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TCO
13-04-2008, 17:39:40
How close is it to Italian (or French or Spanish)? Is iit like a dialect or really a different language. How hard to understand it, if one knows some Romance languages?

Scabrous Birdseed
13-04-2008, 17:49:01
As I understand it (unless you mean Ladino (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladino_language), which is close-ish to spanish) it's fairly distant to those languages and not mutually intelligible. It's not so far from Rhaeto-romanch though.

TCO
13-04-2008, 18:29:36
I guess I don't know what Rhetto-romanche sounds like either. But bottom line is I would not understand it. I mean the one in the Alps.

mr_B
13-04-2008, 18:54:46
sound like German but different

Dyl Ulenspiegel
13-04-2008, 22:26:28
Very difficult question.

Met a ladin-speaking chick, or what?

MoSe
14-04-2008, 07:01:29
"What does Ladin sound like?"
like Latin, but with a 'd'

as in

Ave Caesar, moriduri de saludand!

MoSe
14-04-2008, 07:09:24
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladin
I wonder, didn't wiki have sound samples too?
interesting thing, Ladin is spoken in Italy, but in the mainly German-speaking Sudtirol region, so it's related to german, and unitelligible to those speaking French, Italian or Spanish (or german anyway :D as I can say having for instance heard people from Skt.Gallen speaking)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romansh
Romansch instead is spoken in Switzerland, but from what I can recall when as a kid 30 years ago I could watch some occasional Swiss TV program in Romansch, it's more related to some northern valley italian dialect (albeit it's a language on its own), so it was partly intelligible, and rather funny indeed too.

BTW, how can you deal with "Monophthongs"?
:D

Scabrous Birdseed
14-04-2008, 08:02:55
What about Friulian? Can you understand that?

Oerdin
14-04-2008, 09:47:13
I can.

Cruddy
14-04-2008, 14:31:44
Easy one to answer this.

It sounds like gibberish unless you can speak it - FACT!

Vincent
14-04-2008, 16:41:14
It's very much like posting here then

Koshko
14-04-2008, 19:57:33
White people need a universal language.

Immortal Wombat
14-04-2008, 20:20:32
Klingon

Vincent
14-04-2008, 20:32:39
Ooo eee, ooo ah ah ting tang
Walla walla, bing bang

mr_G
14-04-2008, 20:36:31
that's dutch you fewl

and dammit you made me dance

Dyl Ulenspiegel
14-04-2008, 21:17:15
If MrG spoke Italian, would it sound like Ladin?

MoSe
15-04-2008, 12:02:02
Well, Mr.Bas does, and it sounds like... Italian!

:b

Funko
15-04-2008, 12:14:37
It really confused me in Amsterdam when Drekkus got a phone call from Mr.Bas (who was on his way to meet us in the place opposite Centraal station with the smallest toasties in the world) and they spoke in DUTCH on the phone!

The Dutch don't talk English to each other in The Netherlands like they do on the forum? Crazy.

MoSe
15-04-2008, 12:28:40
In compensation, I was so surprised whan Bas spoke to me in italian, that I got out with the most innatural phoney accent I ever heard
:o :lol:

TCO
16-04-2008, 21:42:07
Originally posted by Dyl Ulenspiegel
Very difficult question.

Met a ladin-speaking chick, or what?

Just curious. My mother wants to do a tour of the southern Alps valleys, where they have wierd little languages and borders and stuff. She has a real knack for languages though, so she'd probably pick it up. Just wondered how hard.

TCO
16-04-2008, 21:42:34
Oh...and she's totally freaked out about the internet, so I am never supposed to mention her.

MoSe
17-04-2008, 12:20:33
I think that in a tour of the southern Alps you won't just haphazardously bump in someone speaking Ladin, unless you expressly seek them

Funko
17-04-2008, 13:12:31
I thought he meant funny little languages like French and Italian.

C.G.B. Spender
17-04-2008, 13:40:31
"languages"

MoSe
17-04-2008, 13:53:06
did you mean
~languages~
?

C.G.B. Spender
17-04-2008, 13:53:49
I wasn't being sarcastic

MoSe
17-04-2008, 14:00:44
ach so, were you didascalic?

C.G.B. Spender
17-04-2008, 14:03:09
I was tralala

Tizzy
17-04-2008, 14:03:18
Originally posted by C.G.B. Spender
I wasn't being sarcastic

Are you sure?

C.G.B. Spender
17-04-2008, 14:04:24
How can I be sure?

Back!
17-04-2008, 14:07:06
At least, for once, you're not Back!