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(2014 Sep 25 19:14)Osweo Wrote:  
Quote:Маё шанавáнне (шанаванне) – приветствие с выражением почтительности.
Is there a Velikorussky cognate for the second word here?

I am not aware of any. I asked Google first about 'шанувати', then about 'szanować' and the second time was lucky. The Etymological Dictionary of the Polish Language says that the root of the word is Central German by origin, and comes from the word schônen — 'treat somebody/something', 'respect someone/something'...

It may well be then, that Velikorussy don't have a cognate: the root travelled from Germany through Poland to Belarus and Ukraine and stopped there, having not reached Velikorossiya.

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'There is no good news to share, only bad ones.'

The sentence is wrong, is it not? Because 'news' is an uncountable noun. What is the correct way to convey the meaning?

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Just say 'bad.' with nothing after it.

Like "Out with the old, and in with the new!"

And s Rozhdestvom! Razhdzestvom???? Big Grin ;)

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(2014 Dec 25 10:02)Osweo Wrote:  And s Rozhdestvom!

Symmetrically! [Image: christmas-smiley-031.gif]

(2014 Dec 25 10:02)Osweo Wrote:  Razhdzestvom????

The Church-Slavonic word 'Rozhdestvo' is too long and country folks usually say 'Rastvo'. Dr. Jan Stankievič Himself permits using this word on page 994 of His Dictionary.

But the 'official' word is 'Kalady' (Каляды).

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Is it true that to native English speakers foreigners usually sound too monotonous when speaking English?

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(2015 Jan 28 19:55)W. R. Wrote:  Is it true that to native English speakers foreigners usually sound too monotonous when speaking English?


Monotonous (as in boring) or speak in monotone (as in no natural linguistic inflections)? I think that some foreigners may come across as speaking English in a rather monotone fashion, yes. But I think that may be a reflection of their own native tongue not having much inflection or tonality at all so they speak English as a second language in this manner as well. dunno

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Slobophones sound monotonous whatever they may be doing. Tongue

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The Google Oracle couldn't even define "Slobophone" for me. :/

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Slobo is slang for "generic Russian/Slavic man" in these parts. ;)

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(2015 Jan 29 00:14)Aemma Wrote:  Monotonous (as in boring) or speak in monotone (as in no natural linguistic inflections)?

Monotonous as sounding in an unvarying tone.

This was a piece of information I came across recently: that native English speakers, although their speech is noticeably rich in tones, use few exlamation marks in written speech.

But if their speech is rich in tones, it means that other languages, say, German or Polish, sound to them as poor in tones, thus mononous. The Vietnamese language would be an exception. Smile

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