Wow , took me long enough but I finally found this topic , I knew I recalled a 'language' topic somewhere . Anyhow , apropo of nothing recent on these boards - here's an interesting bit I found recently ( took me long enough to scan/tweak/shrink to a decent file-size for posting - hope it's visible on y'ens computer innertubes !
) Being a bit of a language buff myself ( not that I think I could ever teach even Engle'se or grammar - but I'm a big fan of communication ) & knowing there's more than a few other language fans here - I thought this chart might be of some small interest , I've really gotten some use out of it . It's like one of those surprise 'learning-tools' that you run across once in a blue-moon that makes unintelligible stuff suddenly make sense , Like "Hooked on Ebonics , I mean 'phonics' "
(kidding) Like a small resetta-stone of sorts anyway .
But without ever taking any classes , where I grew up I learned a small bit of the Balto-Slavic/Germanic languages , & having become somewhat of a fan of the "dead" language of Rome , it's amazing how much you can pick up of later languages that actually prove 'Latin' really never has died at all - just like the "Empire" - it simply morphed into a few other things . & Suddenly root-words of the so-called 'romance-languages' ( tho I hate that term - they sound fairly 'barbaric' & UN-romantic to me
) - anyhow , much of Spanish/Italian/French/Romanian etc. & then even a lot of the Norman-Franco influence on the Angle/Saxon/Germanic English language becomes even more clear . You find that it gets much easier to pick up words , then phrases , then you can passingly communicate to some degree with folks from the other side of the world ( or at least learn to ask "hey old babushka , can I have another bowl of Borscht " , " no , no more yak thank you "
, " pass the rakij Ygor "
, and " hurry , where's the bathroom ..."
) . & to think - you could have been burned or hanged a few hundred years back for learning language skills so quickly ! Hope someone gets some use out of it if ya never saw it before . - Anyhow , here................
(you'll prob. have to click to enlarge , I tried to shrink it more , but then it gets illegible )
Edited by PainBrush, 21 July 2009 - 12:53 PM.