Favorite Words in Different Languages
What is one of your guys' fav words? Mine is "Chleb" which is bread in Polish!
Fingerspitzengefühl (=finger tips feeling)
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.
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, 夢 yume, 雪 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"
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).