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  • Danish

    11 4.28%
  • English

    55 21.40%
  • Faroese

    1 0.39%
  • Frisian

    6 2.33%
  • German

    70 27.24%
  • Icelandic

    34 13.23%
  • Netherlandic (Dutch, Flemish, Afrikaans)

    16 6.23%
  • Norwegian

    25 9.73%
  • Swedish

    32 12.45%
  • Other (please specify)

    7 2.72%
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    This thread is no good, since many if not most people choose their own language. Which of course is fine in itself, but very predictable. So here is a slightly different thread, titled: "Your favourite Germanic language other than your own". Started by me, so you know it's good.

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    The one I speak, English!

    I love the British accent, and the Ausie accent more than the neutral Midwestern English that I speak.

    My second favorite is German.

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    From the list, Norwegian; in earnest, though, I'm to say Old English over it, though both of which I can speak at least to some degree. Danish comes close. Personally, I have a great liking to all Germanic tongues, both historical and contemporary.

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    Too bad you can only choose one language. I think choosing one's native language is pointless (mine is German), so I voted for Dutch.

    It's really intriguing, I can understand about 90% of it when I read a Dutch text, although I've never had any Dutch lessons. I worked at a camp site a few years ago, ca. 50% of the guests came from the Netherlands. Once there was Dutch guest who spoke neither German nor English. I cannot speak Dutch, but when I spoke German slowly and with a clear pronunciation and he did the same in Dutch, we were able to have a decent conversation. Most fascinating, maybe I'll take some Dutch lessons one day.

    I also like Swedish. Though I don't understand anything, I really like the way it sounds.

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    Old English.

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    Deutsch natürlich!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hesse View Post
    Deutsch naturlich!
    Is there no way to include our German Umlaute (Ä, Ö, Ü) into an English keyboard?

    "Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    And why do some americans dislike using 'ue', 'oe', 'ae' instead? I remember I once suggested it to someone else, but he refused to change it and insisted on using a single 'a','o','u' just without the dots. "Natuerlich" looks fine to me, "naturlich" offends my "Sprachgefühl".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thusnelda View Post
    Is there no way to include our German Umlaute (Ä, Ö, Ü) into an English keyboard?
    There is a way, but I forgot how. I know you need a number pad on your keyboard. I use a old POS laptop most of the time and it does not have a number pad.
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    Keep the left Alt-key pressed while typing on the number pad

    ä = alt + 0228 --- Ä = alt + 0196
    ö = alt + 0246 --- Ö = alt + 0214
    ü = alt + 0252 --- Ü = alt + 0220

    (upper case is always -32 of the lower case number combination)

    If the keyboard doesnt have a number pad, there's still the system "Character Map" from which one can copy/paste the correct letters.

    There should also be a way to activate the normal number keys for this purpose, probably not with the left Alt-key though on kb's without number pad, dont know.
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