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Pre-Indo European Languages!

Hello Duolearners, what do you think about the Pre-Indo European languages? Give your own opinion. Tell me what your favorite Pre-Indo European language is, your least favorite Pre-Indo European language and why? You can compare each Pre-Indo European language. What are the similarities and what are the differences? Rank each one from least to greatest/greatest to least. Be specific and tell me in great detail the qualities of the languages and what makes them unique. In case you don't what the Pre-Indo European languages are, here is a video on how they sound like.

Basque: https://youtu.be/gxylKr-OlLE

Etruscan: https://youtu.be/DRXNhZP8QnA

Nihali: https://youtu.be/jAHLfx4fFmA

Kusunda: https://youtu.be/7FPvYK1RtuI

Burushaki: https://youtu.be/DperrMULr70

Northwest Caucasian: https://youtu.be/bFGY8w3loio

North Picene: No video

Other Discussions-

Slavic Languages: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/21852217

Finno-Urgic Languages: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/21741050

Scandinavian Languages: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/21719196

Germanic Languages: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/21624004

Romance Languages: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/21462103

European Languages: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/13814082

European Languages (2): https://www.duolingo.com/comment/14722206

April 10, 2017



I would say Basque is the one I want to learn most and I've seen it mentioned many times in discussions. What do I like about it? It's a language isolate and it sounds unique.

April 10, 2017


Kartvelian is not the same as Northwest Caucasian. They're two separate language families. By far the best known member of the Kartvelian family is Georgian.

I am quite a fan of Georgian. A cool fact is that despite a history of writing dating back 1,500 years, the script remains wonderfully phonetic. It's quite a difficult language however, with notoriously difficult verb conjugations.

And the script itself is enticing:

ქართული ენა ლამაზი არის!

April 11, 2017


Sorry for the confusion, I changed Kartvelian to Northwest Cauasian.

April 11, 2017


I want to learn basque the most because it sounds cool

April 12, 2017


basque is totes the best plus thx for opening the discussion : ) :)

April 13, 2017


I like Basque and Etruscan the best. Basque sounds a little like Spanish in the way it is pronounced and Etruscan sounds very unique. I don't like Kartvelian at all. It sounds like they're choking the whole time!

April 10, 2017


you don't mention Ossetian and Armenian, and Vainakh languages, they are paleo-european too.

oops, Ossetian and Armenian are both Indo-European, sorry. But the question about Vainakh (and North Pontic too btw) stands. They are all geographically in Europe.

April 11, 2017


Ahhh the two I like the most sound wise would be Basque and Kartvelian. Actually, I also quite like the sounds of Etruscan but this would stick as second place.

April 10, 2017


My favourite is basque as I know someone who can speak it and it is so unique, thank you for making this discussion. :)

April 10, 2017


You're welcome my friend, I also agree with you that basque very unique!

April 10, 2017


Thank you! :)

April 10, 2017
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