July 3rd, 2009

*bonk* ;; Tony/Elias ~ Sonata Arctic

Finnish syllables/stressing

Alright, so one of my Finnish friends has challenged me to learn the longest compound word in Finnish:


it translates into "plane Gas turbine motor junior mechanic Non-commissioned officer in training." :D

I think I know how to pronounce PARTS of it based on how to pronounce the letters, but I don't know where to split it up for syllables and which syllables should be stressed. Help? Kiitos paljon in advance!!

ETA: Thank you for the comments. I just remembered I had this really cool site that (rather accurately) says Finnish words FOR you. so I copied it into the box and learned how to say it!

here's the site if anyone's interested: MikropuheLive. It's really useful!!

translation request

Ok, so I have these two images with a bit of text on them. They appear to be Hebrew and Finnish. Can anyone tell me what they say?

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I was having a conversation with my Dutch friend when this topic popped up:

Maxime "If it moves, compile it" says:

Adam says:
Maxime "If it moves, compile it" says:
is my version of cool
Maxime "If it moves, compile it" says:
because a lot of people say kool
Maxime "If it moves, compile it" says:
and that's dutch for cabbage

Does anyone do similar things with languages they know? Have you heard any other examples?
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