natlang

I am a natlang, conlang, and linguistics hobbyist. My topics of interest are the following, and my experience is listed beneath each.

  • English
    • First language
  • French
    • Rosetta Stone
    • Three years high school level
    • Private French lessons
    • Intermediate College French
    • Mango languages*
    • Operating system, email, facebook, etc in French
    • Anki spaced-repetition flashcards
  • Spanish
    • Rosetta Stone
    • Two years high school level
  • Arabic
    • One year College level
  • German
    • One year high school level
    • Hosted a German and later an Austrian for a week
  • Quenya
    • Studied "NeoQuenya" works of Fauskanger
    • Research "official" and "unoffocial" treatises on Quenya
    • Passingly studied Tolkienian morphologies, etc
  • Klingon
    • Read introductory book The Klingon Dictionary by Marc Okrand
    • Am a super trekkie
    • Have trouble with script
  • Lojban
    • Trying to memorize the gismu via Anki
    • Read a fair bit of material about Lojban on the internet
  • Japanese
    • Mango languages*
    • Wikipedia
    • Anime in Japanese
    • Cannot read script
  • Chinese
    • Mango languages*
    • Wikipedia
    • Figured out the characters for "No", and "Sir" by watching tudou videos (Otherwise cannot read script)
  • Portugues
    • Mango languages*
  • Russian
    • Mango languages*
    • Cannot read script
  • Serbian (Montenegrin)
    • Hosted yearlong foreign exchange student
    • Read some introductory materials
  • Lakota
    • Grew up in South Dakota, heard (not understood) some Lakota first hand
    • Familiar with the phonology
    • Read some of the extremely limited quantities of information on the internet
  • Nahuatl
    • I would like to study Nahuatl
  • On constructing languages
    • Have read some rather thorough approaches to creating languages
    • Have watched videos of some conference presenting conlangs
    • Have attempted to lay the groundwork for a conlang of my own
  • Familiar with Alphabets
    • Latin
    • IPA
    • Arabic
    • Tengwar


*Mango languages is a neat program I get through my public library which uses a flash based interface to teach and drill you on language. It is completely auditory, with textual duplication, and an interactive interface. You get to hear different speakers say the words at different speeds, and the syntax is highlighted. It's really cool! That said, I've clicked on a lot of the languages and gone through the "casual" interfaces. For Japanese I continued on into the "Complete" version
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