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Post by pandammonium » Tue Mar 27, 2007 9:13 pm

Trouble is, with so many people learning English as a second (or third or whatever) language, most people speak our language as it is. Therefore, if we want to learn a foreign language, we have to choose a language, which is almost certainly not going to be as widely spoken as English (except for Cantonese and Spanish, of course). I wouldn't recommend learning Icelandic, however.
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Post by Bluebottle » Tue Mar 27, 2007 10:12 pm

I don't see why not - I've heard you can learn it in a week :lol:
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Post by starz92 » Wed Mar 28, 2007 6:12 am

IF you're a savant...
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Post by Xetal » Thu Mar 29, 2007 9:33 pm

What's wrong with Icelandic? One of the older languages in Europe, Norse as it was a thousand years ago, and loads of jolly sagas full of blood and gore.

A good school friend of mine studied it at university in preference to his best school subject (German) and enjoyed it immensely. They do have a tendency to Icelandicise new words (he told me) so 'telephone' wouldn't sound like a variant of telephone, but whatever the Icelandic is for long-speak.

If you want a really hard language, Basque (the oldest language in Europe) is supposed to be the toughest with a significant number of speakers.
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Post by dave mc » Fri Mar 30, 2007 6:56 am

Mmm, Basque! :wink:
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Post by starz92 » Sat Mar 31, 2007 9:19 am

Oh deary me... I'm meant to be learning that on a week's course at my school... maybe I can change to Russian... you think?
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Post by pandammonium » Mon Apr 02, 2007 8:33 am

Xetal, have you looked at the Icelandic case system? That's fairly complex.
I haven't looked at Basque, so I wouldn't know. It also depends on what you mean by "hardest".

Starz, if you're going to do Russian properly, you'll need to learnt the Cyrillic alphabet, of course.
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Post by starz92 » Mon Apr 02, 2007 11:18 am

Yes, apart from the fact that I didn't think to actually BUY a Cyrillic Keyboard. DUH!
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Post by Xetal » Mon Apr 02, 2007 10:03 pm

Panda: I haven't studied either, but my icelandic-studying friend was a good linguist familiar with German and Latin, both of which have cases - perhaps he didn't find the structure too unfamiliar, and he certainly had/has enough talent to find most languages easy (though he sweated a bit on the tones of Mandarin and Cantonese when he lived in Hong Kong.) Perhaps he understated the difficulty of Icelandic when he said it was only a little harder than German.

Basque had a reputation for being hard to learn when I was at uni doing Spanish. I've never heard anyone say otherwise since. I never found a reason to look any closer.

I did one term of Russian at school (the old 'ABC' classes) and wouldn't recommend it (or Polish, after sweating on the Teach Yourself book I got when I had that pen-friend) unless you're prepared to put in a lot of hours.
If you want a language that you can get off to a fast start with and only want to speak and understand, you could do a lot worse than Japanese.
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Post by dave mc » Tue Apr 03, 2007 6:58 am

I agree. :wink:
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Post by starz92 » Wed Apr 04, 2007 8:05 pm

So do I, apart from I didn't read that because my generation can't concentrate on things like big blocks of text for very long. Oh, look...a birdie! What was I saying?
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Post by Xetal » Thu Apr 05, 2007 11:15 pm

This bird's no blockhead? :D
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Post by starz92 » Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:00 am

:shock: :?:
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Post by Bluebottle » Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:13 pm

Well, I havn't had a whinge about the old lingo for a while, so here goes:

When will people learn that the abbreviation of 'et cetera' is etc. and NOT ect! It really bugs me, it does... :x
? I must have some booze. I demand to have some booze.
? This place has become impossible. Nothing to eat, freezing cold and now a madman on the prowl outside with eels.


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