South Africa's story in 12 Languages

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South Africa's story in 12 Languages

Postby Jaleel10 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:54 am

A video created in 2014 to celebrate 20 years of Democracy.

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Postby FyrsteSumarenINoreg » Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:10 pm

I like XiTsonga the best. ;)
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Postby Teango » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:31 pm

I love the sound of Nguni languages (e.g., Xhosa, Zulu, Ndebele, Swati) and Zulu's on my wish list! Thanks for the link, Jaleel10. :)
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Postby arthaey » Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:12 pm

I was really surprised that they all said numbers & years in English.
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Re: South Africa's story in 12 Languages

Postby Neurotip » Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:49 pm

Beautiful, thank you! I hadn't heard of Venda before. It sounds a lot like Italian. :D
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Postby dampingwire » Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:49 pm

I noticed that in several of the languages the years seem to be expressed in English (e.g. 1999 was spoken as "nineteen ninety nine"). I wonder why that is?
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Postby DaveAgain » Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:44 pm

arthaey wrote:I was really surprised that they all said numbers & years in English.
In her speech to the Polyglot Gathering the lady form uTalk mentioned that some languages have such a cumbersome way of saying numbers that native speakers sometimes prefer to switch to english.

(~15 mins into video)
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Re: South Africa's story in 12 Languages

Postby Tristano » Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:48 pm

Neurotip wrote:Beautiful, thank you! I hadn't heard of Venda before. It sounds a lot like Italian. :D


Eh????????????????
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Re: South Africa's story in 12 Languages

Postby Neurotip » Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:51 pm

Tristano wrote:
Neurotip wrote:Beautiful, thank you! I hadn't heard of Venda before. It sounds a lot like Italian. :D


Eh????????????????

Oh all right, not that much like Italian, and in any case things sound very different to a native speaker :) There were moments, mostly at the ends of utterances, that did genuinely reminded me of Italian though.
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