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What languages do you speak/are you learning?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Ashcristokos, May 31, 2013.

  1. Quackers

    Quackers The Frog

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    I'm pretty sure Scots was just made up to aggravate proud Britons like me.

    I can understand people speaking English with a Scottish accent fine. "Scots" is the act of writing English spoken with a Scottish accent in a bizarre way which can be quite difficult to read.
     
  2. madviking

    madviking north american scum

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    so just like ebonics?
     
  3. Traitorfish

    Traitorfish The Tighnahulish Kid

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    In that people like Quackers have traditionally regarded the speaking of both as a developmental disorder to be treated through vigorous application of physical and emotional violence, yes.
     
  4. Mouthwash

    Mouthwash Escaped Lunatic

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    I just looked up Scots, and I can't imagine that it isn't some sort of hideous joke.
     
  5. Borachio

    Borachio Way past lunacy

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    I wouldn't call Rabbie Burns a hideous joke.

    To A Louse, On Seeing One on a Lady's Bonnet at Church
     
  6. Traitorfish

    Traitorfish The Tighnahulish Kid

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    English is a joke from top to bottom, in every accent and dialect. "Hey, let's take a Low Germanic language, something like Dutch, but we'll make half the vocabulary French and the entire technical vocabulary Latin. We'll throw in some Greek and Hebrew, too, keep them on their toes." "Can we add a bunch of seemingly-random Indian loanwords to describe everyday items?" "Asian Indian or American Indian?" "Both!"

    Scots, if anything, the less jokish language, because it remains very marginally more Anglic in grammar, vocabulary and phonology.
     
  7. Borachio

    Borachio Way past lunacy

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    Not only is English itself a joke, it's also been randomly messed about Belgian printers, of all people.

    "Hey guys, let's introduce a few silent letters just because we think they look better. These English people already look befuddled, let's confuse them a bit more. Who knows, maybe they'll go exploring and conquer the world or something, just to get away from reading?"

    Still, maybe English being a joke is really its strength?
     
  8. haroon

    haroon Chieftain

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    that is sound pretty cool to learn :D I want to learn Japanese but I think Chinese language is more widely use, and it is hard to find Japanese on aboard, if I do they already know at least English. However I think I gonna learn Japanese, as now I also pretty much surrounded by Japanese peoples.
     
  9. Cheezy the Wiz

    Cheezy the Wiz Socialist In A Hurry

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    I'm double-listed for Russian, which should be advanced. My German knowledge should be intermediate, Arabic and Ukrainian beginner.
     
  10. Borachio

    Borachio Way past lunacy

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    I confess I have some knowledge of English. But I'm probably losing it fast.
     
  11. cybrxkhan

    cybrxkhan Asian Xwedodah

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    those languages still have grammar - it's just grammar that doesn't rely on inflections and other components one would find in, say, most European languages; their grammar instead rely more on things such as word order or heavier usage of specialized sentence particles
     
  12. Flying Pig

    Flying Pig Utrinque Paratus Moderator

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    Scots is just English written with a Scottish accent and replacing some words with Scottish-only ones. French is just English written with a French accent and replacing some words with French-only ones. Dutch is just German written with a Dutch accent and replacing some words with Dutch-only ones. Do you see the problem?
     
  13. ZeletDude

    ZeletDude The Lion

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    I know some French, and of course English.
     
  14. Civ'ed

    Civ'ed I ain't gotta explain a thing

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    inb4 Dutch is older than german
     
  15. gangleri2001

    gangleri2001 Garbage day!!!

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    Wouldn't that be intermediate?

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  16. Hygro

    Hygro soundcloud.com/hygro/

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    Hoe gaan dit vs hoe gaat het. I didn't even realize the first time I read the former that it wasn't straight up Dutch.

    You just can't stand Traitorfish :mischief:

    oh, here he comes!
    :assimilate:
     
  17. Kyriakos

    Kyriakos Alien spiral maker

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    ^Latin is in no way the bulk of the technical vocabulary in English. It only is that in fields which for one reason or other got latin to stay for the jargon (plant life/botanology would be a very good example). Other than that most technical terms seem to be Greek, including any from social, math or linguistic fields (mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, democracy, politics, theory, hypothesis, metaphor, allegory, parallel, circle, trigonometry, cosmic etc etc etc).

    It is also usual to have new terms formed as a clear synthesis of existing greek terms for new fields (eg ecology).
     
  18. Winner

    Winner Diverse in Unity

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    Hardly. I can approximate it, not speak it, definitely not without being recognized after the first sentence, giving the Slovaks a case of serious giggles ;)

    So, passively I am just below native speaker level (being born in Czechoslovakia and hearing spoken Slovak daily on TV until the age of 8, as well as spending numerous holidays in Slovakia, probably qualifies), but actively I can produce only something that to me sounds like Slovak, but is in reality a mixture of the two languages.
     
  19. Quackers

    Quackers The Frog

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    I never said anything about "replacing some words with Scottish-only ones". Read a Scots text. All the English words are altered to sound like a Scot is speaking it. I could do it for some of the accents around here. I hear the word "water" pronounced as "wart-AH" ocassionally where i live, I'm not gonna make up some bogus language called "Southron" based on that though.

    It's politics.
     
  20. salty mud

    salty mud Ey-up

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    Here's a poem in Scots. It's a serious stretch to call it a different language.

    And another text

    It essentially is English, but spelt wrong.
     

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