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Old October 2nd, 2009, 10:15 AM   #5821
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 01:46 PM   #5822
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Oh, new pics of Australian highways on the horizon.
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 06:01 PM   #5823
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 08:18 PM   #5824
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 08:54 PM   #5825
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We're waiting for some Interstate pics, Ni3ls
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 11:18 PM   #5826
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"Ryuburyana", which language is that?
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 11:26 PM   #5827
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Japanese (said Verso). In Japan they cannot speak L.
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 11:48 PM   #5828
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Old October 3rd, 2009, 12:03 AM   #5829
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Japanese (said Verso). In Japan they cannot speak L.
they can, but they don't make difference between L and R. they actually say something between L and R. with practicing you can make that sound (i can because i learned japanese for, khm, 3 months ) so ラリルレロ could be both european "ra ri ru re ro" or "la li lu le lo". interesting, they make difference between B and P or D and T, but i think that T and C (or TS) seems to be quite same to them.

and why Ryuburyana? because they often have problems with european names or toponims because they consist of some syllables which japanese language doesn't recognize. japanese words consist not of letters (as european languages'), but of syllables. when there are some impossible syllables (as "blja" in Ljubljana), they make recognizable syllables, mostly by putting "u" to form recognizable syllable (blja -> bulja)
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Since when is "blja" an impossible syllable? The Japanese are weird. Small kids usually can't pronounce "r", and say "l" instead. The Japanese are the other way around, so I assume they're born adults.
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The Japanese are weird.
Why weird? Italians cannot pronounce voice H like in Hello. They just don't have that voice in their vocabulary and never learned one. Also you cannot pronounce some voices from other languages, so that makes you weird automatically.

Actually being you as an "English grammar expert" I'm wondering how perfect your pronunciation of the word "the" is.
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Since when is "blja" an impossible syllable? The Japanese are weird.
in japanese it is actually, they actually cannot write syllables as "blj" or most of syllables which have 2 consonants one beside other. exception are syllables with N (or sometimes with M) because japanese has ン which is pronounced as N or as M or something between (actually, to me it is to most similar to schwa).

generally, most of european (not to mention slavic!) names are almost impossible to read for Japanese, or they must do real hard to pronounce them i think that my name and surname would be suitable for some advanced degree of japanese
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If you've never done it before it takes quite some effort and a severe cold before you're able to pronounce the Dutch "g" and "r" correctly
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Old October 3rd, 2009, 11:24 AM   #5834
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Why weird? Italians cannot pronounce voice H like in Hello. They just don't have that voice in their vocabulary and never learned one. Also you cannot pronounce some voices from other languages, so that makes you weird automatically.
Relax, it was a joke.

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Actually being you as an "English grammar expert" I'm wondering how perfect your pronunciation of the word "the" is.
It's perfect, what's so weird or funny about it? Just b/c we don't have that sound in Slovenian, it doesn't mean I can't pronounce it. I assume you say "d" instead of "the" ("ð" in Icelandic ). Do you also say "sree" instead of "three" ("þ(ree)" in Icelandic )?
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If you've never done it before it takes quite some effort and a severe cold before you're able to pronounce the Dutch "g" and "r" correctly
hehe yes. it is as cool as hebrew כ (or arabic ﻛ) which sound as you are preparing to spit a huge disgusting spittle from the deepest part of your throat
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I can pronounce Dutch "g", but I choose not to in order to avoid some major discomfort to my throat. I really don't understand how it is OK for you to speak without major discomfort... Then again, I can't imagine how it is comfortable for the Khoisan to handle all those clicks.
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Just get used to it, I think. Dutch really sounds ugly IMO. English and French is more like singing, while Dutch is just some coughing
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Dutch is an ugly language. But hey, I can't help it I was born here

The worst part of Dutch are those language purists who want to write every foreign city name phonetically.

Shanghai = Sjanghai, Chongqing = Tsjoentsjing etc.

Translating nations/subnational entities/city names is very random. For instance, why do we write "Californië" (California), but not "Georgië" (Georgia), while we do say "Georgië", when we're talking about the country? Or why do we translate Berlin into Berlijn, but not Nieuw York or Noord Dakota?
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About Georgia: they probably do that to make a distinction between the state and the country.

About the rest: we're just weird
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The Dutch "r" is rather ugly for my taste.
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