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Praetorianus November 3rd, 2013 3:02am

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.

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omagabi Surf City
11/04/13 5:08 am

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.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
11/04/13 1:39 am

Italian. I love to sing Italian opera! I plan to learn Italian.

commonsense America isnt racist
11/03/13 6:33 pm

Japanese and Italian are beautiful languages.

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thewheel
11/03/13 12:13 pm

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.

dustbunny
11/03/13 12:06 pm

I speak Spanish too but other than that I really like Italian.

Cole12 ...
11/03/13 5:07 am

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.

smacc DunningKruger
11/03/13 4:11 am

I think Italian but hard to choose.

PartyFree Nowhere in Particular
11/02/13 11:03 pm

Rio Platense Spanish. Sounds a lot like Italian, and I love it. It's fun to speak too.

tayen Illinois
11/02/13 10:29 pm

German! Doing pretty good with it, too, except I'm terrible at using the right endings.

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Praetorianus Fair enough.
11/02/13 10:33 pm

The nouns are the problem with German, three genders and you have declensions. Viel Erfolg!

tayen Illinois
11/02/13 10:38 pm

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.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
11/02/13 10:25 pm

@matt: taxing question: today, Greeks greet each other with kalimera. In Plato's time, i.e. ancient Greek, what would it be?

Mattwall1
11/02/13 11:06 pm

I'm not sure, but I'll guess Khaíre or khaírete?

Praetorianus Fair enough.
11/02/13 11:33 pm

Kalen hemeran. You are correct with modern Greek but wrong with ancient. Meh, I call it a draw.

Mattwall1
11/02/13 11:35 pm

I don't know Greek that's probably why

Praetorianus Fair enough.
11/02/13 11:37 pm

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.

Mattwall1
11/02/13 11:39 pm

Ok then, I just hope that day is long into the future

Praetorianus Fair enough.
11/02/13 9:31 pm

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.

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Mattwall1
11/02/13 9:33 pm

Yesyouarequiterightthatgermancanstringtogethermanywords.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
11/02/13 9:35 pm

Donaudampfschiffahrtsgesellschaftskapitänsmütze.

This is a standard example meaning: cap of the captain of the river Danube steamship society.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
11/02/13 9:38 pm

@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.

Mattwall1
11/02/13 9:40 pm

I know. I was joking

Mattwall1
11/02/13 9:41 pm

There is a word for flowery dreams of a boy in the morning? And smiley face?

Praetorianus Fair enough.
11/02/13 9:48 pm

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 :)

Mattwall1
11/02/13 9:53 pm

I believe you, it's just odd that they have it I guess

Praetorianus Fair enough.
11/02/13 9:53 pm

Smiley face is Lachgesicht. Google that word and you'll see :)

Nizabelle Cambridge, MA
11/02/13 9:30 pm

I wish I could speak Italian and Portuguese

FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
11/02/13 9:19 pm

My favorite language even though I can't speak it? Esperanto.

FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
11/02/13 9:21 pm

I just need to apply some more time to it…

GotHeem Indiana
11/02/13 9:13 pm

Hebrew. Then I could read the original transcripts of the Bible

FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
11/02/13 9:20 pm

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.

FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
11/02/13 9:20 pm

Don't forget about Aramaic and Greek though.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
11/02/13 9:42 pm

Greek for NT though the Latin Vulgata should suffice. Loquerisne Latine?

GotHeem Indiana
11/02/13 10:58 pm

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

GotHeem Indiana
11/02/13 10:58 pm

Culture and time era and knowing the direct meanings of the words would help me understand the context

FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
11/03/13 5:57 am

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.

FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
11/03/13 5:58 am

@praetorianus The Latin Vulgate was one of the first translations of the Bible into another language. It's not the original text.

rainman1088
11/02/13 9:12 pm

I think Italian (I guess all the "love" languages) sounds pretty.

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susanr Colorado
11/02/13 9:08 pm

Latin. Not that I remember a lot except vocabulary now, but that's been *so* useful.

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willthehuman Suburbia
11/02/13 9:06 pm

Body language, closely followed by Pig Latin.

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willthehuman Suburbia
11/02/13 9:07 pm

Then Klingon, Then Yiddish.

Mattwall1
11/02/13 9:10 pm

You know Klingon and Yiddish?!?!

willthehuman Suburbia
11/02/13 9:14 pm

Maybe. I ay o day ow knay ig pay atin lay.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
11/02/13 9:50 pm

ta 'Hol, as Klingons call Klingon - or tlhIngan ;)

Emily33 North Carolina
11/02/13 9:05 pm

I wouldn't have guessed! :)

Kay41 the Midwest
11/02/13 9:07 pm

Haha...yeah....no one would have! :)

Mattwall1
11/02/13 9:03 pm

French or Latin

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