Welcome to the relaunch of the All Languages blog. We’d like to use this weekly blog to share some of the language learning tips we’ve compiled over the years, as well as share some tales about the potential for gaffes and the opportunities for joy and enlightenment that learning a language can bring… and – most importantly – we’d like to invite you to share your stories with us.
So why ‘Logophile’? It means a ‘lover of words’ – a strangely ugly word for such a pretty idea, but then, perhaps, this is indicative of the idiosyncracies of language that we’d like this blog to explore…
We toyed with the idea of ‘Linguaphile’ but, according to Oxford English Dictionaries at least – the word linguaphile doesn’t exist. Surprised? It sounds convincing doesn’t it? In fact, it is the deceptively-convincing amalgamation of two easily-recognisable Latin roots – but not a word OED recognise. I guess you’d call it a ‘false cognate’ – a notion harbouring a lot of potential pitfalls for the avid linguist (more of these in later blogs, I’m sure!).
We also contemplated calling our new blog ‘Polyglot’ – after a person who knows or is able to use many languages – or perhaps the associated term of ‘polygluttony’? Ok, so that’s not actually a word either, but we quite like the idea of gorging ourselves on multiple languages…
Or perhaps ‘Linguine’? As in a small, tasty morsel of linguistic musings we can serve up each week? Or should we aim for more than that? And if so, what is the opposite of a ‘diminutive’? An ‘enlargative’? And why does that make us think of the kind of emails that belong in your spam folder along with those from absconding Nigerian diplomats and badly-spelt banks?
Well, in the absence of any ‘enlargatives’ for our serving of linguistic musings, we settled on ‘logophile’. Please let us know your suggestions for alternative titles!
Hopefully you can make some suggestions that capture our passion for language learning – or express your own. It’s our belief that language learning is a wonderfully enriching experience through which one discovers more about oneself, the world and different ways of thinking (more of this in later blogs too, I’m sure!).
For now, let us leave you with one of our favourite quotes about language from a truly inspiring man:
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. NELSON MANDELA