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by tommus
Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: Questions about Dutch sentences
Replies: 111
Views: 3422

Re: Questions about Dutch sentences

"Wat is het nieuwe product van Apple cool!" How cool is Apple's new product! English has some separable expressions, such as: "I may throw all those things out." But of course, people would also say: "I may throw out all those things." But Dutch expressions like "W...
by tommus
Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: Questions about Dutch sentences
Replies: 111
Views: 3422

Re: Questions about Dutch sentences

"De auto wil niet starten." The car doesn't want to start. "Willen" is a false friend in English. It means "to want", not "will". However, occasionally, there seems to be a grey area, as in the sentence above. In English, you would usually say "The car wi...
by tommus
Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: Questions about Dutch sentences
Replies: 111
Views: 3422

Re: Questions about Dutch sentences

"Maar als het gaat waaien, dan zijn we de sjaak." But if it's going to get windy, then we are in trouble "Dat wordt zo online gezet, dan zijn ze meteen de sjaak." If that is put online, then they are in trouble. I'm not sure about the expression "dan zijn we de sjaak". ...
by tommus
Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Practical Questions and Advice
Topic: Questions about Dutch sentences
Replies: 111
Views: 3422

Re: Questions about Dutch sentences

"Of we zo’n echte buitenaardse boodschap net zo snel kunnen ontcijferen, is natuurlijk zeer de vraag." Whether we could just as quickly decipher such a real alien message is of course very much the question. Not sure about "zeer" being "very much". It could be "rea...
by tommus
Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: New international language: Rodinian
Replies: 102
Views: 2176

Re: New international language: Rodinian

So... what would you think if I made the following changes? I am impressed. Very positive reaction to the many positive comments people have been making. Your explanation for the use of apostrophes for orbitals, etc. seems to be quite reasonable. To ensure Rodinian is able to be parsed correctly, I...
by tommus
Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Language Programs and Resources
Topic: Website to evaluate the language level of a text
Replies: 5
Views: 155

Re: Website to evaluate the language level of a text

Thanks for that link to the Dutch text reading level testing tool. I did not know about it. I tried a few tests on the type of material I generally read. I only tried about 6 text samples, but I was surprised at the results. De Telegraaf news articles: B2/C1 Several scientific articles: B2 Transcrip...
by tommus
Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: New international language: Rodinian
Replies: 102
Views: 2176

Re: New international language: Rodinian

I am very concerned with the use of an apostrophe (') with what you call orbitals, and for other purposes. From your grammar: "Definite nouns are marked through articles, which are established with orbitals: Orbitals in Rodinian are morphemes that are attached to a word by an apostrophe" Y...
by tommus
Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Travel and Culture
Topic: The Polyglot Gathering, Bratislava 2017
Replies: 140
Views: 4697

Re: The Polyglot Gathering, Bratislava 2017

tarvos wrote:
Vedun wrote:when I manage to cough up the finances... Canada is expensive..

Canada is expensive to get to from Europe. However, Canada is a lot less expensive (once you get here) than Netherlands, France, Germany, UK, etc. A lot less.
by tommus
Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:01 am
Forum: Language logs
Topic: trui's dagboek
Replies: 5
Views: 136

Re: trui's dagboek

Het is geweldig om nog een andere taalleerder op het forum te zien die Nederlands leert. Je bent de tweede in ongeveer een week of zo. Binnenkort kunnen we een kritische massa hebben. Ik besteed veel tijd aan het forum, maar meestal in het Engels. Ik zal iets meer in het Nederlands proberen te schri...
by tommus
Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: General Language Discussion
Topic: New international language: Rodinian
Replies: 102
Views: 2176

Re: New international language: Rodinian

... accented letters: .... However, nowadays it is extremely easy to create a keyboard in order to use the letters But those accented letters cause problems in browsers, editors, computer programming, etc. I really think having 3 accented letters is not such a big issue A new "simplified"...

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