Learn New Languages At Your Own Pace Using Duolingo

As an aspiring polyglot, I am constantly trying to find new ways to learn languages in a way that is convenient, simple and fun. School has been a liability to my progress, since a lot of my focus and effort has to be shifted to that. Nevertheless, my prayers have been answered when I stumbled upon Duolingo, a website specifically catered to learning foreign languages from scratch!

The interface is user-friendly and appealing for children and adult learners alike. Duolingo gives a series of ‘skills’ starting from basic words and phrases to more complex sentence building and vocabulary. These skills are then further divided into a series of short exercises. To answer the exercises, you would primarily rely on translation from that language to English (or vice versa), listening then typing, listening then translating and reading the words yourself in that language using a microphone. It’s really simple – you’ll be familiar with it in no time. As you progress in the exercises, you get levelled up as your knowledge in your language increases. Right now, I am a Level 4 German and a Level 2 French. Continue reading “Learn New Languages At Your Own Pace Using Duolingo”

Malay Language in Cyrillic Script (Абжад Сирил Мәлаю) – Part 1 – Introduction


Сәламат датаҥ дан салам сәжаҳтәра!

Have you ever though about creating a new way to write a language? People have been using various forms of writing to convey messages in many different languages. In the modern days of globalisation, the world have converged into one huge interconnected village where we can learn about other people’s cultures at a touch of a button. Language is one of the those things you can learn, and I really love learning them. Through this experience, I have adapted a seemingly alien writing system to my mother tongue, Malay.
It is time for me to unveil to the world the Malay Cyrillic Alphabet. It is a writing system which is derived from the Russian Cyrillic script containing unique letters to fit the different sounds that are absent in Russian. The way it is used is explained below.
The script is called the Malay Cyrillic Alphabet in English and Малайский кириллице in Russian.
In Malay I have named it (in Rumi) Abjad Cyril Melayu / (in Jawi) ابجد سيريل ملايو / (in Cyrillic) Абжад Сирил Мәлаю.

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