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Coined "the online encyclopedia of writing systems and languages," Omniglot has a variety of resources for learning new languages and understanding language systems. The sheer volume of materials may overwhelm readers at first (with information on more than 1,000 languages and nearly 300 writing systems), but the categories on the Home page make the content more manageable. These areas (Writing Systems, Constructed Scripts, Languages, Multilingual Pages, and What's New?) are further arranged into smaller topical sections for easier browsing. For example, the Multilingual Pages section has a segment on "useful phrases in many languages." Here, readers can find translations for popular phrases such as "welcome" and "have a nice day" in more than 100 languages. Many of these translations are accompanied by sound files to ensure proper pronunciation. There is also an FAQ page linked at the bottom of the site for readers who need additional browsing guidance. Simon Ager manages the site and was inspired to launch the site by his background in linguistics (Ager speaks five languages fluently and has conversational abilities in several more). Though first created as a business venture in 1998, Omniglot soon transitioned into a free database for fellow language enthusiasts.
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July 24th, 2020
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July 15th, 2020 at 3:36pm
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July 16th, 2020 at 11:53am
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