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Old July 9th, 2010, 04:39 PM   #8101
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I think Russian speakers are the worst in understanding other Slavic languages, though I can still understand quite a lot of Ukrainian and Belorussian. It probably has to do with Russia's historic dominance in the region. I can understand some Polish if I read it, though almost nothing if spoken. But then again, I haven't actually spent much time of my life in a Slavic-speaking nation, though I am still fluent.
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Old July 9th, 2010, 05:59 PM   #8102
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So, did you learn these languages in Canada?

for me as a Slav (or how to write it) it is better to listen Polish then read (pronunciation is totally different). And you are right with Russian. I have friend from Ukraine. Now she (after 2 years in Slovakia) is pretty good in Slovak, but 2 yrs ago we was speaking just in English, sometimes in Slovak to teach her something.
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Old July 9th, 2010, 06:18 PM   #8103
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But, as you said, in basic conversation that wouldn`t be a problem. In my experience it is realy easy for Slovaks to have a conversation with Poles, Croats, Serbs (mostly same language as in Croatia), Czechs - grammar is very similar + we were in same republic for many years, I am watching Czech TV daily. Slovenian language was (is) influenced by Italian, so it is little bit harder to talk with they. But, when I am in this countries, I am always talking with people (in restaurants, streets etc.) in Slovak.
and vice versa. To me, all slavic languages sound like a very bad slovenian dialect. the closer is of cours croatian/serbian language.
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Old July 9th, 2010, 06:42 PM   #8104
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So, did you learn these languages in Canada?
His subtitle says "IsraCanadian", and a lot of people in Israel have a Russian background (the so-called "Aliyah"). Maybe that's how he learned it.
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Old July 9th, 2010, 07:26 PM   #8105
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I think Russian speakers are the worst in understanding other Slavic languages, though I can still understand quite a lot of Ukrainian and Belorussian. It probably has to do with Russia's historic dominance in the region. I can understand some Polish if I read it, though almost nothing if spoken. But then again, I haven't actually spent much time of my life in a Slavic-speaking nation, though I am still fluent.
Basically what Chris said - I was born in Russia (though my family is from Belarus, but it was all part of the Soviet Union at the time), and therefore Russian is my first language. I still speak Russian almost exclusively to my parents.

However, shortly after being born my family moved to Israel, where I lived for 10 years, before moving to Canada, where incidentally I've also lived for 10 years . Therefore, I am also fluent in Hebrew and English. I can read/write Russian, but my parents had to teach me since I never went to school there. My parents also learned Belorussian at school, so they can understand it along with Ukrainian and some Polish, much better than I can.

Speaking of languages, I am currently working on Chinese (1 year in university and some self-study), though currently it is hard to find time with work and all.
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Old July 10th, 2010, 09:26 AM   #8106
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Thank you. I didn`t know that..

So, you can aslo speak Hebrew.

PS: I had a dream (it`s just 8:25 in CE) that I was in Jewish museum in Budapest.
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Old July 11th, 2010, 06:29 PM   #8107
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A car spun off the A28 motorway near Nijkerk, Netherlands:
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Old July 11th, 2010, 06:54 PM   #8108
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One of windmill's wings fell off yesterday in Rigas restaurant "Lido", luckily nobody got hurt:
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Old July 11th, 2010, 07:43 PM   #8109
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interesting.
look at this - at friday in Zagreb, warm, sunny day without wind. while suddenly came wind wortex and blew a tend for shopping carts. and went away as nothing happened (you have video down)
http://www.24sata.hr/news/iznenadna-...ogradu/181479/
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Old July 12th, 2010, 12:03 AM   #8110
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Don't worry Chris, you have better highways anyway
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Old July 12th, 2010, 12:12 AM   #8111
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I didn't watch much of it, I'm not really interested in football, excuse me, soccer.

But I did got on the road!

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Old July 12th, 2010, 12:28 AM   #8112
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Well done, Chris. You didn't miss much anyway. It must have been the least exciting football game I have ever watched.

Your video, on the other hand, is very nice.
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Old July 12th, 2010, 12:32 AM   #8113
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I was hoping that the Netherlands would take the winner trophy but, it was just not the day.
Spain! Congratulations, the better team took everything.
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You didn't miss much anyway. It must have been the least exciting football game I have ever watched.
Most boring World Cup final ever. NL played horribly violent. You can barely call that soccer (or football). They had absolutely no business being in that final.

9 yellows for the Netherlands.

Unbelievable: Van Persie, van Bommel, de Jong, van Bronkhorst, Heitinga (2x), Robben, van der Wiel and Mathijsen were all booked in 1 single game

1 of the bookings were for a kick in the stomach.
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Old July 12th, 2010, 08:52 AM   #8115
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Paul was right again.
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Old July 12th, 2010, 01:41 PM   #8116
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If some of you have some $ 400,000 to spare, it might be an interesting thought to buy the Dagger GT.

This car has a 9.4 liter V8 engine, that produces 2,000 BHP. It accelerates from 0 -100 km/h in a whopping 1.5 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 505 km/h. It consumes 1 liter every mile, and the 90 liter gas tank is empty within 6 minutes at top speed. However, the regular tires will melt before the tank is empty. At additional cost, you can purchase another set of tires which will last until the tank is empty.

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Old July 12th, 2010, 02:13 PM   #8117
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The Spanish , Portuguese Section of Newark yesterday was shut down after world cup as the streets turned into one giant Party.







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Old July 12th, 2010, 05:33 PM   #8118
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Some serious storms in the Netherlands in the past couple of days.

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Old July 12th, 2010, 07:12 PM   #8119
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Btw, Chris



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That Bugatti is chicken shit compared to the Dagger GT
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