Can I invent a language?
If you really want to find out how a radio works, you build one. If you want to get a brass-tacks understanding of how airplanes work, build a flying model airplane. And if you want to understand languages at a fundamental level, guess what you do? Believe it or not, there is an entire hobby devoted to “constructed languages” (conlangs, for short) inspired partly by the linguistic exploits of J. R. R. Tolkien who, in writing his epic Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and The Silmarillion, actually created entire languages, complete with their own grammars, vocabularies, and alphabets. Tolkien was able to do this because he had a profound grasp of grammar and historical linguistics, and taught these subjects at Oxford where he was a professor. Languages were invented for the Star Wars films, and the Star Trek franchise has given us a made-up language—Klingon—invented by linguist Marc Orkand that people can learn thanks to grammars and taped lessons available commercially. Some conlang enthusiasts have even written special software to help take some of the drudgery out of building up your own private languge.
Learning Languages Frequently Asked Questions
How do individual learning styles affect how one learns a foreign language.
How do I create an optimal environment for learning languages?
What should I look for if I want to learn a foreign language on my own?
Which is a more effective way to learn a language, traditional classes or self-study?
How do I use a pocket foreign language dictionary?
Do Children Learn Languages Faster Than Adults
Do people have a natural ability for learning languages?
How can I help my kids learn a foreign language?
What are "Immersion" language programs and how effective are they?
How can I teach my kids foreign languages at home more effectively?
How can I get my child more engaged in studying a foreign language.
Why do most people fail at learning a new language?
How long will it take before I can speak a new language?
Will learning a foreign language help my kids do better in school?
Will studying a foreign language help my child get better SAT scores?
Can learning a language improve my social life?
Can learning a foreign language help me better express myself in my own language?
How much foreign language study do I need to benefit from it?
Can learning a foreign language help me find a better job?
What are the key factors that determine success in learning a foreign language?
How should I set my goals for learning a language?
How can setting goals help me succeed in learning a language?
How can I build a support network to help my language learning?
What can I read to help improve my foreign vocabulary?
Should I buy ready-made flash cards or make my own?
How do I use flash cards effectively?
Should I buy a large foreign dictionary or a smaller pocket dictionary?
Should I get a phrase book?
Which vocabulary words should I try to learn first?
How Much Vocabulary Do I Need?
Will knowing a language similar to the one I'm studying be any help?
What are some tricks I can use to help me memorize new vocabulary?
How do people learn new words?
Can foreign films help me in my language study?
I'd like to practice my language by watching movies but foreign films bore me. What else can I try?
Should I join a foreign conversation group?
Can listening to foreign music help my language study?
Can I start a foreign language conversation group?
What is the advantage of corresponding with a foreign pen pal?
Can I practice my language on the Internet?
Should I look for ethnic festivals I can attend in my area?
Are ethnic restaurants a useful supplement to my language study?
How can I make the most of my language study when I travel?
How can I find foreign magazines about my personal interests?
What advantages are there to subscribing to a foreign newspaper or magazine?
What do foreign language search engines offer?
Can I use a vacation abroad to learn a new language?
Can I do a "study abroad" program?
How do I learn about mannerisms and gestures that are part of a foreign culture?
Can I invent a language?
What do I need this new language for?
How do I remember new words?
How can I practice my new language?
How do I build my vocabulary?
What is an easy way to build my vocabulary?
What do I read?
What if I make a mistake?
How do I know my spelling is correct?
Is every excercise fit for me?
Do I need to understand my language to be able to listen to it?