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Old 09-20-2017, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Blackfoot is an Algonquian language.
That's like saying, "Spanish is a Romance language." It is. But that doesn't mean Spanish and French are the same thing. "Algonquian" is a language group, not a language.

Blackfoot is a language, but it only has a few thousand native speakers left. There may well have been significantly more in the early 20th century, but it was never one of the globe's major languages. I know Diana is a demi-goddess and all, but I would still find it more than a little silly if she were fluent in every language on Earth.

So I'm going with Ralph's explanation.

Although part of me would love to see this scene in the sequel:

CHARACTER A: "Wait. You mean you speak every language on Earth?"

DIANA: "Yes. Well ... except for Esperanto, because that's stupid. I refuse to sully my divine mind with Esperanto."
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Old 09-20-2017, 01:27 PM
 
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That's like saying, "Spanish is a Romance language." It is. But that doesn't mean Spanish and French are the same thing. "Algonquian" is a language group, not a language.

Blackfoot is a language, but it only has a few thousand native speakers left. There may well have been significantly more in the early 20th century, but it was never one of the globe's major languages. I know Diana is a demi-goddess and all, but I would still find it more than a little silly if she were fluent in every language on Earth.

So I'm going with Ralph's explanation.

Although part of me would love to see this scene in the sequel:

CHARACTER A: "Wait. You mean you speak every language on Earth?"

DIANA: "Yes. Well ... except for Esperanto, because that's stupid. I refuse to sully my divine mind with Esperanto."
Yes, Wiki user, that is correct. And my point was that at one time its speakers were many more than the "few thousand remaining" you referred to.

Why is it silly an Amazon would be fluent in every known language?

Now, if we get down to dialects, that may be less plausible.
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Old 09-20-2017, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Why is it silly an Amazon would be fluent in every known language?
Because that would require an education of 12 hours a study every day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, which would then beg the question: When would Diana have time for her martial arts education, swimming lessons, etc.? There are only so many hours in the day, even for a demi-goddess.
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Old 09-20-2017, 02:10 PM
 
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Time is what the Amazons have. Plenty.

Think about it. "12 hours of study" devoted to various disciplines (literature, art, fighting, whatever) "7 days a week" over, say, 25 years, wouldn't be a big deal to a society that isn't weighed down by our business week mindset. Take away all the electronically-derived time wasting that eats up your 14-16 waking hours, and you'd be able to get a lot more done. You might even end up on American Ninja Warrior.
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Old 09-20-2017, 04:21 PM
 
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Because that would require an education of 12 hours a study every day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, which would then beg the question: When would Diana have time for her martial arts education, swimming lessons, etc.? There are only so many hours in the day, even for a demi-goddess.
There are only 24 hours in a day, but there are so many days.

Supposedly Diana had already lived hundreds or thousands of years, but her speed of learning would have been at least as fast as a bright human. So what if Diana spent three or four hours a day for six or seven years learning a language? She'd have plenty of time to learn hundreds of languages.
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Old 09-20-2017, 04:50 PM
 
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Read the post 624 replied to, I had said nice ad him, I don't reply to ad home which you've done elsewhere to me.
And he avoids the question again. LOL
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Old 09-20-2017, 04:59 PM
 
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There are only 24 hours in a day, but there are so many days.

Supposedly Diana had already lived hundreds or thousands of years, but her speed of learning would have been at least as fast as a bright human. So what if Diana spent three or four hours a day for six or seven years learning a language? She'd have plenty of time to learn hundreds of languages.
Right. To the Amazons, learning/honing is a lifestyle. No different from the samurai, who spent their days perfecting many things, not just their skill with the sword. In an Amazon's case, she's immortal, and time is on her side. (And yes, there's the further advantage of accelerated learning.)
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Old 09-20-2017, 05:00 PM
 
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And he avoids the question again. LOL
Willie, what are you up to?
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Old 09-20-2017, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Buckeye, AZ
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Willie, what are you up to?
trying to goad me into a response. I don't care to answer the posts to a poster well continually use ad -hom attacks which was why I didn't reply to his post in question. It's not avoiding but rather not wanting to subject myself to yet another from a poster that has done this several times to me.
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Old 09-20-2017, 09:38 PM
 
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trying to goad me into a response. I don't care to answer the posts to a poster well continually use ad -hom attacks which was why I didn't reply to his post in question.
Well, apparently, you either didn't see or you didn't understand when I said: "Sorry, but I didn't mean that as an ad hominem..." in my post #624.

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It's not avoiding but rather not wanting to subject myself to yet another from a poster that has done this several times to me.
Sure. Whatever you say, mkpunk. And whatever you need to do to avoid my apparently scary question that I asked you.
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