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Radio Omniglot is a podcast about language and linguistics, brought to you by Omniglot.com, the online encyclopedia of writing systems and languages.

Radio Omniglot Simon Ager

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Radio Omniglot is a podcast about language and linguistics, brought to you by Omniglot.com, the online encyclopedia of writing systems and languages.

    Episode 39 - What a Year!

    Episode 39 - What a Year!

    In this episode I look back at 2020 and talk about what I’ve been up to this year in terms of work, language learning and other stuff.

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    Goats / Geifr



    Simon Ager · Goats / Geifr

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    Episode 38 - Success and Failure

    Episode 38 - Success and Failure

    In this episode I discuss success and failure, particularly in relation to learning languages. Are they just different ways of look at the same thing? At what point can you say that you have succeeded to learn a language, or have failed? Does it matter?

    I was inspired to make this episode by a video in which Jack Conte, the CEO of Patreon shares his most epic failures.



    Here’s an example of a ‘real’ polyglot – a friend of mine called Richard Simcott, who runs the Polyglot Conference and similar events.



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    The Hardest Languages

    The Hardest Languages

    In this episode I discuss which languages are hardest to learn, and what makes some languages more difficult to learn than others. It’s not possible to provide a definitive list of the most challenging languages as it depends on a variety of factors. This hasn’t stopped people from doing this anyway. Here are some examples:

    https://www.fluentu.com/blog/hardest-languages-to-learn/

    https://www.languagedrops.com/blog/10-hardest-languages-to-learn

    https://www.lingholic.com/hardest-languages-learn/

    https://effectivelanguagelearning.com/language-guide/language-difficulty/

    https://bestlifeonline.com/most-difficult-languages/

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    Episode 36 - The Easiest Languages

    Episode 36 - The Easiest Languages

    In this episode I discuss which languages are easiest to learn for native speakers of English, and what factors make languages easy or difficult to learn, including grammar, spelling, pronunciation, vocabulary, the availablity of resources, and so on.

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    The Happy Hedgehog / Y Draenog Hapus



    Simon Ager · The Happy Hedgehog / Y Draenog Hapus

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    Episode 35 - Adventures in Etymology

    Episode 35 - Adventures in Etymology

    In this episode I take you on an adventure in etymology, the study of where words come from, and how they have changed over time. I start with the word etymology, and see where I end up.

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    Push ad Pull / Gwthio a Thynnu



    Simon Ager · Push and Pull / Gwthio a Thynnu

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    Episode 34 - Dutch

    Episode 34 - Dutch

    In this episode I talk about Dutch (Nederlands), a West Germanic language spoken mainly in the Netherlands and Belgium. I talk about the language itself and its history, about my attempts to learn it, and related stuff.

    English words of Dutch origin include: Santa Claus, yacht, yankee, wildebeest, wagon, wiggle, waffle, stove, stoop, snack, skate, scone, rover, poppycock, pickle, plug, mannequin, maelstrom, luck, landscape, knapsack, jib, gin, furlough and many more [source].

    Dutch pages on Omniglot



    * Information about Dutch

    * Useful Phrases

    * Silly Phrases

    * Colours

    * Numbers

    * Time

    * Family words

    * Weather words

    * Tongue twisters

    * Tower of Babel

    * Dutch Learning materials





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    Simon Ager · Cats on the Shed / Cathod ar y Cwt

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