https://www.duolingo.com/13bimic

"You are obsessed with languages"

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If you hear this a lot, I salute you fellow enthusiasts. Me, I really enjoy every single little piece of languages. Doesn't matter if its Spanish Mandarin Catalan or Tagalog. Because all languages are beautiful, in a different way. But I can't find many people with the same point of view. To be honest, I know none. But I believe here on duolingo, there should be lots.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/CuriousAtanaa

I love finding conections between languages. For example 'orange' is spelt the same in English and French, and in both it refures to both the color and the fruit. Not that strange maybe, English and French do share a lot of words, but concider this: Why should the concept of a particular color share a name with that ftuit? Why don't we talk about the color 'carrot'? Surly historicly carrots would have been more common in the UK than oranges? Anyway, however it happened the same thing seems to have happened in Spanish (independantly?) because the word 'naranja' also refers to both the fruit and the color.

FYI, you might find 'The Etymologicon' by Mark Forsyth interesting if you;re into this sort of thing

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/publius77

Why don't we talk about the color "carrot"? Because carrots were originally other colors, and orange carrots were first developed in the 17th century, by which time the color "orange" was already associated with the fruit. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolind
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In Brazil, oranges (fruit) are often green, but the name of the color coincides with the name of the fruit: laranja. In some parts of the country you can say "cenoura" (carrot) to describe the color orange. "Limão" (which is the word that sounds closer to "lemon") is lime, thus green and not yellow. :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J-Steven
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Purple carrots?? That is one of the most interesting things I've learned today.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CuriousAtanaa

Hu. Ok, I agree with J-Seven, purple carrots are a wierd thought. Thanks for the info :)

Edit Take a look at this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Carrots_of_many_colors.jpg

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bonobo

I think I'll just leave this here: http://www.wired.com/2012/06/the-crayola-fication-of-the-world-how-we-gave-colors-names-and-it-messed-with-our-brains-part-i

And another piece of trivia: in english, the word Turkey refers to both an animal and a country. The same animal is called Peru in portuguese, which in turn is also the name of another country. And I remember reading somewhere that, in turkish, the same animal is named after India, or something like that. Now you guys learning multiple languages please tell me when you find such reference in another language.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlmogL
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It's named "India Rooster" in Hebrew too. Supposedly something Columbus-related.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CuriousAtanaa

Thanks for the link. It's facinating!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolind
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I just made a more or less similar comment about fruits, vegetables and colors in Brazilian Portuguese right here is on this thread! :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J-Steven
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Thank you very much for that book suggestion.. I enjoyed the reviews so much that I just now added it to my amazon shopping cart!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/susanstory
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"Why don't we talk about the color 'carrot'?" In L.M. Montgomery's book "Anne of Green Gables", Anne was a teenage girl with red hair, a fact that she was very sensitive about. She wanted to have black hair. One day at school, a boy named Gilbert Blyth called her "Carrots" because of her red hair. She got so angry that she hit him on his head with her slate and the slate broke.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/13bimic
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The ones I like the most are words with no phonological connection, but are used the same way with same exceptions and rules, practically the same words in a different mask..

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adephonsus
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Those connections are not so particular, there are many French and Latin words (you know French comes from Latin) that English borrowed due to the contact, cultural colonization and trade with France.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gcwhite
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One man's cultural colonisation is another man's invasion! :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maddyis7

Forgive my ignorance, but I keep coming across the language 'Tagalog' and haven't a clue what it is ! I guess I better google it. lol

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrealphus
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It's a major Filipino language.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnnaPoot
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I am as well - Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish, sign, Greek, Latin

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CuriousAtanaa

Which sign language are you interested in? BSL? ASL?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Moomingirl
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I'm obsessed. :D

Learning Italian and Finnish at the moment, with French and Russian (and possibly Norwegian) in the queue once I am a bit more confident in the first two.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TanagerMoonmist

I can't muster enough motivation to be "obsessed", but I certainly have a desire to learn more languages and improve in the ones I already know, even if this desire is not always matched by my willpower. :P

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Moomingirl
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It's the streak freeze that gets me. Normally no matter how interested I am, I put my books down for days at a time, and then forget to pick them up again. Duolingo has got me hooked now. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ghosthawk

I've never heard this said to me before, but that's probably because I've not been studying languages long enough to be known as a 'language obsessor'. I'll be proud of the day someone first calls me that and I'll be sure to mark it on my calendar. I hope to learn many languages, including German, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, Norwegian, Celtic, Swedish, Swiss, Mandarin, Greek, and others. Hopefully everyone here on duolingo will be able to help me with some of these.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlmogL
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I'm the same - passionate for everything language-related!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kingthatcher
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I know the feeling, my friends call me crazy when I rant about the differences between standard croatian (štokavian) and kajkavian, or portuguese and spanish, or romanian and istrorumanian, etc etc etc. If you've got Facebook, join the "Omniglot fan club" group as it has literally 10,000 members who ALWAYS talk about language and have your point of view.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nateVONgreat
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Yeah! give me an "N", give me an "E", give me an "R" give me a "D"! What does that spell!? Nerd! Same here bro! I am especially crazy about German though, every time I hear someone say something about German or a German thing, I want to spin around and yell "That is German!". But any language thing is a love to me!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kunstkritik
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Du bist nicht alleine :) Eu amo línguas. I would like to learn like 5 or 6 at the same time but I don't want to overwhelm me. Je veux apprendre le français quand je suis fait avec Portugais (cette ligne a été traduit par Google)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gcwhite
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I'm a bit late to this thread but I can relate to it completely. I love languages, dialects and accents. Sadly my conversations abroad rarely go beyond 'another beer please', 'can you speak more slowly please' and 'do you speak English'.

I'm currently doing Norwegian. It's great when I discover so many similar words in English and Norwegian. There is also the Viking influence on some dialect words in north and east England from old Norse.

I have no plans to visit Oslo with my new knowledge of the language unfortunately. I'm not sure 'bjørnen spiser ikke anden' would be a great conversation starter in a bar. :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lily-mae15

i love learning my German course i am taking it for my GSCE course and hope to do well- languages is an amazing thing to learn it is the key to the world and learning my fluency in German will hopefully later on help me to help people in need who could benefit from my language skills by helping them in times of need.

1 year ago
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