Last word you learned in a foreign language

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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by Iyionaku » Mon 12 Feb 2018, 08:41

Creyeditor wrote:
Sat 10 Feb 2018, 18:46
English: finale /fɨˈnæli/
English stress is so crazy. How are people supposed to know where the stress is? Is that French -é? If so, why not have ultimate stress? Is it English -e? If so, why pronounce them at all? Seems it's from Italian [¬.¬]
The history of those words is a little riddiculous. English already has "final" that is a cognate to German "Finale" and both come from Latin fīnālis. English "finale", however, comes from Italian, but ultimately also from fīnālis. How the distinction between "final" and "finale" could survive is inexplicable to me.
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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by GrandPiano » Wed 14 Feb 2018, 04:24

Iyionaku wrote:
Mon 12 Feb 2018, 08:41
How the distinction between "final" and "finale" could survive is inexplicable to me.
The two words are semantically fairly different. “Final” simply means “last”, while “finale” refers to the grand final part of something—originally probably specifically of a musical piece, since lots of musical terms come from Italian. Furthermore, “final” is usually an adjective, while “finale” is a noun, and though “final” does have a few uses as a noun, none of them overlap with finale. They’re phonetically pretty different, too: /ˈfaɪ̯nəl/ vs. /fɪˈnæli/. So, I don’t see any reason why they would get mixed up.

This is hardly a unique phenomenon, anyway; words that ultimately have the same etymology but arrived through different etymological routes are fairly common. They’re called doublets.
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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by alynnidalar » Wed 14 Feb 2018, 17:23

The last word I've learned in a foreign language is ano, which evidently means "yes" in Slovak. (although upon further [careful] googling, it appears it should actually be áno)

I assure you it does not mean "no" in Spanish, however...
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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by Hominid » Thu 15 Feb 2018, 22:51

alynnidalar wrote:
Wed 14 Feb 2018, 17:23
The last word I've learned in a foreign language is ano, which evidently means "yes" in Slovak. (although upon further [careful] googling, it appears it should actually be áno)

I assure you it does not mean "no" in Spanish, however...
Context? Why would anyone think it means no in Spanish?
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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by shimobaatar » Thu 15 Feb 2018, 23:07

Hominid wrote:
Thu 15 Feb 2018, 22:51
alynnidalar wrote:
Wed 14 Feb 2018, 17:23
The last word I've learned in a foreign language is ano, which evidently means "yes" in Slovak. (although upon further [careful] googling, it appears it should actually be áno)

I assure you it does not mean "no" in Spanish, however...
Context? Why would anyone think it means no in Spanish?
I assume because it's ano.

It is, however, the Spanish word for anus.
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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by alynnidalar » Fri 16 Feb 2018, 15:03

The joke is that a word with a perfectly ordinary meaning in one language has a much less innocuous meaning in another; I find this sort of thing humorous.
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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by gestaltist » Fri 16 Feb 2018, 15:36

The joke would go better with colloquial Polish where "no" means yes.
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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by GrandPiano » Sat 17 Feb 2018, 19:08

gestaltist wrote:
Fri 16 Feb 2018, 15:36
The joke would go better with colloquial Polish where "no" means yes.
Except the joke is that “ano” has a much less innocent meaning than just “yes” or “no” in Spanish.
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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by GrandPiano » Sun 22 Apr 2018, 03:18

:chn: 引擎 yǐnqíng “engine” (loanword from English)
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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by Iyionaku » Mon 23 Apr 2018, 09:31

:chn: 高跟鞋 gāogēnxié - high heels
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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by KaiTheHomoSapien » Wed 02 May 2018, 05:46

:jpn:u - cormorant

I randomly discovered this monosyllabic bird name today and thought it was pretty interesting :)
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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by Pāṇini » Fri 18 May 2018, 12:03

Mine would be :bra: :por: cegante - blinding. I only learnt this because cegador isn't actually a real word in Portuguese, tragically enough.

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