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tractor
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 Message 17 of 37
18 November 2010 at 12:02am | IP Logged 
Doitsujin wrote:
I looked at his 30 languages video and according to the TV subtitles he speaks German at
0:32, but it doesn't sound like German at all.
What language was he really speaking?

At 00:32 he says something that can be interpreted as "God fødselsdag, Alf", i.e. "Happy birthday, Alf" in Danish or
Norwegian. But, it really sounds more like Chinese…

EDIT: He says this after the "glücklig Geburtstag".

Edited by tractor on 19 November 2010 at 1:10am

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 Message 18 of 37
18 November 2010 at 1:15am | IP Logged 
Doitsujin wrote:
I looked at his 30 languages video and according to the TV subtitles he speaks German at 0:32, but it doesn't sound like German at all. What language was he really speaking?

I think he's saying "Glücklich Geburtstag, Aif!" in German at 0:32...

AiF is the name of the newspaper interviewing him, Аргументы и факты, which you can see on the wall in the background.
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 Message 19 of 37
18 November 2010 at 1:38am | IP Logged 
Doitsujin wrote:
I looked at his 30 languages video and according to the TV subtitles he speaks German at 0:32, but it doesn't sound like German at all. What language was he really speaking?


I had to repeat that 20+ times to figure out what I think he said; something like "glücklig Geburtstag". I'm not convinced that he's even able to "get by" in German.
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 Message 20 of 37
18 November 2010 at 2:14am | IP Logged 
First prize to anyone who can translate this! :)


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 Message 21 of 37
18 November 2010 at 2:33am | IP Logged 
Teango wrote:
First prize to anyone who can translate this! :)


LOL :)

According to the description, it is supposed to be an extinct language from Kerala, India. However, his pronunciation seems to have a lot of clicks that are present only in South African languages. Not that I'm surprised...
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 Message 22 of 37
18 November 2010 at 3:09am | IP Logged 
Teango wrote:
First prize to anyone who can translate this! :)


I do believe that's Squirrel.
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 Message 23 of 37
18 November 2010 at 5:30am | IP Logged 
ellasevia wrote:
Teango wrote:
First prize to anyone who can translate
this! :)


I do believe that's Squirrel.

Actually, 17th century North-Eastern Red Squirrel, to be precise.
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 Message 24 of 37
18 November 2010 at 9:39am | IP Logged 
OK, we agree that his oral skills in the cases mentioned above are abominable. This video is in a sense a close competitor to the one that destroyed Ziad Fazad's reputation. But he says that he write poems and things like that. If there were any shimmer of hope in this sad story then it would have to be in his written productions which we haven't seen. Maybe for a reason.

Edited by Iversen on 18 November 2010 at 2:03pm



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