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Re: Learning Languages

Postby VaiVedrai » Fri Aug 21, 2009 12:04 am

Biscuit, I don't know what that means, but it sounds spectacular! (I can sound out the words with the proper accent, basically. That's all. :oops: )

I wish I could say my French was better...I know a bit, enough to explain things at a store/restaurant or carry on a short conversation. The problem for me is that I speak French with a "proper" accent, and the other people then think I'm a Francophone, which confuses the hell out of them when I have to suddenly switch back to English. :lol:
I'm planning to study it more intensively this semester, partly because I felt embarrassed going to outdoor concerts and barely understanding what was being said between songs. I like banter as much as anyone else who would be there.
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Re: Learning Languages

Postby biscuit » Fri Aug 21, 2009 12:31 am

Er det nå jeg skal skryte av at jeg snakker, eller iallefall forstår, seks forskjellige språk?


It's Norwegian (obviously) meaning : Is now the time to brag about being able to speak, or at least understand, six different languages?

I was just being cocky :lol:

Some actually useful Norwegian phrases for you:

Hei (hey) - hey

Hadet (hah-deh) - bye

Takk
(tah-ck) - Thank you

Jeg heter
(yay [rhymes w/Aussie gidday] heh-tehr) - my name is

Hva heter du? (vah heh-tehr doo) - what's your name?

Edit: Also we roll the Rs, like the Scots:)
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Re: Learning Languages

Postby canattack » Fri Aug 21, 2009 12:47 am

Thanks biscuit I'm gonna use those. :D

If you guys ever need a bit of Irish, ta me anseo ;)
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Re: Learning Languages

Postby biscuit » Fri Aug 21, 2009 12:50 am

Hey, Can; Why don't you put up some useful phrases in Irish? I'd love that:)
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Re: Learning Languages

Postby canattack » Fri Aug 21, 2009 12:54 am

Dia duit [dee-a gwit] - hello

Conas ata tu? [self-explanatory] - How are you?

Go raibh maith agat [go row ma agut] Thank you (technically means Be Good to You :lol:)

Dun do bheal [doon du veil] Shut up!

Slan - bye.

Canattack is ainm dom, agus is mise Bretaholic ;)
CA's my name and I'm a Bretaholic

Go nuts dude!
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Re: Learning Languages

Postby biscuit » Fri Aug 21, 2009 1:02 am

Go raibh maith agat, Can :wink:
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Re: Learning Languages

Postby bakergirl30 » Fri Aug 21, 2009 1:30 am

It all seems like it would sound lovely.. but here is my problem... I tend to make everything sound spanish. :|
How do you make that stop??? :lol:
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Re: Learning Languages

Postby VaiVedrai » Fri Aug 21, 2009 1:51 am

bakergirl30 wrote:It all seems like it would sound lovely.. but here is my problem... I tend to make everything sound spanish. :|
How do you make that stop??? :lol:
I don't know. But I can sympathize...I've been told that my Spanish sounds Italian-accented.

And biscuit, takk for posting the Norwegian phrases!
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Re: Learning Languages

Postby canattack » Fri Aug 21, 2009 11:57 am

biscuit wrote:Go raibh maith agat, Can :wink:



Tá fáilte roimht (You're welcome)
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Re: Learning Languages

Postby Emafer » Fri Aug 21, 2009 12:05 pm

Ooh ooh, more Irish. And the pronunciation is KEY. I'm about as Irish as you can get and be born in the US. However, I only know two words in Irish. That being said they are very very important words to know in Irish ;) Failte and Slainte. OK, thanks to U2 and Thin Lizzy I actually know that "dubh" is cat and "roisin" is rose. I've often thought waht a lovely name Roisin is but I live in the the south and down here they would say roh-SHEEEEEEEN.

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Re: Learning Languages

Postby canattack » Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:24 pm

Dubh means black and rós is rose :lol:

That's so cool though Emafer. Pronounciation is key and the little accent over a vowel called a fadá. For instance:

Seán- Boy's Name
Sean- Old

Boring but maybe it could be an interesting conversation topic :lol:
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Re: Learning Languages

Postby biscuit » Fri Aug 21, 2009 5:03 pm

So how does the pronounciation differ according to the fadá then? I know what the name Sean sounds like, what does sean meaning old sound like?
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Re: Learning Languages

Postby Ozpot » Fri Aug 21, 2009 5:59 pm

Useful German phrases:

Hallo! - Hello!
Guten Tag! - Good morning!
Wie geht es dir? - How are you?
Gut - Good
Ich - I
Ich bin - I am
Du - You
Die - The
Mein - Mine
Ja - Yes
Nein - No
Du sind - You are
My name is - Ich heiße

:D

Also, the ß is a replacement for ss. So it would be pronounced 'ich heisse'.
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Re: Learning Languages

Postby jillbean » Fri Aug 21, 2009 6:08 pm

SheWolf wrote:Jemaine es muy guapo. Jemaine no es feo. Or something like that. I took Spanish in high school and those were the first sentences we learned, only they related to the Roberto character in our book and our teacher called him Roberto Redford so we could remember what guapo and feo meant. We had to have Spanish names and the teacher gave me Loudi since there is no Lori only Laura which is Louda. I wanted to be Liliana dammit!

I took German for 2 years in college. I practiced so much that I thought in German. I can stil recite a few paragraphs about how 3/4 of Switzerland speaks German and 1/4 speaks French and other things that don't matter much in the real world. I found German much easier than Spanish. We didn't officially need to have German names but I referred to my German self as Lorelei. Coz I like the idea of luring men to their deaths. :twisted:

IMHO learning language in school doesn't amount to a hill of beans. I never took French but suspect I learned more of it by spending a week in Quebec and being forced to speak it than I ever would have done in class.


Liliana it is then! Unless you are feeling in the mood to do some luring...

My Spanish teacher totally flaked out with my Spanish name; "j" in Spanish is pronounced like "h" in English. So she dubbed me "hill" and with the "i" in Spanish sounding like the "e" in "knee" it sounds, well, ridiculous. Even better was the kid named Jason that she pretty much did the same thing to and called him "hah-soh-n" to which he told her he would not respond to. And he didn't; it took her about 2 weeks of being ignored to realize he was not budging on it and she started saying his name the "American" way. Wish I had been as adamant as he was.


Canattack-very cool about learning Irish, when I visited a couple of years ago I became fascinated! Regretfully the only "Irish" I know is "what's the craic?" :D

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Re: Learning Languages

Postby Ozpot » Fri Aug 21, 2009 6:18 pm

Hallo, ich heiße Ozpot. Ich bin achtzehn jährig und tunte. Ich aktive an Kanada. Ich gernhaben Flug aus die Conchords. Jemaine ist mein favorit:)
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