Re: linguistic question
>From: "Patricia Hefner" <patricia.hefner@...>here
>I've just come back from my baronial meeting. They gave out the December
>issue of the newsletter, and one of the things in the newsletter is a list
>of "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" in various and sundry languages.
>Some of these languages are Slavic! I want to see if anyone can tell me if
>these are right, wrong, and maybe even how to pronounce the things! OK,
>goes....Forgive me, I'm new here. Which Baronial Meeting?
- Patricia Hefner wrote:
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> Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok (Slovak)Correct (except for missing vowel lengths and two hacheks).
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>Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia(Rough phonetic pronunciation: ve-so-wyk shfee-ont bo-zhe-go na-ro-dze-nya) accent on the penultimate syllable
Basic meaning: Merry Christmas(Merry Holiday of God's Birth). Add: i Dobrego Nowego Roku, for Good(or Happy) New Year.
This is a blessing or wish for the receiver with the "I wish you" implied.
The full phrase would be: Zycze sie Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia i Dobrego Nowego Roku. Or it could be shortened to: Wesolych Swiat(Happy Holidays.) (Of course there are diacritical marks that are difficult to reproduce on an english keyboard.)
Wesolych Swiat, wszystcy,
>Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia (Polish)It is ponounced:
Veso-ich (Shv)(ia)nt Bo(zh)e(gh)o Naro(zz)en-ah
Unfortunately I am a little hazy as to where the accents go but the
phonetics are correct. You ponounce the letters in the brackets as one
sound. IIRC my Grandmother told me they mean "Happy Christ's Birth"
- In a message dated 12/5/1999 6:12:37 PM Central Standard Time,
> Unfortunately I am a little hazy as to where the accents go but theIf by accents you mean stress, then it's on the penultimate syllable. I don't
> phonetics are correct.
know much about Polish, but I do know this.
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