatever is happening in the sentence. In this example, the subject is a pronoun - words that replace a noun. So, if I was to introduce myself, I could say Frankie's name is Frankie. Weird, right? So instead of saying this, we use a pronoun. And, because I'm talking about myself, I use the pronoun "I". There are different types of pronouns, and to replace a subjet, you use a subject pronoun. After that we see the verb. A verb is the action of the sentence, for example: love, see, know, eat, sleep and so on. In English and many other languages verbs must go through a process called conjugation, where the verb is changed so it "agrees" with who is doing it (or in some languages who the action is happening to). This article isn't about that, though I will quickly state a rule. For the 3rd person singular form (he, she, it) add the letter s to the end of the verb. (EG: I love, you love, he/she/it loves). Anyway, back to the point of this article... Following this we have the adjective. Not every sentence needs this - it just describes the noun. The adjective must come before the noun that is describes in English, but we can see the opposite in places very close to home, for example French. Next, we see the object. The object is the person or thing that the verb is performed on. In this example, the object is a noun (a specific thing, person, place, etc) but it can be replaced by a pronoun. In this case you need an object pronoun. For example, the sentence could have been He loves them madly. "Them" is the object pronoun "dogs" because there are multiple of the object. Don't confuse subject and object pronouns - it won't make sense. For example: Me see they. This makes no sense, as the pronouns should be in the alternate forms. Here's the corrected sentence: I see them. Much better! The final word in the sentence is an adverb. Imagine it as an adjective-verb. So it's a desription word that describes how the verb (action) is performed. For example, you can see the huge effect in the following sentence... I walk slowly. I walk quickly. It's visible that the meaning was completely altered just by changing the adverb. Now, here's a small thing: adverbs have a weak word order. This means that their place in the sentence can change without changing the meaning. Take a look below, and you'll see what I mean. I frantically shake. I shake frantically. Frantically, I shake. As you can see, the word order has changed but the meaning is know different; the action is still shaking, the way it's done is still frantically, and the person doing it is still "I". So, how do we talk about word order? How would you say English's word order is Subject, Verb, Object. Well it's simply that! English has a word order of Subject, Verb, Object, which can then be shortened to SVO. Other languages will have different word orders, but the naming system is the same. For example, Japanese uses a word order of Subject, Object, Verb or SOV. I hope this article was helpful for learning about word order, or teaching a class about word order. Frankie.
  14. Hey everyone! My name is Frankie and I'm the moderator of this forum - the Conlang forum. What's a conlang? I hear you ask. The dictionary says it's a "language that has been artificially created". So, conlanging is the art of making your own language; you can be however weird and wonderful you'd like! Doesn't it sound great: talking amongst your friends, family or even just yourself without anyone else understanding a word you're saying? But it isn't all just a game - there have been many conlangs that have become famous. Most of these were trying to make themselves the mother tongue of the entire world, or atleast a second tongue. Imagine that - having your own language spoken by the world, wouldn't that be crazy? For now, this forum is one large general thread, but if you decide to show it some love, it will grow into a bigger and better place on the Linguaholic site. Every week there will be a new article about conlanging posted by me, as well as all of you sharing your languages! Don't forget to be nice and give constructive criticism - that's the only way to get better, after all. I hope you enjoy your time in the Conlang Community, and be sure to tell us about your own languages! Happy Conlanging, Frankie.
  15. 50% is pretty good - I'd go for it! Frankie.
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