Meta l-vjolin jirrepeti x’għadu kemm idoqq il-pjanu, ma jistax jagħmel l-istess ħsejjes u jista’ biss japprossima l-istess kordi. Jista’, madankollu, jagħmel l-istess “mużika” rikonoxxibli, l-istess arja. Imma jista’ jagħmel biss hekk meta jkun leali għall-loġika tal-vjolin, kif ikun ukoll għall-loġika tal-pjanu.

Accurate Descriptions of Languages

(This is merely satire, many of these came from talking with other people.)

Slovak- a circle jerk of Slavic languages, with some Hungarian sprinkled on top

Portuguese- Western Spanish but hell added on top

German- the language of screams, yells, and death

Slovene- Slavic German

Croatian- Slavic Hell

Bulgarian- Slavic Turkish

Montenegrin- Coastal Serbian

Swedish- Knock-off Norwegian and both are rip offs of Danish

French- sounds like your dog choking on plastic

Finnish- Uralic Swedish but closer to heaven

Hungarian- European Vietnamese

Icelandic- hey wtf is this?

Albanian- Lovechild of Turkish and Italian… oh wait

Greek- Basically Russian but better sounding

Arabic- the words you say when you’re choking on water

Maltese- “God save me” level of Italian

Catalan- like Spanish but better sounding

Basque- level 4 Polish

English- Wtf is going on here?


(All of you are free to add onto this list)

Getting A Puppy (Harry Potter Preferences)

Harry Potter

Originally posted by thenatsdorf

The two of you end up getting a little husky pup and naming her Sasha. As an added bonus she totally gets along with Hedwig.

Ron Weasley

Originally posted by threeberners

You and Ron get a little Bernese Mountain dog puppy and name her Violet. She seems to share Ron’s love of food

Draco Malfoy

Originally posted by swagnwag-blog-blog

One day you came home with a little Maltese the two of you have come to call Winston. He is cute and adorable like you, plus you can joke that he has the same hair colour as his dad.

Fred Weasley

Originally posted by sizvideos

When the two of you wen searching for a pup you wanted a quirky little puppy that shared your sense of humour. This is how you can across Daisy, a little pup with a big heart. She never fails to make the two of you laugh, or offer a little cuddle.

George Weasley

Originally posted by cutestcorner

It wasn’t so much you went out to get a dog, and more like a dog found the two of you. You came across little Winnie walking home one night and she stole your hearts. She is the perfect cuddle buddy, but also offers endless amounts of entertainment.

Neville Longbottom

Originally posted by coco-n-pipi

Neville knew you wanted to get a puppy, and he wanted to get a dog big enough to protect you when he wasn’t around. This is how you ended up with little Arlo. He is all fluff and no bite, and you wouldn’t have it any other way.

A case of language shaming?

I had a conversation recently that left me wondering how easy it is for some people to reproduce linguistic stereotypes and misperceptions labelling languages as ‘complex’, ’useless’ or ‘not-so-popular’.

I am learning Maltese (or Malti). It is not a language spoken by millions of people and there are not many resources online thus it is rather difficult for someone to learn it. Those two features were enough for someone to suggest that I should learn a ‘useful’ and ‘popular’ language instead, like French or Italian, since Maltese is ‘dead’ and ‘primitive’.

Although I went a bit mental, I did try to explain to them what the terms ‘dead’ and ‘primitive’ actually mean as well as why they cannot mark languages as ‘useless’ or ‘unpopular’.

‘A language dies when nobody speaks it anymore’ (Crystal D., 2000: 1)

In other words, a language is dead when there is no native speaker alive, like Latin. Imagine the last native speaker of an unknown language. If we consider that language is a communication tool, then this very last speaker’s mother tongue is already dead.

With over 500.000 *living* native speakers, I would not classify Maltese as a dead language :)

Primitive or not?

I am a native speaker of Greek. People often comment on how ‘complex’ the greek language is compared to English, assuming that grammatical or structural complexity and a large lexicon (i.e. vocabulary) indicates linguistic superiority.

People who categorise languages as ‘primitive’ or less ‘complex’ usually argue that, since some concepts can only be expressed in a particular language, then this language must be ‘better’ than the others.

Put simply, the native speakers of any language can effectively communicate any notion, idea or message using just the resources their native tongue provides. If their needs change, then the language expands through word-creating and borrowing mechanisms.

The Maltese example

Unlike most languages, there is no verb ‘to be’ in Maltese, which may sound a bit odd to some people. How can Maltese understand each other without the very first verb one memorises when learning a new language? Therefore, is Maltese a ‘primitive’ language?

Well, the personal pronouns work as the verb ‘to be’ in Maltese and that’s the problem sorted out!

  • English: I am 
  • Maltese: Jien/jiena

The verbal function of the personal pronoun in Maltese would seemingly indicate a ‘simple’ or ‘primitive’ grammar, but trust me, this is not the case with Malti (I do get languages well, but Maltese is a proper challenge for many reasons). It could possibly be explained as word economy, yet this is a far too scientific linguistic topic to discuss in a Tumblr post.

Did you ever have to defend your mother tongue or target language? Have you encountered people who do language shaming?