August 1st, 2011

female, drow

Greetings and a question from a new member

I'm a Polish native speaker, fluent in English and I've been learning German and Spanish for 6 and 2 years respectively. I'm studying English at university.

1) How do you write IPA on a computer? (on a page, here or in a word processor)

2) non-native Spanish speakers: how do you pronounce the initial sound in vino? I know the Spanish have their own sound, a go-between in the middle of [b] and [v]. And you? Do you pronounce it as [v], or as [b]? I tend to pronounce it as [v]....

3) Do the Spanish speakers differentiate between [s] and [z] sounds? My native speaker from Venezuela didn't.

4) How do you pronounce ll (ele doble, in words like llamar, Sevilla, maravilla, Castilla)? Both the native speaker mentioned above and my Polish teacher with a Castillan accent pronounced it like the final sound in the English word image...
Kev the Green Wiggle


Since the mods asked so nicely...

G'day! I'm Kev, an Anglo-Irish-Latvian Australian who speaks English and a little French, and my Anglo-Celtic wife is fluent in English and Spanish, and she speaks a little German. I joined this community five years ago on the advice of a fellow member of writers_guild in relation to an inquiry about foreign phrases, and as a writer I find this community a handy tool when I need that choice foreign phrase.
can you dig it

French, German, and Hungarian questions

Hey everyone! I saw this community on the spotlight and I decided to join. Now I have some questions. :)

1. In French, how would one say "Guess what?". In English, one uses this phrase to pique curiosity about a matter, but I'm not sure if it's simply idiomatic or if there is even a French equivalent.

2. In German, how would one say "I am hungry", "I am thirsty", "I am cold", or "I am hot"? I know in French, for instance, one does not say "I am hungry"; one says "I have hunger". Is it the same in German or not?

3. Hungarian: can someone please explain to me (or direct me to a good website), how basic Hungarian sentences are formed? I understand that one must be concerned with the endings and beginnings of words, but I'm not sure exactly how sentences are formed.

Thank you!