"странный вопрос"

Translation:a strange question

November 27, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kpagcha

Is it just a coincide that странный sounds a bit like "strange"?


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Both languages are Indo-European. The older the word, the more likely it to have some resemblance in both languages. Then, of course, there are loan words (I don't think this one of them.)
If anything, it's strange there aren't that many of those "coincidences".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mosfet07

Wiktionary says that "странный" (strange) as well as "страна" (land, country) both are from "сторона" (side).


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    A bit of nitpicking: страна is not really derived from сторона. They both come from the same Proto-Slavic word, but сторона is the original Russian word, while страна is a borrowing from Church Slavonic (cf. город/град, холод/хлад, золото/злато).


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    That would be my first guess, but it still does not explain the similarity with "strange".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mosfet07

    And "strange" is from Latin "extraneus" (that which is on the outside, посторонний, иностранный). Maybe it makes sense.


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    So, I guess the question is whether Latin "extraneus" and Slavic "сторона" could have a common proto-Indoeuropean root, or it's just a pure coincidence.


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      It's a coincidence. Latin 'extraneus' is related to the Russian из. Russian странный is related to the Latin 'stratum'.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iyoossaev

      For ANY two languages 2% of the base 100-200 words seems to be similar to native speakers of either.


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      Regardless of whether they belong to the same family? I find it hard to believe. Take Russian and Mandarin for example. 2% of the base 100-200 words? And we are talking about the languages spoken by two neighbouring nations here, which in principle should open avenues for loan words.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iyoossaev

      Yes, zirkul, regardless of the family. Russian and Mandarin included. Polish and Austronesian languages, English and Farsi.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Henry132109

      what's the adjective for страна if it isn't странный?

      странский, странневой, странновый, странческий... all seems wrong.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kundoo

      It's "страновой". However Wiktionary doesn't have this word and insists on "страновый". I guess, the fact that I had to google it to be sure, despite being a native speaker, shows that it's not the most common word in Russian :)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Henry132109

      Big thanks to you!!! (all my guesses were wrong LOL)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/romannt

      Why don't they accept "an odd question"?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zirkul
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      Perhaps they haven't added it to their database yet? You should definitely report it.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IwantToLea20884

      Где я была всю ночь? Странный вопрос! Разве я не свободная женщина, которая уходит и приходит, когда захочет?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/redactedname8732

      Феминистки что-ли


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stan560975

      It is similar to "strana/o/i/e" in italian


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mabdi8

      What would "Unusual question" be. as it's not accepted?


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      Необычный вопрос

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