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A group for all the nerdfighters who love learning languages-whether they be ancient or modern, reality or fiction (yes-nerds who are interested in fictional languages such as Klingon, Elvish, etc. are welcome too!)

Location: the World-and possibly other places.
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Latest Activity: May 21

Language Nerds

Language Nerd of the Week- J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkein is well known for his career in writing, especially for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which were made into Acadamy award winning films by director Peter Jackson. But did you know Tolkien was also a linguist?

Tolkien learned Latin, French, and German from his mother, and studied Middle English, Old English (the language of Beowulf, an epic poem that would help inspire his later works), Finnish, Gothic, Greek, Italian, Old Norse, Spanish, Welsh, and Medieval Welsh. He was also familar with many others, including Swedish, Russian, and Norwegian. His knowledge of language would help him create the Elvish language, which would be used throught his works.

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Old English, anyone can write/speak/understand it? 1 Reply

Hi, just btw, when I say Old English, I mean that what was spoken between the 5th and 12th century. Basically I need someone that knows something about the language, b/c I'm writting something that…Continue

Started by Nik Rawlins. Last reply by Jehanne L'Hiver [Amy] Aug 14, 2013.

What languages do you want to learn? 65 Replies

As the title says, what languages do you want to learn?What are your reasons?Does your school offer it or will you have to teach it to yourself?Any good resources to share?Are you looking for someone…Continue

Started by Marz. Last reply by Joshua Perry May 13, 2013.

Word for "Beautiful tragedy" 1 Reply

Hi, I know this isn't exactly the point of this group, but I figured if anyone would know the answer for this, it would be Nerdfighters. Especially Nerdfighters who know/are learning different…Continue

Tags: tragedy, beautiful, languages, words

Started by Kassie Taylor. Last reply by Danno Mar 16, 2013.

Are Language and Culture One? 7 Replies

It's always been my belief that language comes out of necessity and I'm sure most if not all of you will agree. We don't speak our first language because we think it sounds cool. We need it to…Continue

Started by Rya. Last reply by Rachel Starkey Feb 2, 2013.

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Comment by Language-Nerd Chris on December 28, 2009 at 12:06am
Just an FYI, I mentioned this site in my blog. Hopefully that'll help us get some members, eh?
Comment by Marz on December 15, 2009 at 5:46pm
Every time I google something, I just look at that and smile.
Comment by Francis (Nerdfighterlife) on December 15, 2009 at 1:19am
...wow. How on earth did that happen? *stares at screen in shock*
Comment by Marz on December 15, 2009 at 12:11am
FELICXAN DATREVEVON ZAMENHOF!
YOU MADE FRONT PAGE OF GOOGLE! YAY!
Comment by Language-Nerd Chris on December 10, 2009 at 6:32pm
Well hello, everyone. I'm Francis's boyfriend, and yes, it's true that I'm working on my own language. I might use it in writings, but I still think it'd be fun to make one either way. Right now, it's mostly Germanic-sounding, but I plan to touch it up, mix it up a bit, you know. Anyway, it's good to be here ^_^
Comment by Jeremy Hilary Boob Phd on December 10, 2009 at 12:13am
This year in university, I took two semesters of linguistics for fun, inspired by some heroes of mine. I would love to pursue it further, but I have to balance it with my other love, history. Don't know how many careers for etymologists exist, but more knowledge of obscure things never hurts a nerdfighter.
My favourite language is probably slang. Second is German, followed by English (my mother tongue), and Hindi. The last is beautiful, but I don't know a word of it.
Comment by Thea on December 9, 2009 at 7:58am
That's not a waste of time at all! As a kid and younger teen I tried multiple times to create a language, but like you did, had little understanding on how language worked and based it on English.
Comment by Rya on December 8, 2009 at 10:59pm
It's always a challenge to start. I started when I was 7 or 8 and it was very much based on English. I had no real understanding of how language worked. Now it's almost a completely different language. Pronunciation is predictable based on spelling, verbs are actually conjugated, and I have unique idioms. Any language you learn will help you even if it's only in the grammar department. I'm told it's a waste of time but I have fun and I hope someday someone will put the time in to learn it as so far one of my friends can only understand about 5 phrases.
Comment by Francis (Nerdfighterlife) on December 8, 2009 at 10:39pm
That's awesome, Rya! My boyfriend is trying to create a language...I'm going to try to make one once I get a better background in linguistics. =D
Comment by Rya on December 8, 2009 at 10:04pm
And now I don't feel so bad that I've spent 10 years creating my own language. Màra avëre erouë nìkö! : )
 

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