Last word you learned in a foreign language

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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by Aszev » 24 Nov 2017 19:37

VALENCIAN/CATALAN
raspallar 'to brush'
Sound change works in mysterious ways.

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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by Lambuzhao » 25 Nov 2017 08:07

VALENCIAN/CATALAN
raspallar 'to brush'

certainly related to the

SPANISH
raspar 'to scratch' , 'to scrape', and 'to grate'

which gives us the yummy treats

raspado

or

raspadillo

Either way, watch for the brain-freeze!
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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by Lambuzhao » 25 Nov 2017 10:01

ALBANIAN

pak nga pak

'Little by little'

But, when the Shqip-speakers told it to me, pak sounded more like /pɑkɕ/ or mebbe /pɑkɕ/

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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by lsd » 25 Nov 2017 12:31

Indonesian wrote:mata hari
eye of the day (sun)...

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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by elemtilas » 25 Nov 2017 17:31

:eng: quillion, the crossguard of a dagger or bayonet
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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by eldin raigmore » 26 Nov 2017 04:23

Aszev wrote:
11 Nov 2017 18:41
Write the last word(s) you learned in a foreign language here! [:D]
I can't remember! :'-( [:(] [:'(] [:$]

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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by Lao Kou » 26 Nov 2017 10:53

Iyionaku wrote:
23 Nov 2017 13:11
:chn: Mandarin

完了 wánliǎo - to finish
For extra fun, have a go with this: 没完没了 méi wán méi liǎo - endless, interminable



For me, from two hours ago at the train station:

:chn: Mandarin

the pò of 豆粕 dòupò - bean pulp, soybean meal/cake

(a middle-aged woman was lugging a full burlap sack labeled 豆粕 in front of me up the escalator -- asked my boyfriend how to read it since I hadn't seen it before -- according to him, it makes for good pig fodder)

Boyfriend likened to zhā, which is "lees, dregs, sediment"

Since then, I've returned home, dived into the dictionary, and yep, that's what's going on. Of course, peregrinations in the dictionary often bear other fruit, so I stumbled upon:

糟粕 zāopò - waste matter, dross, dregs

with the fun of 乱七八糟 luàn qī bā zāo - in a wild mess; and 糟糕 zāogāo - what a mess

So, to recap, new words:

豆粕 dòupò - bean pulp, soybean meal/cake
糟粕 zāopò - waste matter, dross, dregs

but the new character of the day is
道可道,非常道
名可名,非常名

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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by svld » 27 Nov 2017 06:55

"ameliorate"

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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by Znex » 27 Nov 2017 07:26

HITTITE

𒈨𒄿𒉿𒀸 meyawas - four

In researching the Anatolian languages for my maybe-Indo-lang, it's rather interesting that they have an entirely different word for 'four'.
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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by Parlox » 29 Nov 2017 23:12

I have started learning Thai, today i have learnt three words.

:tha: บน "on", ไม่ a negater, and ว่า "that".
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  • :con: Oddúhath Claire, a fusion of Welsh and Arabic.

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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by Egerius » 02 Dec 2017 13:20

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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by GrandPiano » 04 Dec 2017 02:49

:hkg: Cantonese

dou1 - all; also

This word is different from Mandarin 都 dōu in that addition to the meaning of "all" that seems to be shared by both languages, the Cantonese word can also mean "also".

(Mandarin dōu also has extended meanings of "even" and "already"; I would guess that Cantonese dou1 has these meanings as well, but I'm not sure.)
:eng: - Native
:chn: - B2
:esp: - A2
:jpn: - A2

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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by Aszev » 07 Jan 2018 14:16

VALENCIAN/CATALAN
Nadal 'Christmas'
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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by Egerius » 29 Jan 2018 01:27

Out of curiosity, I googled the word ridiculosity.
It exists.
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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by Iyionaku » 29 Jan 2018 15:46

:chn: Mandarin

自拍照 zìpāizhào [t͡sɹ̩˥˩pʰaɪ̯˥͡tʂaʊ̯˥˩] - selfie

Me and a friend (who is also learning Chinese) were guessing what "Selfie" might mean in Chinese and I guessed it right, although I may not know more than 500 words in Chinese! It amazes me how straightforward Chinese sometimes is in the creation of new words. 自= self, 拍照 = photograph.

(At least that's what Pleco says, hope it is also correct)
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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by Frislander » 29 Jan 2018 22:23

:hkg: Cantonese

學校 hohkhaauh [hɔːk̚˨haːʊ˨] "school", with accompanying verb-object construction 返學 fāan-hohk [faːn˥hɔːk̚˨] "to go to school".

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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by Lao Kou » 03 Feb 2018 13:28

Not new words, though I think I learned 逸 only two years ago. But why Sun Yat-sen is Sun Yat-sen in English is new to me. 孙中山, as he's usually known, has an "art name" of 孙逸仙, which in Minnan dialect, would be, like Sun Yat-sen. This may be common knowledge to you younger students of Chinese out there, but I never knew!

I marvel that I didn't discover this far earlier in my China experience, but besser spät als nie.

And speaking of German ... "abtasten", meaning "probe, feel", I believe in the context of a prostate exam in the movie I was watching. And "erobern", "conquer", which is just a cool word.
道可道,非常道
名可名,非常名

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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by Creyeditor » 03 Feb 2018 16:17

'abtasten' is also what people do with you(r body) at the security check at the airport.
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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by Iyionaku » 03 Feb 2018 19:28

Creyeditor wrote:
03 Feb 2018 16:17
'abtasten' is also what people do with you(r body) at the security check at the airport.
And what you do if you want to obtain discrete measuring results in computing or mechanical engineering. Very versatile word.
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Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by Creyeditor » 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 [¬.¬]
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