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Windows 7: Any linguists among us?

10 Nov 2010   #21
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

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A most common answer when asking if somebody speaks English is "Nein", simply and short. For instance I have a lot of family and friends visiting from Finland and before retirement customers and other work related guests from non-German speaking countries. Trying to make it easier to my guests, I always ask in restaurants, shops etc. if the personnel can speak English, so my guests could communicate directly with them. It's surprisingly often when the answer is this one word. Nein.

It is also surprisingly often I've heard the answer "Aber warum? Ich bin doch Deutsch!" (But why? I am German!")
Sure...my mistake...I had overlooked one important fact: you are in the former GDR (Eastern Germany) while I grew up in Western Germany. The people in the former GDR had to learn Russian instead of "the language of the Class enemy". So you'd rather find people speaking languages of communistic governed countries than English.
Besides...learning a foreign language and speak it , too are two different pair of shoes. The lack of practice sure will make people feel uncomfortable to use that language (who wants to be rediculed in their own country so they'd rather deny even understanding said language. purely psychological...human nature 101

Out of opportunity I'd like to ask you a question:
From my (very limited) "studies" of your language I came to the conclusion that the Finnish language has no ties to any other European language. Is that true or am I just not seeing the bigger picture here ?

-DG
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10 Nov 2010   #22
Kari

 

Finnish language belongs to Finno-Ugric languages. Other European languages belonging to this family are Estonian and Hungarian. Estonian and Finnish are quite similar, the relation between them is about same than between German and Dutch.
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10 Nov 2010   #23
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Finnish language belongs to Finno-Ugric languages. Other European languages belonging to this family are Estonian and Hungarian. Estonian and Finnish are quite similar, the relation between them is about same than between German and Dutch.

Kari,
Hazel knows sign language......
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10 Nov 2010   #24
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Thank you for the explanation, Kari.
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10 Nov 2010   #25
spinifex

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noobvious View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pusspa View Post
if it helps, I am a cunning linguist.
I was waiting for this one....
I was checking the thread, to see if it had been used.
I must be a bit slow, as i got beaten to it.
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11 Nov 2010   #26
spinifex

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
it's surprisingly often when the answer is this one word. Nein.

It is also surprisingly often I've heard the answer "Aber warum? Ich bin doch Deutsch!" (But why? I am German!")

Kari
Nein in Dutch is "Nee"

"Aber warum? Ich bin doch Deutsch!" (But why? I am German!")
"Maar waarom? ik ben nederlands!." (but why? i am dutch!)

Very similar, though some Dutch words are pronounced differently.
Use the word school, for example

English = School (skool) ch sounds like a "k"
German = Schule (sjule) ch sounds like a soft "j"
Dutch = School (sgool) ch sounds like a very harsh "g"

I haven't spoken Dutch since 1964, so forgotten most of it.

Cheerio

Jon
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11 Nov 2010   #27
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Skulblaka View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pusspa View Post
if it helps, I am a cunning linguist.
Dictionary, translation?
Think of something that rhymes with Aer Lingus.

Cheers
jimbo
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11 Nov 2010   #28
OneSerious

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Wow, thread got much bigger whilst I was sleeping. Good stuff!

I hope you guys who offered help know that when I start this I will take you up on the offers .

Cheers guys. Some great info in here. Makes it easier than jumping in and just going for it. Also, encouraging to see how many other people can speak other tongues.
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11 Nov 2010   #29
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Skulblaka View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pusspa View Post
if it helps, I am a cunning linguist.
Dictionary, translation?
That's a play on words from one of the Austin Powers movies

She was a cunning linguist while he was a master debater
both expressions rhythm with expressions for different sexual practices (and that's the joke) That's as far as I'm prepared to go on an US family board If you still don't get it, pm me.

@spinifex:
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German = Schule (sjule) ch sounds like a soft "j"
The German "sch" it's usually pronounced like the "sh" in shower
-DG
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11 Nov 2010   #30
Grimmjow

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Well, Macedonian is my native language, my English knowledge is decent, can speak Serbian/Croatian too (can pass with casual conversation). Can understand Bulgarian (mostly), trying to learn a little bit of German now. That would be it
cheers
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