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Favorite Words in Different Languages

What is one of your guys' fav words? Mine is "Chleb" which is bread in Polish!

May 19, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/BelgianStr

pilipili hoho means green pepper in Swahili.

May 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Foblin

That reminds me of "pili-pala", Welsh for "butterfly" :D

May 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/knudvaneeden

Farfalla = butterfly in Italian

May 19, 2017

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Interesting how many languages use repetitive sounds to say butterfly. Just some examples besides pili-pala and farfalla:

Pilpintu (Aymara)

Papalotl (Nahuatl)

Nipwisipwis (Chuukese)

May 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Patrick.-

Do you speak Aimara???!!!

May 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Foblin

Not really but I know a bit of vocabulary and have general notions of its grammar.

May 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Patrick.-

Amazing!!!

May 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Foblin

I created this TinyCards deck in which you can find the some of the words are partially or totally duplicated in many many languages. https://tiny.cards/decks/7a994ebd-91f7-4e8e-b96f-e59826b25de2 Enjoy! :D

May 21, 2017

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What is your favorite language mine are Polish and Irish

May 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Patrick.-

Esperanto, Chinese and Romanian.

May 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/knudvaneeden

Italian

May 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Patrick.-

Cxehxujo is my favorite word, it means Czech Republic in Esperanto.

May 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Foblin

Ĉeĥujo ;)

May 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Patrick.-

Whoops,

May 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/knudvaneeden

Cxehxujo

FYI only:

That is correctly written.

Cx and hx are the representations for that Esperanto characters Ĉ and ĥ (e.g. when using a keyboard without that characters keys)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esperanto

Similar like in Norwegian (aa, ae, ...) and German (oe, ue, ...).

May 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Patrick.-

Not exactly, I put Cxuhxujo instead of Cxehxujo.

May 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/knudvaneeden

Ah OK, you edited it afterwards.

May 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Frankie_Wright

I think that my favorite is "Teppich" which is German for carpet

May 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/calynca

My favorite one is "trollkarl", which means sorcerer in Swedish.

May 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/knudvaneeden

troll - karl = troll - guy

(literal mapping to English. And a troll is in Norwegian one of that (small or big) bearded mythical wood people described in fairytales).

May 19, 2017

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Fingerspitzengefühl (=finger tips feeling)

(in German)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fingerspitzengef%C3%BChl

May 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Foblin

So many words in so many languages...

Polish - biedronka (ladybird), książka (book), pstrąg (trout) and królik (rabbit... somehow it's sort of the perfect denomination for the animal). Chleb also sounds great actually! =)

I don't know why but I love Nahuatl for "fire": tletl... it sounds to me like a playful, short but dynamic, ideal version of what fire is... stressing its fluidity without losing its basic features.

I could go on for hours.

May 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lea.1717

Oh, I like "Chleb" too.

  • English: Bittersweet, procrastinate, softspoken, solitude, sky, sea, snow, everything sounds so good in english!

  • German: nacht, fernweh, sehnsucht, verschwunden, SCHMETTERLING!

  • Norwegian: sommerfugl, forsvinner (I was so happy to find out that there was this word in norwegian too :D)

  • Japanese: 木漏れ日 komorebi, yume, yuki...

  • Spanish: Guadalajara, brújula...

  • Portuguese: fofinh@, badalhoc@, bacalhau, Cascais, jorrar, desmaio, mar ... oh, and saudade!.


I think my two (three) favorite words are "bittersweet" and "verschwunden/forsvinner"

May 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Foblin

I also love yume and yuki!!! B)

May 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/knudvaneeden

Schmetterling = butterfly (in German)

May 19, 2017

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Finimini - be finished (plural passive imperative) in Latin

May 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/RJ_G

Dikzak mostly because it sounds dirty and it isn't. It's Dutch for "fatso." (literally fat bag or fat pockets)

May 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/knudvaneeden

FYI only:

Dikzak (diksak is not Dutch)

See e.g. http://www.vandale.nl then search for 'diksak' (does not exist), but 'dikzak' exists.

Also in Afrikaans it is called 'dikzak'.

May 19, 2017

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oops. Thanks. typo.

May 23, 2017

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I quite like the word 'opgewonde'. It's Afrikaans for 'exited'.

May 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/knudvaneeden

In Dutch it would be similarly 'opgewonden'

May 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/YolandiDennison

I thought it might be similar to dutch. I learnt Afrikaans form a young age, and it is probably my favorite language although I like dutch too.

May 20, 2017

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As I understand it, Afrikaans was considered a dialect of Dutch (called "Cape Dutch") until, I think, the mid-1950s when it was recognized as a daughter language of Dutch due (at least in part) to many African lang. words having been incorporated.

I've heard that, at least to a point, the languages are mutually understandable in that the Dutch can usually understand Afrikaans but that Afrikaaners have trouble understanding standard Dutch. Or maybe it's the other way around. I can't seem to find where I read that.

As I am learning Dutch here, I find that I can read a little Afrikaans (having also read where some of the changes are).

May 23, 2017

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Yeah, I think you're right. For me, as I am half South African it is fairly difficult to learn Dutch. I tried it but, strangely enough, didn't do too well.

May 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Foblin

"Chwibanogl", Welsh for "fife" or "whistle".

:D

May 26, 2017
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