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Title: I don't speak french, dutch, italian, scandanavian...
Post by: scswift on Apr 08, 2011, 03:29 pm
And it's great that you have forums for people who do, but when I check for unread posts I get all the posts from those forums as well.

It would be nice if one could choose which forums would appear under unread posts.  Not just for the other language forums, but for any forum which isn't relevant to one's interests as well.
Title: Re: I don't speak french, dutch, italian, scandanavian...
Post by: anio on Apr 08, 2011, 03:51 pm
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Title: Re: I don't speak french, dutch, italian, scandanavian...
Post by: graynomad on Apr 08, 2011, 04:36 pm
Neither do I but it reminds me of an old joke.

Q: What do you call someone who speaks several languages?
A: Multilingual

Q: What do you call someone who speaks two languages?
A: Bilingual

Q: What do you call someone who speaks one language?
A: English

FWIW I'd prefer not to see the other languages as well, but it's already been raised several times I think.

I don't want to exclude topics though because sometimes threads are started in the wrong place.

______
Rob
Title: Re: I don't speak french, dutch, italian, scandanavian...
Post by: Yot on Apr 08, 2011, 05:08 pm
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I don't speak french, dutch, italian, scandanavian...


Just checked, it's Deutsch as in German language not Dutch.

Couldn't let it pass by, sorry, go on. :)

Jeroen
Title: Re: I don't speak french, dutch, italian, scandanavian...
Post by: mowcius on Apr 08, 2011, 08:16 pm
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I don't speak french, dutch, italian, scandanavian...

Isn't the easiest solution just to learn those languages?
Title: Re: I don't speak french, dutch, italian, scandanavian...
Post by: madworm on Apr 09, 2011, 02:31 pm
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Isn't the easiest solution just to learn those languages?


My philological studies have satisfied me that a gifted person ought to learn English (barring spelling and pronouncing) in thirty hours, French in thirty days, and German in thirty years. It seems manifest, then, that the latter tongue ought to be trimmed down and repaired. If it is to remain as it is, it ought to be gently and reverently set aside among the dead languages, for only the dead have time to learn it.
- Appendix D of A Tramp Abroad, "That Awful German Language" by Mark Twain
Title: Re: I don't speak french, dutch, italian, scandanavian...
Post by: mowcius on Apr 10, 2011, 12:44 pm
English is crazy hard to learn compared to other languages such as French...

Our verbs and everything are just messed up
Title: Re: I don't speak french, dutch, italian, scandanavian...
Post by: graynomad on Apr 10, 2011, 12:59 pm
It's the collective nouns I love, some that spring to mind

a pod of whales
a gaggle of geese
a flock of birds (aren't geese birds?)
a mob of sheep
a business of weasels
a herd of cows

actually I decided to google this, have a look here

http://www.rinkworks.com/words/collective.shtml (http://www.rinkworks.com/words/collective.shtml)

Even I don't believe some of them, but maybe.

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Rob
Title: Re: I don't speak french, dutch, italian, scandanavian...
Post by: mowcius on Apr 10, 2011, 01:01 pm
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a business of weasels

Haha :D
Title: Re: I don't speak french, dutch, italian, scandanavian...
Post by: AWOL on Apr 11, 2011, 04:36 pm
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English is crazy hard to learn compared to other languages such as French...

-er, -ir and -re verbs, irregular verbs (PA MENDS V TRAMS and all that), plus the twists and turns of the past historic, the subjunctive...
And then there's all the gender stuff.

Nah, English is a doddle, trust me.
Title: Re: I don't speak french, dutch, italian, scandanavian...
Post by: madworm on Apr 11, 2011, 04:46 pm
Ack!

French is basically like Latin, and I had to endure that for 5 years at school. All the strange ways of counting '4x20+6' instead of just '86' or '20-2' instead of just '18'.

No matter the roman empire collapsed. Before you calculate anything with 'XCV...' and figure out what tense to use, whole mountains have eroded away.

Just to give you an idea: after 5 years of Latin at school with acceptable grades, I was not able to have a minimal conversation on infant level. With English on the other hand, we were happily yakking after just a few months.
Title: Re: I don't speak french, dutch, italian, scandanavian...
Post by: AWOL on Apr 11, 2011, 08:01 pm
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All the strange ways of counting '4x20+6'

It worked for Abe Lincoln.
Title: Re: I don't speak french, dutch, italian, scandanavian...
Post by: madworm on Apr 11, 2011, 11:05 pm
Que?
Title: Re: I don't speak french, dutch, italian, scandanavian...
Post by: Simpson_Jr on Apr 11, 2011, 11:18 pm

Que?


Qui ?
Title: Re: I don't speak french, dutch, italian, scandanavian...
Post by: mowcius on Apr 11, 2011, 11:34 pm


Que?


Qui ?

Wie?
Title: Re: I don't speak french, dutch, italian, scandanavian...
Post by: madworm on Apr 11, 2011, 11:47 pm
Mrs. Richards: I've booked a room with a bath and a sea view.
Manuel: Que?
Mrs. Richards: K?
Manuel: Si.
Mrs. Richards: C?
Manuel: No. Que, "what."
Mrs. Richards: K. Watt?
Manuel: Si: que, "what."
Mrs. Richards: C. K. Watt? Is he the manager?
Manuel: Ah! Manajer! Mr. Fawlty.
Mrs. Richards: This man is telling me the manager is a C. K. Watt, aged forty.
Manuel: No, Fawwwlty.
Mrs. Richards: Faulty? Why? What's wrong with him?
Title: Re: I don't speak french, dutch, italian, scandanavian...
Post by: AWOL on Apr 12, 2011, 08:58 am
@Madworm, re. crazy "sixty-ten", "four-twenty ten" counting & Abe Lincoln.

First four words of the Gettysburg Address.
Title: Re: I don't speak french, dutch, italian, scandanavian...
Post by: madworm on Apr 12, 2011, 01:34 pm
I see... never read that before.

But it proves my point, Latin is bad for the brain.
Title: Re: I don't speak french, dutch, italian, scandanavian...
Post by: AWOL on Apr 12, 2011, 02:01 pm
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But it proves my point, Latin is bad for the brain.

But in Latin, 60, 70, 80 and 90 have unique names (sexaginta septuaginta octoginta nonaginta), unlike French, where 70 is derived from 60+10, 80 is derived from four-twenties, and 90 is derived from 80+10.

So what was it you thought it proved about Latin?
Title: Re: I don't speak french, dutch, italian, scandanavian...
Post by: madworm on Apr 12, 2011, 02:11 pm
Ahem... "bobebi-bibibu". This is derived from the L-language as well.

And who said the French haven't surpassed their 'masters' in terms of insanity.

The only advantage of the L-language is the ability to hate it ardently. There another L-word ;-)
Title: Re: I don't speak french, dutch, italian, scandanavian...
Post by: Simpson_Jr on Apr 12, 2011, 03:18 pm

I see... never read that before.

But it proves my point, Latin is bad for the brain.


Maybe that's because you've been bored with it for 5 whole years  :D

I must say I'm happy only having learned it for two. Occasionally... I still  benefit from that
knowledge since quite a number of words originated from Latin.
While programming I often kick my own butt a lot for not having paid much attention during mathematics-lessons though...  :D
Title: Re: I don't speak french, dutch, italian, scandanavian...
Post by: 3dprinter on Apr 20, 2011, 11:12 pm
I do English, Scandinanvian and German. For the rest I use Google translate  8) . Man what a (not yet realized potential) for humankind!

Still, I can resist - back to the other weighty issue of this thread - German also turns the tens and units around - three-and-twenty for twenty three, ditto Danish/Norwegian (but not Swedish). Whilst German/Swedish have distinct words for the decades 20,30, 40... the Danish have a system based on the twenties after 40, ie forty, 50 is three-(minus)half times twenty (tre-og-halv-treds) ending at 90 (minus half of five times) (halv-fems). Actually each word is just as distinct, there is just an ancient root/reason for the choice of the word

Of course you'd go stupid if you try and do the maths every time you say, 77 (seven-plus-4-minus half(=3.5) times twenty) you just learn to say the simple phrase syvoghalvfjerds.  :) Even Swedes when they come here to work in shops in Copenhagen from Malmö quickly learn that detail.

Oh - What was the original topic? - Ah, supression of the foreign forums. Nope. More user choices/settings are likely to cause more problems.
Title: Re: I don't speak french, dutch, italian, scandanavian...
Post by: mowcius on Apr 21, 2011, 11:31 am
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Ah, supression of the foreign forums. Nope. More user choices/settings are likely to cause more problems.

I wouldn't say so - not for something like this.
Title: Re: I don't speak french, dutch, italian, scandanavian...
Post by: xlopez on May 13, 2011, 11:44 am



Que?


Qui ?

Wie?

Cualo?