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    Which old Indo-European languages do you speak/can you understand?

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    Tired Re: Which old Indo-European languages do you speak/can you understand?

    Is English "old?"

    I can read a little German, Dutch, little bit of Russian and Romanian. I used to be able to speak French, but all I remember really are the numbers, days, months, random words and alphabet.. I'm currently studying a non-IndoEuropean language, Hungarian.

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    Post Re: Which old Indo-European languages do you speak/can you understand?

    Dutch and English. German I can read, but I'm not so good at writing and speaking it. I have some rudimentary knowledge of Latin, French, and ancient Greek.
    What exactly do you mean by 'old' though? I suppose at least Latin and ancient Greek qualify.

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    Post AW: Re: Which old Indo-European languages do you speak/can you understand?

    Hungarian is not a language, but a throat disease. Same with Finnish and Basque.
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    Post AW: Re: Which old Indo-European languages do you speak/can you understand?

    I speak or at least halfway understand German, English, Dutch, Koine, Latin and Spanish.
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    I can Avestan, Persian*, English, German*, Italian, Kurdish*.
    Beside these I learn Latin*, Russian, Arabic and French.
    Later I will also do my Doctor in Iranian languages.
    *=These languages I love

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    Post AW: Re: Which old Indo-European languages do you speak/can you understand?

    How about Sanskrit, Farsi and Urdu?
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    Post Re: AW: Re: Which old Indo-European languages do you speak/can you understand?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phlegethon
    How about Sanskrit, Farsi and Urdu?
    Farsi is Persian. Modern Persian changed the general Persian P->F.
    Parsi->Farsi
    Urdu I understand a bit, because it has so many Iranian loanwords.
    Sanskrit to Avestan is the same as Dutch to German.

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    Post AW: Re: AW: Re: Which old Indo-European languages do you speak/can you understand?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shapur
    Sanskrit to Avestan is the same as Dutch to German.
    Sure about that?
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    Post Re: AW: Re: AW: Re: Which old Indo-European languages do you speak/can you understand

    Quote Originally Posted by Phlegethon
    Sure about that?
    Yes, but what is Koine?

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