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How do you say X in Y? by Lydia Dangerhun - Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:38:40 EST ID:2SLM4fvR No.12006 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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General thread for wanting to know how to say something in a particular language.

How do you say "Nothing to see here", in Russian, written in Cyrillic?
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James Shakelock - Sun, 07 Jun 2015 20:06:05 EST ID:vOtbHnOW No.12174 Ignore Report Quick Reply
How do you transliterate Ahmad/Ahmed/Achmed
Phineas Gaddlelet - Wed, 10 Jun 2015 13:12:59 EST ID:XIfXrNph No.12176 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Is it some kind od turkic/arabian names?

We don't have such letter in Russian.
Archie Lightfuck - Wed, 10 Jun 2015 17:02:08 EST ID:PA1j1GkT No.12177 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Now, "vinograd" is the Slovak word for "vineyard". Can the Russian word винoгрaд mean this too?
Martin Cloblinglidge - Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:39:42 EST ID:13A6+YoB No.12179 Ignore Report Quick Reply
To be honest, no one cares what you have in Russia because Russia is shit
Molly Follynot - Fri, 12 Jun 2015 02:39:59 EST ID:k3/RB6wa No.12180 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>Can the Russian word винoгрaд mean this too?
No, wineyard is винoгрaдник.

Lost in Translation by Hannah Fattingville - Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:21:25 EST ID:7eexnvjt No.11974 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Let's lament in this thread many great things lost that are difficult to translate from language to language.

I was watching The Jungle Book with my niece, and that song "bare necessities" came on. The joke of the song is that Baloo is a bear, so the phrase "bare necessities" could also be heard as "bear necessities." I loved the word play, but quickly began thinking about how such a song couldn't work in another language, unless there happens to be another language in which the word for "minimal" happens to be a homophone with the word for "bear."

I often think of all the jokes and witticisms that we are missing out on because of language barriers, and in turn, I think about how many jokes other language speakers are missing out on as well.

So, if you can think of any examples of something interesting or funny that loses its charm via translation, please post them! Jokes, proverbs, poems, etc. And if possible, provide a brief explanation of why it can't be translated well.

Pic somewhat related: a brief Latin couplet. While there might be translations that capture the meaning of the poem, no language could possibly reproduce the intensity of these eight verbs spread across these two brief lines.
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Eugene Cringerway - Sun, 24 May 2015 04:42:13 EST ID:UMhMUpEu No.12140 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Forwards forever, backwards never?
Marta Huffington - Sat, 30 May 2015 06:14:59 EST ID:iybBgaRw No.12153 Ignore Report Quick Reply
No. The guy gave the translation in his very post...
William Bapperfuck - Wed, 03 Jun 2015 13:15:03 EST ID:sdcwOx0d No.12166 Ignore Report Quick Reply
The English translation of the Asterix the Gaul comics are famous for either carrying over the sly use of puns of the original, or replacing them with equally good original jokes...
Cornelius Chorrywater - Fri, 05 Jun 2015 16:48:48 EST ID:hvs1x3K0 No.12172 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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The Egyptians went to town with the dubbing of Toy Story. They added their own jokes to them and messed with the lines. I remember there is a scene when Mr.Potato head re-arranges his face to look like one of Picasso's Cubist painting and approaches Piggy and shouts "I am Picasso!" which Pig replies "I don't drink that stuff" thinking it was a type of an alcoholic drink. Mr.Potato head even calls him and idiot and an imbecile but in the Arabic tongue its more of a dismissal than an insult.
Jenny Duzzlestock - Mon, 08 Jun 2015 02:13:29 EST ID:hnNOTh7j No.12175 Ignore Report Quick Reply
The poster you responded to was giving a translation that also rhymes, not asking what the original means.

Asian Scripts in English by Edwin Bonningspear - Tue, 09 Jul 2013 17:25:39 EST ID:1/E/HzJe No.9679 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Considering the how little corellation there is between Chinese spoken language and their written script, can you learn to read the scripts in another language without knowing how speak Chinese/Japanese/etc? Or am I underestimating the connection between them?
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Walter Penderson - Sat, 13 Jul 2013 09:05:49 EST ID:9qXUCh+p No.9703 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I find I can read some Japanese kanji, as it came from traditional Chinese characters. It's helpful when I'm at Tokyo airport or something. But yeah, Mandarin today is sort of an amalgamation of Chinese language in order to make more harmony with the nation. You can learn by memory what the shape of a character is and then associate it with English meaning, but it's a slow and limited method as you do not make new interconnections with the language.
David Sazzledale - Fri, 19 Jul 2013 00:53:04 EST ID:BHZ+7rpC No.9724 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>You can learn by memory what the shape of a character is and then associate it with English meaning, but it's a slow and limited method as you do not make new interconnections with the language.

What is the alternative method them because I learn by learning the English meaning, then the pinyin, and finish by sticking in a sentence.
Phoebe Bavingforth - Tue, 23 Jul 2013 01:54:49 EST ID:NqJL1ymG No.9745 Ignore Report Quick Reply
That's the alternate; he sort of means not leaning the Mandarin at all, only the written language. Very rote, unsystematic, prone to error. You shouldn't try learning the writing system without at least one spoken language that uses it for something of that scale.

Analogically: the method he's talking about is like learning that 中 in English is written "middle" without ever learning that it's pronounced "mih-dull" and not zhōng.

My suggestion would be to maybe reverse the meaning and the pinyin in your method, though (so for example learn 中 as zhōng before learning it as "middle"). This will force your mind into making more connections and predictions about characters, as well as more or less forcing you to think in Chinese.

With foreign languages in general, it's best to try and establish your words by context and understand them passively, instead of translating it in your head.
Lydia Blatherson - Wed, 20 May 2015 21:06:49 EST ID:08IqRJGc No.12137 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I'm fluent in Japanese, and I can sort of make sense of written traditional Chinese (what they write in ROC/Taiwan) even though I have absolutely no clue of how any of it is pronounced and don't kmow any spoken Chinese beyond a couple of words like 'thank you,' 'China' and 'hello,' which I probably mispronounce.

The most complex text I've read this way was the manual for a very simple piece of software.
Ghengis Dong - Tue, 02 Jun 2015 23:51:13 EST ID:w8lQyzMl No.12162 Ignore Report Quick Reply
The alternative method is to learn by using the language to produce meaning. You can learn to read best by writing, to listen by speaking, and most in the field of SLA would argue that combining speaking and writing is the only legitimate way to achieve mastery in either. Without combining methods of output you never develop the nuanced features necessary to understand or communicate fluently.

No Homaranismo by Fucking Breffingford - Sun, 24 May 2015 13:07:18 EST ID:NOxvHYwd No.12143 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Sup, /lang/oliers. Got one for you, does anyone know where to find the full text of L.L. Zamenhof's* "The Declaration of Homaranismo"?

*You know, the Esperanto guy.
Frederick Pemmlefore - Mon, 25 May 2015 00:17:28 EST ID:J2RC/AFI No.12144 Ignore Report Quick Reply
No, but you shouldn't have any trouble finding something the Dogmoj de Homaranismo.
Hamilton Numblemat - Thu, 28 May 2015 13:04:17 EST ID:bh9jqNpB No.12151 Ignore Report Quick Reply
But I wanted to get some quotes and using a translation program from Esperanto makes it sound like fucking lolcats.
Phineas Goddledock - Sun, 31 May 2015 04:17:41 EST ID:j/CUSOBR No.12154 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Never mind, I found it myself.


niggers by Barnaby Tillinghood - Tue, 12 May 2015 21:26:57 EST ID:+HsGtlOm No.12122 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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What is the name for the phenomena in Germanic languages where a noun can be used as an adjective? I know there's a name for it, but I forgot it.


dog door
jolly african-american music
semen demon
Phyllis Hanningworth - Thu, 14 May 2015 05:25:29 EST ID:f8rps/lV No.12127 Ignore Report Quick Reply
"0-derivation" aka "zero-derivation"

Allah Hu Akbar by Shitting Dullerwark - Mon, 05 May 2014 16:23:52 EST ID:9b769wbO No.11344 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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The Muslims I've seen on TV seem very fond of sshouting "Allah Hu Akbar." Why is this not considered blaspheming? If a Christian shouted "Jesus Christ" all the time most Christians would frown on it.

Not trying to hate on Muslims, just wondering about this. Also I'm only basing this on what I see in the media, so if I'm wrong and they don't shout that all the time let me know.
John Shittingway - Mon, 05 May 2014 22:35:47 EST ID:NqJL1ymG No.11345 Ignore Report Quick Reply
One thing is Muslims really aren't anymore adherent to their religion's rules than Christians. So ask yourself the question. What you probably think of when you think of Muslims are Islam's answer to conservative Mennonites, Quakers, etc - the vast, vast majority of Muslims don't live in Afghanistan, Iran, or Saudi Arabia. Hell, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan (and to a lesser degree Kazakhstan) are known internationally for their wine.

The phrase itself is "Al'lahu akbar" (the u is an "is" that just does that trust me). It means "God is Great", equivalent to Soli Deo Gloria. It's considered a very important phrase in Islam, and it is good of you to shout it and make it known, because it's affirming your believe and commitment to God while praising him. It isn't an order to the most high like god damn, it isn't taking the name in vain - which has always been making false promises in the name of God. Those that teach that calling on God or using his name when angry is forbidden even in Christianity is unfortunately teaching mistaken understanding of puritanical revisionism of a book already anachronistic in its language by their time. Sorta like how the 10 commandments do not ban lying, they ban committing perjury in court (because back before forensics everyone had to rely on each other's word).

By the way, it's interesting to point out that tabernacle is roughly equal to fuck in Quebec. Different groups have different opinions on what's harsh language or blasphemy.
Jenny Baffingbire - Wed, 13 May 2015 09:09:47 EST ID:F07X4JBE No.12123 Ignore Report Quick Reply

No it's not the same thing as shouting Jesus Christ not at all, it's shouting "God is great". The equivalent to shouting "Jesus Christ!" would be "Prophet Mohammad!" or something.

Old thread bump.


Also a word on that lying bit, in Islam lying is forbidden but the Shi'a have a clause stating it is permitted to lie your face off if it defends you or the faith from persecution. The Sunni don't believe this is halal.

Learning language series by Ebenezer Drerrynat - Wed, 11 Dec 2013 01:02:50 EST ID:ta18Gqv1 No.10897 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Hi. There's a series of books written by a man (I believe) covering, independent of one another, several languages. Each comes with audio CDs (or something) to help the reader. I think they're all fairly renown, are lengthy, and are quite old; from like, the eighties... maybe nineties. The man recommends reading one chapter per day in a certain period of time with breaks. Anyone know what I'm looking for? Thanks.
Cedric Besslefone - Mon, 30 Dec 2013 21:06:11 EST ID:QhsrrSlq No.10971 Ignore Report Quick Reply
bumping for this
also any spectacular free-multi language resources anyone can think of?
the bbc has a good few on phrases sentences and grammar
Sophie Berrywater - Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:17:12 EST ID:Z2HHXKum No.12026 Ignore Report Quick Reply
definitely sounds awesome; i'd like to see it. the only thing i can think of to suggest is duolingo.com ; there's only a few languages on it and it's kindof just for light practice as opposed to really learning a whole language, and i learned about it from this board, i think. i've used it for spanish
Cyril Besslepane - Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:52:16 EST ID:iybBgaRw No.12077 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Cool, thanks! Just started with it and it looks like a good place to start learning a language.
John Demmlekodge - Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:44:17 EST ID:HTwuDqQ4 No.12088 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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i've posted it before, i'll post it again

caveat emptor, it's a us government site so no idea what sort of datamining might occur
Hamilton Nickleville - Sun, 10 May 2015 13:43:49 EST ID:dyEUAL1Q No.12117 Ignore Report Quick Reply

Write stuff in the language you're studying, native speakers correct what you write. In turn, you are asked to correct writings of people trying to learn English or whatever else language is native to you.

Convince me to learn Latin. by Reuben Clippershaw - Sun, 30 Mar 2014 23:30:37 EST ID:Wd9qcZzl No.11202 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I sort of like the idea but at the same time it's so fucking stupid. Convince me as an American non-Christian in the 21st century to learn Latin. I speak English, Spanish, and Gaelic. Why should I Latin?
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Martin Sibberman - Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:33:05 EST ID:NqJL1ymG No.11207 Ignore Report Quick Reply

Well, yeah, but easy As and whatnot. Just picking up like a used wheelocks though for a hobby thing and treating it like lite lit though, fusing that with faking vocab out of Spanish could get all the thinking different stuff out of the way in a few days to weeks depending on talent...

Actually I recommend people picking up a copy of wheelocks for the hell of it. Good little books.
Nell Cagglewell - Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:32:39 EST ID:tvkvNylI No.11227 Ignore Report Quick Reply

...will enable you to interact much more directly with the recognized great minds of humankind: Vergil, Tacitus, Augustine, etc...

...will intensify your understanding of grammar and allow you to speak and to think much more clearly. Read George Orwell's "Politics and the English Language" to see how easily language can distort thought.

...can get you laid if you're inspired by it or the Ancient Roman culture.
Hedda Nepperwun - Sat, 02 May 2015 08:38:08 EST ID:sYxw5S0i No.12106 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Laid you say..... Are there like, Latin groupies or some shit I'm not aware of and are they hot?
Lydia Dugglebatch - Sun, 03 May 2015 11:37:10 EST ID:QKTFWep4 No.12107 Ignore Report Quick Reply
If you know Latin you can dig through old-as-fuck books and use them as sources for your research papers in college.
John Honeyhall - Sun, 10 May 2015 07:25:04 EST ID:94fZjBh2 No.12115 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Took Latin for 5 years. It can be a fun language if you have the right teacher. Its usefulness varies since its a dead language, however it can give you great insight into many modern European languages if that is what you are into.

A pointless discussion of Lingustics in Namess by Celt !BzcOsK03.w - Thu, 09 Apr 2015 20:03:12 EST ID:rLB0konE No.12060 Report Reply Quick Reply
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In reply to >>>/wooo/4455954 and >>>/wooo/4455846

Imagine your father is a Mexican man by the name of José, and let us also imagine he is illiterate and cannot spell his own name. Your father, when moving to the US, is asked what his name is. "José ", he says. Let's pretend the border official has little or no knowledge of Spanish. So the official writers down "Hosay". The offical has used "H" instead of "J" because "J" in English is different to "J" in Spanish.

Now, because your father's name has been written down for him by a government official, on all government records, his name appears as "Hosay", and that's what he uses for the rest of his life. Hosay Hosay Hosay is what's "offical".

But what's the correct spelling? ...It's José. José is the correct spelling that reflects the pronunciation it's language of origin.

At some point, the Mac Mahons left Ireland and arrived in America, and said "We're the Mac Mahons!"...and official wrote down "McMahon". Like our friend Hosay, there's the spelling the government may use, and the correct one.
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Graham Sebbleson - Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:39:29 EST ID:WPXwchOb No.12075 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Interesting, yes, but also inaccurate.
Jews draw identity from many things, their names being one of them, but even the way they draw identity from surnames is rather unique.

Part of Jewish history in the diaspora has always been a partial integration. It's why different diasporas differ so greatly, but the partial element of the integration is what made certain that as different as they become, there will remain a core identity that separates them from their neighbors and tie them in with fellow Jews from other countries.
What resulted are names that are translated or adapted to the language(s) of whatever sovereign country the Jews reside in, while at the same time being rather distinct from common names in those countries.

Now, if you would take an Avramshvili (Georgia), an Abramsohn (Germany) and an Abramowicz (Poland) and ask them if they would like to re-Hebraize their names into "Ben Avraham" they would probably decline. Both because patronyms are not very favored in Hebrew anymore, but also because their names make them distinct from one another, carrying with them a cultural heritage which sets them apart, both as Jews but also *from* other Jews.
John Blammerdock - Thu, 16 Apr 2015 05:46:14 EST ID:BmRV2aNV No.12076 Ignore Report Quick Reply

maybe if you want to speak with a lisp
John Demmlekodge - Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:04:08 EST ID:HTwuDqQ4 No.12091 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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it seems extremely naive to only use anglican examples. how about the concept of soushi kaimei, 1939 in korea where the japanese empire forced all native koreans to choose a new japanese name? 金 is pronounced gim in korean, and kane in japanese. major general 金錫源 - gim sook weon was, during occupation periods, called kaneyama shakugen (added the character for mountain to the surname to adhere to japanese naming standards).

also, i wouldn't say this is about linguistics on the whole, but specifically sociolinguistics. does spelling it "mcmahon" impact the cultural identity of the mac mahons and their posterity?
Phoebe Bunson - Sun, 03 May 2015 15:38:25 EST ID:sYxw5S0i No.12108 Ignore Report Quick Reply
So is this name thing in some way related to the Zionist conspiracy to corrupt and weaken the white master race?
Lydia Dugglebatch - Sun, 03 May 2015 17:39:29 EST ID:QKTFWep4 No.12109 Ignore Report Quick Reply

Distinction between s-sounds and th-sounds is not lisping.

Improving my Spanish by Phineas Bardfield - Sun, 26 Apr 2015 23:05:20 EST ID:zsEffVCD No.12098 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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I want to brush up on my Spanish because I enjoy lucha libre but only understand like a fifth of what's said.

A few questions for anyone who's willing to answer:

  1. How can I improve my comprehension?
  2. I'm no longer in any Spanish classes. What's the best way to work on vocabulary? How do I know what's the most beneficial for me to learn next?
  3. Where can I brush up on grammar?
Martha Clayfuck - Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:18:07 EST ID:jiZKa1jk No.12102 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>but only understand like a fifth of what's said.

I have the same problem whenever i(try to) watch something in Spanish,it's almost as frustrating as not being able to understand a word.

Getting that perfect accent [English] by Nell Worthingfoot - Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:00:12 EST ID:8Fc39kCN No.12042 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Do you guys think it's possible for a foreigner to sound American to the point people couldn't tell that he's not? I've been lead to believe my accent is not bad as it is. But there's still a little left-over of French accent thrown in the mix. Enough to give it away.

I'd like to truly blend in, especially since my dream is to become a voice actor (probably a pipe dream but oh well, we'll see).

Thanks in advance!
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John Demmlekodge - Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:47:10 EST ID:HTwuDqQ4 No.12089 Ignore Report Quick Reply
i met a german guy over christmas who i SWEAR was american, but there were one or two incongruities in his speech (which i can't remember now) which i believe strongly could only be solved by having an intimate relationship with an american person.

but he is a 23 year old virgin as far as i know, and i, an american, was very nearly tricked into believing he was american. i guess the bottom line is doing lots of mimicking, careful pronunciation practice, listen to yourself and strive for improvement. get a language partner who can advise you on subtleties to make you sound more authentic
Phineas Bardfield - Sun, 26 Apr 2015 23:03:26 EST ID:zsEffVCD No.12097 Ignore Report Quick Reply
You sure as fuck can't tell he's from England, though. And people from other parts of the country probably can't tell how inconsistent his accent is.
Doris Climmershaw - Sun, 26 Apr 2015 23:24:47 EST ID:ypoJwwcS No.12099 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Alan Tudyk is one of the few American actors who can pull off a decent British accent.
I first saw him in A Knight's Tale and thought he was actually English.
I saw him later in Firefly and thought that he was putting on the American accent.
Nigel Muckleford - Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:58:25 EST ID:0ueFbUtC No.12100 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Now the real question is why would you want an American accent in the first place. There are far, far more attractive accents in the Anglophone world that are just as easy to learn.
Emma Tootcocke - Mon, 11 May 2015 15:08:29 EST ID:4a9FnRGS No.12120 Ignore Report Quick Reply
He probably needs it for his work.

Serbian learning by Martin Blackshaw - Wed, 13 Aug 2014 04:48:34 EST ID:MtHV5DDA No.11608 Ignore Report Reply Quick Reply
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Hey /lang/ I'm wondering if there's any good way to learn Serbian. I know it's incredibly similar to Croatian and Bosnian when it comes to spelling in the latin alphabet but it's still dissimilar to English. I was thinking if I learn the Latin alphabet and the language to a good standard, I can then learn Cyrillic script.
Are there any good learning resources out there?
TL;DR How do I learn Serbian well and quickly?
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Cyril Besslepane - Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:57:31 EST ID:iybBgaRw No.12078 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Learning Russian on your own sounds like a really tough thing. I took a year and I barely know anything; the first year is just learning all the forms the words have. The grammar is really complicated, but it's nice.
Can it be done on your own? If you're incredibly motivated, probably. But a good year of classes to start you off is probably more efficient, IMHO.
CrazyFolksTribe !loJSOMZg0g - Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:25:17 EST ID:H9aA71q8 No.12079 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Yeah, from what I've seen there seem to be a lot of different ways Russian words can change depending on the tense or subject or whatever. Kinda like English. For now, I'm just learning the language word-by-word and phrase-by-phrase. It's probably not efficient but I figured I'd give it a try since I'm not in a position to take real language classes right now.
John Hennerstock - Sun, 19 Apr 2015 21:37:37 EST ID:Ok4x1Gp3 No.12083 Ignore Report Quick Reply
if anyone is interested, here you can ask for some good books/movies
Marta Huffington - Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:26:33 EST ID:iybBgaRw No.12085 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Learning phrases without understanding the system behind it will only get you so far. The way we'd done it in the course is we looked at one noun case at a time. Then you can pretty much use prepositions and phrases with any noun once you know the noun case it requires. That and learning phrases by heart (just kind of getting a feeling of "this noun needs an ending -a here", for example) is what will make you use noun cases naturally. However, I think here it's probably rather important to have someone that can give feedback, not that you use noun cases the wrong way for too long. That wouldn't be beneficial at all.
John Demmlekodge - Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:40:27 EST ID:HTwuDqQ4 No.12087 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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like that other guy said, serbian is really not a distinct language, it's known as serbo-croation

i've linked this resource here before but here u go again
https://gloss.dliflc.edu/ there are serbian dialect and croatian dialect exmaples searchable there, enjoy ;)

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