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by Io
Fri May 25, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 731715

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

what's "wala4" in Arabic?
by Io
Sun May 20, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Population numbers for languages
Replies: 16
Views: 4304

Re: Population numbers for languages

Greek speakers don't understand 'most' of Ancient Greek. There are certain things which are denoted with archaic words, por ejemplo, 'bakery' is αρτοποιείο from άρτον instead of ψωμί, wine labels use λευκός οίνος instead of άσπρο κρασί, similarly ζύθος for beer, shoe shops use υποδήματα instead of π...
by Io
Fri May 18, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Should "aviophobia" actually refer to fear of birds, not fly
Replies: 6
Views: 2083

Re: Should "aviophobia" actually refer to fear of birds, not

Soap wrote:I would've gone with something like "pterophobia" for fear of flying
Why, what's your reasoning?
by Io
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 731715

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

The Lent celebrations that I know of around here are those: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavic_carnival

Otherwise I don't understand how you can celebrate something for 40 days.
by Io
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Obscure question about Greek
Replies: 2
Views: 1512

Re: Obscure question about Greek

I guess that's how Greek present perfect developed e.g. έχω διαβάσει? And it has influenced Macedonian имам четено vs. Bulgarian чел съм.
by Io
Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Venting thread that still excludes eddy (2)
Replies: 2639
Views: 77977

Re: Venting thread

I guess some are too dumb and uneducated and can be excused for believing all the state propaganda, but I know Russians who strongly opposed Putin even voted for Zyuganov in the last elections not because they're communist sympathisers but against Putin, when Crimea was annexed these people suddenly...
by Io
Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Venting thread that still excludes eddy (2)
Replies: 2639
Views: 77977

Re: Venting thread

Yeah, I started using Discord some months ago but I don't think many of the Skype contacts I have even know about it since it's still more of a platform for gamers.
by Io
Sun Jan 28, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Venting thread that still excludes eddy (2)
Replies: 2639
Views: 77977

Re: Venting thread

No religion of peace trucks have visited Poland or any of the Visegrad 4 countries, no safe/rape-free zones for women had to be created around Christmas in those countries. Putin's approval rating is in the excess of 80% and that's according to independent pollsters such as Levada. Evidently Russian...
by Io
Sun Jan 28, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: None of the above
Topic: Venting thread that still excludes eddy (2)
Replies: 2639
Views: 77977

Re: Venting thread

The latest Skype rape-upgrade seems to have put off a lot of people judging by the amount of users I see online now, where did everybody migrate to?
mèþru wrote:their Islamophobia and Russophobia
That might be the only thing they're doing right though.
by Io
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: /ç/ vs. /x/ in German
Replies: 22
Views: 2726

Re: /ç/ vs. /x/ in German

mèþru wrote:It helps if you talk about specific varieties of Austrian
Huh, I could also specify the exact locations of most of the speakers I've listened to but that wouldn't help me when I make half-valid sweeping generalisations.
by Io
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: /ç/ vs. /x/ in German
Replies: 22
Views: 2726

Re: /ç/ vs. /x/ in German

Well, you can interpret it as you wish, it was just an example, another is [ˈmʏnχn̩] for Munich, another toponym is Kirchbichl [kxɪrχbɪχl]/[kxɪrxbɪxl] alternatively with [ɪɐ̯]. I should add though I'm mainly familiar with how Tiroleans speak and even when they speak Standard German the accent is ver...
by Io
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: /ç/ vs. /x/ in German
Replies: 22
Views: 2726

Re: /ç/ vs. /x/ in German

>I don't know where you get that information

From spending time in Austria, talking and listening to Austrians. When discussing recipes with the mother of my friend i said Essig with ç and she replied "ah, that's such a German pronunciation, we say ['ɛsɪk]"
by Io
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: English help needed
Replies: 44
Views: 6374

Re: English help needed

Is "bint" ever used on its own? I've only seen it in combinations such as "daft bint", "posh bint" etc, do people say something like "I saw some bint on the bus stop... [whatever]"?!
by Io
Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 731715

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Ты уверена ты не была с Хоппэром? По моему, это было бы интересно. Are you sure you didn't live (I don't quite know how to say this in English) with Hopper? In my opinion it could be interesting. That should be уверен/был, unless, D-g forbids, Imralu too now doesn't identify with [not assuming pron...
by Io
Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: /ç/ vs. /x/ in German
Replies: 22
Views: 2726

Re: /ç/ vs. /x/ in German

Austrian German doesn't have [ç], just stick to [x] and you're fine. Austrian German - best German.
by Io
Sun Dec 24, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: None of the above
Topic: ZBB member photos, part 5. (Something for the weekend, sir?)
Replies: 5496
Views: 368469

Re: ZBB member photos, part 5. (Something for the weekend, s

I was trying to find something and had to dig deep into my HDD archives and me being a hoarder (OK OK creeper whatever) I found a ton of ZBB member photos from aeons ago, sooooo many names and people I had forgotten and who've forgotten this place. So anyway, I wanted to ask where was Siride from? A...
by Io
Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 731715

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Yes, I wrote them again, and then I got a message they were fully booked. But when I wrote the first time, they weren't yet :( You should (have) call(ed) them, that's what I do when I want an answer, SMS, email and stuff like that is too easy to ignore/forget and even if they don't speak English, s...
by Io
Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:41 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Some questions about Dutch
Replies: 11
Views: 2165

Re: Some questions about Dutch

Orsmaal-Gussenhoven dialect phonology I'm most curious about this bit: — /p, t, tʲ, k, kʲ, v, z/ may be affricated to [p͡ɸ, t͡s, t͡sʲ, k͡x, k͡xʲ, b͡v, d͡z]. Peters (2010) does not specify the environment(s) in which the affrication of /v/ and /z/ takes place. In case of stops, it occurs in pre-paus...
by Io
Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:01 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread
Replies: 2225
Views: 225952

Re: The Great Proto-Indo-European Thread

I didn't find an Albanian thread but I saw the language is often mentioned here so I'll ask: is there an explanation that can make this sound change look any less bizarre than it is!? LL, G The letters ⟨LL⟩ and ⟨G⟩ are realised as a voiced velar fricative [ɣ] (also found in Greek: γάλα [ˈɣala], 'mil...
by Io
Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Words you've learned recently
Replies: 248
Views: 37012

Re: Words you've learned recently

I remember seeing Abort in the bunker (OK, technically not a bunker but whatever) we visited in Berlin but that's not in use at all in German today, isn't it?
by Io
Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Incorrect pronunciations you have (or have had) to unlearn
Replies: 669
Views: 70769

Re: Incorrect pronunciations you have (or have had) to unlea

I still haven't figured out what pronunciation I want to use for "myiasis", although I'm leaning most towards /ˈmaɪ.əsɪs/ as my understanding is that the "yi" represents a Greek diphthong rather than separate vowels in hiatus. μυῖα would have been pronounced [myĵ.ja(:)] (no idea about the length of...
by Io
Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Incorrect pronunciations you have (or have had) to unlearn
Replies: 669
Views: 70769

Re: Incorrect pronunciations you have (or have had) to unlea

Most recent word I got wrong was apoptosis . I assumed antepenultimate stress by analogy with words like apocalypse , apostrophe , and apocryphal when the correct models are medical terms like thrombosis and acidosis . When I first read the word I assumed penultimate but then I realised antepenulti...
by Io
Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: Help your fluency in a nifty way
Replies: 4604
Views: 731715

Re: Help your fluency in a nifty way

Yeah, same here, especially regarding food. To me "Asian" implies East Asian be it Thai, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian etc. Sure thing Indians are Asian but Indian food just doesn't fall in the 'Asian' category, less so Middle Eastern food and other things in general. On the other hand 'Orie...
by Io
Thu Sep 28, 2017 2:19 am
Forum: Languages & Linguistics
Topic: The "How do You Pronounce X" Thread
Replies: 3108
Views: 290300

Re: The "How do You Pronounce X" Thread

For some reason I just can't imagine a long fricative or approximant followed by the same fricative/approximant, since it's basically a fricative that lasts for three times the usual length. I mean, of course I can imagine how it sounds , but the thought of hearing it in a conversation is about as ...