Ad Astra Newsletter, issue #1 2020 (published on May 27, 2020)
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Linguistic Puzzle #1

a logical puzzle prepared by LaGuardia Society of Physics Students.

Put your logic skills to the test!

Ad Astra Newsletter, issue #2 2020 (published on Jul 23, 2020)
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Linguistic Puzzle #2

Do you know how to count in Danish? You can definitely figure it out! Try solving this linguistic puzzle prepared by LaGuardia Society of Physics Students.

★ A solution for the puzzle from Ad Astra #1 2020 is posted at the end of this article. Check it out!

Ad Astra Newsletter, issue #3 2020 (published on Dec 07, 2020)
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How many languages are spoken at LaGuardia? There is no simple answer.

LaGuardia Professor Tomonori Nagano investigates how many languages are spoken at LaGuardia. 100? 150? You may have heard figures like these thrown around, but this question is not so easy to answer.

Ad Astra Newsletter, issue #3 2020 (published on Dec 07, 2020)
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Linguistic Puzzle #3

Can you translate to Vietnamese “This vase is beautiful” or “I buy three flowers”? Do not worry if you do not speak Vietnamese. All you need to solve this linguistic puzzle is logic and a little bit of time. Good luck!

★ A solution for the puzzle from Ad Astra #2 2020 is posted at the end of this article. Check it out!

Ad Astra Newsletter, issue #1 2021 (published on Feb 25, 2021)
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Linguistic Puzzle #4

Inuit are an Indigenous people, the majority of whom inhabit the northern regions of Canada. Do you know what writing system they use? When and how did this system first appear? We hope that by working on this linguistic puzzle you will learn something new about the Inuit language and culture (a solution to the previous puzzle is posted at the end of this article).

Cover Image: “Rev. James Evans Teaching Indians His System of Cree Syllabic Writing” Jefferys, Charles W. 1934

Ad Astra Newsletter, issue #2 2021 (published on May 26, 2021)
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How bilingual is Queens?

by Professor Tomonori Nagano

What is so special about linguistic diversity in Queens? LaGuardia Professor Tomonori Nagano discusses that it is not the number of bilingual speakers but the number of languages that makes Queens' linguistic diversity so unique.

Ad Astra Newsletter, issue #2 2021 (published on May 26, 2021)
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Linguistic Puzzle #5

Armenian is an Indo-European language, the alphabet for which was introduced in 405 AD. Using the knowledge that the names of the months in Armenian bear some resemblance to their English counterparts, it should be possible to figure out which name corresponds with which month.

★ A solution for the previous puzzle is posted at the end of this article. Check it out!

Ad Astra Newsletter, issue #3 2021 (published on Dec 06, 2021)
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“Learning about Each Other Through Language” by Dr. Lucy McNair

In this article LaGuardia professor Lucy McNair invites us to a conversation about the possibility of using linguistic diversity as a natural resource that can help us to learn more about others and about ourselves.

Cover Image: geralt, Pixabay

Ad Astra Newsletter, issue #3 2021 (published on Dec 06, 2021)
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Linguistic Puzzle #6

Sanskrit is the sacred and liturgy language of Hinduism (and old Buddhism) like how Latin is used in the Roman Catholic Church, it has been spoken since 5,000 years before Christ. By working on this puzzle you will learn about the rules of vowel and consonant formation in Devanagari script.

★ A solution for the previous puzzle is posted at the end of this article. Check it out!

Cover Image: Raven3k, Freeimages