Words that just won't stick

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Re: Words that just won't stick

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-09-10, 15:36

I can never remember how to spell Telangana because I always forget whether the second vowel is e or a. Neither option seems to make etymological sense.

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Re: Words that just won't stick

Postby Polyglotus_Maximus » 2017-09-13, 9:13

(en) to condone
I used to always confuse the meaning with 'to condemn'.

Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches - I cannot seem to be able to remember those.

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Re: Words that just won't stick

Postby eskandar » 2017-10-07, 16:22

For the life of me I can't stop mixing up Urdu انّیس unniis (nineteen) and انتیس untiis (twenty-nine). I hate the counting system in Hindi/Urdu so much. In what other language can someone have learned enough to comfortably read a newspaper without a dictionary but still struggle to count to 100?
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Re: Words that just won't stick

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-10-07, 17:25

In every Indo-Aryan language still spoken on the Subcontinent today.

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Re: Words that just won't stick

Postby eskandar » 2017-10-07, 23:27

You're right, I should have amended that to say: in what other language but a North Indian one can someone...
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Re: Words that just won't stick

Postby Dormouse559 » 2017-10-08, 1:55

I don't know how it compares to North Indian languages, but France French? I get base-20, but I find it super challenging to use it only from 70-99.
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Re: Words that just won't stick

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-10-08, 3:32

Yeah, North Indian languages are way harder than that. You have to memorize every single number from 1 to 100. There are no reliable patterns that apply across the board.

For example, here's the one I find perhaps the most reliable in Hindi and Urdu: When the second digit in a double-digit number is 9, then the word for that number is [ʊn]- plus the next number (i.e. next number minus one). However, there are often small phonological changes affecting the pronunciation of the next number in these compounds, e.g. 'twenty' is [bis] but 'nineteen' is [ʊnˈnis], not *[ʊnˈbis]. In addition, 'ninety-nine' is an exception: [nɪˈnãʋe] 'ninety-nine', [ek sɔ] 'one hundred'.


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