So how do you say "subscribe"?
Dankon pro via rapida respondo!
Can somebody explain the difference between "bezonas" en "devas"?
I always think of devas as "must" instead if need. It makes the difference a bit easier.
Bezonas = need
Devas = should, have to
Aŭ, esti pli specifika, Bezoni: (stand in) need (of), be short of, require, suffer from lack of, want; Be under an obligation to.
Devi: Have the duty of doing, to have to, incumbent, obligatory
Sed, ŝajnas, ke nuntempa strat-Esperanto ŝanĝis ilin iomete.
"subskribi" -> "sub"=??? and "skribi"=write
Sub = under, below, beneath
i.e. subskribi literally means
To write under... well you do sign letters by writing under them.
It's a calque from Polish or a similar language:
sub – pod – under
skribi – pisać – to write
subskribi – podpisać – to sign
Considering that Zamenhof was Polish…
And spoke German.
And German: unterschreiben.
In fact, this is what Google gives for the etymology of the English word "subscribe": late Middle English (in the sense ‘sign at the bottom of a document’): from Latin subscribere, from sub- ‘under’ + scribere ‘write.’
that was impossible to hear
I just listened, with music playing, and understood it perfectly.