Hawaiian a bigger influence on English than Cornish

It certainly came as a surprise to us to find out that British languages Welsh, Scottish Gaelic and Cornish have had less of an impact on the English language than Hawaiian, Swahili and Zulu.

Given the geography, it would be natural to assume that our neighbours from Wales and Scotland and the inhabitants of the South West had contributed a significant amount to English. However, the Oxford English Dictionary found that Cornish has donated just 40 words to English, making it the 45th biggest influencer of the language.

Even those words we have adopted from our British relatives are not in particularly common use. When was the last time you spoke about a fugou (a Cornish word for a house dug into the ground) or took your coracle for a whirl on the lake (a Welsh word for a small round boat)?

The theory behind this is that the Anglo-Saxons felt that the native British languages at the time were insignificant, and that this snobbery led to their being sidelined. As these languages have continued to decline and English has fully established itself as the overwhelming language of choice in the UK, there has been little pressure to adopt words from other indigenous languages of the British Isles.

Unsurprisingly, Latin and French are the two biggest influencers, giving us 40,000 and 20,000 words respectively. Latin arrived in the UK with the Romans, while French became highly influential during the Roman invasion. Our other Western European cousins have also had a significant impact on English, as well as Scandinavian languages from the Viking invasion, with many modern place names being derived from their Viking names.

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Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus! Happy Saint David’s Day!

The 1st of March is Saint David’s Day which is a national day and is celebrated in Wales (UK) every year. Saint David is the national patron saint of Wales and the 1st of March is recognised in remembrance of his death on this day in 589AD.

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Celebrate Welsh Valentine’s Day

St Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers, which makes her the Welsh equivalent of St Valentine.  St Dwynwen’s Day is celebrated in Wales on 25 January.

The story of Dwynwen dates back to the 5th century when she fell in love with a Prince called Maelon Dafodrill, but her father was determined that she would marry another man. [Read more…]

Did you know … Penguins are Welsh

Compilers of the new online version of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) have highlighted the influence of Wales on the English language.  The dictionary claims to be the only English dictionary that tries to get to the roots of the first known use of every word in the English language.   [Read more…]

What Makes a Language Official?

The Welsh assembly government uphold that recent amendments to Welsh law confirm official status for the Welsh language. However, the question ‘when is a language an ”official” language’ has raised arguments with language campaigners who say that changes in the status of the language have no power in law. [Read more…]

LANGUAGES T – Z (USA)

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Tagalog Pimsleur: Tagalog Rosetta Stone: Tagalog Pimsleur: Tagalog
Tamazight   Talk Now!: Tamazight  
Tamil   Talk Now!: Tamil  
Telugu   Talk Now!: Telugu  
Thai Pimsleur: Thai Rosetta Stone: Thai Collins: 40 minute Thai
Tibetan   Talk Now!: Tibetan  
Turkish Pimsleur: Turkish Rosetta Stone: Turkish Collins: 40 minute Turkish
Twi Pimsleur: Twi    
       
U      
Ukrainian Pimsleur: Ukrainian Talk Now!: Ukrainian Pimsleur: Ukrainian
Urdu Teach Yourself: Urdu Talk Now!: Urdu  
Uzbek   Talk Now!: Uzbek  
       
V      
Vietnamese Pimsleur: Vietnamese Rosetta Stone: Vietnamese Collins: 40 minute Vietnamese
       
W      
Welsh Teach Yourself: Welsh Rosetta Stone: Welsh Teach Yourself: Welsh
       
X      
Xhosa Teach Yourself: Xhosa Talk Now!: Xhosa  
       
Y      
Yiddish   Talk Now!: Yiddish  
Yoruba   Talk Now!: Yoruba  
       
Z      
Zulu Teach Yourself: Zulu Talk Now!: Zulu  

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iPod & MP3 Language Courses

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Our recommended language courses  can be  downloaded to your ipod and your mp3 player or even to your mobile phone, PDA or satellite navigation system.


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01 Earworms Rapid Languages

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02 Michel Thomas Method>>

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03 Teach Yourself Conversation

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04 Collins 40-minute

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05 Teach Yourself One-Day

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06 Teach Yourself Phone

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07 BBC Quickstart

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08 In-flight: Learn Before You Land

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languages: Arabic, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese

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09 Learn in Your Car

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languages: French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish

 

 

10 The Complete Idiot’s Guide

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languages: French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish


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Afrikaans | Albanian | Alsatian | Amharic | Arabic (Egyptian) | Arabic (Gulf) | Armenian | Assamese |

Azeri | Basque | Bengali | Breton | Bulgarian | Burmese | Chinese (Cantonese) | Catalan | Chichewa |

Chuvash | Cornish | Corsican | Croatian | Czech

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Danish | Dutch | English (American) | Esperanto | Estonian | Farsi (Persian) | Finnish | Frisian | Gaelic

| Galician | Georgian | German (Swiss) | Greek (Ancient) | Gujurati | Haitian-Creole | Hausa |

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Jèrriais | Kannada | Khmer | Kirghiz | Klingon | Korean | Kurdish | Latin | Latvian | Lithuanian | Luganda |

Luxembourgish | Macedonian | Malagasy | Malay | Malayalam | Maltese | Manx | Maori | Marathi |

Mongolian | Navajo | Nepali | Norwegian | Ojibwe

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Papiamento | Pashto |   Persian (Farsi) | Pidgin | Polish | Portuguese (Brazilian) | Punjabi | Romanian |

Romansh | Rwanda | Saami | Sanskrit | Sardinian | Scots Gaelic | Serbian | Sesotho | Setswana | Shona |

Sindhi | Sinhala | Slovak | Slovenian | Somali | Spanish (Latin American) | Spanish (Mexican) |

Swahili | Swedish

Languages T – Z: visit UK site | USA site

Tagalog | Tamazight | Tamil | Telugu | Thai | Tibetan | Turkish | Twi | Ukranian | Urdu | Uzbek |

Vietnamese | Welsh | Xhosa | Yiddish | Yoruba | Zulu


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LANGUAGES T – Z (UK)

Here are our recommended language courses for languages T – Z.


These links will take you to our language course stores – click on the TOP COURSES tab and then use the search box to find your language course.

Language Best Bet 1 Best Bet 2 Best Bet 3
  (audio/book) (cd-rom) (ipod/mp3)
       
T      
Tagalog Teach Yourself:  Tagalog Rosetta Stone: Tagalog  
Tamazight   Talk Now!: Tamazight  
Tamil   Talk Now!: Tamil  
Telugu   Talk Now!: Telugu  
Thai Teach Yourself: Thai Rosetta Stone: Thai Collins: 40 minute Thai
Tibetan   Talk Now!: Tibetan  
Turkish Teach Yourself:  Turkish Rosetta Stone: Turkish Collins: 40 minute Turkish
Twi      
       
U      
Ukrainian Teach Yourself: Ukranian Talk Now!: Ukranian  
Urdu Teach Yourself: Urdu Talk Now!: Urdu  
Uzbek   Talk Now!: Uzbek  
       
V      
Vietnamese Teach Yourself: Vietnamese Rosetta Stone: Vietnamese Collins: 40 minute Vietnamese
       
W      
Welsh Teach Yourself: Welsh Rosetta Stone: Welsh Teach Yourself Conversation: Welsh
       
X      
Xhosa Teach Yourself: Xhosa Talk Now!: Xhosa  
       
Y      
Yiddish   Talk Now!: Yiddish  
Yoruba   Talk Now!: Yoruba  
       
Z      
Zulu Teach Yourself: Zulu Talk Now!: Zulu  

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