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#453963 - Thu Jan 08 2009 07:01 PM Help with languages please?
Rowena8482 Offline
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Gothson is making a little film for one of his A levels - it's a "psychological suspense horror thriller" and he is recording as many people as he can saying the phrase
"Our name is Legion, for we are many" in different voices, to use in it.
(I get to lug his 6 and 4 year old siblings into college one day for them to do it lol)
He thought it might be good to have the phrase in different languages too (although I rather suspect they will all end up in a broad " 'Artlepool with an Aitch" accent! apart from one Chinese, one Indian and one Irish friend we have...)
Anyway, if anyone who can speak something that isn't English, and can tell me phonetically (with any other help toward pronunciation) how to say
"Our name is Legion, for we are many"
Gothson and I would be very grateful
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#453964 - Thu Jan 08 2009 07:16 PM Re: Help with languages please?
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Well the literal French (not sure if maybe this wouldn't be translated literally) would be "Notre nom est Legion, car nous sommes nombreux"
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#453965 - Fri Jan 09 2009 04:43 AM Re: Help with languages please?
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Thanks gg - I'm not 100% sure it matters if it's not exact, it's not the "main thing" but just in case one of the examiners speaks whichever language, we thought try and "do it right" rather than just make stuff up. He's getting ever so enthusiastic about this which is nice (and makes a refreshing change lol)
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#453966 - Fri Jan 09 2009 05:00 AM Re: Help with languages please?
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Afrikaans is one of South Africa's official language. English is my home language, so I'm not that good at it but here goes:

'Ons se naam is Legion, want ons is baie'

It's very similar to Dutch

If you want to use it, I'll work on a way trying to sound it out to you. It would be easier if you had skype, then I could sound it out to you

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#453967 - Fri Jan 09 2009 05:51 AM Re: Help with languages please?
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Nos llamamos Legión, porque somos muchos.

It doesn't make much sense of course, a bit like the French version.

Phonetically:

Nos ie with a short o, sounds like noss not nose

llamamos again has short vowels and the ll is pronounce like a y, so yam-ma-mos, the strong syllable is the middle one.

Legión - lay - hee - on. The accent over the o indicates that is the strong syllable.

porque - por-kay

somos - short vowels again so sommos

muchos - the same, pretty easy - just as it reads!

Hope that helps rather than confuses.

Nearly forgot - it's Spanish.

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#453968 - Fri Jan 09 2009 06:14 AM Re: Help with languages please?
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Just a teeny comment;

Légion est notre nom ... car nombreux nous sommes

(This is the theatrical way to express it, says my French husband )
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#453969 - Fri Jan 09 2009 04:54 PM Re: Help with languages please?
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Oh lovely thank you all - if we can, once it's been "examined" or whatever the exam board do to them, I'll try and see if we can put it on You Tube or somewhere so you can see it. (Not sure when though, it has to be finished ready to be submitted by the end of the first week of February, but I don't know what happens once it is)
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#453970 - Fri Jan 09 2009 06:09 PM Re: Help with languages please?
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Rowena I wish I could help you out and give it in Welsh, but, I'm clueless

It should be good to see the clip if you can get it up on youtube

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#453971 - Fri Jan 09 2009 07:26 PM Re: Help with languages please?
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This is a line from the Bible, so if you look up Mark 5:10 on this site, you can find it in about forty different languages. There's no help with pronunciation, though, as it's written for native or at least fluent speakers. Also, several are in non-Roman alphabets.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?boo...p;context=verse

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#453972 - Sat Jan 10 2009 11:21 AM Re: Help with languages please?
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Thanks QP - that looks like an interesting site to browse around.
As you say, the pronunciation could be a problem though, I'm "only the parent" lol and I'm not entirely sure what he's planning to do with his recordings once he has them - it's all very hush hush
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#453973 - Sat Jan 10 2009 12:15 PM Re: Help with languages please?
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Hi Rowena.
How about Italian?

"Il nostro nome e' Legione, poiche' siamo in molti"

Hope is useful!

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#453974 - Sat Jan 10 2009 02:34 PM Re: Help with languages please?
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Thanks Mia
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#453975 - Sun Jan 11 2009 02:22 AM Re: Help with languages please?
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Hi Rowena
I think I gave you a bum steer with the pronunciation of llamamos.
The strong syllable is the first one - I hate having to think how to say things when you are used to doing it all the time.
But so long as he says it like yamamos and not sounding the lls or making it sound like a llama, I think it will be impressive.
I've found a link for you to a Spanish singer where she sings a song called Llamame mañana - might help!!
http://www.imeem.com/manwe/music/dBUrMLi0/amparanoia_llamame_maana/

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#453976 - Sun Jan 11 2009 03:02 PM Re: Help with languages please?
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With the slight adaptation from "I" to "we", Luther's Bible has:

Legion heissen wir, denn wir sind viele.

(Leggi-OHN HY-sen veer, denn veer zint FEEL-a")


Edited by TabbyTom (Sun Jan 11 2009 03:04 PM)
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#453977 - Sun Jan 11 2009 06:06 PM Re: Help with languages please?
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Dutch:

Wij heten Legio, want wij zijn met velen.

Unfortunately, I have yet to find a way to explain the "ij" sound :P
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#453978 - Mon Jan 12 2009 05:36 AM Re: Help with languages please?
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thank you I expect there'll be students spraying dribble every where as they practice all the ll and ij etc but they'll be working so it'll be OK for once...

I know I've always sort of said igks for ij, like in Rijkmuseum (sp??) but I have no idea how a Dutch person would say it, it's years and years since I made my single visit to Holland.
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