Last word you learned in a foreign language

A forum dedicated to the studying of natural languages and for discussions in languages other than English.
Salmoneus
MVP
MVP
Posts: 2192
Joined: 19 Sep 2011 19:37

Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by Salmoneus »

I'm only aware of "belly-flop" in common parlance in England, and certainly as the only synonym that's also used more broadly in a metaphorical sense. It wouldn't surprise me in particular regions, or indeed subcultures, might have their own terms, though. [eg when I were a lad, what wiktionary calls a "cannonball" was just a "bomb" or "bomber"].

And if you're learning flop-related vocabulary in English, have you learned "Fosbury flop" yet?

EDIT: I don't recognise alynnidalar's terms. I wouldn't be surprised, however, if this was the sort of vocabulary that didn't get recorded online, at least in easily searchable places - if a group of teenagers in Omaha or wherever have a particular term for when their friends do this when they're swimming together, they aren't necessarily going and setting up websites where they can describe it to strangers...
Khemehekis
runic
runic
Posts: 2594
Joined: 14 Aug 2010 09:36
Location: California über alles

Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by Khemehekis »

When I hear the term "belly flop", I think of the bags of defective (misshapen, etc.) jelly beans that Jelly Belly puts out called Belly Flops. It's a pun on the physical maneuver, with "belly" from Jelly Belly and "flop" in its sense of failure.
♂♥♂♀

Squirrels chase koi . . . chase squirrels

My Kankonian-English dictionary: 67,500 words and counting

31,416: The number of the conlanging beast!
shimobaatar
korean
korean
Posts: 7948
Joined: 12 Jul 2013 23:09
Location: PA

Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by shimobaatar »

I don't think I've ever heard anything other than "belly flop" here around Philadelphia, or anywhere else, for that matter. Although, it's not a concept that I personally speak, hear, or think about very much.

For me:

:arab: وباء wabāʾ "epidemic"
User avatar
qwed117
mongolian
mongolian
Posts: 3899
Joined: 20 Nov 2014 02:27

Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by qwed117 »

alynnidalar wrote: 02 May 2020 20:05 It's the only term I'm familiar with in Michigan, USA, but I can't speak for other regions.

Thesaurus.com suggests "belly buster", "belly flopper", "belly whop", and "belly whopper", but I've never heard any of these and am having a hard time finding any actual usages online--every link seems to just be another dictionary site. If they're regional they must be pretty niche.
Same from NJ. I can imagine someone saying "belly flopper", but I don't think I would personally say it. Bellywhop seems to me to be an eggcorn of bellyflop in a locale with /ʍ/
Spoiler:
My minicity is Zyphrazia and Novland
What is made of man will crumble away.

The SqwedgePad
ThatAnalysisGuy
rupestrian
rupestrian
Posts: 9
Joined: 01 Mar 2018 00:09

Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by ThatAnalysisGuy »

I learned the French noun "temps," meaning time or weather. I learned this in the French part of the Esperanto book Fundamento de Esperanto. In Esperanto, the corresponding word for time is "tempo."
User avatar
Aevas
admin
admin
Posts: 1433
Joined: 11 May 2010 05:46
Location: ꜱᴇ

Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by Aevas »

I learned the kanji 間, which forms the second part of the word 人間 ningen 'human, person'.
User avatar
qwed117
mongolian
mongolian
Posts: 3899
Joined: 20 Nov 2014 02:27

Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by qwed117 »

Sardinian, as always, deghile, meaning handsome or pretty (ie good looking), probably from Latin DECIBILIS
Spoiler:
My minicity is Zyphrazia and Novland
What is made of man will crumble away.

The SqwedgePad
gokupwned5
sinic
sinic
Posts: 300
Joined: 12 Aug 2016 16:05

Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by gokupwned5 »

I learned the Spanish word cafetal, which means “coffee plantation”. I found out what it meant because my great-grandmother was talking about the coffee plantation that her mother owned in Cuba.
User avatar
eldin raigmore
korean
korean
Posts: 5747
Joined: 14 Aug 2010 19:38
Location: SouthEast Michigan

Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by eldin raigmore »

German gerade is awfully polysemous.
User avatar
Aevas
admin
admin
Posts: 1433
Joined: 11 May 2010 05:46
Location: ꜱᴇ

Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by Aevas »

FINNISH
luodinkestävä bulletproof
Khemehekis
runic
runic
Posts: 2594
Joined: 14 Aug 2010 09:36
Location: California über alles

Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by Khemehekis »

Japanese:

わな wana
trap
♂♥♂♀

Squirrels chase koi . . . chase squirrels

My Kankonian-English dictionary: 67,500 words and counting

31,416: The number of the conlanging beast!
User avatar
eldin raigmore
korean
korean
Posts: 5747
Joined: 14 Aug 2010 19:38
Location: SouthEast Michigan

Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by eldin raigmore »

My most recent new word is “ygti”.
I don’t know what to call the language (dialect?) it’s from.
It means “und so weiter” or “et cetera”.

It’s from the same language in which Rhett Butler’s last remark to Scarlett O’Hara is
“tbh bae idgaf”.

I’ve been sprinkling words from that ... dialect? ... into my online remarks for about 14 years now, but I still don’t know its name, nor have I seen (let alone written) very many complete sentences in it.
My exposure to it is almost all in the written form; I don’t know how to pronounce most of the words I’ve written or read in it.

I strongly suspect it might not be “really” foreign.
Is it more of a jargon or cant or argot than a dialect?
User avatar
LinguistCat
sinic
sinic
Posts: 231
Joined: 06 May 2017 07:48

Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by LinguistCat »

Mandarin shíjiān 時間, meaning time. I'm not actively learning Mandarin but I've considered picking it up, and I'm learning a bit of Classical Chinese for a project.
User avatar
DesEsseintes
mongolian
mongolian
Posts: 4220
Joined: 31 Mar 2013 13:16

Re: Last word you learned in a foreign language

Post by DesEsseintes »

ปรับปรุง bpràp bprung, meaning to improve, is the latest word I learnt in Thai. I’m still at the stage where I constantly discover awkward blanks in my vocabulary despite being able to say ‘jealous’ in at least three different ways.
Post Reply