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Old October 1 2013, 06:41 PM   #1516
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aww, I missed a career as the German equivalent to Mata Hari, then. I even can pronounce Schiphol correctly. Your ch is very similar to the Swiss ch.
I have the impression that the Dutch L is formed a bit further back in the throat than the English one. It leans a bit towards the R, so to speak, and - like in English - you use the whole tongue to pronounce it, while the German L is formed immediately at the base of the front teeth and only with the tip of the tongue.
Interesting, how a few miles can make a big difference with languages.
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Old October 1 2013, 07:05 PM   #1517
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oh wow, I never realized you can talk this long about certain sounds in different languages! I tried and I think I pronounce the Dutch L like a little behind my front teeth, it's not as far in front as in German. (I used liebe (german) and land (Dutch) to try) Now I'm thinking though I don't pronounce the English L right, because I do the same thing with my tongue pronouncing an English L. Oh well, this is fun!

And talking about how a few miles can make a huge difference, even in the Netherlands we have like a whole bunch of dialects and accents. I speak ABN (Algemeen beschaafd nederlands, the proper Dutch) because my parents are originally from the area where that's spoken the most. I never picked up the dialect from my home town for some reason. I particularly like the accents from Amsterdam and the Hague. Their fun, but down south they pronounce the g and ch sound different, a soft g they call it. It doesn't make the scratchy sound, it's kinda like the German G. I always smile at the accents up north, especially older people from Groningen, they put 'yes' at the end of every sentence and speak a lot slower. ^^
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Old October 2 2013, 04:01 AM   #1518
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Fáilte! Tá athas orm buaileadh leat!
LOL sorry, I'm afraid my Welsh is better than my Irish Gaelic.
No, you did great! Maith an buachaill/cailín!
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Old October 2 2013, 04:02 AM   #1519
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Wow, I'm like three-fourths Irish ancestry and had not idea the Irish said 'Hola.'

Welcome, newbie. I'm Praetor, an embarrassment to my heritage.
We don't. Just a little Oirish humour there for ya!

Thanks for the welcome!
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Old October 2 2013, 06:03 PM   #1520
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No, you did great! Maith an buachaill/cailín!
That comes from playing (and occasionally singing) in a Irish Folk band for years If I ever get to Ireland I'll bring my favourite recorder: I'm told you have awesome jam sessions in your pubs. (Had one in Wales, 2 years ago - most fun I've ever had!)

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I always smile at the accents up north, especially older people from Groningen, they put 'yes' at the end of every sentence and speak a lot slower. ^^
LOL I really must go to Groningen, occasionally
What amuses me most is the Dutch habit if putting a diminuitiv "-je" at the end of almost every noun. I always ROTF when people call me "meisje" - I'm close to 50
A few years ago I spent a few days in Belgium, in Leopoldsburg, to attend a concert of Jim Byrnes and the Soujourners. (It was totally cool! We shared the same tiny hotel). Their dialect is a bit harder to understand than standard Dutch but I managed to do a shopping expedition without having to use a dictionary
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Old October 4 2013, 01:02 AM   #1521
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That comes from playing (and occasionally singing) in a Irish Folk band for years If I ever get to Ireland I'll bring my favourite recorder: I'm told you have awesome jam sessions in your pubs. (Had one in Wales, 2 years ago - most fun I've ever had!)
We do! If you ever get to Cork, send me a sub-space message!
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Old October 4 2013, 08:17 AM   #1522
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by all means! =) I'm aiming at going to London next spring for my 50est b-day. Depending on how much I can save till then I might take a few detours to Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
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Old October 4 2013, 11:36 AM   #1523
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I'm in Scotland if you wish to say hello but no bagpipes - they drive me mad!
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Old October 4 2013, 08:04 PM   #1524
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I'm a damned good whistler. And I sing slightly better than a banshee
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Old October 4 2013, 08:21 PM   #1525
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Excellent. You'll fit right in.
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Old October 5 2013, 11:50 AM   #1526
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I'd stick out again at the first bar crawl: I never drink any alcohol
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Old October 5 2013, 04:19 PM   #1527
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Neither do I.
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Old October 6 2013, 06:09 AM   #1528
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You would be what we call in Australia the 'deso'.

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Old October 6 2013, 11:06 AM   #1529
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Cool video!! (and cute guy!!)

I usually end up as the deso but that's not the reason I don't drink. There were three factors that lead to that decision:

1) I work with alcohol a lot and by inhaling it 8 hours a day I already get so high a dose that my GP once asked me if I was an alcoholic (my liver readings were quite off the score, apparently). I've now developed a new analysis technique that minimizes my contact with alcohol and both my liver and my medicine man are rather pleased

2) alcohol is one of the strongest poisons we biologists know. Even in tiny doses it already damages nervous tissue ( = the brain). You don't notice it at first because the other cells take over for the damaged ones but after a while it gets more than they can handle. Also, an ex of mine boozed himself to death which was no pleasure to watch, I assure you. After a while the pancreas deteriorates and you start to digest your own intestines. A slow and extremely painful death.

3) I am the one who controls my actions. I won't allow any person nor any chemical substance to control me. (Which is why I gave up smoking the instant it became a habit, 30 years ago, and I don't do any drugs at all - neither legal nor illegal ones - save for my migraine meds)
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Old October 10 2013, 09:34 PM   #1530
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Not so much a new member but an old one returning. Hey everyone!
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