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Friday Five
Bit late, but eh.

1. After your first language, what language would you like to learn? (Say first language too.)
- My first language is Dutch! I'm currently learning Italian, Japanese and sign language, and occassionally practising French on the side. I want to learn Spanish eventually, too, and maybe even Frisian.

2. Does your country have a second language? What is it?
- For such a tiny country, we actually do have an official second language! Frisian, mostly spoken in the province of Fryslân, or Frisia, home of stubborn, tall blonde people, ice skaters and majestic black horses. Frisian is quite similar to English, and it's the native language of my dad - he spoke nothing else for the first five years of his life.

3. How many languages can you count to 5 in? To 10 in? List them.
- Dutch: één, twee, drie, vier, vijf, zes, zeven, acht, negen, tien.
English: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten.
German: eins, zwei, drei, vier, fünf, sechs, sieben, acht, neun, zehn
French: une, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf, dix
Italian: uno, duo, tre, quatro, cinque, sei, sette, otto, nuove, dieci
Japanese: ichi, ni, san, shi, go, roku, nana, hachi, kyuu, juu

And I can do it in Dutch sign language too but that's a little harder. :p Basically you hold the back of your hand towards the person you're talking to and extend your index finger for 'one'. Then add the middle finger for 'two', etc. The thumb is the final one for five - all fingers extended. Then six is thumb plus index finger (thumb = 5, index = 1, so thumb + index = 6), thumb + index + middle is seven, etc. Ten is all fingers extended again but with the palm of your hand towards the person you're talking to!

4. What is the first overseas country you visited? And from where? (ie/ timbuctoo to mars)
- This is a bit of a weird question when you're in Europe because there's a huge difference between overseas and foreign countries! The first FOREIGN country I visited was France - we used to go there on holiday a lot when I was a kid. The first overseas country, technicaly, was the UK - the North Sea is a sea, even if the distance between the UK and the Netherlands isn't that big!

5. What country do you most want to visit? And why?
- I love Italy! And I'm saving up for a trip to Japan in a few years. :) And I want to go back to Ireland and the US someday.

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I find it interesting that the French word for "seven" is closer to the Latin word ("Septem") than Italian. Although maybe it was closer in vulgar Latin?

I need to take another linguistics course. I love language.

Frisian is quite similar to English, and it's the native language of my dad - he spoke nothing else for the first five years of his life.

I remember you even telling me once that when your dad speaks Frisian, it almost sounds like English.

That's interesting, isn't it? :D And like how German has 'vier' and 'acht' much like Dutch.
And then Japanese comes in and doesn't sound anything like the rest, hahaha.

Just to give an idea of English vs Frisian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeC1yAaWG34

And here, an introduction clip to the Frisian course of the University of Groningen (where I studied! And yes, I had classes in the big building behind her): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqeJn-MAC8Q

Speaking of linguistics, I still love this clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPlpphT7n9s Mainly because of the son's voice speaking the original pronunciation, prrr. :p

一 二 三 四 五 六 七 八 九 十
in Chinese.

Also, there's a site that has the numbers in every language.

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