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Rensch

Afrikaans is downright hilarious if you speak Dutch. Lots of words in Dutch are replaced with exact explanations of what they mean. For example, I found that the African word for "lemon" is "suurlimoen". This comes from the Dutch words "zuur" and "limoen" which mean "sour" and "lime" (not lemon, although they are very similar fruit), so the word "suurlimoen" is litteraly translated as "sourlime". And that is exactly what it is, a lime that tastes much more sour instead of bitter like a lime does.

Thanks to Afrikaans one of the most famous words that originates in Dutch is the word "apartheid".

Yeah, that kinda sucks.

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@Sneaker13: Afrikaans, not African. Afrikaans is the name of the language, which does have roots in dutch. "African" is what you could call a group of a couple hundred languages (including Igbo, my cultural one, and many other Bantu languages)

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JohnnyB

Rensch wrote:

Afrikaans is downright hilarious if you speak Dutch. Lots of words in Dutch are replaced with exact explanations of what they mean. For example, I found that the African word for "lemon" is "suurlimoen". This comes from the Dutch words "zuur" and "limoen" which mean "sour" and "lime" (not lemon, although they are very similar fruit), so the word "suurlimoen" is litteraly translated as "sourlime". And that is exactly what it is, a lime that tastes much more sour instead of bitter like a lime does.

Actually, 'lemoen' is afrikaans for an orange, not lime (which is 'lemmetjie' in afrikaans). So it's not really as redundant as you try and make it sound.

Rensch wrote:

Thanks to Afrikaans one of the most famous words that originates in Dutch is the word "apartheid".

If it originates in Dutch, then don't we have you to thank? Seriously though, apartheid was a long time ago (15 years to be exact) so I don't see the need for you to bring it up.

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JohnnyB wrote:

theblackdragon wrote:

I wanted to reply 'iie, anata no neko wa oishikatta', lol :3

Hahaha "No, your cat was delicious" ?
I would have said: "Iie, Malnin-chan no neko wa oishiku nai deshou"
Hahaha I hope that's correct!

looks all right, but you're being more polite about the cat than me, lol. don't worry, i ate enough for the both of us.

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Rensch

JohnnyB wrote:

Rensch wrote:

Afrikaans is downright hilarious if you speak Dutch. Lots of words in Dutch are replaced with exact explanations of what they mean. For example, I found that the African word for "lemon" is "suurlimoen". This comes from the Dutch words "zuur" and "limoen" which mean "sour" and "lime" (not lemon, although they are very similar fruit), so the word "suurlimoen" is litteraly translated as "sourlime". And that is exactly what it is, a lime that tastes much more sour instead of bitter like a lime does.

Actually, 'lemoen' is afrikaans for an orange, not lime (which is 'lemmetjie' in afrikaans). So it's not really as redundant as you try and make it sound.

Rensch wrote:

Thanks to Afrikaans one of the most famous words that originates in Dutch is the word "apartheid".

If it originates in Dutch, then don't we have you to thank? Seriously though, apartheid was a long time ago (15 years to be exact) so I don't feel the need for you to bring it up.

Either way, Afrikaans is quite simply one of the most awesome languages there is.

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JohnnyB

theblackdragon wrote:

JohnnyB wrote:

theblackdragon wrote:

I wanted to reply 'iie, anata no neko wa oishikatta', lol :3

Hahaha "No, your cat was delicious" ?
I would have said: "Iie, Malnin-chan no neko wa oishiku nai deshou"
Hahaha I hope that's correct!

looks all right, but you're being more polite about the cat than me, lol. don't worry, i ate enough for the both of us.

LOLOL X3

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JohnnyB

Rensch wrote:

Either way, Afrikaans is quite simply one of the most awesome languages there is.

It seems I misunderstood you in your previous post, sorry

Edited on by JohnnyB

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I don't know any foreign languages, but I plan to get My Japanese Coach, sometime.

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I failed spanish in high school twice and no

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