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Julie Marren's Middle School languages project - January 2018
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Outline of Languages Project

Your project will involve:  

  • Creating a Google Slideshow with your name for a title and sharing it with me,

  • Doing the research mostly in the library and adding to your Slideshow,

  • Presenting your slideshow to the class.


Here is the information that you need to give in a Google Slideshow:

  1. Your language:

    1. You can research your language here: Just click on the letter your language begins with.  Language source called Omniglot

    2. You can also research your language using Wikipedia and Google.

  2. How many people speak your language now?  (This is easy to find using a search engine like Google.)

    1. How many are native speakers?  

    2. How many are second language speakers?

  3. Where is your language the official language?

    1. Give a list of countries.  (There could be many!)

    2. Find a world map to show where your language is spoken. Include the map in your slideshow.  (Google images are often useful for these maps.)


  1. Its language family:  Most languages will come from a language family. Some aren’t part of a language family.  A language without a language family is sometimes called a “language isolate.”  If your language’s connection to other languages is in dispute, just say so.  It’s interesting!  Your language on Omniglot will list its “linguistic affiliation” which gives the family, branch, and group it comes from.  You find the same information on Wikipedia, along the right hand column.

  2. Here is a source for language families: Language families on Omniglot

  3. Here are language families of all the languages pointed out to Julie by sixth graders:

    1. Indo-European

    2. Sino-Tibetan

    3. Afroasiatic

    4. Austroasiatic

    5. Uralic

    6. Austronesian

  4. Give your language’s group or branch within its language family:  If you use Wikipedia, look along the right column of its Wikipedia entry.  It will show the “Language Family,” and then give your language’s place on its own branch, group, and so on.  Omniglot will give you the same information, calling it “language affiliation.”

  5. Give other languages related to your language:  These can be languages from its branch, its family, or languages that have had a lot of influence on the language.  A language is often influenced by the languages of neighboring countries.  A language is also influenced by languages of those it conquered or by whom it was conquered.   

  6. Give your language’s writing system: the alphabet or script it uses: Omniglot gives the writing system of each language. So does Wikipedia.

  7. Give any words that came from your language into English.  Look for “List of English words of [your language] origin” in Google or Wikipedia.     

  8. Make a slide of some text of your written language.  You can find this on Google images.  Make sure you have an idea of what the text says.  

  9. Include a sound or video file with the language being spoken.  It is often easy to find a video with English captions of someone speaking a particular language.

  10. We are coming to the end!  Now, find out how to say the phrases below in your language, and put them on a slide.  On Omniglot, there is a pull-down menu called “Phrases and Texts” then “Phrases” and then “Useful Phrases.”  (Phrases in Omniglot)  Be ready to teach the class!


How are you?


What’s your name?




  1. Bonus:  Would you like to share a “useless phrase” from Omniglot in your language?  (Useless Phrases in Omniglot)  If so, feel free to include a slide showing your chosen phrase.  Be ready to teach it to the class, so check out the pronunciation!    


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