"Двадцять чотири години"
It's gonna be hard not to mix up година with the Serbian word for year. xD
Уоооооо, ні-і-і-і x) When I opened Google Translate I expected it to be something a bit similar, but this is indeed cruel :')
Година is derived from an ancient stem that means 'joining, uniting' and originally indicated a time period of no particular length (hour, season, year...). In Germanic languages this IE stem gave Eng. good, Ger. gut (in the sense of 'suitable, one that fits well') as well as Eng. gather. This explains the different meanings of the word.
In Bulgarian път (also раз, мах and миг) literally means 'event, moment'. Ordinary time is време, derived from the stem that gave вертіти. An interval of time can also be called arch. трай (from тратити).
Thanks for the correction! I, of course, brute force used Google Translate and didn't check many things... Careless of me to forget that "time" in English means different things!
Its funny how latin word for hour made its way into slovenian , while slavic word vremea made its way into romanian.
@sagitta145 Thank you so much for this chart, especially for including Czech.
You're welcome! ^^ Glad you enjoyed it :)
Well, I wanted to include all major Slavic language actually :) Should probably include Macedonian as well.
Thanks so much for this! :O Such a perl!
My friends and I have a group on facebook where people who get their kicks from these things post stuff. (I mean, of course, there are gazillions of such groups on FB)
Could I quote you there? :)
What is the difference between Г and Х pronunciations? I thought Г was similar to the latin G, just like polish "godzina", but it is not...
The Latin G sound in Ukrainian is Ґ, it's very very uncommon. I know only few words that have it.
Г and Х are a couple in the sense that one is voiced and another one is voiceless, same as Ґ and K, Д and Т, Б and П. Basically, if you try to whisper Д, you will get Т, and if you whisper Г, you will get Х.
Now, the problem here is that if you know Х, but don't know Г; I don't know how to teach you to unwhisper Х to get Г :) When you say "ха", your vocal cords are not working during "х". Try to say "ха" and kind of sing it out, to make the vocal cords vibrate already at "х" (so, "г") and not only at "а". I heard a "г" sound sometimes in the word "happy" in some songs precisely for this reason. Maybe I could find this song :)