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06-30-2015, 03:33 AM - 1 Like   #17926
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Yeah, French is quite easy once you get the hang of it;
After four years of high school French and 50+ years of trying to forget it all, I have forgotten.
See? Easy!


After one year of Commercial Law, and the same time trying to forget, I can still remember the rotten latin! Obiter Dictum, Caveat Emptor, Ratio Decidendi, Quid Pro Quo.
See? Hard: it is still haunting me.

06-30-2015, 03:37 AM   #17927
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QuoteOriginally posted by savoche Quote
And French isn't really difficult at all. E.g. "cheval" means "horse", and so on. Really very intuitive (in much the same sense that Apple products are intuitive).

Btw, греческий is Greek in Russian.

And

#include<stdio.h>
main()
{
printf("Greek");
}

is Greek in C

Ok, I'll stop now. Did I have too much coffee?


I find the English easier to read, then the Russian. Last is the C, which takes so much longer to read - so many lines of print.

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QuoteOriginally posted by rod_grant Quote
Yeah, French is quite easy once you get the hang of it;
After four years of high school French and 50+ years of trying to forget it all, I have forgotten.
See? Easy!


After one year of Commercial Law, and the same time trying to forget, I can still remember the rotten latin! Obiter Dictum, Caveat Emptor, Ratio Decidendi, Quid Pro Quo.
See? Hard: it is still haunting me.


My three years French at high school were about such things as my French teacher's adventures as a young boy in the Ardennes Forest in December 1944. His parents were anticipating a counter-offensive on Paris and so sent him to stay with relatives in the Ardennes to be safe.


We used to say his name the English way: Jack-kwess.
06-30-2015, 04:11 AM   #17928
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QuoteOriginally posted by tim60 Quote
We used to say his name the English way: Jack-kwess
I bet that upset his little froggy heart!!
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QuoteOriginally posted by tim60 Quote
My three years French at high school were about such things as my French teacher's adventures as a young boy in the Ardennes Forest in December 1944. His parents were anticipating a counter-offensive on Paris and so sent him to stay with relatives in the Ardennes to be safe.


We used to say his name the English way: Jack-kwess.
Yikes, I read that as "my French teacher's adventures with...". Either I need a break or a brain wash

QuoteOriginally posted by rod_grant Quote
I bet that upset his little froggy heart!!
I bet it would...

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You'd be amazed at how much of that comes back if you start studying it again. I've been trying to re-learn French, learn Italian, and learn Spanish for the past few years using Rosetta, Fluenz, and Pimsleur. The French I learned in school is coming back and the other is not so bad since I learned French...
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I don't intend to find out if I'd be amazed or not.
I didn't think I had any need of French while I was studying it, and in 50+ years I have been proven right!


OTOH, Mag, feel free to use up your grey cells as you see fit!!
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French is easy ... (a cheap FB stolen image)

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Danish: Ni-og-halvfems = 9 + half of the fifth 20 (implying that 4x20 should be added, too)

Sorry, that's the best I can explain it. Danes are weird.

Edit: Just wanted to add, Norwegian is, umm, democratic. You can choose either
Nittini = 90 + 9
or
Niognitti = 9 + 90

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QuoteOriginally posted by savoche Quote
Danish: Ni-og-halvfems = 9 + half of the fifth 20 (implying that 4x20 should be added, too) ...
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ... 99 total*

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Oh, come on, it ain't that complicated. In parts of Northern Europe we use the same logic for the time of day. "Halv fem", literally "half five", would mean half past four. See?

The logic (yes, logic) being that you add half of the fifth hour to the four you already have.

Just as "ti pĺ halv fem" - "ten to half five" - would be 20 minutes past four.

In parts of Germany they use the same (very logical) system more fine grained, saying "viertel fünf" - "quarter five" - for a quarter past four. And of course "drei viertel fünf" for a quarter to five.

See, not heard at all.
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QuoteOriginally posted by savoche Quote
Oh, come on, it ain't that complicated. In parts of Northern Europe we use the same logic for the time of day. "Halv fem", literally "half five", would mean half past four. See?

The logic (yes, logic) being that you add half of the fifth hour to the four you already have.

Just as "ti pĺ halv fem" - "ten to half five" - would be 20 minutes past four.

In parts of Germany they use the same (very logical) system more fine grained, saying "viertel fünf" - "quarter five" - for a quarter past four. And of course "drei viertel fünf" for a quarter to five.

See, not heard at all.
Nope. Not heard at all.

Read it with my fingers in my ears ...
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Roman Numerals: XCIX = 99

Binary: 01100011 = 99

Hexadecimal: 63 = 99
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QuoteOriginally posted by tim60 Quote
C++ is like C written different. And C is like Pascal written different. And Pascal is like Fortran written different.
Ummmm...yes...sort of...they all do conditional logic and various types of loops...


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QuoteOriginally posted by savoche Quote
Did I have too much coffee?
No you forgot to take your pill...you know, the large white one...


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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
Nope. Not heard at all.

Read it with my fingers in my ears ...
I'm sure you did - if read it you did

Damned spelling "correction" on these tablet thingys...

QuoteOriginally posted by gaweidert Quote
Roman Numerals: XCIX = 99

Binary: 01100011 = 99

Hexadecimal: 63 = 99
Ternary: 10200

Quintal: 344

Octal: 143

Duodecimal: 83

Base36: 2R

Sexagesimal: 1d

Base64: Bj

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