Second year on Twitter completed ! Below, you're going to find what Crazy has been up to on Twitter in 2016 plus a few tips about Twitter's language code and rules.
If you first want to take a peek at last year's
overview, you can head over there first.
Let's start with a ‘Happy New Year' tweet in the different official languages of the European countries :
It was posted on Twitter by :
Twitter name : @OULanguages
Description : Account for the Languages team at The Open University School of Languages and Applied Linguistics
Tweeting place in the world : United Kingdom
Tweetted or not tweetted ?
Sometimes I re-tweet images other people have already tweeted. Sometimes, I tweet my own images and sometimes I tweet images that I find on other websites. In this last case, I haven't always found the Twitter account of the websites in question and so you won't see them in the green rectangles under the tweets …
Now, let's dive directly into the summary of the best tweets of 2016 thanks to a few other language maps. (Click on the tabs to see the different tweets of each section.)
#1 – Language maps
On Twitter, you're alloted 140 characters per message. As you know, one character in English is a letter. One character in Chinese is a logogram (representing a word or a morpheme). Just imagine how much you could say if you learned how to write in Chinese !
#2 – Latin and old linguistic stuff
Twitter name : @atlasobscura
Description : The definitive guide to the world's hidden wonders.
Tweeting place in the world : Everywhere
No Sweat Shakespeare
Twitter name : @easyshakespeare
Description : @easyshakespeare is the official http://NoSweatShakespeare.com site twitter account – making Shakespeare easy and accessible for all!
Tweeting place in the world : The World
#3 – Linguistic humor
Twitter name : @fluentchinese
Description : Neat-o Chinese learning stuff.
Tweeting place in the world : London
Steven French Languages
Twitter name : @ffrenchay
Description : French, Spanish and English teacher. Passionate about languages. Technophile. Teacherpreneur.
Tweeting place in the world : Harpenden, Hertfordshire, UK
There are 48 languages for you to choose from in Twitter's settings. See how the dashboard looks like when I choose Czech (which uses a definitely nice alphabet) :
2016 : year of the French Republic's newspeak birth
The next section is about one part of the ridiculous spelling reform decided by the French ‘Minister' of Education, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem. Decided at the beginning of 2016, it's being implemented now. Not anymore capable or willing to teach spelling to kids at schools, the lady has logically decided to simplify the subject (and erase much spelling history traces at the same time). She is thus forcing a lot of spelling changes on people who have been able to learn it in their youth (that's my case, by the way …) In other countries, levelling people low and making the life difficult for those who want to stay standing is called a typical decision of communist management. Thus, be aware of it : nowadays, French written language doesn't evolve naturally anymore or only for a small amount of it that'll most probably very quickly be corrected by politicians !
#4 – The French circonflex accent
A little explanation of the problem created by our French political bosses trying to control the way we write …
To read from bottom to top since the most recent messages appear on top !
Twitter name : @bernardpivot1
Description : Apostrophes, Bouillon de Culture, Double je, Ecriture, Football, Gourmandise, Homme, Interview, Journalisme, Kiosque, Lire, Mots………….Zut.
Ils ont changé l'orthographe des manuels scolaires … Je ne peux juste pas y croire ! They've changed the spelling in school books … Can't believe it !
#5 – Animal talking
What The F*** Facts
Twitter name : @WhatTheFFacts
Description : All (& only) things that make you say WTF. Official Account of What The F*** Facts.
Twitter name : @SciencePorn
Twitter name : @TGAComics
Description : The Gentleman's Armchair is a comic. http://thegentlemansarmchair.com So is Directive:Space http://www.directivespace.com
Tweeting place in the world : Salt Lake City
The dashboard of Twitter comes in 48 possible languages, BUT you can write in even more exotic languages. Just set your keyboard to whatever language you know, click on the tweet button and write !
#6 – Scripts
Learn About Russia
#7 – Itchy Feet Comic Special
If you've set your Twitter language to be English, then every time a tweet is not in English, you'll see a little Earth drawing on which you can click to get the translation. No need to copy-paste the tweets somewhere else. Here is how it looks before you click on the little earth :
and after (I added the purple arrow, you won't see it on Twitter !) :
To be noted, this beautiful little example is a recent tweet from :
#8 – French
Twitter name : @frenchwords
Description : Every day, new French words, quotes & facts to discover. Why? Because French is beautiful. • Created by @julienazarian. • Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tweeting place in the world : Paris, France
Nice year, no ? Let's end it with two super motivational tweets :
It was first posted on the web by :
And my favorite :
This last one was first posted on the web by :
WOD Nation Gear
So, what do you think ? Did you enjoy this overview ? Let me know in the comments below !