LangTime Studio, Episode 30: What To Do With Your Conlang

In this episode, we chat about ways you can use your conlang once you’ve developed it, and I’ve attached a PDF of the Keynote presentation we use during the podcast to keep our discussion (mostly) organized. We hope you enjoy and find ideas in here that resonate with you and inspire you!


LangTime Studio, Episode 29: Difficult Phrases to Translate

In this episode, we talk about some difficult phrases to translate, focusing the entire discussion on the many uses of “to have X” in English. We had recently needed to translate a line with such a construction and wanted to talk about other ways you could tackle taking apart some more idiomatic phrases when you translate them. 

Attached to the post is the list I had open during our discussion (which also had David’s entries, apparently). Even though it isn’t organized in the best way possible, you’ll see exactly what we were staring at as we discussed translating the phrases!


LangTime Chat, Episode 27: Fun with Fauna

In this episode, we have some fun with fauna! We talk about different ways speakers come up with names for animals beyond having basic roots for them, and we hope it can inspire your own animal-name creation fun!

During our conversation, David mentions a thread on Reddit about butterfly names, which you can find here:

And I created a Keynote presentation for our discussion, which I’ve attached as a resource. When it gets to the discussion on butterflies, you’ll see there are a lot of names in Germanic languages, and those words are not necessarily standard across all dialects (and some are much more archaic!), which just adds to the fun of it all. 

We hope you enjoy!


LangTime Chat, Episode 24: Language Sketch Evolution, Part I

We have officially been podcasting for two full years!! This episode is the first of a two-part series and is based on a Patron suggestion, and we are quite excited about it!

In this episode, we work together to create proto-forms of a conlang sketch and discuss why we made particular decisions along the way. We settled on a sound system, created a series of basic roots, and decided on a basic word order for the proto-language. Over the course of the next month, David and I will each work separately with the proto-forms, selecting our own sound changes and grammatical devices and what not. In the next episode, we will bring our work together to compare what we came up with.

For any who want to “play along,” the language sketch document we created in this podcast episode is attached (both in Pages and PDF formats). You can evolve these proto-forms in your own ways over the month to join in on the fun!


LangTime Chat, Episode 16: Tonogenesis Language Sketch, Part III

In this episode, we finally introduce sound changes that incorporate tone into our language sketch! During the episode, we reference an article on tonogenesis by Michaud and Sands, which is attached as a PDF to this post. We hope you enjoy listening!


LangTime Chat, Episode 9: Name That Language (Celebrating Indigenous Languages)

In this month’s podcast, we play a round of “Name that language!” where I read language facts and have David try to guess the language being described. In honor of National Indigenous Peoples Day, all languages discussed are native to North America.


If you want to play along with David, don’t scroll down because the resources I provide below give away the languages.


Language 1

Navajo Spatial Terms (Navajo Language Academy), which is mentioned in the podcast and is the article I shared with David on the screen: 

Young and Morgan’s original work on The Navajo (Navaho) Language: 

McDonough’s article on how to use Young and Morgan’s guide: 

Wall and Morgan’s Navajo-English dictionary: 

Language 2

Ullrich’s dissertation on Lakota: 

Language 3

Chafe’s Grammar of the Seneca Language: 


LangTime Chat, Episode 5: Dictionaries

This episode’s focus is dictionaries–a favorite topic of mine! Throughout the episode, we talk about several resources, including…

The ConWorkShop:


David’s Language Creation template (Pages):

David’s Language Creation template (PDF):

And an image from the self-published grammar of my first conlang (Hiutsath), which provides a dictionary in a spreadsheet format:

We hope you enjoy listening and pondering the many wonders of dictionaries!