I'm learning Dutch.

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by Bebelina, May 1, 2009.

  1. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    The Viking explorers and raiders drew their members from several different Scandinavian tribes. Many of them were Swedes. Iceland was founded by Vikings. "Viking" was a way of life, not an ethnicity. Kind of like the Crips and Bloods.
     
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  3. Billy T Use Sugar Cane Alcohol car Fuel Valued Senior Member

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    Post 5 was, in part:
    My ex-brother in law was Norwegian, long term resident of Belgium, working for NATO. He got a speeding ticket and on it you can indicate in which language you wish the trial to be in. He wrote "Norwegian" in that space and AFAIK, no date was set for the trial.

    Once at party in his house a Dutch lady told me:
    "Dutch is not a language. It is a throat disease!"
    If you hear it spoken, you will know what she meant.
    I later learned this is an old joke, but based on this, I suggest learners of Dutch avoid cough medicines etc.
     
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  5. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    In Dutch, G is pronounced as German CH/Russian KH/Spanish J, so the language is full of guttural fricatives. A hard G is spelled GH. Van Gogh is properly pronounced "vuhn KHOG."
     
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  7. Enmos Staff Member

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    Actually, it's just 'Gog'. Both g's have are pronounced the same.

    http://homepage.mac.com/schuffelen/dupron.html
     
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  9. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    So what all you Dutch speakers are telling us is this:
    • The phoneme we call "hard G" in English, as in "Google," simply does not exist in Dutch.
    Right?

    This would make Dutch like Czech and Ukrainian, in which it only occurs in foreign names. In both languages it has evolved into H, as in Praha for Prague.
     
  10. Gustav Banned Banned

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    dat is waar, fraggle
    echter enmos is een domme fuck en hij kan niet spreken waard shit!
    gog mijn kont!
     
  11. Enmos Staff Member

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    Yep, that's right. Our pronunciation of the letter 'K' comes closest to your 'hard G'.
     
  12. Enmos Staff Member

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    lol
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