• Dogs, Butterflies, and Buildings: 5 Architectural Etymologies

    Posted on September 20, 2016 by Blog Admin in Blog.

    The history of architecture furnishes the lover of language with a robust supply of unusual and enlightening etymologies.  The term itself was initially popularized in English in the 1550s from the Greek arkhitekton, meaning “master builder.”  Here you’ll find 5 etymologies from the field of architecture, from the ancient Greeks to modern times. Cantilever: A popular structure of […]

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  • The Philogelos: Joke #197

    Posted on September 19, 2016 by Blog Admin in Blog, Philogelos Jokes.

    Text and cartoons by Linda Thompson The Philogelos, typically translated as “the joker” or “the one who loves laughter”, is an ancient Greek collection of approximately 265 jokes. Dating to the 4th or 5th century CE, it typically bears the title of the world’s oldest surviving collection of jokes. After reading Dan Crompton’s translation of […]

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  • On Leadership and Languages: Interview with Gregory J. Nedved

    Posted on September 12, 2016 by Blog Admin in Blog.

    Is it possible to begin studying a foreign language in college, only to become a professional linguist, published author, and Army interpreter? If you’re NML Vice President Gregory Nedved, the answer is a resounding yes. Greg started learning Mandarin Chinese while studying in Taiwan. Since then, he has worked for more than 30 years in the Army […]

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  • The Philogelos: Joke #177

    Posted on September 7, 2016 by Blog Admin in Blog, Philogelos Jokes, Virtual.

    Text and cartoons by Linda Thompson The Philogelos, typically translated as “the joker” or “the one who loves laughter”, is an ancient Greek collection of approximately 265 jokes. Dating to the 4th or 5th century CE, it typically bears the title of the world’s oldest surviving collection of jokes. After reading Dan Crompton’s translation of […]

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  • National Museum of Language VP Announces Release of Latest Book

    Posted on September 1, 2016 by Blog Admin in Blog.

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. – When author and NML vice president Gregory J. Nedved realized that there were no trivia books pertaining to presidents and their foreign language experiences, he set out to change that. From his background as a professional Chinese-Mandarin linguist and published author, Nedved brings us Presidential Foreign Language Trivia. Presented in a trivia book format, Nedved’s […]

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  • Language Olympics: Round 2

    Posted on August 24, 2016 by Blog Admin in Blog.

    Ready to put your language skills to the test? Try the devilishly difficult second installment of the popular word game. Follow the clues to find the “odd man out” in each set.

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  • International Network of Language Museums Makes its Debut

    Posted on August 19, 2016 by Blog Admin in Blog, Events.

    July 3 – Milan, Italy The International Network of Language Museums has been formally established and a Board of Trustees elected for 2016-2018. Ottar Grepstad of the Ivar Aasen Centre (Norway), Elaine Gold of the Canadian Language Museum, and Mark Oremland of Mundolingua (France) were elected to serve. Dr. Jill Robbins represented the National Museum of Language via Skype […]

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  • A Challenging New Game to Test Your Language Skills

    Posted on August 8, 2016 by Blog Admin in Blog.
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  • What’s in a Name? 10 Popular First Names and their Origins

    Posted on August 4, 2016 by Maria Khodorkovsky in Blog.

    Behind some of the most popular names is a tapestry of religion, diaspora, combat, and integration.  Take an etymological tour of 10 of the most popular male and female given names in the English language. John: Derived as Juan, Jean, Hans, Ivan, Giovanni, as well as a host of other multicultural variations, this ubiquitous name is […]

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  • Intellect as Equipment: Interview with Ralph Dumain

    Posted on July 28, 2016 by Blog Admin in Blog.

    When Ralph Dumain took the Canadian Esperanto Association’s proficiency exam in 1976, the score was so high that judges practically had to create a new category for his certificate. This achievement parallels perfectly his affinity for the practice of autodidacticism, or self-education. Since 1999, Dumain has been running the Autodidact Project, a large collection of […]

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