So enough said about what this site is about. Here’s what you can expect to get here. I will be posting on a regular basis samples of the Mercury Dictionary that I mentioned before. These samples connect with the topic in question. For example, if we talk about hunger, there will be words and sentences that have something to do with hunger – in as many languages as possible (IAMLAP). The IAMLAP is of course an acronym for in as many languages as possible, but it could also represent the fact that wherever you go, you are always going to come back to – yourself. After another knowledge gathering trip of yours!
There will also be lots of links, many of them leading to Wikipedia – that great free encyclopedia! Most of these Wiki links are to the English pages, but whenever preferable, another language is used.
The language order of the Mercury Dictionary is seen below. English first, but then generally from north towards south, and from west towards east. Except for English, the abbreviations are those used in the IIAF listings for member countries.
ENG FIN EST SWE DEN NOR ISL GER FRA POR SPA ITA LAT GRE RUS SWA JPN
So to the sample! Let’s talk about mother. Once in a while (like here) even some additional languages are included.
mother(Eng) äiti(Fin) ema(Est) mor/moder(Swe) moder(Dan) mor(Nor) móðir(f)(Isl) Mutter(f)(Ger) mère(f)(Fra) mãe(f)(Por) madre(f)(Spa) madre(f)(Ita) mater(f)(Lat) μητέρα(f)(Gre) мать(f)(Rus) mama(Swa) haha-oya(Jpn) 母親 = ははおや – anya(Hung) – anne(Turk) – oum(Arab) – Em(Hebr)
In Google Drive where I mainly work on this dictionary, all of the languages are color coded for easy reference. I will be explaining about that later. Anyway, your email address is all that is needed to be able to access any of these updateable files (there are quite a few of them!) in Google Drive! The above sample is really just to give you an idea of the magnitude of the dictionary.
Another thing that I wanted to mention here is that this site will be a lot about travelling. Naturally, languages and travelling do go hand in hand! And of course, wherever you go, you as a true cosmopolitan need to learn some of the language spoken in the country of your choice. The travel sites will be a mishmash of English and that other language! Starting next week from Berlin!