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Category Archives: Languages

Weeble Wobble

Me and my foe foo row ramma.  I dish and you dash and I know I got to go hoe and come on to do all that.  I have no idea.  No clue.  Notta respectability, neither nor all there or even some that.  But still I here while you but there.  And you ever so […]

Avatar, Linqua Franca or just Francs?

This is in response to Dave M. post over at Lost In Translation. I wonder if some of the general objections made of Avatar and others in its vein can be rolled up to a difference between preferring a story (implying human archetypes) and creating an alternate reality.  Namely, how far should a movie or […]

Have a word for a word?

It is now possible to add comments to words and characters on Kotoba. This feature allows you to write your own comments about a specific word or character that can be viewed by other users. Ultimately, I hope this facilitates you to share your linguistic nuances or insights that you feel might be appreciated by […]

Vocabulary Lists are now Study Lists

In an attempt to generalize ourselves, we have moved vocabulary lists to study lists. This is in recognition that our vocabulary lists can now include characters, not just words. To boot, in the future we would like to add grammar and example sentences to our study lists thereby making them as complete as possible for […]

Houston, we have 漢字 文字 Characters!

Kotoba achieved another important milestone this evening. Characters! As alluded to in previous posts, my work has been focused on developing a language-agnostic model of language characters. The work is heavily inspired on Kanjidict which is also the source of the 10,000+ chinese characters that are now a part of Kotoba.

Sexy Models

Well, maybe sexy is too strong a word for most people. But if you are like me, then data modeling is sexy. And if that is the case then Kotoba can be particularly sexy. One of the main objectives at this point in Kotoba’s development is ensuring the entity-relationships are modeled correctly. While no easy […]

How Do You Spell β?

In an attempt to help clarify where Kotoba is at, we have appropriately adorned Kotoba with a β (beta) moniker to help ensure everyone knows what to expect. And by “what to expect” I mean to expect Google’s definition of beta; usable but constantly growing in functionality. For the curious, I used Gimp and this […]

Kotoba Making Friends

Kotoba wants to be your friend! In what will be an interesting experiment in social networking, Kotoba now befriends other Twitter users who make posts that match a predefined list of words or the word of the moment. The idea is for Kotoba to reach out to like-minded Twitters in hopes they are interested in […]

Lost? Find Found in Translation

Some years (ahem, many) years ago I met the quite interesting fellow, Dave Malinowski, while a student at the University of Kanazawa, Japan. (For those in the know, we call it 金大. Tokyo cannot have all the fun.) At the time I recall Dave being an amazingly adaptable and capable linguist who was comfortable in […]