What languages do you speak?

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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by clawgrip » Tue 20 Jan 2015, 12:51

GrandPiano wrote:I only knew what it meant because I looked it up in an online dictionary. Tip: Don't use Google Translate, use a dictionary. The literal meaning of the idiom is "How do you catch the tiger cub without entering the tiger's lair?". ("Not enter tiger cave, how get tiger child")
Best I could do was "don't enter tiger hole, (something) get tiger child." I feel like that "something" is probably really important to the overall meaning.
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by Lao Kou » Tue 20 Jan 2015, 13:45

clawgrip wrote:
GrandPiano wrote:("Not enter tiger cave, how get tiger child")
Best I could do was "don't enter tiger hole, (something) get tiger child." I feel like that "something" is probably really important to the overall meaning.
I found here, here and here that 焉 can be read いずく.んぞ (what's up with the dot?), which I guess gets you back to GPiano's 字 by 字 translation, and "how" or "why" for your "(something)". [:)]
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by clawgrip » Tue 20 Jan 2015, 14:05

The dot marks where the okurigana begins, so いずく.んぞ means you write it "焉んぞ"
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by Lao Kou » Tue 20 Jan 2015, 14:43

clawgrip wrote:The dot marks where the okurigana begins, so いずく.んぞ means you write it "焉んぞ"
Oh, well that makes perfect sense. [:$]

I found a fun example (I think so, anyway):

子曰:“未知生,焉知死?”
子曰く、 未だ生を知らず、焉んぞ死を知らん。
Confucius says: If we don't know life, how can we know death?
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by eldin raigmore » Tue 20 Jan 2015, 19:25

Birdlang wrote:I speak all the majority european languages except romani with ease.
That is amazing!
How old are you and/or at what level in school are you?
Why do you say Romani is a majority language? It does not have "national language" status in any European nation -- or does it?

How many and which of the official (not necessarily majority) languages of European countries do you speak, and how well do you speak them?

The European Parliament has 24 official languages -- are you really fluent in all of them?
Do you speak (and how well do you speak):
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Bulgarian?
Croatian?
Czech?
Danish?
Dutch?
English, I take it.
Estonian?
Finnish?
French? And which national dialects?
* Belgian?
* France's French?
* Luxembourgesque French?
German? And which national dialects?
* Austrian?
* Belgian?
* Germany's German?
* Luxembourgish German?
Greek?
Hungarian ?
Irish? (I think you said you don't.)
Italian?
Latvian?
Lithuanian?
Maltese?
Polish?
Portuguese?
Romanian?
Slovak?
Slovenian?
Spanish?
Swedish?
Do you speak, and how well do you speak:
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Albanian?
Armenian?
Catalan?
Icelandic?
Modern Scots?
Norwegian?
Scottish Gaelic?
Russian?
Turkish?
Welsh?
Do you speak, and how well do you speak:
(TTBOMK you haven't claimed most of them.)
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Aragonese? (recognized but not official)
Asturian? (recognized but not official)
Basque? (recognized minority language)
Breton? (may not be a national language)
Cornish? (may not be a national language)
Corsican? (officially not a recognized minority language, I think)
Faroese? (may not be a national language)
Franco-Provençal? (may not be a national language)
Galician? (officially recognized minority language)
Kurdish? (may not be a national language)
Manx? (may not be a national language)
Occitan? (officially not a recognized minority language)
Ossetian? (may not be a national language)
Persian? (may not be a national language in Europe)
Sami? (officially recognized minority language)
Valencian? (officially recognized minority language, but may not be different from Catalan AIUI?)
How many and which of these languages do you speak, and how well do you speak them?


Birdlang wrote:I speak my conlangs fluently.
That is even more amazing!
Do any of your conlangs have another fluent speaker as well? Which ones?
Can you post sound recordings of conversations in these conlangs?
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by Xing » Tue 20 Jan 2015, 21:15

Birdlang wrote: All but the minority languages (but Irish and Scottish) and I can speak all of my conlangs, even though one of them has a pseudo-IPA romanization, much like your Akanalang that I like a lot.
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by KippLeKipp » Thu 29 Jan 2015, 06:31

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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by Thakowsaizmu » Thu 29 Jan 2015, 07:58

I never posted my languages here. Huh. I sure am chatty on this thread, though.

So I guess I should add them, so you all know.

Native: Rigellian. Which, by astonishing coincidence, is exactly the same as :usa:

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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by Segano » Fri 27 Feb 2015, 15:58

:nld: Dutch (Northern Netherlands): Fluent
:usa: English (California): Fluent
:esp: Spanish (Catalonia): Average
:rus: Russian (Moscow): Basic
:srp: Serbian (Belgrade): Basic
:bra: Portuguese (Rio de Janeiro): Terrible
:swe: Swedish (Northern Sweden): Terrible

I also know some basic phrases in several other languages.
Fluent: :nld: :usa: Average: :esp: Basic: :rus: :srp: Terrible: :bra: :swe:
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by eldin raigmore » Fri 27 Feb 2015, 17:09

Segano wrote: :nld: Dutch (Northern Netherlands): Fluent
:usa: English (California): Fluent
:esp: Spanish (Catalonia): Average
:rus: Russian (Moscow): Basic
:srp: Serbian (Belgrade): Basic
:bra: Portuguese (Rio de Janeiro): Terrible
:swe: Swedish (Northern Sweden): Terrible

I also know some basic phrases in several other languages.
In how many, and which, can you say "My hovercraft is full of eels"?
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by Segano » Fri 27 Feb 2015, 17:15

Does English count? [:P]
Fluent: :nld: :usa: Average: :esp: Basic: :rus: :srp: Terrible: :bra: :swe:
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by eldin raigmore » Sat 28 Feb 2015, 00:47

Segano wrote:Does English count? [:P]
yes.
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by elemtilas » Sat 28 Feb 2015, 03:55

eldin raigmore wrote:
Segano wrote:Does English count? [:P]
yes.
Thank Goodness for that! I can just about manage that one!

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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by Segano » Sat 28 Feb 2015, 09:10

Hehe, thank Goodness indeed. :P I suppose that makes 2 ( :nld: Mijn hovercraft zit vol palingen and :usa: My hovercraft is full of eels).
Fluent: :nld: :usa: Average: :esp: Basic: :rus: :srp: Terrible: :bra: :swe:
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by eldin raigmore » Sat 28 Feb 2015, 19:15

Segano wrote:Hehe, thank Goodness indeed. :P I suppose that makes 2 ( :nld: Mijn hovercraft zit vol palingen and :usa: My hovercraft is full of eels).
:usa: is used usually for Native North American languages native to territory of the United States.
:eng: is used for English.
(Though sometimes one wants to distinguish, say, :uk: :eng: from :usa: :eng: from :can: :eng: from :aus: :eng:, and maybe from :hin: :eng:.)
(Not sure about Barbadian and/or other West Atlantic insular versions of English.)
(Also not sure about Native Hawaiian and Native Alaskan languages.)
By themselves, :can: and :aus: mean, respectively, "Native North American languages native to territory of Canada" and "Aboriginal Australian languages", or similar and nearly-synonymous ideas.
Did you look up the Monty Pythons sketch that "My hovercraft is full of eels" comes from?
And did you see the thread in the "Translations" subforum of the CBB?

Of course the CBB's thread is only for conlangs, because Omniglot has a page for natural languages.
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by Dormouse559 » Sat 28 Feb 2015, 20:13

eldin raigmore wrote: :usa: is used usually for Native North American languages native to territory of the United States.
[O.O] Am I the only one who thinks referring to native languages with the flags of their historic oppressors makes no sense?
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by Egerius » Sat 28 Feb 2015, 20:17

Dormouse559 wrote:[O.O] Am I the only one who thinks referring to native languages with the flags of their historic oppressors makes no sense?
You just got a companion for this.
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by qwed117 » Sat 28 Feb 2015, 20:40

Let's post pictures of 7-ball to symbolize Native Americans!
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by shimobaatar » Sat 28 Feb 2015, 21:22

Egerius wrote:
Dormouse559 wrote: [O.O] Am I the only one who thinks referring to native languages with the flags of their historic oppressors makes no sense?
You just got a companion for this.
It "makes sense" given the limited amount of flags we have access to here, but it's not the way I'd prefer to do things, and it does feel uncomfortable.
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by Znex » Sat 28 Feb 2015, 22:06

Dormouse559 wrote:[O.O] Am I the only one who thinks referring to native languages with the flags of their historic oppressors makes no sense?
To be fair, some individual native languages have their own flags in the emoticon list, so the country flags represent the general body of native languages (although I believe Australian Aboriginals would prefer the usage of :aab: anyway).

Even so, they're likely not the best representations to use.
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