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Simon Ager
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Attended Bangor University
Lives in Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales
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Les mots de la semaine
- décoller = to take off (plane) = codi; esgyn
- le client = (hotel) guest = gwestai
- l'invité = (house) guest = gwestai
- la combinaison de plongée = wetsuit = siwt gweithgareddau dwr
- le coup de glotte = glottal stop = ffrwydrolyn/stop glotol
- (pousser un) coup de guele = (to have a) rant = rhefru; arthio; brygowthan
- la guele-de-loup = snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus) = trwyn llo; safn y llew
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Gwestai is the plural of gwesty (hotel), but also means guest - the plural is gwesteion.
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New phrases page on Omniglot: Northern Sámi (davvisámegiella) - http://www.omniglot.com/language/phrases/northernsami.htm
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Bangor Community Choir sang in Penrhyn Castle this afternoon - here's one of the videos we made.
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New language on Omniglot: Chayahuita (Paranapura / Shawi) - http://www.omniglot.com/writing/chayahuita.htm
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New Omniglot blog post: Gabions and the importance of names - http://www.omniglot.com/blog/?p=10160
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New Omniglot blog post: Les coups de glotte and other coups - http://www.omniglot.com/blog/?p=10188
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New numbers page on Omniglot: Iban - http://www.omniglot.com/language/numbers/iban.htm
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New numbers page on Omniglot: Abaza (абаза бызшва) - http://www.omniglot.com/language/numbers/abaza.htm
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Les mots de la semaine
- la poêle (à frire) = frying pan = padell ffrïo
- le mixeur = (food) mixer = cymysgwr
- la bétonnière = cement mixer = corddwr sment; peiriant cymysgu sment
- le mélangeur = mixer tap = tap cymysgu
- le plachard-séchoir = airing cupboard = cwpwrdd sychu/eirio/tempru
- plein à craquer = full to bursting; crammed = llawn dop; llawn hyd yr ymylon
- noir de monde = swarming with people = yn heidio o bobl; yn orlawn o bobl
- le perroquet = parrot = parot; poli-parot
- répéter comme un perroquet = to parrot; to repeat parrot fashion = ailadrodd (fel poli-parot)
- l'amure (f) = armour = arfwisg; arfogaeth
- le chevalier = knight = marchog
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Les mots de la semaine
- fait(e) maison; artisanal = home-made = cartref
- la course de chevaux = horse race = ras geffylau
- le cheval de course = race horse = ceffyl rasio; ceffyl ras
- le hoquet = hiccough/hiccup = yr ig; yr igian
- hoqueter = to hiccup = igian
- le contretemps = hiccup (small problem) = rhwystr
- j'ai le hoquet = I've got the hiccups = mae'r ig(ian) arna' i
- prévisible = predicatable = rhagweladwy; disgwyliadwy; rhagddywedadwy
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New numbers page on Omniglot: Karuk - http://www.omniglot.com/language/numbers/karuk.htm
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Linguist
Employment
  • Omniglot Ltd
    Linguist, 2008 - present
    Maintaining and developing Omniglot.com, the online encyclopedia of writing systems and languages, answers questions from visitors, learning languages.
  • Study Group International
    Web Developer, 1999 - 2008
    Developing and maintaining multilingual websites.
  • British Council
    Various, 1994 - 1998
    Worked as an education counsellor, external liaison officer, IT manager and web consultant.
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Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales
Previously
Brighton, East Sussex, England - Taipei, Taiwan - Osaka, Japan - Leeds, West Yorkshire, England - Jersey, Channel Islands - L'Isle-en-Dodon, Midi-Pyrénées, France - Sévignac-le-Pas, Midi-Pyrénées, France - Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight, England - Maidenhead, Berkshire, England - Eskdale, Cumbria, England - Silverdale, Lancashire, England
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One language is never enough / Dydy un iaith byth yn ddigon / 一種語言永遠不夠
Introduction
After finishing university I worked for the British Council in Taipei for four years in various positions. While there I learnt the basics of web design and desktop publishing. I then returned to the UK and worked for a while as a freelance web designer and translator, then got a job as a multilingual web developer with Study Group International in Brighton. Nine years later I was made redundant, but fortunately by then my website, Omniglot.com, was making enough money to live on. I also got some freelance work writing for other websites, and decided it was time for a change of direction. My plan was to become a speech and language therapist, and I decided to study linguistics first. I chose Bangor University to do this as the course sounded interesting, and I wanted to be in a Welsh-speaking area (I taught myself Welsh while in Brighton). Since completing my MA in linguistics I've been living in Bangor and making my living from Omniglot.
Education
  • Bangor University
    Linguistics, 2008 - 2009
  • University of Leeds
    Chinese & Japanese, 1989 - 1993
  • National Taiwan Normal University
    Chinese, 1993 - 1994
  • Kansai Gaidai University
    Japanese, 1991 - 1991
  • National Chengchi University
    Chinese, 1990 - 1990
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