[FoRK] The Great Prohibition - Title IX craziness

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Tue Jun 2 10:00:55 PDT 2015

Do Finnish and Hungarian sound similar?  My samples were widely separated, but I don't think so.

Suomi is so different that when you hear people speaking Swedish in Finland it sounds like English because there is at least some 

For a long time I worked with two Fins, a younger one with perfect English and the other with a severe speech impediment along with 
a strong Finnish accent.  Often on conference calls.  Ouch.  The younger one was fine working with us, easy to understand too.  He 
eventually pointed out that our direct confrontation style when debating things would have appalled typical Finnish business people 
who go to great lengths to be respectful, deferential, and circumspect.  <Head nod>, yes, I see...  Except when locals are drunk, 
then they're belligerent for fun.  I only had one guy taking swings at me while there for a week.

He also taught me a Finnish drinking joke, which I retell to Fins I meet, like the game dev team at a startup event.  They're 
implementing episodes in a world / story game that tells this well known cultural story.  I have a picture of the book for the next 
time I'm going to Finland.


On 6/2/15 9:48 AM, Ken Meltsner wrote:
> IIRC, the real outliers for European languages are Finnish and
> Hungarian (related only to each other), and Basque (related to nothing
> else).  Just about everything else is at least cousin close, I think.
> What fascinates me is how some languages have split off within
> relatively recent times -- the divergence of Serbian and Croatian and
> related dialects, or just how far Brazilian Portuguese has moved away
> from European Portuguese.  The written versions are still close for
> Portuguese (various spelling differences) but the pronunciation is
> almost mutually unintelligible to my ears.
> Ken
> On Tue, Jun 2, 2015 at 11:40 AM, Joseph S. Barrera III <joe at barrera.org> wrote:
>> On Tue, Jun 2, 2015 at 9:14 AM, Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:
>>> I was surprised to learn a while back that German and Hindi are so close,
>>> as Sanskrit was an ancestor to both.
>> Yep. That's where some of the "Aryan" nonsense came from.
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aryan_race

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