Oh my, has it been six years already?

As you may or may not know, srah blah blah is the annual host of Language Week, a meme that would be a heckuva lot more effective if I could pin it down to the same week every year, or even if I celebrated it during National Foreign Language Week instead of the middle of the summer. This year, my sister has requested that I not hold Language Week over her birthday, because she's tired of her birthday songs being written in French or something.

So this year's Language Week will be held June 30-July 4, 2008. What better way to celebrate the birth of a big linguistically-diverse yet English-language-dominated globalizing superpower than to demonstrate our foreign language prowess?

The rules of Language Week are as follows:

  1. You do not talk about Language Week.
  2. You do not talk about Language Week.
  3. (But seriously, please spread the word.)
  4. There are no rules.
  5. Well, okay, there are a couple of rules but they're not very strict.
  6. Language Week 2008 is June 30-July 4.
  7. Blog in a language that you don't usually blog in. In some cases, this might even be your mother tongue¹! I know there are a lot of people out there who blog in a second or third language regularly, so why don't you give your readers a taste of your native language or any others you know?
  8. You don't have to blog a lot if you don't want to - a few sentences will do, as long as you continue, once a day, through the week (or at least Monday to Friday). You can blog in one foreign language for five days, you can blog in five different languages or you can find some medium between the two. Or what the hell... if you only want to blog in Swedish on Tuesday, go for it. I'm just happy you're blogging in a foreign language at all!
  9. It would be nice to include some kind of translation into your usual blogging language. I usually do mine in <span title="translation"><i>other language</i></span> tags. You might choose to write it all out and translate at the end. You could hide it in the post's extension. It's up to you, but a translation is helpful for all those readers who are used to your usual blogging language.
  10. You can link back to this post if you want. I would appreciate it! Here are this year's icons! You can upload them to your webspace and use them if you'd like.
  11. If you're participating, please leave a comment here and let me know. This way you can all read each other's posts and be inspired when you can't think of anything to say and you can make new blogging friends and we'll all live happily ever after.
  12. Language Week is just about getting out of your comfort zone and getting in touch with the other languages you've got inside you. It is about actually using the foreign languages you learned in school or expressing yourself in your native tongue for once. It's about writing in a foreign language even if you can't write much or if what you write isn't grammatically correct.

Hoo boy. My Arabic is even worse than it was at this point last year, I think. I have a feeling I'll be falling back on French a lot!

srah - Tuesday, 24 June 2008 - 12:24 PM
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Comments (21)

gravatar Craig - June 24, 2008 - 12:32 PM -

I've probably asked this before since I'm no good at this language thing (I struggle with being fluent in English), but does Pig Latin count?

gravatar srah - June 24, 2008 - 12:36 PM -

Why not?! :D

gravatar all the wine - June 24, 2008 - 1:43 PM -

yessss just in time for one word french posts!

gravatar Elisabeth - June 24, 2008 - 2:00 PM -

YES! Now to get the French words for werewolves and robots, because I've got a hot topic ready.

gravatar srah - June 24, 2008 - 2:27 PM -

Loup-garou is a werewolf (loups-garou = werewolves?), and I'm pretty sure robot is the very boring robot.

gravatar christina - June 24, 2008 - 2:31 PM -

Sign me up!

gravatar The Renaissance Man - June 24, 2008 - 9:02 PM -

I could babble a little bit in Portuguese for ya'll.

gravatar cuileann - June 24, 2008 - 10:30 PM -

Hey, I like this idea. I think I'm game! It'll be German, a little French, and even less Korean.

gravatar srah - June 24, 2008 - 10:54 PM -

Welcome, everybody!

gravatar moe - June 25, 2008 - 12:19 AM -

Ay carumba. OK. Any chance of expanding the concept to include dialect or accents?

gravatar Vanessa - June 25, 2008 - 1:53 AM -

I will give it a go in Spanish and Portuguese. This is a great idea!

gravatar srah - June 25, 2008 - 6:08 AM -

@moe The rules of Language Week are notoriously loose. Interpret them as you will!

gravatar Marianne - June 25, 2008 - 3:29 PM -

Might try to slip some french in there - but hate the fact my keyboard doesn't have accents... just had to say how much I appreciated the Blackadder quote- best epiode ever!!

gravatar Princess Sparklepants - June 25, 2008 - 4:17 PM -

I'm terrified to play along with this. But... as long as nobody pokes fun at my hideous French. Which, I guess doesn't matter as long as I pronounce it properly...

gravatar srah - June 25, 2008 - 5:14 PM -


I do all my accents manually: http://tlt.its.psu.edu/suggestions/international/web/codehtml.html

They're pretty easy once you get the hang of it (for example, an é (e with an accute accent) is just "eacute" between the opening "&" and closing ";") and it's easier (for me) than memorizing all the keyboard shortcuts.

@Princess SP

The French don't care what you do, actually, as long as you pronounce it properly.

gravatar heather in europe - June 29, 2008 - 2:58 PM -

count me in! :-)

gravatar heliospheric - June 30, 2008 - 8:34 AM -

Can I play too?

gravatar srah - June 30, 2008 - 8:56 AM -

Everyone's welcome! Start today!

gravatar srah - June 30, 2008 - 1:15 PM -

And if anyone forgets on Monday, just pick it up on Tuesday! Any Language Weeking is better than no Language Weeking!

gravatar Armin - July 2, 2008 - 3:07 AM -

Manual trackback:

01/Jul/2008: Ein Bisschen Islay Auf Deutsch.

May be more later this week, may be not. We'll see.

gravatar Stephen - July 2, 2008 - 1:56 PM -

Thanks for sending me the email about Language Week. Just got it today though, so I've done a post in French (since I'm in Paris at the moment, again).

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