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Old 08-11-2011, 05:12 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I forgot, I also hear some similarity between Finnish, Estonian and Japanese... am I the only one?
No, as there used to be a theory of there being a "Ural-Altaic super-family" of languages that included Finnish, Estonian, and Japanese. As well as Hungarian. However I'm pretty sure the theory has since been discredited and that Japanese is not related to Finnish. I'm pretty certain Estonian and Finnish are related though. Looking them up I guess they're even fairly closely related.

Ethnologue report for Finnic
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Old 08-11-2011, 06:33 PM
 
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to me Korean and Chinese sound kind of similar but not in writing
to me Korean and japanese sound very similar
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Old 08-11-2011, 07:10 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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No, as there used to be a theory of there being a "Ural-Altaic super-family" of languages that included Finnish, Estonian, and Japanese. As well as Hungarian. However I'm pretty sure the theory has since been discredited and that Japanese is not related to Finnish. I'm pretty certain Estonian and Finnish are related though. Looking them up I guess they're even fairly closely related.

Ethnologue report for Finnic
That's interesting, I didn't know that
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Old 08-11-2011, 11:23 PM
 
Location: North American Plate
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Japanese and Mayan
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Old 08-12-2011, 02:10 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Japanese and Mayan
I'm intrigued, how so?


maya poem_0001.wmv - YouTube


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYRZGyyNNxY
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Old 08-14-2011, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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If you listen w/o paying too much attention, you would think that Vietnamese and Khmer were the same language.
Supposedly they are part of the same linguistic family, although the Vietnamese is heavily influenced with Chinese loan words. Additionally, Vietnamese, like Cantonese, Thai and Lao languages (but unlike Khmer) are "tonal" in pronunciation.
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Old 10-21-2011, 03:01 AM
 
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Indonesian and Malay
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:10 AM
 
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Bahasa, Malay & Cebuano (dialect in the Philippines)
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Old 10-21-2011, 11:22 AM
 
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Bahasa, Malay & Cebuano (dialect in the Philippines)
bahasa = language

Bahasa Inggris = English language
Bahasa Korea = Korean language
Bahasa Arab = Arabic language
Bahasa Tamil = Tamil language


Also, between Malay and Cebuano there's practically no mutual intelligibility.
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Old 10-21-2011, 05:44 PM
 
Location: PriBaltica!
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As a native Latvian speaker I can understand some words in written Lithuanian texts. But that's about it, no mutual intelligibility.
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