Today polyglot.city is one year old, yay!
So, a few words about the state and future plans of our instance from your admin.
As was already a year ago, polyglot.city is currently administered, moderated and paid solely by myself. This has been a sustainable model so far, and if we keep going like this, it will stay sustainable. I've renewed the domain for another year and I'll keep paying the monthly hosting fee, and everything will stay as it is now.
@rgggn This may be a problem specific to the English world. At least in Finland every language book offers IPA, at least in simplified version, starting from 3rd grade language books for kids.
From Gabriel Wyner's Fluent Forever: "If the book gives you "Englishy" pronunciation for each word (Bonjour: bawn-JURE, Tschüss: chewss), I give you permission to burn it and find a different one." This. Incidentally, pronunciation seems to be the poor relation of language books. From my experience at least, even really good language books often lack decent pronunciation material (I've hardly seen one which relies on the #IPA for example). #languagelearning
"In Berlin-Mitte gibt es eine Kneipe mit dem Namen Ick koof mir Dave Lombardo wenn ick reich bin." hmm.. ok..
Apparently, in the 1830s, the letter Z could be pronounced "izzard."
Spoke #Spanish for ten minutes yesterday, for the very first time! It was difficult at first but it felt great and my friend said we can do it as often I'd like 🤗🤗🤗
Let's exchange some lesser-known language resources, shall we?
I've been using Learn with Oliver for.. Hmm.. At least a decade I guess. It's an SRS with:
* An example sentence for each word
* Audio from a native speaker for all words and sentences
* Many different exercises
* Customizable newsletters
Your turn now!
How to pronounce #German Car Names https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ut5JmOeRS0&app=desktop
Ich suche Moderatoren für unsere #Mastodon Instanz. Bei Interesse gerne Reply oder DM an mich.
Alb is a programming language created entirely in arabic, built to "[highlight] cultural biases of computer science and [challenge] the assumptions we make about programming."
I love #languages.
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Polyglot City is the right instance for you, if you're interested in languages, language learning and translating, or if you are multilingual or polyglot. All languages are allowed to flourish on our timelines. Welcome!