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Ask questions or just talk about different languages. Since BrainKing is an international game site supporting many languages, this board can be kind of useful.

Since we will be dealing with pronunciation of words rather than their spelling, I think it's useful to have a link to The sounds of English and the International Phonetic Alphabet.


To see translations of some frequently used phrases and sentences in other languages see Languages


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15. Septembre 2019, 17:51:03
Border C Rule 
Sujet: Re: English
Walter Montego:
Exactly !!! Lol

Further proof that english isn't straightforward !


Hear here

15. Septembre 2019, 17:47:57
Walter Montego 
Sujet: Re: English
Nice works: Is that why we drive on the parkway, and park on the drive way? Or that shipments go by truck, and cargo goes by ship?

15. Septembre 2019, 17:43:14
Border C Rule 
Sujet: Re: English
Heard that in a quiz once. The answer they gave was that originally pants referred to fabric wrapped separately on each leg then wrapped or tied at the waist. Saying that trousers were from a Welsh word meaning tight shorts of some kind lol

Then you could mention tweezers, scissors or pliers. Let's face it English isn't the most straightforward of languages!

:)

15. Septembre 2019, 14:57:06
Mélusine 
Sujet: Re: Trousers and bra.
ughaibu: Yes, it’s curious. In french, the two words are singular.

6. Septembre 2019, 20:01:04
AlliumCepa 
Sujet: Re: English
ughaibu: it is a symbol of the toxic masculinity and male dominance oppressing women.
SlashEndOfSarcasm

6. Septembre 2019, 19:18:16
ughaibu 
Sujet: English
Why are trousers plural but bra singular?

27. Mai 2019, 00:09:19
Mélusine 
Sujet: Re: Replies to "asshole".
ughaibu: It’s the 1st time I use this smiley. I don’t accept that someone can be rude with me. So, I think my reply wouldn’t be very nice. Your reply is good if you want something polite.

26. Mai 2019, 15:10:08
ughaibu 
Sujet: Replies to "asshole".
Thanks for the suggestions. I was hoping for something less subtle than "may god bless you" but less blunt than . I considered ((may god bless you) + ())/2 but that seems to be going the wrong way in terms of subtlety. So I decided on "the pleasure's all mine".

26. Mai 2019, 04:56:48
Walter Montego 
Sujet: Re: Czech to English please.
AlliumCepa: :)

26. Mai 2019, 01:30:32
Mélusine 
Sujet: Re: What's a suitable reply ?
ughaibu: Perhaps something like this :

26. Mai 2019, 01:25:10
AlliumCepa 
Sujet: Re: Czech to English please.
ughaibu: May God bless you.

26. Mai 2019, 01:15:10
ughaibu 
Sujet: Re: Czech to English please.
Fencer:

I see, thanks. I guess my opponent isn't the most gracious of losers. What's a suitable reply?

25. Mai 2019, 19:14:38
cool1cat 
Sujet: Re: Czech to English please.
Fencer: lol

25. Mai 2019, 18:42:09
Fencer 
Sujet: Re: Czech to English please.
ughaibu: I think that "asshole" would be very close.

25. Mai 2019, 13:06:27
ughaibu 
Sujet: Czech to English please.
What does "Hovado jedno" mean?

15. Décembre 2017, 15:26:25
Stepanov Oleg 
Sujet: Re: Halma on Russian
Jaak: Thanks

14. Décembre 2017, 18:48:31
Jaak 
Sujet: Re: Halma on Russian
Stepanov Oleg: I recommend to contact with Crasto because he is the only active Russian translator now.

12. Décembre 2017, 17:24:12
Stepanov Oleg 
Sujet: Re: Halma on Russian
AlliumCepa: OK. No problems. Just try inform - Russians sentences here not cool. ;-)

12. Décembre 2017, 17:20:17
AlliumCepa 
Sujet: Re: A question
King Reza: IMHO, in the examples both phrases referred to the plot. However, in a different context "takes place" could also mean "filmset". Suggesting that a motion picture was produced during ancient Greece is historically incorrect and technically unattainable.

12. Décembre 2017, 17:07:29
AlliumCepa 
Sujet: Re: Halma on Russian
Stepanov Oleg: Олег, с Русском переводят: Yuri, Crasto, ergart, Helena. Никто другой не может изменить текст. Удачи.

12. Décembre 2017, 12:39:34
Stepanov Oleg 
Sujet: Halma on Russian
I am so apologize. I suppose game Halma better translate on Russian like Хальма, not Уголки. Because Уголки (Corners) is a game with "home" 3x3, and if black finished just after white will be draw.
Can I suggest my help for rules? Some of words not correct...

20. Mai 2016, 18:01:57
Pedro Martínez 
Sujet: Re: A question
King Reza: Hi Reza, I believe you are wrong indeed. Both terms refer to the plot of the movie, regardless of where the movie was filmed/shot.

20. Mai 2016, 13:29:53
King Reza 
Sujet: A question
Hi. It looks like the board has been "dead" for quite a while. So, I guess I'm resurrecting it :). Here's my question: I was reading a conversation about a couple of movies, and there were two sentences which caught my attention. One said, "The movie is set in ancient China." and the other said (about a different movie), "The movie takes place in Italy." Am I right in thinking that when we're talking about a movie's being set in a place, we're referring to where the plot takes place, like the movie Mummy (the first one) is set in ancient Egypt, and that when we're talking about where a movie takes place, we're discussing where it has been filmed, so technically, a movie can never take place in ancient China? Correct me, please, if I'm wrong. I'll be grateful.

3. Novembre 2013, 13:37:18
Walter Montego 
Sujet: Re: Hrvatski jezik
Орлин: You should ask Fencer. I am not sure how he decides to add languages. I believe people interested in a particular language also contribute to its being implemented and translated onto the site.

3. Novembre 2013, 11:56:03
Орлин 
Sujet: Hrvatski jezik
Zdravo svima! Je li moguće dodati hrvatski jezik na našem siteu? Ja ne vidim razlog da ne može jer već ima npr. bugarski i slovački. Hrvatski mi je najvoljeniji jezik nakon maternjeg bugarskog. A ima li Hrvata na Brain Kingu? Vjerojatno ne bi bilo problem uvesti na siteu i bosanski ili srpski, koje ja također volim.

16. Août 2013, 21:21:19
Papa Zoom 
Sujet: Re: can someone translate this for me
rod03801: If you find odd things funny that explains why you think I'm funny! I once used google translate here for some Czech translation (English to Czech) and did I ever butcher it!

16. Août 2013, 20:08:09
rod03801 
Sujet: Re: can someone translate this for me
Artful Dodger: No, I never trust google translate. Unless it's something I was pretty sure about anyway. I just felt it was funny how it was saying the opposite, and the placements of the "not" part of the translation, which changed the meaning to the opposite.
I find odd things funny

16. Août 2013, 07:07:44
Papa Zoom 
Sujet: Re: can someone translate this for me
Pedro Martínez: thanks!

16. Août 2013, 06:38:14
Pedro Martínez 
Sujet: Re: can someone translate this for me
Artful Dodger: You're right, Dan. That's exactly what it means.

16. Août 2013, 05:34:47
Papa Zoom 
Sujet: Re: can someone translate this for me
rod03801: Hmmm, you're probably right. I said happy birthday to a friend in German (they live in Germany) and that was the response. I love the way Google translates it!

16. Août 2013, 01:34:46
rod03801 
Sujet: Re: can someone translate this for me
Artful Dodger: Not that Google Translate can be trusted, but it suggests the opposite.

"Thanks, Dan. I'm not certain that you speak so well Deutch"

15. Août 2013, 23:39:55
Papa Zoom 
Sujet: can someone translate this for me
Dank, Dan. Ich habe nicht gewissen, dass du so gut Deutch sprichst.

I think it says something like, "Thanks Dan. I didn't know that you speak German so well." ?

13. Juin 2012, 22:01:16
An Cat Dubh 
Anyone here wants to trade Hindi for Hebrew?

9. Juin 2012, 11:57:10
TAROU 
Sujet: Re: Estonian
Jaak: I see. It's similar to English, and easy to understand for me.

9. Juin 2012, 06:11:15
Jaak 
Sujet: Re: Estonian
TAROU: It is right translated but we like to write shorter:
Palun kasuta autopassi!

25. Mai 2012, 23:16:14
TAROU 
Sujet: Re: Estonian
Carl: I got it on an Estonian board.
Please use auto pass = Palun kasuta automaatset passi

19. Mai 2012, 01:33:37
Walter Montego 
I have missed Pedro Martinez. Does anyone here or elsewhere know what has become of him?

17. Mai 2012, 00:11:05
Carl 
Sujet: Estonian
Does anyone know how to write this in Estonian please. Please use auto pass.

24. Février 2012, 14:47:28
TAROU 
Sujet: Re: Slovak to English
modifié par TAROU (25. Février 2012, 04:49:13)
Milioi: Thank you! I knew they were alike...
imTranslator changed the sentence to "Byl to sami hodin jízdy".... what did the translator think of it??

21. Février 2012, 23:49:06
Milioi 
Sujet: Re: Slovak to English
TAROU: Czech translation is very similar to Slovak version, it could be like "To byl hod, samé jedničky."
It is just quite interesting how could get from "jednotky" to "journeys" :)

21. Février 2012, 15:03:22
TAROU 
Sujet: Re: Slovak to English
Milioi: Oh. Good! Thank you very much.
It looks as if I made a terrible wrong translation. Will you tell me its Czech translation for my learning, if you please?

21. Février 2012, 00:12:01
Milioi 
Sujet: Re: Slovak to English
TAROU: Toto = That, bol = was, hod = (dice) roll, samé = only, jednotky = ones (on the dice)

17. Février 2012, 14:36:57
TAROU 
Sujet: Re: Slovak to English
modifié par TAROU (18. Février 2012, 00:14:18)
lizrising: "It was very the journey of hours." ( It was the very time travel )

I translated your sentence into Czech by using "imTranslator", and into English by myself.
So I have no confidence in it...

Toto bol hod samé jednotky.
maybe... Toto=The, bol=(it) was, hod=of hours, samé=itself, jednotky=journey

17. Février 2012, 13:28:25
lizrising 
Sujet: Re: Slovak to English (translation)
vino: Thank you! That makes a lot more sense.

17. Février 2012, 13:26:26
vino 
Sujet: Re: Slovak to English (translation)
lizrising: What a roll! Three times one!

17. Février 2012, 13:21:23
lizrising 
Sujet: Re: Slovak to English
Walter Montego: I got the same translation. It was said in my opponent's first move in a Ludo game and I have no idea what that might mean.

17. Février 2012, 06:04:55
Walter Montego 
Sujet: Re: Slovak to English
lizrising: Pedro might be able to help you. I am waiting for his return to continue a few games. I'm sure he'll check out your post when he returns. He has extensive knowledge of many languages, though I do not know if he knows Slovak.

"This was the very hour drive." <----- Is what I got.

I tried Google translate. The words make sense, but without context it looks like gibberish to me too. Are the Slovak words spelled correctly and in proper tense? I was told this language, Czech, and others in this area can be very strict on these things.

17. Février 2012, 01:18:44
lizrising 
Sujet: Slovak to English
Can anyone translate this? Google Translate gave me gibberish.

Toto bol hod samé jednotky.

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