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25-11-03, 15:21
Hi, I just got an idea from reading one of the other posts:
It might sound really strange, but unless you're from an Englishspeaking country(bcz then it'll be pretty obvious) could you tell me your countrys name in your language???? Just for fun ;)

25-11-03, 15:23
Eesti http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

25-11-03, 15:26
Hellas or less formally Ellada. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

25-11-03, 15:40
Labas http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif (hello http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif )

We lithuanians call our country Lietuva http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

25-11-03, 15:47
Nice idea TC:
Hallo (Hello) http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

And of course I forgot my own:

The Norwegian names for Norway is:
Norge("Book Language, the formal version of Norwegian which derived from Danish)
Noreg(New Norwegian, the form of Norwegian which was made out of a group writing down the dialects people spoke in the various villages and in the country-side) :D

[ 25. November 2003, 15:52: Message edited by: Marianne ]

25-11-03, 15:49
http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif Yes, good idea!
Geia! (Hello!)

25-11-03, 16:04
lol im not sure if i could pronounce that! hehe i guess You dont know how to pronounce 'Labas' either. hmmm here's a hint:

say Lara
now say bus

and now only pronounce the letters in brackets

[La]ra [Bus] http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

25-11-03, 16:12
TC http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif LOL!! I tried to pronounce it, but I'm sure if you could hear me you'd be laughing for two days!! :D
Well, 'geia' is not too difficult to pronounce. Basically e and i sound as i together. The greek letter g stands for is a lot smoother that the english g (in fact it's more or less the sound of y in words like 'yard'). And a is, well, a http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

[ 25. November 2003, 16:14: Message edited by: Nicky ]

25-11-03, 16:17
http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif Nicky!

hmmmm... :confused: is that something like 'YAY' ? http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

25-11-03, 16:20
Yes, very close. But you don't have to put the last y. It's more or less sth like, YA, but it doesn't sound like the german 'ya'. If you smile while saying it, you'll get an idea. ;)

25-11-03, 16:26
LOL......you'd laugh your a**** off if you had heard me :D Pronouncing "Hallo"(meaning of course hello) is just the same, only a is the short a as in Lara. The o is really difficult to explain, it's a really rounded and quite long one. Make a circle with your lips(almost as if you're going to make rings of smoke, for those who smoke cigarettes) and then you should have it ;) Phew....that's difficult to explain, as far as I know there's no similar sound in English.....those are the tricky ones http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

25-11-03, 16:26
Well YAY i think i can now pronounce it! hehe not YAY... Geia http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif here, listen http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/shout.gif

25-11-03, 16:29
TC, You did it! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/hug.gif

25-11-03, 16:31
Congrats, you're really getting it now TC http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif I think I can hear you all the way over here ;) :D

25-11-03, 16:37
Practicing Hallo now... http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

25-11-03, 16:44
I just did, and my O was heard as if it came from a chasm :D

25-11-03, 16:49
That is actually true, although it's a quite light sound, it does echo a lot. It actually sounds a bit like the sound an owl makes http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif If it's too hard you could try "Hei" meaning "Hi". It's pronounced almost like "Hey", but the vowels(e especially) are way longer....try smiling while saying ei ;)

[ 25. November 2003, 16:51: Message edited by: Marianne ]

25-11-03, 16:58
Marianne http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif , this time I think I got it almost right :D A few minutes ago, as I was practicing it, everything went dark and my PC shut off. There was a blackout!! :eek: Fortunately, it lasted only a few minutes. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/whistle.gif

25-11-03, 17:06
Blimey, isn't that typical????? http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif How do you say "how are you" and answer "I'm good/bad" in your language???? :D

25-11-03, 17:14
LOL! This topic is very enjoying! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif
Look, I'll write it with simple phonetics. You spell just what you see.
How are you: Pos ise?
I am good: ime kalos (if you are male), ime kali (if you are female).
I am bad: ime kakos (if you are male), ime kakia (if you are female)
I'm fine: ime kala OR ime mia hara

25-11-03, 17:15

25-11-03, 17:33
Great, that's a nice practise :D I love languages, so I find it great fun too http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif
Here's some for you to practise ;) - Norwegian:

Hvordan gĺr det? - How are you?
As both h and v are consonants the H is silent(but in most other cases it's not)...so you pronounce it as "vordan", but besides that, "hvordan" is pronounced as it's spelled, with short vowels. The ĺ is a really tricky one for foreigners, the Scandinavian countries are the only ones using it as a letter...but in Germany at least they have similar ones. It's pronounced sort of like the o in lord, but a tiny bit more throat-based. And last, the t in "det" is silent and the e pronounced like the e in the french word cafč , SO:
Vordan gĺr dč is probably the closest you'll get(I'm no good at phonetics http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/redface.gif )

Det gĺr bra- I'm fine
Det and gĺr is pronounced exatly like above :D and bra exactly like it says ;) You can also of course simply say "Bare bra"(just like it says, although our e is a lot more narrow than in most other languages, again as in the e in cafč) or Bra.

Det gĺr ikke sĺ bra- Not so good
(You can also replace "ikke sĺ bra" with the word "dĺrlig", but that's harder to pronounce). All in all, it's mostly the same as above: pronounced like it says(and remember what I said about the pronounciation of ĺ and e).

If you want to say "Fine thanks":
Takk, bare bra ;)

25-11-03, 17:38
OK nice, but how about Latvian: http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/mischievous.gif

''Latviešu valoda ir pati skaidrāka no visām pasaules valodām, arī pati bagātākā no literatūras puses, kā arī vārdu daudzveidībā!''

Few words for practise! :D

House - Māja
Water - Ūdens
People - Cilvēki
Country - Valsts

25-11-03, 17:43
Oh, dear... :eek: I'll never manage to learn lithuanian and norwegian http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif I'll try some practice, though, lol! ;) :D

25-11-03, 17:46
Ok TC: you try this one http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/mischievous.gif

House - Hus
Water - Vann
People - Folk
Country - Land(and btw, this d is silent and n is therefore pronounced as a double consonant) http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

25-11-03, 17:50
Hello - Tere
House - Maja
Water - Vesi
People - Inimesed
Country - Riik

25-11-03, 17:54
TR-Player, these seem easier http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif I think I got them (don't know about the pronounciation, though http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/whistle.gif )

Try these:
summer: kalokeri
sea: thalassa
sun: ilios
house: spiti

25-11-03, 17:54
Pretty close to Finnish, isn't it TR-Player????
summer: sommer
sea: sjř(ř is another vowel like ĺ and is pronounced similar to the eu sound in French "heure", although longer of course)
sun: sol

[ 25. November 2003, 17:57: Message edited by: Marianne ]

25-11-03, 17:57
Originally posted by Marianne:
Pretty close to Finnish, isn't it TR-Player????Yup! I'm sure that Finnish people will pronounce them correctly...

John Falstaff
25-11-03, 18:42
Early congrats to Marianne!

I thought Finnish was only related to Hungarian, with a few pockets in Russia.

Where I am the local people call their country France. Which is strange, as that's what us English people call it to. Strange, eh?


25-11-03, 18:44
Yes Finnish is related to Hungarian but not as much as Estonian. I don't know about Russian...

John Falstaff
25-11-03, 19:02
Sorry, I didn't mean that Russian is related to Finnish. Rather there are, I'm told, pockets in Russia where people speak a language that is related to Finnish, due historical migrations.

I hadn't realised Estonian was part of the language group.

25-11-03, 19:06
TR-Player I knew that already - Hello - Tere :D

And little correction Latvian(english) in Latvian it sound like that: Latviešu! :cool:

Some more :D

Car - Mašīna
Police - Policija
Cat - Kaķis
River - Upe


25-11-03, 20:43
Most people in Estonia know how is Ice-Cream in Latvian...

25-11-03, 23:01
In finnish Finland is Suomi

here are some words for practise:
Hello - Terve, Moi, Hei..
Water - Vesi
Car - Auto
House - Talo
Counrty - Maa

For John Falstaff:
Finnish, Estonian and Hungarian are all part of the Finno-Ugri language group. Finnish is much more "related" to Estonian than Hungarian. That is seen on fact that I might just understand some words of Estonian but for Hungarian the similarities of language are just some grammar stuff. There might be some influences in Finnish language from Russian. I believe that by the pockets you are meaning some of the "smaller" languages that are located near Finland-Russia border such as Karelia and Mari.

This is great topic!

25-11-03, 23:26
John is right! Though for some odd reason, English-speaking people tend to pronounce the final -S in "Paris" ;)

25-11-03, 23:30
For the record, France was named after the Franks, a Germanic tribe that invaded the original Gaule after the demise of the Roman empire. Before that, Gaule was populated by dozens of various Celtic tribes that called themselves the Gallo -- somehow related to the British Gaels.

John Falstaff
26-11-03, 00:49
Well you know how literal minded the English are, we pronounce the 'S' in Paris, because it's there!


Also historically, this part of France was English. Currently, it's becoming English again. Our village even has a cricket club! (I'm not a member.)


26-11-03, 00:55
Bring the beer and we'll work out a truce! :D

(And no marmite trickery!)

26-11-03, 13:13
Originally posted by Kaminari:
For the record, France was named after the Franks, a Germanic tribe that invaded the original Gaule after the demise of the Roman empire. Before that, Gaule was populated by dozens of various Celtic tribes that called themselves the Gallo -- somehow related to the British Gaels.In Greece, we call France 'Gallia' http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/whistle.gif

26-11-03, 17:43
Gallia....that's what we call the place where Asterix and Obelix live :D ;) In Norway France is Frankrike http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

26-11-03, 17:47

We write most other countrynames the way they're written in most parts of the world(especially English speaking), but pronounce it differently of course.
Btw, is there anyone here who speaks the tremendously cool language Gaelic(either Scottish or Irish)????? I just love that language, it's beautiful. If I should learn any language now, that would be it http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

[ 26. November 2003, 17:48: Message edited by: Marianne ]

26-11-03, 17:48
Originally posted by Marianne:
Gallia....that's what we call the place where Asterix and Obelix live LOL!!! That's funny!! We call their land 'Galatia' (accent on the i)

Hi Marianne!! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

26-11-03, 17:51
Hi Nicky http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif
How are you doing today????? http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/hug.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

26-11-03, 17:53
Sweden=SverigeGreat idea, Marianne!!

Estonia: Esthonia (accent on the i)
Lithuania: Lithuania (accent on the last i)
Finland: Finlandia (accent on the last i)
Spain: Ispania (accent on the last i)
Sweden: Souidia (accent on the last i)
Norway: Norvigia (accent on the last i)

I'm fine, thanks! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/hug.gif

[ 26. November 2003, 18:40: Message edited by: Nicky ]

26-11-03, 17:55
Some countrynames in Estonian then too...

26-11-03, 17:55
EDIT: Ok, I got my questions answered so maybe a few more:


When you play TR, do you have them in your own languages or only in English????? What would the names of some of the levels be in yourl anguage(if translated)????

[ 26. November 2003, 18:01: Message edited by: Marianne ]

26-11-03, 17:58
Marianne: edit! See my previous post ;)
TR-P: :eek: There are great differences from the actual names!!! ;)

26-11-03, 18:44
TR games here in Norway are all in English, but here are some roughly translated names of TR levels into Norwegian ;) :

The Lost Valley=Den tapte dal
Palace Midas=Midas palasset
Tomb Of Tihocan/Qualopec=Graven til T/Q

The Great Wall=Den kinesiske muren(lit. The Chinese Wall)
Offshore Rig=Oljeplattformen
Wreck Of Maria Doria=Vraket av Maria Doria
Floating Islands=De flytende řyer
Home Sweet Home=Hjem kjćre hjem

South Pacific=Det sřrlige Stillehavet
Coastal Village=Kystlandsbyen

Valley Of The Kings=Kongenes dal

Streets Of Rome=Romas gater
Sinking Sub=Den synkende ubĺten
Gallows Hang=Galgehenget
Red Alert=Rřd advarsel

Parisian Backstreets=Paris' bakgater
Louvre Storm Drains=Kloakken i Louvre
Tomb Of Ancients=De gamles grav
Hall Of Seasons=Ĺrstidenes hall

Any more suggestions???? ;)

26-11-03, 18:48
In Estonia, all games that are sold here are in their original language.

26-11-03, 18:52
Same in Norway too....and a good thing that is....Norwegian translations are more often than not HORRIBLE http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yikes.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yuck.gif

26-11-03, 18:59
i have some ja*****e < wots wit that

qunichuwa - hello

jimmynashatai - how are you

backotie - it must hurt to be that stupid

hamodamoe - you slut

saranora - goodbye

these might not be true i got it from my mate an dad anyone know if they are

[ 26. November 2003, 19:01: Message edited by: roxy_life03 ]

26-11-03, 19:05
Originally posted by Marianne:
EDIT: Ok, I got my questions answered so maybe a few more:


When you play TR, do you have them in your own languages or only in English????? What would the names of some of the levels be in yourl anguage(if translated)????Greek versions, lol http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif
Germany: Germania (accent on the i, what a surprise)
Russia: Rossia (again, accent on the i)
Italy: Italia (accent on the last i)
Poland: Polonia (accent on the i)
Austria: it's written sth like Austria but spelled like this: Afstria (accent on the i again)

About the games: they come here as they are (original titles, etc http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/whistle.gif )

27-11-03, 01:06
I want to take part of this too!

Greece - Kreikka
Estonia - Viro (sometimes also Eesti)
Lithuania - Liettua
Latvia - Latvia
Spain - Espanja
Sweden - Ruotsi
Norway - Norja
France - Ranska
Germany - Saksa
Russia - Venäjä
Italy - Italia
Poland - Puola
Austria - Itävalta
Switzerland - Sveitsi
China - Kiina
United States - Yhdysvallat
Great Britain - Iso-Britannia
Japan - Japani
Denmark - Tanska
Iceland - Islanti
Turkey - Turkki

30-11-03, 01:34
...a voice from the darkness.....

Greece - Görögország
Estonia - Észtország
Lithuania - Litvánia
Latvia - I'm sorry, I don't know. But, hmm..perhaps it's Lettország, but I'm not sure about it at the moment...
Spain - Spanyolország
Sweden - Svédország
Norway - Norvégia
France - Franciaország
Germany - Németország
Russia - Oroszország
Italy - Olaszország
Poland - Lengyelország
Austria - Ausztria
Switzerland - Svájc
China - Kína
United States of America - Amerikai Egyesült Államok
Great Britain - Nagy-Britannia
Japan - Japán
Denmark - Dánia
Iceland - Izland
Turkey - Törökország
Hungary - Magyarország
Hungarian - Magyar

Hello - Hello, szia...
Water - Víz
Car - Autó
House - Ház
Counrty - Ország

Helix, the word, "hand" is "kesi" in Finnish ("kéz" in Hungarian), right? http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

SYS "Whew! That girl has got one bad attitude."

30-11-03, 10:26
Hand - Käsi in Estonian