What are some fun facts about your language?
Hello everyone! What are some interesting facts about your language? What I want you to do is write at least 3 facts or MORE about your language. (It can be any language you want)
It's alright to do some research if you don't know any, but I thought it be cool to see each others facts in many different languages. So here is an example of what you can do:
Swims will be Swims even when turned upside down. (such words are called ambigrams)
"The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." (is a pangram which means that this sentence contains all the letters in the English alphabet)
The shortest, oldest, and most commonly used word is "I".
Now you know what to do, let's have fun with it! Come up/find as many fun facts about your language as you can. Thanks!
Some fun facts about Romanian!
- The word îmbrăţişând contains all the diacritical marks in Romanian
- The word for 5 (cinci) and 12 (douăsprezece) have the same number of letters as the word it represents
- The letter ţ occurs only in the Romanian writing system
- Nearly all the vowels, independently, are also words.
- It's grammar evolved differently from that of all other Romance languages in the entire Universe.
- It’s being taught as a second language in 43 countries.
- It's the only Romance language in the entire Easter Europe
If you want more fun facts about Romanian here is a video: https://youtu.be/J9kHdmynzF8
High German (Hochdeutsch) is an artificial language. It's the variant you learn on Duo and is seen as correct in Germany. It's there to unify the dialects spoken in German and was first only the written variation later it was decided that there should be a spoken variant - spoken exactly like the written version. That's also why German is so phonetic. The reason why the best High German is spoken around Hannover is because their dialect is basically extinct.
To steal your example a German pangram: Zwölf Boxkämpfer jagen Viktor quer über den großen Sylter Deich.
To steal Kyomice example: "Wenn Fliegen fliegen fliegen Fliegen Fliegen hinterher." Is a correct sentence. The variant "Wenn Robben robben robben Robben Robben hinterher." Is also possible. Not as cool as the buffalo one, but still...
Yeah, sort of. They don't count as separate languages, but I guess, if history played out differently Bavarian, Austrian, Swabian, Saxonian, Platt etc. could be separate languages just like the Scandinavian languages that are really close, but still different.
My ex from Northern Germany, couldn't understand what my Swabian grandma said. At all. According to him, she might as well have spoken Chinese. (She understood him fine, because of TV, but even if she tries to speak Hochdeutsch she just can't really do it. She's old and lived all her life in a small town with a population of about 600. And on top of pronunciation she also uses some dialect words.)
Fun video teaching Swabian to Germans speaking Hochdeutsch by Harald Schmidt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2XWfeknNtE (Yes, he is a comedian, but no, those examples are not exaggerated, but mostly literal "translations", despite everyone laughing. Some of the sentences are ridiculous, but that's also true in Hochdeutsch.)
Google also gave me this link to the history of German: https://www.thoughtco.com/hochdeutsch-germans-one-language-3862610
And your other question: It means when flies fly, flies fly behind flies. The verb to fly - fliegen is the same as the plural of the animal. The other sentence is the same, but with seals crawling behind other seals. :D
Some fun facts about Hebrew!
The letter ח (kha) is usually spoken softly, people learning it tend to emphasize it, as is natural with learning new languages, like I do when I try the Welsh 'll' sound lol.
The letter ה means 'the' and you attach it to a word. אבא האבא Dad The Dad.
When learning the language, one tends to learn niqqud נִקּוּד but is often omitted in modern-day writings.
When learning Biblical Hebrew, niqqud is present but also trope signs in certain texts. These are used to sing and are typically learned around the age of 13 (Bar/Bat Mitzvah). Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMDbZiWTd1I
There are 2 other languages (that I know of) that use the Hebrew script: Yiddish (Related to German, mixed with Slavic and Hebrew words) and Ladino (Judeo-Spanish).
It seems like no one has written any fun facts about French so I might as well do it.
- The shortest French word with all vowels is oiseau (bird)
- There's only one French word with the letter ù, and that's où (where). Yet the letter still gets its own key on the French keyboard.
- Oeil (eye) is the only word that starts with a different letter when in plural yeux (eyes).
- French doesn't use the letter "W"
- French is also the only language, with English, that is taught in every country of the world, with 100 million students and 2 million teachers – 20 % of whom are outside of francophone countries.
That was interesting, SamuelChristea. And there are fun facts of every language, of course, so also english. 1English is a mix of saxon, scandinavian and French 2It sounds very much like dutch, and also French 3Albert, a mostly English name, is a norman name and it means 'noble' or 'right'. It became popular in England when Queen Victoria married prince Albert. And here are fun facts for dutch: 1There are kinds of dutch, like dutch, flemish, afrikaans and frisian. 2 Flemish has a bit of French in it, which is quite clear
Some fun facts about Klingon!
Klingon has more speakers than High Elvish, Mordorian Black Speech, and Romulan -- combined!
Due to the confusion of gutturals, the traditional proposal of marriage, "Will you marry me, beloved?" sounds identical to "I plan to slit your sister's worthless throat." Some posit this as a reason for declining Klingon fertility rates.
Klingons have no words for the verb "to be", the noun "Kool-Aid", or the adjective "bodacious".
Klingon opera, though beautiful, cannot be sung by a Klingon-only troupe because of the lack of true sopranos among Klingon women.
It is said that the purest and most correct Klingon is spoken only by men being disemboweled.
By common convention, any face-to-face Klingon conversation is interrupted every 90 seconds so the participants can wipe each other's saliva off their faces.
Fun facts about Hungarian:
Hungarian has the vowels a á e é i í o ó ö ő u ú ü ű. From these, ő and ű are only found in Hungarian. By the way, ö ü are prononunced just like in German, and ő ű are the long versions of these.
We have double (triple) letters: cs, dz, dzs, gy, ly ny , ty, sz, zs. Makes life sometimes complicated. Ok, I thought of a 5-letter word....wait, you count sz as one or two letters in there?
Polish people can get confused: s is pronoundes as sz in Polish (English sh sound), sz is prononuced as s in Polish (English s sound).
We have 3 verb tenses: present, past, future. There used to be more but they died out.
Linguistically, Hungarian is relatad to Finnish (both in Uralic family). However, if a Hungarian hears Finnish, he understands completely nothing. Not a word. There are some similar words though: kéz= käsi (hand) vér= veri (blood) hal= kala (fish)
Hungarian shares some similar vocabulary with German, Slovakian and Turkish. More than with Finnish.
Here is a long palidrome for you: Kis erek mentén, láp sík ölén odavan a bánya rabja: jaj, Baranyában a vadon élő Kis Pálnét nem keresik
Dutch is the only language that classifies IJ as a single letter. While on the computer the I and the J are seperate, when writing by hand they are generally connected. (draw a U and draw a J over the right 'leg' of the U)
There is (technically) no limit to how many verbs you can put in a row. However, more than 4 verbs in a row can get confusing and at some point you will just blank out as the sentence doesn't make sense anymore. Example: Zou je me kunnen willen komen ophalen or: Ik zou jou wel eens hebben willen zien durven blijven staan kijken. Dutch is the only West Germanic (possibly even the only Germanic) language that does this to this degree. To compare: German has a hard limit of 4 verbs in a row. Apparently it's pretty rare.
Dutch has a daughter language named Afrikaans. It is fairly intelligible to Dutch speakers and considered a lot easier to learn as Afrikaans grammar is radically simplified. (no gender, verbs rarely conjugate)
Norwegian sounds like a more North Germanic version of Dutch. Or does Dutch sound like a more West Germanic version of Norwegian? Is suppose it is a matter of perspective.
Perhaps one of the biggest challenges a native Dutch speaker is faced with when writing Dutch is the DT issue. It is the bane of every people whose teachers neglected to teach them a certain handy little rule..... ('t kofschip)
What we call one of those 'handy little rules' is 'ezelsbruggetje' (little donkey bridge). One of them is TVTAS (television bag). Which stands for Texel, Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland, Schiermonnikoog: the names of the 'Waddeneilanden' (Frisian Islands in English)
It is spoken in both the Eastern Netherlands (barring the south) and Northern Germany by a few million speakers. However, it is generally not taught at schools.
Historically speaking, there is no such thing as seperate words for 'he' and 'she'. This is still not the case in many dialects.
Speaking about dialects: there is a lot of variation. The differences between town A and town B loocated about 15 km from each other can be quite significant.
There are some pretty great comedians and great bands that perform in Low Saxon. Many of them are from either the Achterhoek or Twente.
You may not want to say that you 'would like to look at motorcycles' to people in the East. It does not mean what you think it means......
- Dutch from the Randstad (the big city area) can be quite difficult to understand for a while if you've listened to Low Saxon for a few days.
Some fun facts about Polish language:
- "Wydrze wydrzę wydrze wydrze wydrze wydrzę" is a correct Polish translation (not as long as Buffallo ... but still)
- 3 standard Latin letters aren't part of Polish alphabet (q, v, x) yet they are acceptable in the loan words (xero, video, requiem are some examples). It is however allowed to replace those letters with their Polish equivalents (x -> ks, v -> w, qu -> kw) so you can see also ksero, wideo and rekwiem.
- Despite 9 diacritics (ą, ć, ę, ł, ń, ó, ś, ź, ż) and the existence of Polish keyboard layout (which is QWERTZ and has Polish letters in the right part, where normally are punctuation characters), standard US is widely adopted with AltGr used to obtain Polish diacritics (it's extremely rare to see those Polish)
- While using US you need to combine AltGr + X to achieve "ź". This is due to the facts that AltGr + Z already produces ż (which is much more popular than "ź") and X is the only neighboring letter that does not have a respective diacritic
- Words żółw (a turtle/a toortoise) and łódź (boat, it's also a name of third largest city) contain 3 Polish letters with just one latin. Łżę contains no Latin letters, but 3 Polish
- ch, cz, dz, dź, dż, rz, sz each produces just one sound despite 2 letters to depict it. There is a city called Chrzczonów - try to spell THAT!
- There is no difference in pronunciation of following sounds: ch - h, ó-u, rz - ż. Yet there are strict rules which one should be used when.
- Applying i after c, dz, n, s, z changes pronunciation making them sound the same as (respectively) ć, dź, ń, ś, ź
- "Daj ać ja pobruszę a ty pocziwaj" is the oldest written sentence in Polish
- "Zażółć gęślą jaźń" is the shortest phrase containing all Polish diacritics
- Konstantynopolitańczykowianeczka is the longest Polish word
- When counting something you use 3 different declension - one singular and two plurals. In the past there used to have one more form (dual) but it was elided from the language
- tnę is a regular form of ciąć. Yes, they do not share a single letter.
- "Pchnąć w tę łódź jeża lub ośm skrzyń fig" contains all alphabet letters and each only once (ośm is the old version, currently replaced by osiem)
- No word begins with "ą", "ę" or "ń"
- Only loan words start with "y"
Well, there's probably a lot more than that. These are just some I remember.
In case anyone (else!) is wondering, here's the explanation:
More facts about English.
1) Set has the most definitions of any word - a whopping 21, to be exact.
2) The longest word without any vowels is rhythms, and a runner-up is syzygy.
3) Zyzzyva is the last word in the dictionary.
4) There's no b in any number until 1 billion.
5) E is the most used letter (11% of the whole English alphabet!) and Q is used the least.
6) In any word with Q, u follows it (except for acronyms, Qatar, Iraq, and loan words).
7) The only plural suppletion in English is cow - kine.
1) Montenegrin has added 2 new letters to their alphabet (or diphthongs): sj and zj.
2) There is no q, w, or x letter.
3) It has several diphthongs: lj, nj, c with an acute, c with a hacek, s with a hacek, z with a hacek, dj (or d with line through it), and dz (the z has a hacek).
4) J sounds like a y sound in "yam".
1) They don't use QWERTY.
2) Uses cardinal numbers for dates instead of ordinal.
1) Only uses x in loan words.
2) Has four yous: jij, je, jullie, and u.
Source: my own knowledge!
- The Finnish alphabet has 29 letters, the standard English ones + å, ä, ö (and sometimes š, ž)
- b, c, f, q, w, x, z, å are only used in loan words (as well as š, ž if you include them)
- Finnish has 15 cases, no gender, no future tense and only one truly irregular verb (olla = to be)
- Finnish is a Uralic language, closely related to Estonian and Karelian, very distantly to Hungarian and not at all to other large European languages.
- Finnish is 99% phonetic
- Instead of using diacritics to mark long vowels and consonants like Slavic languages do, we double the letters. tule, tulee, tulle, tullee, tuulee, tuulle, tuullee are different conjugations of two verbs and all sound different (to a native speaker)
- sauna is the only commonly used English word of Finnish origin
- hääyöaie (a wedding night intention) contains seven consecutive vowels. Also, y is a full vowel in Finnish (equivalent to German ü).
- The longest (compound) word in Finnish is lentokonesuihkuturbiinimoottoriapumekaanikkoaliupseerioppilas
- saippuakivikauppias (a soapstone vendor) is the longest single word palindrome in the world
- Kokko, kokoo kokoon koko kokko! Koko kokkoko kokoon? Koko kokko kokoon. is a short discussion only using three letters.
1: It is known as the second hardest language (Chinese, of course, is first)
2: If you turn ''Go hang a salami'' you get ''I'm a lasagna hog''
3: English is spoken* in the US, Britain, Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Africa, Myanmar, Canada, Afghanistan, Ghana, Nepal, Australia, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Sudan, Bulgaria, Sierra Leone, Papua new Guinea, Serbia, Ireland, Singapore, Finland, New Zealand, Liberia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Wales, Jamaica, Botswana, Namibia, Republic of Macedonia, Lesotho, Slovenia, Gambia, Kosovo, Trinidad and Tobago, Swaziland, Fiji, Bhutan, Guyana, Solomon Islands, Montenegro, Malta, the Bahamas, Belize, Vanuatu, Barbados, Samoa, Saint Lucia, Channel Islands, Micronesia, Kiribati, Tonga, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Marshall Islands, Gibraltar, Cook Islands, Palau, Tuvalu, Nauru, and Niue.
4: I doubt you read every country I wrote and I don't expect you to :D
*By spoken I mean it is either an Official, National, regional, or in a few cases, important language. It is not in all of these countries the official language.
to 1. - as someone who learned English as their third language I still don't believe that statement, but even if it's true I'd guess it's only concerning the pronounciation? The rest is veeeery easy compared to other languages. And if you had a source with all the reasons why I'd love to read it!
Can you please give a source that says English is the second most difficult language? Since my experience was basically the opposite, I'd really like to read about it.
I can't find anything on the web though, except for this list (apparently by UNESCO) https://polyglotclub.com/help/language-learning-tips/hardest-language but English didn't appear in the top 10.
Define "an important language". Finland (but no other Nordic countries) and most of the Balkans being on the list strikes me as odd. There are others as well but I know more about European countries than about most Asian and African countries.
And like others have said, there is a 0% chance English is the second hardest language.