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大女 ooonna "huge woman"
東欧を往々被おう。 Touou wo ouou ooou. "Let's often cover eastern Europe.", pronounced /tooooo oooo oooo/.

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And that language in my 1st posting would be Georgian. Oops.

Finnish has:

Kokoo kokoon koko kokko!
Koko kokkoko?
Koko kokko.

Kokko is a word for a pile of wood that is burnt during the midsummer "juhannus" celebrations. I'll use woodpile for it:

Gather together the whole woodpile!
The whole woodpile?
The whole woodpile!

Kokoo is "kokoa" in the standard language, but diphthongs and vowel clusters often simplify.

Then:

kalastajatartansahan

his/her fisherwoman (partitive case), after all (from -han suffix)

And:

Io-aie ei ui: EU ei aio, Ii Oy ei oio

The Io-plan is not swimming (not going ahead). EU is not going to [do something, Ii Oy (company called Ii) is not straightening things out.

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Oo?
Ay oo.
Aa oo?
Ay aa oo.
Aa ae oo?
Ay aa ae oo.
Ah, ay.

Wool?
Yes, wool.
All wool?
Yes, all wool.
All one wool? (All from one sheep)
Yes, all one wool.
Oh, alright then.

The "ae oo" bit can be expanded to "e ae oo" for "the one wool".


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In quebec sign language (LSQ), you say "peter collects rock one by one with peter" by repeating the same sign 5 times.

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Dialectal Swedish:

"I ?a ? e ? ? i ?a ? e ?" = "In the river there is an island, and on the island there is a river". Standard Swedish would insert a couple of consonants here and there. The words for island (?) and river (?) were present in Old English, and if they had survived to modern English, I think both of them would have merged as /i:/.

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Swedish:

Igloooordning (igloo-oordning) - igloo disorder

Estonian:

Kuuuurijate t???? j????rel - a moon researcher's work-night at the edge of the ice

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The follwoing greq words contain all 5 greq vowels:

ευπαρουσίαστος
παρουσιάζομαι

And there was another one but I can't remember it right now


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And while we're doing repeated vowels, Homeric Greek has aaatos, meaning "inviolable." If I remember right, each a scans as its own syllable.

The first a is a negative prefix, like in "apathetic" or "apolitical." The second two a's used to have a w between them, but intervocalic w disappeared.


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oh, and there is ωοειδής


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-In French, the verbs "cr?er"(to create) and "agr?er"(to accept) has "cr??" as past participe. If you have to put it to feminine, it'll be "cr??e" and "agr??e". But in both cases, last E is not pronounced.
-In Romanian, the children is written "copiii" but you just pronounce two of the three I.
-A Czech sentence has any vowel: "Strč prst skrz krk" (Put a finger in your throat) Better we don't have to say this everyday... Another word, but this one is said at least once a week: "čtvrtek" (thursday). Inspired by this word, I've made "čtvrtk" in Tatzic (my conlang). The key is that in this case, [r] is considered as a vowel in Czech (as in Slovak, Slovene, Serbocroat and also Lithuanian and Sanskrit), and it can also be stressed. Some other languages also do it with L or nasals. the fact is that those consonants are very close to vowels (maybe a specialist of phonology could explain it better).
-Armenian: "tzutzutzek" (show me)
-Polish: this is maybe a very beautiful and soft language when you hear it, but when you see it written, it can scares!!! Look at these words: szczęście (happyness), szczotka (brush), książka (book), krzyczeć/krzyknąć (to shout), kształt (form), bezwględnie (immediatly), wszystko (everything), jabłko (apple), drzwi (door), chrzcić (to baptize), grzech (sin), grzyb (mushroom) etc. I've studied Polish three years and I was quite good but it's so hard to remember the words sometimes...

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Two tongue-twisters from Bella Coola of the Salishan Family:

xɬp?χʷɬtɬpɬɬs kʷc? 'then he had in his possession a bunchberry plant'

c?ktskʷc? 'he arrived'

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