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    I think of German as more:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasofy View Post
    Very unfunny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicodemus View Post
    Very unfunny.
    Senna>Schumacher

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alea_iacta_est View Post
    I've heard that there are some similarities between English and Frisian, a dialect in Germanic regions.

    Just look at all the similarities:



    First to translate it without knowledge of the language or finding the place this script came from with some degree of accuracy wins a cookie.

    Hint: The first four words mean "Frisian bloods come up"

    Oh, and just to show you how deceptively similar these two languages might actually be, I'll throw in an entire line.

    "Flean op, wy sjonge it bêste lân fan d'ierde"
    "Fly up, we sing of the best land on the earth"
    Frysk blood, tsjoch op! Wol nouris brûz je en siede

    "Frisian bloods come up! We’ll … in ….

    En bounz je troch ûs ieren om!

    In .. the bold and the brave among us rise

    Flean op, wy sjonge it bêste lân fan d'ierde,

    Fly up, we sing of the best land on the earth

    It Fryske lân fol eare en rom.

    The Frisian land and people are strong (some other positive quality).

    Klink dan en daverje fier yn it roun,

    Dyn âlde eare, o Fryske groun!

    See your people, O Frisian soil!

    Trochloftich folk fan dizze ‬de namme,

    Brave people are worthy of the name

    Wês jimmer op dy âl‬den great.


    Stand up tall in honor of the (because you are?) great.

    Bliuw ivich fan dy grize hege stamme

    In grien, in krêftich duorjend leat.

    In grief, in times of terrible danger

    Klink dan en daverje fier yn it roun,

    In (The sense of the line should be like ‘we will stand our ground’)

    Dyn âlde eare, o Fryske groun!

    See your people, O Frisian soil!


    I'm afraid I got it totally off. Actually, for someone with no training in spotting the similarities, I had little more to go on than apparent cognates, a more or less similar structure, and familiar pronouns. Plus the words you gave us translated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasofy View Post
    Senna>Schumacher
    If you like. Schumacher lost my respect when he decided to re-enter the Formel 1.

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    I have no idea if it's true, but I heard once that if you have the same book in French and German, there's enough English between the two that you can make sense of most of it.
    I've had this ice cream bar, since I was a child!

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyyukon View Post
    I have no idea if it's true, but I heard once that if you have the same book in French and German, there's enough English between the two that you can make sense of most of it.
    There is at least truthiness to it. Knowing a bit of French and Latin, and a lot more of English and German, I can make sense of quite a few European languages. It is far from speed reading, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpankyMcFly View Post
    Ich habe hunger.

    I'm (have) hungry.

    There are definately some similarities. My understanding is that English is a mish-mash of Latin and Germanic.

    I was checking out Latin prefixes/suffixes the other day for my daughter and had NO idea how huge "their" influence was on our language. Check it out http://www.prefixsuffix.com/rootchart.php

    Sample:

    Prefix: a, ac, ad, af, ag, al, an, ap, as, at

    Means: to, toward, near, in addition to, by

    Examples: aside, accompany, adjust, aggression, allocate, annihilate, affix, associate, attend, adverb
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyyukon View Post
    I have no idea if it's true, but I heard once that if you have the same book in French and German, there's enough English between the two that you can make sense of most of it.
    I believe it. Particularly if you've already read the book in English. Vive la English!

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    How English sounds to this Russian lad:



    And according to this fake Russian gentleman, English (presumably American) sounds nothing like any other language, and Dutch sounds like a German-French hybride:



    I think the dude in the latter video is indeed some sort of Eastern European, just not Russian. Notice how none of his fake languages include Slavic.

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