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clumsy
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 Message 2337 of 3735
27 May 2012 at 7:36pm | IP Logged 
Serpent wrote:
When you spend hours trying to figure out whether Polish used to have a [ř] sound like in Czech, because it's essential for your picture of the Slavic consonants.

(If this makes sense to you, you're as nerdy as I am.)


(If you can reply this question, you're even nerdier.)

Well some guy said it was actually the case - they used to be different.
Now it's only graphic difference rz-ż
onet wien
hoorai! I am the nerd king by answering this question!
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Serpent
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 Message 2338 of 3735
27 May 2012 at 7:49pm | IP Logged 
So it was a soft ż, not a kind of r+ż like in Czech? Interesting...
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zecchino1991
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 Message 2339 of 3735
28 May 2012 at 8:27pm | IP Logged 
vonPeterhof wrote:
... you come across the word
dafuq on the internet and
pronounce it in your mind as if it were written out in IPA, right down to the
voiceless uvular plosive
at the end.


I thought I was the only one!

On a related note, when you read "dafuq" as the word דפוק in Hebrew.
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clumsy
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 Message 2340 of 3735
28 May 2012 at 9:02pm | IP Logged 
Serpent wrote:
So it was a soft ż, not a kind of r+ż like in Czech? Interesting...

Well, Actually the only thing I know is that they used to be different with each other.

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Serpent
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 Message 2341 of 3735
28 May 2012 at 10:49pm | IP Logged 
Could you suggest some Polish keywords for more googling? Various sources disagree on that...


Oh and also, had to learn to (sort of) pronounce the Czech ř, just to fill the gap :)
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jdmoncada
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 Message 2342 of 3735
29 May 2012 at 3:49am | IP Logged 
... you've been reading so much Russian that you see a random English word with look-alike letters and wonder what in the heck that is supposed to mean in Russian.
(In my case it was "Her". I had no idea what Russian word "nyeg" was, so no surprise when I later realized it wasn't Russian at all.)
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Kartof
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 Message 2343 of 3735
29 May 2012 at 3:58am | IP Logged 
jdmoncada wrote:
... you've been reading so much Russian that you see a random English word with look-alike
letters and wonder what in the heck that is supposed to mean in Russian.
(In my case it was "Her". I had no idea what Russian word "nyeg" was, so no surprise when I later realized it wasn't
Russian at all.)


The same exact thing happened to me once when I saw the word "Hero" on a Time Magazine cover and I mistook it
for "nego" which means him in Bulgarian haha It took me at least 5 min of staring to remember that I was looking
at English here.
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jdmoncada
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 Message 2344 of 3735
29 May 2012 at 4:06am | IP Logged 
Kartof wrote:
jdmoncada wrote:
... you've been reading so much Russian that you see a random English word with look-alike
letters and wonder what in the heck that is supposed to mean in Russian.
(In my case it was "Her". I had no idea what Russian word "nyeg" was, so no surprise when I later realized it wasn't
Russian at all.)


The same exact thing happened to me once when I saw the word "Hero" on a Time Magazine cover and I mistook it
for "nego" which means him in Bulgarian haha It took me at least 5 min of staring to remember that I was looking
at English here.


Yes, exactly that! It was weird, but in a good way. It lets me know I'm getting more comfortable with everything. :)


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