Our ancestors have a rich and varied heritage, most coming from places across the globe in just the last hundred years. With the numerous cultures comes the various languages and even forms of a language, such as British English has phrases different that might be used in America.
Having a method to go over and investigate some key phrases and words from numerous cultures is available on the Omniglot site online. It is an encyclopedia of writing systems and languages.
The example presented is the phrase for Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Here is ‘Gozhqq Keshmish’ which is the Native Apache Indian language for the phrase. Or ‘Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig Nieuwjaar’ the Flemish language, or how about ‘En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr’ which is the Pennsylvania Dutch phrase – something that could well appear in some letters or journals of your ancestors.
Common useful phrases and words can have some benefits also. This section is divided by language groups. Click on a selection to see the various phrases. For welcome, the Haitian Creole words are ‘Byen venu’. So just about any language is listed.
Another useful section is kinship terms and words in other languages. In the Dutch language of The Netherlands, the word for mother is ‘moeder’ or for father it is ‘vader’. If there are letters, journals, or even information on the back of a photo, some of this terms could prove to be invaluable.
If there is a specific word or term you would like translated, go to the ‘search this site’, place the word in (keep in mind there could be various methods to spelling or reading what you have written) and the site will have it transcribed. It works in reverse, place an English word or phrase and it will be written in other languages. Here is I love you, for example in German from Bavaria ‘I lieb di’ or Norwegian ‘Eg elskar deg’ or Scottish Gaelic ‘Tha gaol agam ort’.
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