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"Ez egy drága nyaklánc!"

Translation:This is an expensive necklace!

September 25, 2016

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

Anyone else hear the creak of a desk chair at the end of the audio?


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

Can’t hear anything.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daniel10439

More like a weight shift on a wooden foor :)


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

Where does the word nyaklánc come from? It does sound curiously like English necklace but I doubt they are related.


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

nyak - neck; lánc - chain
The first part might have a common root with the English "neck", but the similarity between lánc and "lace" is coincidental.

Edit: According to the Wikitionary, nyak has a Turkic root. More coincidences!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cosmo-pedant

Wow! Regarding "nyak: having Turkish roots,apparently German does have "Nacken" (for the nape of one's neck)!


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

Yes! The English "neck" has Germanic roots, and the German "Nacken" is related to it, as is - you're learning Swedish - "nacke". :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cosmo-pedant

I did find a Hebrew connection, to-wit, (n-q/n-k) [with "A'nak" meaning "the Great" (e.g., "long-neck"] to "nagy" and even to the word for "boss/chief" (that is, "fonok", properly with the "umlaut-type" of accent mark, of course) perhaps through the Greek "anax/wanax". So, maybe the Turkish "yaka" connection does exist. But my source (www.academia.edu/ . . . .) [found by searching for "magyar etymology/nyak""] insists that: "Again, -nak, English neck and Magyar nyak are cognates." Thus, it seems to me not to be surprising that the Indo-European "-lanc" is hooked into the word for "necklace", as the bottom line.

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