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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby vijayjohn » 2019-09-07, 16:37

Czech (cs) všechno nejlepší - happy birthday

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Vlürch » 2019-09-11, 14:32

Mongolian (mn) санваартан - priest
Mongolian (mn) сангасваа - sorcerer
Mongolian (mn) ёнзон - mentor for a lama
Mongolian (mn) сүүлд - later; (last :?: )

Because I mostly used the Bolor online dictionary before I got the physical dictionary by Bawden, I still have a habit of checking words on it too... and have noticed that sometimes the definitions are different, or at least the primary definitions; Bawden's dictionary only defines сүүлд as "later" while Bolor defines it as "last", "afterward", "at the end" and only the fourth definition is "later", and classes.ru defines it as both "позднее" and "последний", so it sounds like it can mean both "later" and "last" and there somehow is no distinction in Mongolian, or...???

Also, хайртай is another example; the physical dictionary defines it as "loving, fond of" while Bolor defines it as that but also "favourite", "love", "in love", etc. and classes.ru defines it as "любимый" and "любящий", so all that makes it sound like it means both "loving" and "loved"... but how does that work? Is there no distinction between active and passive in Mongolian??? :shock:

Honestly, I'm starting to lose hope about learning Mongolian already if even things like this that would be straightforward in (most) other languages have several (almost contradictory) meanings. :?

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby Dormouse559 » 2019-09-12, 16:38

(fr) balai nm - broom; (informal, of age) year

I saw a Facebook comment that read:

En même temps, Paris, c'est traversable à pied. Même à 60 balais.
At the same time, you can get around Paris on foot. Even at 60 years old.
N'hésite pas à corriger mes erreurs.

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Re: Last word in a foreign language that you learnt

Postby linguoboy » 2019-09-12, 16:54

(ga) priocsmut nosey-parker
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