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Matthew Barnett skrev:
> Zeinelabidin Elhassi wrote:
>> On Tue, 26 Jan 2010 02:30:49 +0900, MacLeod Dave 
>> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>
>>> Homonyms are generally pretty helpful for a student. The Lithuanian
>>> word for blog is blogas but the word bad is also blogas, so I'll never
>>> forget that. 
>>
>>
>> Maybe in English they are less difficult. But if the grammatical 
>> gender was involved, it would become more difficult for new learners. 
>> We have in Italian a famous example which is:
>> Il fine e la fine.
>> Il fine che significa "il scopo". = a goal.
>> La fine che significa "la parte terminale" = the end.
>>
>> Now let's organize our different ideas into one important topic which 
>> is the international homonyms.
>> International Homonyms are the most important source of Homonyms in 
>> our languages (the Auxlangs)
>> Dave gave us one example (blogas which could be considered 
>> international) ,and I can add these important international homonyms. 
>> For example :
>> Finnish: veri (blood) English: very
>>
>> Elf: In German, 11. In Maltese, 1000.
>>
>> King = Estonian for shoe
>>
>> Eskua: In Basque means hand. But in P'urhepecha language it means eye.
>>
>> Ha: Transcription of the Thai word for five. When somebody laughs, it 
>> sounds to the Thai as five, five, five. In SMS and chats they always 
>> use the abreviation 555 to indicate that something is very funny.
>>
>> Mam&#225;: In Spanish, mommy. In Mandinga, grandfather.
>>
>> Mano: In Spanish and Italian means hand. But in Hawaiian means shark
>>
>> Moto: In Spanish, a motorcycle. In Zarma, a car.
>>
>> Paeng: In Cantonese cheap; in Thai, expensive
>>
>> Papai: In Portuguese means daddy, but in Mapudungun means mommy.
>>
>> Kard Farsi - Knife, English - Card
>>
>> English: list , Serbian: list (paper)
>>
>> And finally Ardano in Rajasthani = call of cattle
>> Ardano in Basque = wine
>> Ardano in Ardano = the earth language
>>
> English - gift, German - gift (poison)
> English - cart, French - carte (card, map)
>
And Swedish gift = married.

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