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Serpent
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 Message 89 of 119
27 September 2008 at 4:28am | IP Logged 
I'm getting interested in Romanian :) On Wednesday I watched a Tottenham Hotspurs match online on a Romanian channel and rather many words sounded familiar from Latin and Portuguese. At one point I was sad and happy at the same time - the commentator said that the Lazio - Fiorentina match had ended with the score 3:0 and I understood it. Since I'll now probably watch most Spurs' matches on that channel, I flirted a bit with Romanian yesterday :) the lack of materials is disappointing :( I might do that military-oriented course just for fun though :) it would be cool to listen to Romanian power metal if there's any:)))
Any tips concerning Romanian are welcome of course ;)
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Serpent
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 Message 90 of 119
25 October 2008 at 12:47pm | IP Logged 
Just made my first pentalingual (?) flashcard with the Q in Finnish and A in Latin, Portuguese, Esperanto and Romanian O_o Yeah, I'm studying the latter one somewhat seriously now, I'm enjoying it more and more... OMG
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Hencke
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 Message 91 of 119
25 October 2008 at 1:05pm | IP Logged 
Great thing to read about your efforts and plans.

Best of luck on your way to super-polyglothood. You are certainly headed in that direction, and picking up more speed by the day too, by the looks of it.
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Serpent
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 Message 92 of 119
25 October 2008 at 1:45pm | IP Logged 
Thanks a lot! :-)
Well, I'm aiming only for passive skills in Romanian for the time being...
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bela_lugosi
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 Message 93 of 119
25 October 2008 at 4:55pm | IP Logged 
Ceau & good luck, Serpent! Romanian is a beautiful language and a good starting point for learning even more Romance languages such as Italian or Spanish. :) I've "flirted" with Romanian, too, but unfortunately at the moment I'm too busy trying to improve my intermediate Russian.
What is your study plan like?
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Leopejo
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 Message 94 of 119
25 October 2008 at 5:05pm | IP Logged 
Since I got satellite TV, I promised myself I would watch Russian TV - but I understand nothing and soon stopped. So it's mainly English or French... and Romanian. No, I understand very very little of spoken Romanian, but it is fascinating to listen. I like it when it almost sounds Italian, then suddenly they yell Da! Da! :-D
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Serpent
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 Message 95 of 119
26 October 2008 at 2:17am | IP Logged 
:D
Try watching soccer in Russian! (not necessarily Russian soccer, I know it often sucks...) At least for me it's less frustrating to understand little when watching soccer than e.g. news, the context helps much better here:))) I now occasionally watch matches just because they're commented in a particular language, mostly Romanian or Portuguese :D btw, are there any Finnish sites that provide links for watching online?

@bela_lugosi: Well, my starting point for Italian will probably be Portuguese :) As for the strategy, there's none yet :D (with "seriously" I meant the time I spend learning Romanian :)) Just watching as much soccer as possible, doing online lessons and adding Romanian words to Romance/quasi-Romance flashcards in Mnemosyne :) oh and using Romanian on my cell phone :D actually I started using it for fun rather long before I decided to study the language:-) just got bored with German, English, Bulgarian and Ukrainian :D

Edited by Serpent on 26 October 2008 at 2:22am

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Leopejo
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 Message 96 of 119
26 October 2008 at 2:40am | IP Logged 
Serpent, now you have no excuses (apart from the late hour): I am sure you will find Romanian streams for tonight's Palermo - Fiorentina, with Adrian Mutu on the field.

No Finnish sites that I know of for streaming. Be sure to visit the original Futisforum (or its "substitute", Futisforum2, which I snob, but has many more posts).

For Italian your springboard could be Latin. Just make to Latin the changes that all Romance languages have undergone and you have Italian:

- no more cases. Take the accusative in singular and the nominative in plural.
- get rid of final consonants (the French went further both in written and in spoken)
- make some vowel changes, often in the form u->o and i->e.

Id est:
lupus, -i (wolf): accusative lupu(m) (the -m was already very weak in Latin)
Lupu (Romanian surname)
Lupo (Italian)

P.S. Where could I find some easy football terminology in Russian? I am too ashamed of my Russian to actively take part in V Kontakte...

Edited by Leopejo on 26 October 2008 at 3:25am



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