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Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby voron » 2015-03-03, 21:19

We have a thread for the last word in our mother tongue that we learnt, why not having a thread for foreign languages as well? Please give the language, the word and a context if possible (where you learnt it from).
My word:

 (tr) şike - match fixing

I learnt it from my flatmate who is a keen football fan.

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby linguoboy » 2015-03-03, 21:29

 (gd) rionnach maoim "the shadows cast on the moor by cumulus clouds". From this article reviewing a book by Robert Macfarlane. (Literally, it translates as "mackerel of terror".)
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Postby IpseDixit » 2015-03-03, 21:44

Great idea!

 (kl) qimmeqarpunga - I have a dog

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Fabiano » 2015-03-03, 23:58

IpseDixit wrote:Great idea!

 (kl) qimmeqarpunga - I have a dog


How come, with a single word you can express a complex idea like "I have a dog"?

Mine was English- peruse.

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby IpseDixit » 2015-03-04, 0:09

Fabiano wrote:
IpseDixit wrote:Great idea!

 (kl) qimmeqarpunga - I have a dog


How come, with a single word you can express a complex idea like "I have a dog"?


Because Kalaallisut is polysynthetic.

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Dormouse559 » 2015-03-04, 0:10

I'm gonna be a rebel and post a word and a phrase. :twisted:

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éclaircie - sunny spell, (maybe) break in the clouds (seen in this Facebook post)
faire la part belle à - emphasize, give prominence to (seen in this article)
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Fabiano » 2015-03-05, 21:48

Τραγουδιστής

Greek for 'singer'.

The word is clearly related to English "tragedy", which I found funny.

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Postby melski » 2015-03-06, 1:10

 (ca) ratolí
mouse

I learnt it when I installed my new computer
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Postby JackFrost » 2015-03-06, 1:56

 (fr) pitoune
*log (as in tree trunk)
*beautiful girl

Though I've never heard of anyone calling a beautiful girl une pitoune. Must be somewhat old-fashioned or regional. :?
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Koko » 2015-03-06, 4:46

 (gd) mac-talla (masc.) echo

It looks like "son-hall," the genitive/plural being composed of the g/pl of mac "mic-." Wonder how "son" and "hall" makes echo.

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Postby linguoboy » 2015-03-06, 5:23

Koko wrote:It looks like "son-hall," the genitive/plural being composed of the g/pl of mac "mic-." Wonder how "son" and "hall" makes echo.
According to MacLennan, this is a corruption of mac-alla, which he translates as "son of the rock (ail)". The Irish form is macalla and alla [gen. idem.] means "shout".
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Koko » 2015-03-06, 6:11

Perhaps the t comes from "an t-"? *mac an t-alla > mac-talla

That's fun! 'Cause it's like a calling the rebounding soundwaves rocks' children :P . Makes more sense than "son-hall."

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby voron » 2015-03-06, 8:40

 (tr) kermes - a fair, a charity fair

There is this event called 'kermes' organized in my district. They put tents around the mosque where they sell fruits, vegetable, meat and clothes, and serve tea and snacks. The district is somewhat religious and everything associated with traditions and religion becomes catchy, as is the case with this fair. They put a big sign next to it saying 'Geleneksel kermes' (traditional fair). The ironic thing is that kermes comes from Dutch (via French) where it stands for kerk (church) + mis (mass).

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby linguoboy » 2015-03-06, 13:31

Koko wrote:Perhaps the t comes from "an t-"? *mac an t-alla > mac-talla
I don't think so. I'm not sure when Scottish Gaelic prefixes t, but Irish would never do it here. The only nouns which take it in the genitive are those with initial s.
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Dormouse559 » 2015-03-06, 19:18

 (fr) coqueluche - whooping cough -or- heartthrob, idol, darling (The travels of Biddy the hedgehog made him la coqueluche of social media)
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Koko » 2015-03-06, 23:49

linguoboy wrote:
Koko wrote:Perhaps the t comes from "an t-"? *mac an t-alla > mac-talla
I don't think so. I'm not sure when Scottish Gaelic prefixes t, but Irish would never do it here. The only nouns which take it in the genitive are those with initial s.

But, does the Scots Gaelic word come from the Irish? As for t, it just prefixes before vowels and s AFAIK. I haven't really gotten into mutations caused by the definite article outside of nominative. So I don't know.

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby linguoboy » 2015-03-07, 3:13

Koko wrote:But, does the Scots Gaelic word come from the Irish?
No, both Scots Gaelic and Irish Gaelic come from Old Irish.

Koko wrote:As for t, it just prefixes before vowels and s AFAIK.
Right, but only under certain conditions. And, according to Robertson and Taylor's Teach Yourself Gaelic, these conditions are the same for both Irish and Scottish Gaelic: The t is prefixed to vowels only in the masculine nominative singular, not in the genitive or dative of nouns of either gender. *Mac an t-alla doesn't follow that rule, which is why I consider it a false lead.
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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Limagne » 2015-03-07, 9:36

 (fa) گریم /gerim/ - greasepaint, from  (fr) grime. I thought it was a turkic loanword at first.

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby IpseDixit » 2015-03-07, 13:36

 (lld) usma - yearning/urge

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Elaine » 2015-03-07, 15:55

 (ga) oideachas - education
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