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Old April 3rd, 2009, 10:22 AM   #41
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In Southern Spain I once saw a road sign in Arabic and Spanish :o
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Old April 3rd, 2009, 10:36 AM   #42
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And what about this. Ancestor of Cyrillic which was used in 9th century in Slovakia and surroundings:

Glagolitic was also in use in Bulgaria until the 13th century. I am not complaining because I can not read Cyrillic. I can read Cyrillic, Latin, Greek and Glagolitic. But the problem is not in me personally. Not everybody coming from Holland to Bulgaria shall be obliged to read Cyrillic. The "international" alphabet, as you know is Latin - every sign in the world shall have it... that is my logic at least. It is not so hard to learn to read Latin, but it is much harder to learn to read Chinese script...

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Old April 3rd, 2009, 04:57 PM   #43
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In Southern Spain I once saw a road sign in Arabic and Spanish :o
Those signs are also in the North of Spain, especially in summer months, in order to guide the Morocann, Algerian and Tunisian people who live in Europe and go back to their countries during their holidays.

Here you have one in Madrid: http://maps.google.es/?ie=UTF8&ll=40....1917189066737

They basically say either Algeciras or Almería, the two main ports with ferries to Africa.
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Old April 3rd, 2009, 06:08 PM   #44
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A trilingual sign in Slovenia (for one city).

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Old April 4th, 2009, 10:46 PM   #45
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Unfortunate name that city has for Romanian (pula=dick)
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Old April 5th, 2009, 02:06 AM   #46
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you're right. LOL
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Old April 11th, 2009, 01:44 PM   #47
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Old style without ovals and motorway numbers:

Those are the best examples I've seen. The even include the proper accents over Győr and Zwardoń.

Kudos to the administration, obviously their nationalism hasn't won with their professionalism. And there obviously are "unresolved national issues" in Central Europe.
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Old April 12th, 2009, 12:31 AM   #48
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Examples in Finland (Finnish/Swedish).

You will only find these bilangual signs in West-Finland, in the Vaasa region.







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Old April 12th, 2009, 01:20 AM   #49
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Glagolitic was also in use in Bulgaria until the 13th century. I am not complaining because I can not read Cyrillic. I can read Cyrillic, Latin, Greek and Glagolitic. But the problem is not in me personally. Not everybody coming from Holland to Bulgaria shall be obliged to read Cyrillic. The "international" alphabet, as you know is Latin - every sign in the world shall have it... that is my logic at least. It is not so hard to learn to read Latin, but it is much harder to learn to read Chinese script...
Latin - OK, "ch" = "ч" - NO! The latter would be pronounced "ч" in English and Spanish, but in French for example it would be "ш" (š). I'm for the use of diacritic signs like it was before and, by the way, like the UN currently does when transliterating Bulgarian names. For me the UN system is closer to our language than the "Niki (Mouse) Vasilev" one. Besides the UN is an international organization... So, in conclusion, long live "âščž", "j" for "й" and "c" for "ц"!
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Old April 12th, 2009, 01:36 AM   #50
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A trilingual sign in Slovenia (for one city).
I love the bi/tri-lingual signs in Istra. It's a part of the region's charm. Sometimes names have phonetical similarities, but not really the same semantic. Sometimes there isn't any semantic at all. For instance I see clearly where "Trst" comes from, but have no clue what's the morphology of "Trieste".
I've also always wondered what's the origin of the Slovenian "Koper", whether "Capodistria" is obvious - the head of Istria.

P.S: In Bulgarian we have a word that's pronounced the very same way as "Koper" in Slovene, but it means "dišava" (en: dill)
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Old April 12th, 2009, 03:44 AM   #51
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Yeah, 'koper' is dill in Slovenian too, maybe there's a lot of it in Koper. Joke, I don't know its origin.
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Old April 12th, 2009, 10:07 AM   #52
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In Dutch "Koper" means copper (the metal, not the police officer), or buyer/purchaser. Triest, in Italy, very close to Koper, means sad in Dutch
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Yeah, 'koper' is dill in Slovenian too, maybe there's a lot of it in Koper. Joke, I don't know its origin.
No kidding, it could be that - the same way Trst comes from "trstika". Do you also say "dišava" for "dill", 'cause that's what I learnt?... :O

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In Dutch "Koper" means copper (the metal, not the police officer), or buyer/purchaser. Triest, in Italy, very close to Koper, means sad in Dutch
"triest" = "sad" - like "triste" in French?
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Old April 12th, 2009, 10:47 AM   #54
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And in Croatia, you will still find signs with "Kopar" on it...
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Old April 12th, 2009, 03:22 PM   #56
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And in Croatia, you will still find signs with "Kopar" on it...
I guess it's because "kopar" is closer to the SLO pronounciation [kopər] than "koper".
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Old April 12th, 2009, 04:13 PM   #57
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And in Croatia, you will still find signs with "Kopar" on it...
i remember only one, i saw it in Pula and it was at least 10 years ago. i don't remember when i heardsomebodyKopar. we mostly call it koper (i said mostly, because there are some puritans at ssc who call it Kopar)
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Old April 12th, 2009, 05:58 PM   #58
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I have seen some on the road from Pula northbound indeed, and also 10 years ago. Pherhaps this has changed now.
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Do you also say "dišava" for "dill", 'cause that's what I learnt?... :O
"Dišava" is fragrance or spice.

Those old signs in Croatia were saying "Kopar/Capodistria", but no "Koper". And I bet Croats pronounce it [koper] instead of [kopər], so they better stick to [kopar].
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i remember only one, i saw it in Pula and it was at least 10 years ago. i don't remember when i heardsomebodyKopar. we mostly call it koper (i said mostly, because there are some puritans at ssc who call it Kopar)
When you go north from Pula to the Slovenian border you have those "Kopar" signs all along the "brza cesta".
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