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  •  Reminds me of an observation on Russian.. (3+ / 0-)

    .. I once told my Russian co-workers I thought the reason the Russian language uses consonants with such abandon is because the vowels, which are generally round and smooth, mostly rolled over into Finland. They got a laugh out of that!

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    by billmosby on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 09:31:37 PM PDT

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    •  I've heard Russian described as... (4+ / 0-)

      ...the language where every word looks like 'Kaopectate'.

      •  Kinda does, I suppose. (2+ / 0-)
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        Another thing about Russian is that the block alphabet's characters are all about 1 em width, so the words tend to stretch out quite a bit.

        I'll tell you one other thing about the language, it has lots of words that begin with multiple "unvoiced" consonants. The hardest one I can think of at the moment is the one for "view" or "look": vzglyad. There are lots of other ones that English speakers might have a bit of a time pronouncing, like "kto" for "who", and "dlya", meaning "for".

        And another thing is that the script alphabet looks very unlike the block alphabet. A small script t looks just like a small script m, except the m has points on it and the t is rounded. and so forth. And the backward R? That's one of the 11 vowels; it says "ya". I don't have the vocabulary or the grammar knowledge to speak or read it with much facility, but I still find it fascinating.

        Moderation in most things. Except Reactors. IFR forever!

        by billmosby on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 10:32:19 PM PDT

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        •  Hah! those are VOICED consonants... (2+ / 0-)
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          Russki speaker here, and I can hear 'em!

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          by kaliope on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 11:50:16 PM PDT

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        •  Language is endlessly fascinating (0+ / 0-)

          My wife is Filipina.  From her I have learned:

          1.  The proper pronunciation of "Bataan" (bata-ahn)
          1.  That a word can never have too many vowels (i.e. "gaaaral")
          1.  It really is possible to pronounce "mga" (mang-ah)

          Come to think of it, Iceland could ship its surplus consonants to the Philippines, and the Philippines could reciprocate with shipments of surplus vowels to Iceland--sort of a phonetic free trade agreement.

      •  ...or PECTOPAH (pronounced RISTORAN) after (2+ / 0-)
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        the French restaurant (as opposed to the American "diner").

        "[A] vote for a Republican, no matter what you think of him as a person, is a vote for paralysis." -- Paul Krugman

        by kaliope on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 11:49:01 PM PDT

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