Undiscovered Faroe Islands © Per Morten Abrahamsen
Did you know that the people of the Faroe Islands have 37 words for fog?
It’s just the kind of detail that makes me want to reach for pen and paper and start scribbling down ideas for stories and poems.
The archipelago of 18 tiny islands is currently petitioning Google Translate to share their language. Located in the North Atlantic, between the Shetlands, Iceland and Norway, they have created their own Faroe Islands Translate in a bid to have their language taken on by Google. Less than 80,000 people speak Faroese worldwide.
Faroese fog © Kate Chapman
The Faroese version of the online translation service employed the services of locals rangings from sheep farmers to school teachers, and chefs to social workers. “This initiative provides an opportunity to see the friendly Faroese before visiting, and to gain a window on to their magical world.”
To me that sounds like a fabulous feel-good film!
Lisa í Dali, a student at the University of the Faroe Islands, is one of the locals involved. Lisa’s favourite Faroese phrase is “um tær ikki dámar veðrið, bíða so bara í 5 minuttir” which means “if you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes.” Perfect!
Use this beautiful story to inspire a piece of writing, and celebrate the power of language.
To learn more about the Faroe Islands, visit www.visitfaroeislands.com/en. To fly to the Faroe Islands, visit www.atlantic.fo.
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