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Here are some natural languages that I find interesting. If you find a bad link, click on the G to google for the new URL.

finnish
synthetic and logical, and yes, weird. site in Finnish/English/German
Anteeksi, en puhu suomea.
Sorry, I don't speak Finnish.

Posted on Thu, 8 Apr 2004 at 17:14 G

jiwarli
australian aboriginal, last native speaker was Jack Butler.
Kunya-rnu-rru ngunha kumpa-nhu.
They tell lies now.
Yarnara-rri-ra parna-rru thangka-lpuka wuru-ngku wirntupinya-ngu-rru pirru-rru yana-rarri thika-ru.
He will lie on his back and then they hit him on the head with a stick and kill him to go and eat the meat.

Posted on Thu, 8 Apr 2004 at 17:14 G

malay
Malay, or Bahasa Melayu, (cours de malais)
Saya hendak jumpa doktor.
I wish to see a doctor.
Dia suka minum bir tetapi saya suka minum wiski.
He likes to drink beer but I like to drink whisky.

Posted on Thu, 8 Apr 2004 at 17:14 G

te reo (maori)
Maori is the language of the people who inhabited Aotearoa (New Zealand) before European colonisation.
Whaia e koe ki te iti kahurangi; ki te tuohu koe, me maunga teitei.
Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain.

Posted on Thu, 8 Apr 2004 at 17:14 G

quechua
Probably my favorite natural language, unusual and logical.
Bakayni kuruyan ukutinpi.
My cow has worms in its anus.
Mana wau-nqa-paq-chu.
It will not die.

Posted on Thu, 8 Apr 2004 at 17:14 G

tagalog
A major language in the Philippines, and quite common in the US.
Patawarin po ninyo ang aming mga pagkakamali.
Please forgive us for our mistakes.
Sumalangit nawa ang kanyang kaluluwa.
May his soul rest in peace.

Posted on Thu, 8 Apr 2004 at 17:14 G


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