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by GrandPiano
20 Jan 2015 04:20
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Guess The Language!!!
Replies: 5373
Views: 343473

Re: Guess The Language!!!

I'm going to guess that it's some sort of African language, because its orthography uses IPA letters (isn't that a more widespread thing in African languages?).
by GrandPiano
20 Jan 2015 04:19
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Associating Letters and Colors (Not Synesthesia)
Replies: 13
Views: 2053

Associating Letters and Colors (Not Synesthesia)

I don't have synesthesia, and yet I have a strong association between the letters u and d and the colors red and green. Does anyone else have similar experiences? I have other letter/color associations, but most of the other ones can be explained, usually because the letter is in the name of the col...
by GrandPiano
20 Jan 2015 01:45
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What Languages Do You Want to Speak?
Replies: 113
Views: 15716

Re: What Languages Do You Want to Speak?

These are the languages I would most like to learn as a third language, in no particular order. :zho: Cantonese :jpn: Japanese :fra: French :rus: Russian :zho: Other Chinese languages :usa: Native American languages (especially Navajo and Cherokee) :kor: Korean :esp: Spanish :epo: Esperanto :arablea...
by GrandPiano
20 Jan 2015 01:32
Forum: In other languages
Topic: 这练习中文
Replies: 218
Views: 236397

Re: 这练习中文

One big problem with that memorization method is that it doesn't always work with simplified characters (which are what I use). Take, for example, the traditional Chinese character 龜, which means turtle. This character is very easy to remember, because it closely resembles a turtle (in fact, the way...
by GrandPiano
19 Jan 2015 03:21
Forum: In other languages
Topic: 这练习中文
Replies: 218
Views: 236397

Re: 这练习中文

I, too, agree that Pinyin is usually a much better choice than IPA when it comes to Chinese. Besides being designed for the language and therefore more convenient in this case, most of the characters are readily available on a regular Latin-alphabet keyboard, and those that aren't can be swapped for...
by GrandPiano
17 Jan 2015 01:35
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What languages do you speak?
Replies: 497
Views: 79595

Re: What languages do you speak?

I only knew what it meant because I looked it up in an online dictionary. Tip: Don't use Google Translate, use a dictionary. The literal meaning of the idiom is "How do you catch the tiger cub without entering the tiger's lair?". ("Not enter tiger cave, how get tiger child")
by GrandPiano
16 Jan 2015 04:34
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What languages do you speak?
Replies: 497
Views: 79595

Re: What languages do you speak?

不入虎穴,焉得虎子。 [}:D] I agree! I don't know if you guys have seen this guy 's blog, but he is a polyglot and one piece of advice he repeats a lot when it comes to learning languages is to start conversing in that language right away, even if you only have phrase-book-level knowledge. Besides, I don't th...
by GrandPiano
15 Jan 2015 04:48
Forum: In other languages
Topic: 这练习中文
Replies: 218
Views: 236397

Re: 这练习中文

大家好!我两年左右学习汉语,但我的汉语不很好。我要练习。
by GrandPiano
15 Jan 2015 04:37
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What languages do you speak?
Replies: 497
Views: 79595

Re: What languages do you speak?

Sweet! I took one semester of Chinese in college, and retained a decent amount of the knowledge of how to pronounce it, and am trying to get back on the horse of memorizing characters (but I know next to nothing about grammar and such). Maybe we should make a Chinese study thread (or resurrect one ...
by GrandPiano
15 Jan 2015 01:50
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: kæn ju ɹid ˌaipiˈei
Replies: 228
Views: 30648

Re: kæn ju ɹid ˌaipiˈei

All4Ɇn wrote:aɪ̯m ˈgɛsiŋ oʊ̯ˈhaɪ̯oʊ̯ɪn sɪ̃nt͡s ðæt͡s wɛɚ̯ jɚ loʊ̯ˈkeɪ̯tɪd [:P]
Shoot, forgot to remove that from my profile before I put that up. [>_<]
by GrandPiano
15 Jan 2015 01:41
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How important is plausibility?
Replies: 27
Views: 4527

Re: How important is plausibility?

I thought he sad, how plausible the features would be in a natlang. So I took this for naturalism. I'm sorry of I was wrong. That's what I originally meant, actually, but I've now decided that I'm not going to worry so much about naturalism in my conlang. This is the phoneme inventory I've decided ...
by GrandPiano
12 Jan 2015 20:25
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How important is plausibility?
Replies: 27
Views: 4527

Re: How important is plausibility?

I would really only worry about plausibility if I were trying to dupe a panel of linguists. If I were being paid for the work, or if I were trying to be very carefuly, I'd be moer conscious of plausibility. But anything less than that I wouldn't worry about because of ANADEW if for no other reason....
by GrandPiano
12 Jan 2015 19:32
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: kæn ju ɹid ˌaipiˈei
Replies: 228
Views: 30648

Re: kæn ju ɹid ˌaipiˈei

kʰeə̯n ju gaɪ̯z gɛs wɐt ˈdaɪ̯.əlɛkt aɪ̯ spik bɛɪ̯st ɒn ðɪs aɪ̯ pi ɛɪ̯ t͡ʃɹ̠ʷeə̯nˈskɹ̠ʷɪpʃɪ̈n↗

(nəʊ̯t ðæt ðə ˈvæʊ̯.o̞ aɪ̯ t͡ʃɹ̠ʷeə̯nˈskɹ̠ʷaɪ̯b æz <ɐ> mɐɪ̯t ˈækt͡ʃu.əli bi <ɜ> ɔɹ <ɜ̞>)
by GrandPiano
12 Jan 2015 14:59
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What languages do you speak?
Replies: 497
Views: 79595

Re: What languages do you speak?

Hello, I'm new.

:usa: I am a native speaker of American English.
:zho: I have been studying Mandarin Chinese for a few years, although not that intensively. My current level is probably somewhat less than that of someone who has been studying at a regular pace for about one year.
by GrandPiano
12 Jan 2015 14:54
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Introduction thread(s)
Replies: 599
Views: 184735

Re: Introduction thread(s)

Hello, I'm GrandPiano! I'm kind of young - only 14 years old - but I've recently found an interest in conlanging, and I'm hoping that this board can help me with that. I have a decent knowledge of phonetics/phonology from browsing Wikipedia, which has proven to be a reliable source in this area. I a...
by GrandPiano
12 Jan 2015 14:45
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How important is plausibility?
Replies: 27
Views: 4527

Re: How important is plausibility?

I suppose the more I think about it, the more I'm not actually going for a very naturalistic conlang. My justification for having so many fricatives without is that the fricatives arose differently than they do in most languages. I kind of like the system I have for the fricatives, mainly because I ...
by GrandPiano
12 Jan 2015 00:01
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How important is plausibility?
Replies: 27
Views: 4527

Re: How important is plausibility?

The main point of voicing syllabic fricatives is because voiced fricatives are more audible than voiceless fricatives. I think I personally want to be more on the plausible side, but I don't want to worry about it too much. While we're at it, how plausible does this sound? The stops in this conlang ...
by GrandPiano
11 Jan 2015 23:36
Forum: Beginners' Corner
Topic: How important is plausibility?
Replies: 27
Views: 4527

How important is plausibility?

How important is it that features of my conlang be plausible in a natlang? I'm trying my hand at making my own conlang, and I'm not really making it for any purpose other than just for fun. Additionally: My conlang allows sonorants in the syllable nucleus. Its phoneme inventory contains voiceless fr...