Reviews and Blog Posts: Language

Heavy words lightly thrown : the reason behind the rhyme

by Chris Roberts

DPL Rating:
4

A quick read and soft handed exposé of a few popular English nursery rhymes. I especially enjoyed getting a glimpse of the world in which they were written and appreciate the glossary and source notes.

The etymologicon : a circular stroll through the hidden connections of the English language

by Mark Forsyth

DPL Rating:
3

I enjoy reading Mark Forsyth's blog (http://blog.inkyfool.com/) and his fascinating histories behind words. His playful tone can sometimes border on pontificating, especially if you aren't cozy with the OED.  Want to learn more about the OED? Check out Simon Winchester's The Meaning of Everything. 

I love it when you talk retro : hoochie coochie, double whammy, drop a dime, and the forgotten origins of American speech

by Ralph Keyes

DPL Rating:
3

You can tell immediately which generation you belong to as you work through this fun history of verbal artifacts. 
 

How do you say "technology blog" in Spanish?

An angry cat speaking Spanish

I've been doing a lot of translating of materials for our Spanish-language computer classes lately, and now I stop and wonder every ten seconds what I did before the Internet. I mean, I'm old enough to remember a time when it wasn't there, when you actually heard your computer connecting to a network and there were no animated GIFs of bike-riding kittens to be had; but I often forget that.

When it comes to learning a new language - or honing your skills at one you've picked up - here's where I go:

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Plan Your New Year's Resolution!

New Year's Resolutions

New Year's is just around the corner, are you prepared for your New Year's Resolution? Take a look at some places on the web to help you keep some common resolutions, including: Get Into Shape, Quit Smoking, Get a New Job, Learn a Language and Save $$$.

Getting in shape seems to be the most sought after goal of New Year's resolutions.  The only problem is, it's really hard to get started (and we don't want to embarrass ourselves trying new things in a strange gym). So what can we do to get our motivation up and our weight down?
Where can I go to workout? Check out Denver Rec Centers! They are a cheaper option to the larger national gyms.

Learn to speak Pirate, courtesy of Mango Languages

Jolly Roger - skull and crossbones

Mango Languages is offering this free course 'til the end of June - Learn to Speak Pirate. Scroll down to "Start Learning Pirate." As you can imagine, it's not on our regular Mango subscription list so we'll have to use this link. The cultural and grammar notes in the language lessons, not to mention the Pirate voices themselves, are hilarious!

How do you say: Oh my gosh, the ship isn't moving!
Answer: Blow me down, the ship's becalmed!

If this inspires you to learn other languages, like Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese, Greek and more, check out DPL's Mango Languages database (library card required) and more language resources.

Who needs the library?

Who needs the library? Probably you! Below is just a small sampling of some of the people we serve on a daily basis.

  • Technophiles. Download books, audiobooks, and movies to your mobile device or your home computer! Configure your account to send you email, or text messages for notification on the go! Chat with us on Twitter, and on our other social media outlets!
  • Technophobes. Not feeling very techno-savvy?

Watch Your Languages

Yiddish with Dick and Jane

As we are rearranging the books in the Central library as part of the Central Library Bond Improvements, we are unearthing many treasures that deserve attention. We have relocated many of our books that are in world languages and much of the 400s.

The library has many items in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese. Don't see your favorite language? Be sure to try Interlibrary Loan for even more choices!

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