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I thought Icelandic was complicated....
 

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Matthew Currie
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 780
Location: Vermont

8/28/19 2:07 PM

I thought Icelandic was complicated....

But here's a no bike parking sign in Danish and Greenlandic! ( actually I think it might be more like "don't put your bike in here.")

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/i20gh3z1z1z69xx/greenlandic%20cycle%20sign.jpg?dl=0[/img]

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 17510
Location: Portland, OR

8/28/19 2:19 PM

Translates to "Bicycles Not Included", one possible translation anyway...

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dan emery
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 6294
Location: Maine

8/28/19 3:34 PM

Are you in Greenland?

If so, awesome. I want to get there sometime.

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 17510
Location: Portland, OR

8/28/19 4:27 PM

My brother was stationed at Thule for 2 tours AFB. He liked it there once he met his now wife. Kirsten, a Danish subsidized [by U$] worker augmenting services at the AFB.

I first thought she just wanted a citizenship route. 35+ years later I can say happily I was wrong about that. In fact, they are new grandparents as of the other day.

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Nick Payne
Joined: 10 Jan 2004
Posts: 2449
Location: Canberra, Australia

8/28/19 9:09 PM

About 25 years back (when Windows 95 first appeared) I wrote a Windows shell extension to perform file encryption, which I distributed as freeware, and with the help of people in different countries I eventually had it available in about nine different European languages. I would send the English text strings used in the program and get back the translations in another language. For most of the languages I could see the relationship between the English and the translation, with the exception of Finnish, which appeared to be completely alien to other European languages.

In Vanuatu, where I used to travel for work every so often, signage is often in three languages - English, French, and Bislama (Vanuatu Pidgin English), with Pidgin being the main language used. Some of the Pidgin phrases are quite evocative - for example, "sit-sit water" is the Pidgin phrase for "diarrhea".

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