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Post by Kaunisto » 1 month ago

In reality, I think Finnish is only difficult to learn to speak with perfect grammar. To learn enough to make yourself understood shouldn't be considerably worse than other languages.

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Post by slooroo » 1 month ago

I'll have to take your word for it since I don't know shit about the Finnish language besides it doesn't scare me as much as Icelandic. Even some Swedes told my mother they have no idea how Icelandic works.

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Post by Megan » 1 month ago

I only know English myself.
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Post by Deleted User 59 » 1 month ago

slooroo wrote:
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Jamie wrote:
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$languages = array("English", "PHP");
Oh no there's robots on this forum
/me uses Google Translate then fills the array with all the options...

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Post by slooroo » 1 month ago

Damn machines taking over the world.

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Post by Deleted User 59 » 1 month ago

slooroo wrote:
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Damn machines taking over the world.
It's like Skynet becoming true. :P

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Post by Princess MeowsePad » 1 month ago

Kaunisto wrote:
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I had 6 years of Swedish at school, but have forgotten much of it.
To what extent are Swedish and Finnish mutually intelligible?
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Post by Kaunisto » 1 month ago

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To what extent are Swedish and Finnish mutually intelligible?
Almost zero. Swedish is much more related to English and all others originated from Latin, while Finnish is an oddity closely related only to Estonian (and slightly to Hungarian).

Also the Finnish-Swedish - Finland has about 5% of Swedish speaking population, making it second official language - is to real Swedish... kind of like UK vs US English.

However, Swedish is the only language using the exact same alphabet as Finnish - the English alphabet plus Å, Ä and Ö.

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Post by Princess MeowsePad » 1 month ago

Makes sense. :O English is actually a germanic language, though, as is Swedish. English is only based about forty percent on Latin.
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Post by slooroo » 1 month ago

English is a strange language since it was morphed by every group that conquered the British Isles at any point. Look at the oldest forms of English and it's nothing like modern English.

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