I'm on a roll tonight. The last question of the evening is: besides English, what is your favorite language? You have the option to opt out of course by voting only English.
Deutsch - keeping up with languages is much easier today due to access on the internet. German news with breakfast and access to apps such as WM-2014 keeps me current.
Italian. I love to sing Italian opera! I plan to learn Italian.
Japanese and Italian are beautiful languages.
Greek, Old English, or Latin- Greek is my language when angry, Old English is just awesome, and Latin is a very calming and beautiful language.
I speak Spanish too but other than that I really like Italian.
All of them.. But Russian in particular.
Francais, bien sur. Alors que ce n'est pas la langue plus utile, plus facile, ou maintenant la langue plus populaire, il demeure, sans doute, la langue plus belle.
Spanish or French
I think Italian but hard to choose.
Rio Platense Spanish. Sounds a lot like Italian, and I love it. It's fun to speak too.
German! Doing pretty good with it, too, except I'm terrible at using the right endings.
The nouns are the problem with German, three genders and you have declensions. Viel Erfolg!
It's confusing. I think I'm slowly getting there, though. There's some in this weekend's homework, so I'll see how true that is once I get to it.
@matt: taxing question: today, Greeks greet each other with kalimera. In Plato's time, i.e. ancient Greek, what would it be?
I'm not sure, but I'll guess Khaíre or khaírete?
Kalen hemeran. You are correct with modern Greek but wrong with ancient. Meh, I call it a draw.
I don't know Greek that's probably why
My mind is in the clouds today. Chaire is correct and so are you. One of these days I'll stump you but not today. Btw kalaen hemeran would be correct but not used in ancient Greece.
Ok then, I just hope that day is long into the future
They have 11 now? I quit at 7.
I'd say Italian for its musical accent preserved from the Roman Empire, or Greek for its clarity but I am a bit biased so I go with German which is NOT an elegant language but can glue words together to form new ones, example follows.
This is a standard example meaning: cap of the captain of the river Danube steamship society.
@matt: Goethe invented Knabenmorgenblütenträume meaning flowery dreams of a boy in the morning :) That is what an agglutinating language does. It is not polysynthetic though which means one huge word for a sentence.
I know. I was joking
There is a word for flowery dreams of a boy in the morning? And smiley face?
It's from Prometheus, a poem by Goethe:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prometheus_(Goethe)
If you google that word you'll see I did NOT yank your chain this time, it's a real word :)
I believe you, it's just odd that they have it I guess
Smiley face is Lachgesicht. Google that word and you'll see :)
I wish I could speak Italian and Portuguese
My favorite language even though I can't speak it? Esperanto.
I just need to apply some more time to it…
Bonan tagon :)
Thank you. ;)
Hebrew. Then I could read the original transcripts of the Bible
I can do that already. Although I don't have a clue what I'm reading. It's just letters and sounds to me unless I find a familiar word.
Don't forget about Aramaic and Greek though.
Greek for NT though the Latin Vulgata should suffice. Loquerisne Latine?
The reason I put Hebrew instead of Latin and Greek is because:
1. I thought we were only allowed to say 1 language
2. The NT is fairly easy to understand and get the full meaning but the OT there's lots of things that are from a completely other
Culture and time era and knowing the direct meanings of the words would help me understand the context
Old Testament is mostly Hebrew with a smudge of Aramaic in Daniel, and possibly somewhere else. Even in the New Testament though, there are still things from the Greek that didn't quite get transferred over very well.
@praetorianus The Latin Vulgate was one of the first translations of the Bible into another language. It's not the original text.
I think Italian (I guess all the "love" languages) sounds pretty.
Latin. Not that I remember a lot except vocabulary now, but that's been *so* useful.
Body language, closely followed by Pig Latin.
Then Klingon, Then Yiddish.
You know Klingon and Yiddish?!?!
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ta 'Hol, as Klingons call Klingon - or tlhIngan ;)
OHH, forgot about C++.
I wouldn't have guessed! :)
Haha...yeah....no one would have! :)
French or Latin