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Words that are satisfying to say in your language.

In the Russian course, I found the word тарелка (tarelka "tuh-RYEHL-kah", plate) to be quite fun to say. It flows so smoothly, from the touch of the t to the trill of the r, and then to the lovely l and a neat little boom at the ka to end it off. It's so satisfying to say.

Any other words like this in the language that you are learning?

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https://www.duolingo.com/brittalexiswm

Krankenversicherung in German!

2 years ago

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That's pretty long...

2 years ago

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German just likes to chain words together to create new, more specific words. They are called compound words and are extremely common. Usually, it's just two (like here) or three words but theoretically, it can go on forever (and legal texts definitely get close to it... The "Rinder­kennzeichnungs- und Rindfleisch­etikettierungs­überwachungs­aufgaben­übertragungs­gesetz" was an actual law in Germany for 14 years)

And yes, German health insurance is quite okay, really can't complain. I never experienced US health care myself though so I can't compare them.

2 years ago

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Yes, it is! It means Health Insurance lol

2 years ago

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Hopefully they have it better than we do.

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WHOA! SAME!

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I find Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch very satisfying to say.

2 years ago

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What language is that? I love super long words, a couple of mine in English are triskadekaphobia and hippopotomonstrosesquipidaliophobia strange how fears have such long names.

2 years ago

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That is Welsh. Also, you misspelled them both. They're supposed to be triskaidekaphobia and hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia.

2 years ago

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Oh, lol. I didn't realize. Thanks for correcting me though!

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I wish I could say that one!

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Умопомрачительный. It rolls off the tongue so nicely doesn't it? ;) Russian for "breath-taking" or "stunning". I heard it in a song once and have never been the same since...

2 years ago

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That got long. Fast.

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Yes it did... there is also something about the word дождь that I really like. Not totally sure why lol ;)

2 years ago

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Hm... I kind of like нравится.

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If you like шs and щs, you will enjoy participles!

2 years ago

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I noticed.

2 years ago

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PUN INTENDED! :D

2 years ago

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Not really. The нр is so fun to say. (Also, anything that has щ in it.)

2 years ago

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Funny, in Swedish the word for plate is tallrik!

My favorite Swedish word is definitely järnsvärd ("yarnshvaard"), "iron sword", because I love the way it sounds :D

2 years ago

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I guess the two words have a common root. Teller is from German, which made its way into Polish as talerz, which made its way into Russian (with the r and l switched) as тарелка. And järnsvärd is kind of fun. Not sure if I'm saying the ä correctly, though. Is it like the "a" in cat?

2 years ago

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made its way into Russian (with the r and l switched) as тарелка

It took me ages to learn to switch the r and the l! Had I not known about the German origins, I think I would have actually learned the Russian word faster... (nah, that's just kidding myself).

2 years ago

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I like Weltanschauung and Ringkomposition in German. Those are not words i've learned here on duolingo, but are used in philosophy and poetry even in non-German speaking countries. I find them so damn elegant that they are one of the many reasons why I decided to learn the language.

Also, I love how smooth and sweet and "musical" Norwegian sounds and i'm so fond of words like "kjæreste" (your loved one). And of course, like many other people learning Norwegian, I like "edderkopp" (spider), because it literally means "cup of poison": how fascinating!

2 years ago

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настоящий - real, genuine, true/present (like present tense).
явление - phenomenon and the related является (to be).
сумашедщий -mad, crazy - literally "to have gone out of one's mind', с ума шедший.

(Yes, I like participles!)

2 years ago

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I like настоящий as well.

2 years ago

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Фрикаделька. Beat that if you can.

2 years ago

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Защищается.

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Close! Try a little harder :-)

2 years ago

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Please... I'm only a beginner!

2 years ago

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священный?

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Not bad! It's better in the feminine form священная though.

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I saw that word in the lyrics to one of those songs, and it sounded like a good one. :-) What does it mean?

2 years ago

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Sacred, holy. Священник is priest, or my memory is entirely deserting me.

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Thanks! Any other really good words out there?

2 years ago

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Родина is one of my favorite words in any language.

Also глупый, I can't think of anything that could possibly sound more descriptive of what it means.

2 years ago

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What does родина mean? I can make a pretty good guess on глупый. :-)

2 years ago

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I would translate it as homeland. Russia is often called the Родина or Родина-мать, this is the title generally translated as Motherland. It doesn't always refer to Russia, e.g. in Rubtsov's poem Тихая моя родина, it means the speaker's home village.

2 years ago

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thanks!

2 years ago

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I found тарелка very hard to say, as in Swedish it's tallrik (pl. tallrikar) with the consonants the other way round. And now that I can say it in Russian I find that I trip up when I try to say it in Swedish!

2 years ago

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Haha. Blame the Russians! They ended up switching the sounds around!

2 years ago

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in italian, I like "giocare" (Jo-car-e) meaning to play. i like the g-i-o sounding like "jo"

2 years ago

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Everything sounds better in Italian for some reason.

2 years ago

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German has a lot of fun words. One of my favorites is:

Krankenhaus = hospital

2 years ago

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That's been a favorite of mine since the first time I heard it.

2 years ago

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I also like Babywagen

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What's that? A pram?

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baby carriage

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Well, that is true it seems.

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You beat me to it! :-)

2 years ago

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I love words like 暗闇 (kurayami) meaning darkness, 太陽 (taiyō) meaning the sun, and 星空 (hoshizora) meaning a starry sky. I really like how Japanese sounds overall. It sounds like Italian in some ways.

2 years ago

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I would say that Japanese and Italian sound different. Italian is more lax on its consonants than Japanese. I kind of like the word for sun as well.

2 years ago

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I just started learning Irish on Friday, but so far a word i really enjoy saying is buachaill (boy). It's not at all complex, but i think its kind of fun c:

2 years ago

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I wish I knew how to pronounce this.

2 years ago

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Something like "BOO-a-khil", I think, with "kh" as in "Bach, loch".

2 years ago

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I really like Uisce

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Though whether or not that's a word is somewhat debatable. But dictionary.com has it!

2 years ago

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...English and their fun, made-up words. How about antidisestablishmentarianism?

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There's also German schutzengrabenvernichtungsautomobile, which is what they used to call tanks.

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Wow. Germans need some shorter words!

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Well, they have switched to Panzer now. :-)

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Whoa!!!! Where'd you find that?

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It's often cited as the longest word in English. The fun is that you have anti- and dis- at the beginning. They cancel each other out. So antidisestablishmentarianism is just the same as establishmentarianism.

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What is establishmentarianism, anyway?

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antidisestablishmentarianism is "a political philosophy opposed to the separation of a religious group ("church") and a government ("state"), especially the belief held by those in 19th century England opposed to separating the Anglican church from the civil government or to refer to separation of church and state."

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So not me. :-) I would qualify as "disestablishmentarianistic". Or however you say it. :-)

2 years ago

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I guess.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/erykzim

I like avo - AH voh - Esperanto for grandfather.

2 years ago

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Sweet and simple.

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nice

2 years ago

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подорожувати- (po-do-ro-zhu-va-ty); It means to travel in Ukrainian

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The word I am guessing would be the direct equivalent of that in Russian is also fun to say: путешествовать!

Caveat on this next bit, this is me theorising:

по movement along, I think it's very similar in both languages? дорога road (with a г mutating to ж), way, увати I don't know but it seems like an equivalent to овать in Russian, so to go along the road, hence, to travel.

путь way, path шествовать something to do with walking, I believe? plus the овать ending. So to walk along the path, again, to travel.

Stuff like this is one of the reasons I like Slavic languages! <3 I find it really helpful how so often you can pick a word apart and find its internal logic, even if sometimes it initially looks like a random word that just happens to be long and potentially intimidating.

2 years ago

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-овать is another verb ending, like -ать, ить, etc. It doesn't really translate; it just shows you that it's a verb with a certain type of conjugation.

2 years ago

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Yes, I know, that's why I said "plus the овать' ending and didn't translate it :)

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Oops. Sorry. Didn't read.

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No harm no foul! I don't know if I separated it out terribly clearly, so I'm not going to get offended at it being misread ;)

2 years ago

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Hm.

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