As it's spooky season (although I'll be uploading this on the day after Halloween, so if there ever was a boat, I've missed it), I wanted to write about something with a bit of a supernatural flavour. So this month I’ve decided to write a sort of introduction to some mythical creatures and legends from … Continue reading Mysteries and horrors from around the globe
So, as many of you may have gathered from my not-so-subtle hint dropping over the past month, it's almost time again for Polyglot NaNoWriMo. What's Polyglot NaNoWriMo, you ask? You must be new here! Well, let's start from the beginning. Polyglot NaNoWriMo is, for lack of a better phrase, a writing challenge. It’s a variation … Continue reading Polyglot NaNoWriMo: Preparation Phase
Bore da, ffrindiau! Sut dach chi? Y Bioden Ieithoedd dw i. Dw i’n dysgu Cymraeg. And if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll probably know that I’ve been dysgu-ing Cymraeg for quite some time, with embarrassingly little to show for it. My voracious dabbling is well documented on this blog, and although … Continue reading Dach chi’n prynu pannas, Mrs Jones?
It's been a while since I've done one of these posts. As anyone who has been following this blog or my socials for any length of time will know, I'm a bit of a dabbler when it comes to language learning. That's why my blog is called the language magpie, I flit between shiny objects … Continue reading For the love of words, revisited
Dydh da! An Biesen Yethow ov vy. Trigys ov vy yn Pow Sows. Dewdhek warn ugens ov vy. Treylyas ov vy. My a wor kewsel Sowsnek, Danek, Norgaghek, ha Swedek, ha my a vynn dyski Kernewek. Hedhyw yw dy’Gwener an kynsa a vis Gorthoren. Alright, so it's not much, but it's honest work. I'm sure many … Continue reading Revealing my ✨secret✨language✨!
So since I spoiled you all (read: really tuckered out the ol' brain box) by writing two posts last month, I'm taking this month off, so this is just going to be a quick little language-learning update. It's been quite a busy month as it happens - I took a trip into Northumberland to my … Continue reading Taking the month off – a short update
Well, where do I even start to describe last night? It's taken me a large portion of the day to get over the shock (and the not inconsiderable amount of whiskey involved in our Eurovision party's traditional bingo game), but I'm finally ready to put pen to parchment, as it were. It was our first … Continue reading Eurovision Song Contest 2022
You know, I was looking back on my blog over the past year, and I noticed something. Last April, I posted a selection of short book reviews, with some of my favourites from the previous year. I realised that this might be something I'd like to continue - a sort of tradition - so, here … Continue reading Starting a tradition
So, cards on the table here... this isn't the post I'd had planned for this month, but it seemed kind of in bad taste to post that, given everything that's going on in the world. So I've relegated that until next month, and instead, I wanted to share a little impromptu check-in about my language-learning … Continue reading A short update
Well! It feels like I've been teasing this post for a while, so it feels strange to actually sit down and write it. As many of you who are regular readers of my blog, I mentioned (somewhat obliquely) towards the end of last year that I had been taking language classes online - but I … Continue reading Latgalian, a journey into the unknown