Archive for March, 2014

Geeky Language Facts – Part#1

I know, you’ll love them all! 🙂

Here are some geeky language facts:

 

1. In Germany, Rice Crispies don’t go ‘snap, crackle and pop’ – they go ‘Knisper! Knasper! Knusper!’

2. In France, they go ‘Cric! Crac! Croc!’

3. In Spain, they go ‘Cris! Cras! Cros!’

4. There are 108 words for describing ‘sweet potato’ in Hawaiian, and 47 for ‘banana’, including ‘palaku’ – a thoroughly ripe banana.

5. The Finnish language has three of the world’s longest palindromic words :
‘saippuakivikauppias’ – a soapstone seller, ‘saippuakuppinippukauppias’ – a soapstone trader and ‘solutomaattimittaamotulos’ – the result from a measurement laboratory for tomatoes.

6. The Danish for jeans is ‘cowboybukser’.

7. The little dot above lower case ‘i’s and ‘j’s is called a tittle.

8. ‘Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo’ is a grammatically correct sentence – as ‘buffalo’ can mean the large animal, the city in New York and also a verb – ‘to bully’.

9. The concept of ‘Tingo’ (Pascuense language of Easter Island) means to borrow things from a friend’s house one by one until there is nothing left.

10. The Tashlhiyt dialect of Berber (North Africa) contains vowelless words like tzgr (she crossed) and tftktstt (you sprained it).

11. ‘Bel hevi’ (Tok Pisin, Papua New Guinea) describes the sinking feeling that accompanies sadness, literally translating as ‘belly heavy’.

12. ‘Mamihlapinatapei’ (Fuegian language from Chile) describes the shared look of longing between two lovers, where both know the score but neither is willing to make the first move.

13. ‘Drachenfutter’ (German) translates as ‘dragon fodder’ – meaning the peace offerings brought by guilty husbands to placate their wives.

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14. In Afrikaans bees don’t buzz, they go ‘zoem-zoem’.

15. In Malay cats don’t miaow, they go ‘ngiau’.

16. In Bengali cows don’t moo, they say ‘hamba’.

17. In Thai owls don’t hoot, they go ‘hook hook’.

18. In Albanian pigs don’t oink, they go ‘hunk hunk’.

19. In Vietnamese sheep don’t baa, they go ‘be-hehehe’.

20. Nine languages don’t have words for colour – they only differentiate between black and white. For example in Dan (New Guinea) things can be ‘mili’ (darkish) or ‘mola’ (lightish).

21. In Hindi, the word for ‘yesterday’ (‘kal’) is the same as for tomorrow. The tense of the attached verb tells you of the meaning.

22. In Amharic (Ethiopia), ‘aye’ means ‘no’.

23. In Yiddish, ‘finger’ means ‘toe’.

24. In Georgian, ‘mama’ means ‘father’.

25. In Indonesian ‘air’ means ‘water’.

 

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Source: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ailbhemalone/language-facts-that-will-blow-your-mind

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Japan’s Oddest English Book

When we were in middle or high school, our English teachers made us use the words we’d just learned. Using them in a meaningful sentence is one of best ways to keep all those words in mind. There are also many scientific research going on by linguists on this subject. I remember that when I used them in funny sentences, I used to recall them better!

So Japanese linguists must have discovered this as well! Here is the Japan’s oddest English book that teaches words in a funny context!

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Source: http://9gag.com/gag/a8WKzEZ

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Fictional Languages: Simlish

I’ve been playing The Sims for almost 15 years… It is an amazing game and it has taught me tens of English words when I was a teenager. 🙂 For those who doesn’t know The Sims, it is a strategic life simulation video game series developed by Maxis and later by The Sims Studio, and published by Electronic Arts. It is one of the most successful video games series of all time. As of May 2011, the franchise has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide, and is also the best-selling PC franchise in history.

The characters you create speak a language you can catch a glimpse of English, French, Turkish, Arabic and many other major languages. I strongly recommend you to try this game, I’m sure you’ll love this fantasy world you create!

Here is a BTS video about “Simlish”:

 

You can read more here: http://listverse.com/2009/03/22/10-fascinating-fictional-languages/

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What Languages Sound Like

Whenever I make friends  from another country, I always ask them how Turkish sounds like… While my friends from Slavic countries tend to say that there are a lot of “s” letter while I speak, the ones from Western Europe say that it has a lot of “k” letter. 🙂

No matter what, I love hearing other languages because each of them have their rhythm and characteristic. Just a couple hours ago, one of my friends posted this video and I really like it! I hope you’ll like it as well. 🙂

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