"rechin"

Translation:shark

December 9, 2016

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/SebastienBaill

"Requin" in french: us francophones have it easy with this course so far.

December 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/1gn1t10n

Couldn't find an explanation for the non-natives. So story time! In the 19th century (when all small countries were claiming their independence), Romanian imported heavily from French to further reaffirm its Latin identity. Meanwhile, a middle class was finally emerging. Unfortunately, culture had difficulty keeping up with economic empowerment in such a short span of time, leading to the new middle class snobbishly trying to imitate the upper class.

This is captured in Vasile Alecsandri's play "Chirița în provincie" ( https://ro.wikisource.org/wiki/Chiri%C8%9Ba_%C3%AEn_provincie ), where, on the background of the heavy borrowing from French, the character is mocked for doing the opposite, i.e.: taking a word from Romanian, adding a French-sounding termination and claiming that they are speaking French, just like the elite.

One of the examples from the play, "furculiţă" -> "furculision" (for the equivalent pronunciation in French it would have to be spelled "furculition"), apart from being a metaphor for pretentiousness, became a reminder that even when two languages are very close, doing ad literam translations can still fail catastrophically.

So now you know why so many words are similar to French (besides the common latin ones). Just don't overdo it by pulling a "furculition" ;D

December 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/MarksAaron

Wow, thank you for this! What a cool post :)

December 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Stray152

"Rekin" in Polish as Polish has a lot of words derived from Latin as well. :)

August 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Hector290697

I'm not one (Latino here), but it helps that I know enough Spanish, some Portuguese, and some French to decipher some familiar looking words. :)

December 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/nahuatl1939

tout a fait , pas trop de problèmes jusqu'ici.

May 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MarksAaron

Just curious, are there many sharks in the Black Sea? How often do Romanians encounter sharks? And is there another word for the animal that predates borrowing "rechin" from French?

May 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/A.Igor

There are small sharks "spiny dogfish"(Câine de mare in Romanian) but they aren't dangerous at all.

July 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MarksAaron

Mulțumesc!

July 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ser229339

Non natives, please, pay attention: the pronunciation is wrong!

March 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Silveri7

How should it be pronounced?

March 7, 2019
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