Question about Asian languages

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  1. wyclif

    wyclif Tele-Afflicted

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    Some Asian dialects are often mutually unintelligible, even within the same small country. For instance, in the Philippines the national language is Tagalog ("Filipino"), but on the many islands outside of Manila, Tagalog is not the spoken lingua franca, it is instead a local dialect (Bisaya, Cebuano, Ilocano, Ilonggo, Waray-waray, &c). You can hop over to the next island and the dialect is oftentimes completely different and the locals won't understand you until you revert to Tagalog or even English.
     
  2. perttime

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    Finnish and Hungarian are related - together with Estonian and many small languages in northern Russia.
    A Finn can to some degree figure out Estonian speech. Hungarian? No! When I was in Hungary for a while, I could hear sounds and rhythms that were familiar - but not words.

    There's a common background: Proto-Indo-European . Those words are common to many languages. Finnish words for those things are totally different. However, Finnish contains some words that might be even closer to the reconstruction of the Proto-Indo-European origin. For example the word for King (Kung, König, etc.): Kuningas.

    For example, Japanese Kanji characters have their origin in Chinese characters. They represent ideas. Except, at least in Japanese usage, they can also represent syllables. A Kanji can refer to an idea (whole word), or a sound.
     
  3. chris m.

    chris m. Poster Extraordinaire

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    Island archipelagoes tend to spawn a lot of separate languages due to separation by water. Philippines was mentioned. Indonesia is another example--from the Interwebs--

    Indonesian. Bahasa Indonesia is the official language of Indonesia, an archipelago of 17,508 islands that is the world's largest Muslim-majority nation, with a total population of nearly 242 million. Over 300 different native languages are spoken in Indonesia.
     
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