Philip Newton (pne) wrote in linguaphiles,
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What languages are these?

German comedian Hape Kerkeling has this skit where he says that Pope Benedict XVI asks visitors, in "all languages of the world", to remain on St. Peter's Square for the evening prayer. Which languages does Hape Kerkeling use? (Or parody; I could imagine one or two of them aren't real since I can't understand a word of them and he might be doing it for the accent/effect rather than quoting.)

I (think I) can recognise: English; French; Italian; (continental) Spanish; ??? (Slavic?); ??? (Danish?); Dutch; and German.

I'm especially curious about the ones I marked "???".

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  • Interpretation of the Legend

    (inscriptions on the Kushan Kingdom coins / надписи на монетах Кушанского царства)

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    I would be most grateful if anyone could help me out with a Spanish idiom, an expression appearing in a discussion of torture from the late 18th…

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