all slavic languages

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    All Slavic languages: Dren

    Hi all, I was wondering if anybody can provide some information on the Slavic word for cornel or dogwood. I have noticed that in Croatian/Serbian/Macedonian it is Dren, in Bulgarian Dryan, in Polish Dereń, in Slovak Drieň and in Czech Dřín. The questions I had were, 1. Did Slavic borrow this...
  2. Lubella

    All Slavic Languages: nail & hatchet

    The question is this: How do you call in your language the nail and hatchet? In Ukrainian it is цвях & сокира. Mod note: please use proper capitalization and punctuation
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    Slavic languages: g>h: any language with skirt/shirt, guard/ward type words?

    *bʰerǵʰosSome Slavic languages experienced a transformation of g to h. In those languages, are there any instances of two words from the same Slavic root, one with g and one with h, meaning two different things? For example, English has skirt and shirt, guard and ward, from the same root...
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    all slavic languages to cheat on someone

    How would you say this in your language? For example: Mark is cheating on his wife
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    all slavic languages to put out/take out the rubbish,trash

    How would you all say to take out the trash? For example: Monica's mom told her to take out the trash,because it's causing the house to stink. Thanks in advance
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    All Slavic languages: words borrowed from Germanic languages

    Can you please write any words, which were borrowed into Proto Slavic from Germanic languages (Proto Germanic, Proto East Germanic, Proto West Germanic, Proto North Germanic and other Germanic languages, which existed in the time of Proto Slavic)?
  7. franknagy

    All Slavic languages: The sensitive -g- of the genitive of masculine adjectives

    I have started a thread in the Russian branch: Why is the -г- preserved in -ого, -его? As far as I know, the ancient form is the Polish -ogo, -ego. The Czech and Slovak form is -oho, -eho. The Croatian is -og. Why has been this sound so sensitive to changes?
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    All Slavic languages: grandiose

    Hello, how is the English word grandiose in all Slavic languages? Czech: grandiózní obsolete ortography - grandiosní
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    Degree of mutual intelligibility in Slavic languages as compared to other groups

    Hi, it's just my impression, but I have just little experience and would like to ask what other people think about it, but isn't it true, that the degree of difference between Slavic languages is highest among the Indoeuropean groups of languages? What I mean is: it looks to me that Portugal...
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    All Slavic languages: "Russophile", "Russophobe"

    Recently, I've been wondering about these two words - "Russophile" and "Russophobe". I'm Bulgarian and in my language they're quite common when it comes to politics and our relationship with Russia. However, you can seldom hear "Anglophile" or any other similar term. It's like "Russophile" an'...
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    All Slavic languages: Turkic influence on grammar/phonology

    We already have a topic about the influence of Turkic languages on the vocabulary of Slavic languages. I would like to discuss the influence on pronunciation and grammar (if it exists) There are some similarities between Russian and Turkish in syntax. Coincidence or influence? a) Both...
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    All Slavic Languages: Singular of "scissors"

    As far as I know in English there is no singular of the word "scissors". I know for sure that in Bulgarian when you are referring to one pair of scissors you say "ножица" (singular) and when you are referring to multiple pairs of scissors you say "ножици" (plural). How is it in the other Slavic...
  13. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: Wow!

    I wonder what onomatopoeic words you use for surprise... Slovak: íha, fíha, ejha, fúha, húha...(stolen from this answer) Czech: jú, jé, jémine...other exmaples?.... Very close languages but so different onomatopoeia... :confused:
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    Names of Slavic languages

    When did Russians, Czechs, Poles, Croatians, Serbs, Bulgarians and others stop calling their language Slavic and start using their own national names for their languages? Are the first documents known in which the national names for the languages are used?
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    All Slavic languages: rocking chair, rocking horse

    Polish: rocking chair = fotel bujany rocking horse = koń / konik na biegunach What do you call these objects in your languages?
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    All Slavic Languages: Sky

    Hello, I'm just curious to know the word for 'sky' in all the Slavic languages. It would be nice if you could also indicate where the stress lies in the word. Thank you.
  17. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: throw something at

    Hello, I wonder what standard construction you use for the verb "throw" in your languages. How would you translate these sentences? Thanks. 1) She threw a rock at the wall. 2) John threw a rock at his cat. 3) Mary threw a rock at her sister.
  18. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: African and its diminutive

    Hello, how do you say African and its diminutive (actually "little African") in your languages? If the diminutive form is possible at all? Thanks. Czech: Afričan - Afričánek
  19. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: get from under the ground

    Hello, there is an interesting Russian idiom доставать/достать из-под земли [lit.: to get somebody/something from under the ground] and it means your want to get find something or somebody no matter how difficult at all costs. I wonder if you know the same idiom in other Slavic languages. Thanks.
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    All Slavic Languages: Venus

    In most European languages Venus is Venus or something similar. In Eastern and Southern Slavic though it is Venera. How did that become? I know in Italian it's Venere, but I wonder if there's a direct link and how it became Venera in the Slavic languages.
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    BCS: prepositions na or u for languages

    When a person means to say in such a language I always thought you use the preposition na, eg. na engleskom, na kajkavskom, na ekavskom [jeziku] ect. but occasionally I find the use of u in lieu of na. What is the difference between the two phrasings? Thank you.
  22. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: Please - used for surprise

    Hello, I was not able to find the proper answer even in a big Czech there any idiom/conjunction with the word "please" in your mother tongue used for surprise? Here is a concrete English sentence, a context: She was always afraid of dying of breast cancer...<any idiom with...
  23. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: thick socks

    Hello, I wonder what you call this sort of socks which keep your feet warm...just because it is "warm socks" in Czech and I wonder if more Slavic languages use the warm collocation. Thanks.
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    Greek loanwords in Slavic languages

    Are these from Greek or Turkish? Or are these Slavic loanwords in Greek? Or do they have just the same indoeuropean root? Bulgarian липсвам "to miss" - λειπω (lipo) "to miss" кокало "bone" - κοκαλο (kokalo) "bone" като "like, as" - καθως (kathos) "like, as" хора "people" - χωρα (hora) "country"...
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    All Slavic languages: Takýto archeologický výskum múry hradu v Starej Ľubovni ešte nezažili

    Hello, this is a random Slovak sentence from net, how do you understand it? How do you say it in your language? EDIT: I don't want replies from Czech and Slovak speakers. I changed the sentence.
  26. dsmid

    All Slavic languages: The first written Czech sentence

    As you might know, the first recorded sentence in Czech was found on the Capitulum of Litoměřice founding charter (dated 1057, the Czech sentence is believed to be younger, possibly from the start of the 13th century): Origin primitive spelling: Czech fonetic transcription: English...
  27. 123xyz

    Qualifying "yes" in Slavic Languages

    Recently, while I was conversing in Macedonian, my collocutor pointed out what she believed to be a mistake. She had asked me if I was satisfied, to which I replied "па да, прилично", which basically translates to "well yes, rather" or "well yes, quite". She, in turn, commented that my reply...
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    Частица -то (particle -то in Slavic languages)

    Я сейчас написал небольшую статью о частице "-то" на сайте Wiktionary Просто хотел с вами проверить, верна ли там вся информация, а также хотел бы задать вопрос Фасмер, кажется, отказывается говорить об этимологии именно этого значения слова "то", мне кажется что самое разумное объяснение, это...
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    All Slavic languages: Voiced alveolar affricate

    Hello, Voiced alveolar affricate is a type of consonantal sound used in four of Slavic languages - Polish, Kashubian, Macedonian and Slovak. Is this sound natively appearing in any other Slavic language in its non-standard level? Please no consonant clusters and assimilations, thanks
  30. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: Like mother, like daughter.

    Hello, do you know that proverb? What form do you use? Thanks.
  31. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: sell like hot cakes

    Hello, if something goes or sells like hot cakes it sells quickly and or in great number. What (interesting) idiom do you use in your language? Thanks. Czech: jít na dračku [drač] Polish: iść jak woda [you understand that]
  32. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: affirmative replies with "no"

    Hello, I haven't found many languages where the word "no" can be used for affirmative replies meaning "Of course" or something like that. If you speak Italian you might know the idiom "Come no" which actually means of course, surely, certainly. There's a similar idiom in Czech, too. I wonder if...
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    South Slavic Languages

    Hello to all, great forum! So, I am native Croatian speaker, who learned just from Internet, all other SS languages: Bulgarian, Macedonian and Slovenian. For me, it is really interesting to observe every similarity and difference between them. I think that Bulgarian vocabulary is even...
  34. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: dog ears

    Hello, what do you call dog ears in a book? Here you can see what I mean. Thanks.
  35. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: nasermater

    I wonder if you know that swearing. I have heard it in Polish, but never in Czech. Some websites say it is used among Slovaks, Moravians, Ukrainians. Thanks.
  36. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: not to understand at all

    Hello, what interesting, funny idiom / simile do you use in your language for people who does not understand something at all. The Czech example can help you. Czech: rozumí tomu jako koza petrželi [he understands it like the goat the parsley] Russian: он разбирается в ней как свинья в...
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    All Slavic Languages: podnapisi

    Hi Re the name of this site: in what Slavonic languages does “podnapisi” actually make sense (and mean something relevant like “subtitles”), please? Best wishes, and many thanks, Simon
  38. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: He's lying through his teeth.

    Hello, what idiom do you use if a person is a very good, professional liar? Czech: Lže, jako když tiskne. [he's lying as if it is printed] Do you have a similar expression? I am mostly interested in similes. -Thanks-
  39. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: She's expecting his baby.

    Hello, I wonder what preposition you use in the translated sentence in your languages. Or how would you translate that sentence idiomatically? Thanks. Czech: Čeká s ním dítě. [čeká = she's expecting; s ním = with], so Czechs use the preposition with. Thanks.
  40. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: Один чёрт.

    Hello, I have chosen the Russian idiom since it is the most spoken Slavic language and its English equivalent cannot express the real ambience of the word. Briefly, the English: it's all the same, it makes no difference can be translated like "Один чёрт" in Russian and "Jeden pies" in Polish...
  41. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: red

    Hello, I know only about 2 languages, one of them is Czech where there are two common words for the colour red. Do you have two different common words (not archaic) for red or its shades like Czech ??? Here are some examples, what English call red, Czech can choose between two words (červený -...
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    All Slavic languages: Tones in languages without tonal oppositions

    A question to speakers of languages like BSC, Slovenian or Lithuanian. I am sure you can hear tonal movements in the languages that lack tonal oppositions. Those tones exist, but remain unnoticed by native speakers, which are untrained to perceive them. I recall, in a Russian manual of BSC, in a...
  43. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: to know somebody inside out

    Hello, what idiom do you have for the fact if you know someone very well? Czech: znát někoho jako své (staré) boty = [to know someone like your old shoes]
  44. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: spiral stairs

    Hello, what do you call spiral stairs in your language? Thanks. Here is what I mean.
  45. Encolpius

    All Slavic languages: reading decimal numbers

    Hello, I wonder how you read decimal numbers in your language. I am afraid only Czech and Slovak uses a very unique reading I haven't encountered in other languages except my mother tongue, so I wonder what origin it is if it is used in other Slavic languages, too. I am mostly interested in the...
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    All Slavic languages: looting

    Greetings This is another enquiry about a Slavic word in Turkish. Please, how do you express the idea of looting (i.e. taking as much as one can of the enemy’s property in time of war) in the Slavic languages? Please give the stress. My reason for asking: in Turkish the word plaçka is used...
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    All Slavic languages: brooding

    Greetings Please, how do you express the idea of brooding (i.e. a mother hen sitting on her eggs in order to hatch them) in the Slavic languages? Please give the stress. My reason for asking: in Turkish the word kuluçka is used (pronunciation: kuluchka). I have reason to believe that it...
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    Bulgarian/Macedonian vs. Other Slavic Languages

    Are Bulgarian and Macedonian fundamentally different than all of the other Slavic languages grammar-wise? I'm familiar with all of the common differences with cases, tenses, verbs of motion, yada yada. However, do these differences give Bulgarian and Macedonian a different core structure than...
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    All Slavic languages: Každý muž má zasadit strom, postavit dům a zplodit syna

    Jak by to było w innych językach słowiańskich? CS Každý muž má zasadit strom, postavit dům a zplodit syna PL Każdy mężczyzna musi posadzić drzewo, zbudować dom i spłodzić syna.
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    All Slavic Languages: miejsce przymiotnika/place of the adj

    Czy ktoś mógłby mi wyjaśnić od czego zależy miejsce przymiotnika w innych językach słowiańskich? W polskim jest zasada, że przymiotniki oznaczające cechę doraźną stoją przed rzeczownikiem (np. ładna kobieta), a te które oznaczają cechę trwałą - za rzeczownikiem (np. Unia europejska). Czy w...