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Sunday, June 28, 2009

MAL for Serbian

Recently I came across this great site called MAL (Master Any Language) with flash cards, games and lists of words in Serbian and English. It is obviously in an early phase, and there are a few mistakes, which really made me laugh. For instance, for the word 'train' we use 'voz', never 'komora' or for 'hot' we say 'vruć' not 'gorući', and for the part of the body called 'calf', we use 'list', never 'batak' (this is used for poultry or for women's legs in sleng, usu. in Pl 'koji bataci', but this is not suitable translation for a flash card at an official language learning site) :o) Nevertheless, I am sure these mistakes will be corrected.

"noga" or "list" not "batak"!


lone_traveller said...

LOL, it's the same for Hungarian words :D

They give "nyargaló" for "dog"
nyargaló = scudding / running
dog = kutya
(at least as far as primary meanings are concerned)

as well as:

they give "kaptafa" for "tree"
kaptafa = the kind of wooden tool that the shoemaker uses to put the shoe on
tree = fa (quite simply)

Fascinating :D

Marina said...

Thanks for the comment. I guess they wanted to cover as many languages as possible, without time/people to check what had been done! The idea is great, but hopefully they'll correct the mistakes, otherwise, ppl will go there to laugh :D Mind you, there is a similar site, I'll ask Nat to recall its web address - Serbian-English translations were hilarious... I'll look it up.

cpdjaN said...

I ja sam počeo da pravim ovakav blog, ali vidim da ima ovaj, tako da ću prestati. :)
Odlična ideja, samo je šteta što nema puno zainteresovanih!

Marina said...

Srđane, nemoj da odustaješ od svog bloga zato što postoji još jedan na istu temu! Nikako! Pogledaj samo koliko ima blogova, sajtova i koječega za učenje engleskog - upravo taj kvantitet dovodi do kvaliteta. Baš mi je drago da si pokrenuo tako nešto i bitno je da istraješ u tome. Sigurna sam da će tvoje ideje i objašnjenja biti odlični i privući zainteresovane. Bravo za najavu videa - mislim da je neophodno da se pomogne ljudima koji hoće da uče srpski, jer ima toliko malo online materijala. O broju zainteresovanih nemoj da brineš - bitno je da uživaš u onome što radiš :o)

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