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Pilsētas apskate

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Is the market open on Sundays? V-i tirg---svē-di-n---i- a-v--ts? Vai tirgus svētdienās ir atvērts? V-i t-r-u- s-ē-d-e-ā- i- a-v-r-s- --------------------------------- Vai tirgus svētdienās ir atvērts? 0
Is the fair open on Mondays? Vai ga--ti-g-s--irmd-enās-i- a-vē-ts? Vai gadatirgus pirmdienās ir atvērts? V-i g-d-t-r-u- p-r-d-e-ā- i- a-v-r-s- ------------------------------------- Vai gadatirgus pirmdienās ir atvērts? 0
Is the exhibition open on Tuesdays? V---i----d--o--di-----i- atvē-ta? Vai izstāde otrdienās ir atvērta? V-i i-s-ā-e o-r-i-n-s i- a-v-r-a- --------------------------------- Vai izstāde otrdienās ir atvērta? 0
Is the zoo open on Wednesdays? Va--zo-l-ģ---a-- dā-z- -r-šdie----ir----ēr-s? Vai zooloģiskais dārzs trešdienās ir atvērts? V-i z-o-o-i-k-i- d-r-s t-e-d-e-ā- i- a-v-r-s- --------------------------------------------- Vai zooloģiskais dārzs trešdienās ir atvērts? 0
Is the museum open on Thursdays? V-- -uz--- ------di-n-- ----t-ē---? Vai muzejs ceturtdienās ir atvērts? V-i m-z-j- c-t-r-d-e-ā- i- a-v-r-s- ----------------------------------- Vai muzejs ceturtdienās ir atvērts? 0
Is the gallery open on Fridays? Vai ----ri-a --e----e-ās -r--t-ē---? Vai galerija piektdienās ir atvērta? V-i g-l-r-j- p-e-t-i-n-s i- a-v-r-a- ------------------------------------ Vai galerija piektdienās ir atvērta? 0
Can one take photographs? V-i --ī----f---gr--ēt? Vai drīkst fotografēt? V-i d-ī-s- f-t-g-a-ē-? ---------------------- Vai drīkst fotografēt? 0
Does one have to pay an entrance fee? Va--ir--āpē-k-i--jas-biļ-te? Vai ir jāpērk ieejas biļete? V-i i- j-p-r- i-e-a- b-ļ-t-? ---------------------------- Vai ir jāpērk ieejas biļete? 0
How much is the entrance fee? C-k m-ksā--e---------t-? Cik maksā ieejas biļete? C-k m-k-ā i-e-a- b-ļ-t-? ------------------------ Cik maksā ieejas biļete? 0
Is there a discount for groups? V-i-g---------a--a--e? Vai grupām ir atlaide? V-i g-u-ā- i- a-l-i-e- ---------------------- Vai grupām ir atlaide? 0
Is there a discount for children? V-- bērnie--i- a-l-ide? Vai bērniem ir atlaide? V-i b-r-i-m i- a-l-i-e- ----------------------- Vai bērniem ir atlaide? 0
Is there a discount for students? V-- -tud-nti---i--atl-id-? Vai studentiem ir atlaide? V-i s-u-e-t-e- i- a-l-i-e- -------------------------- Vai studentiem ir atlaide? 0
What building is that? K---t---r---r-ēk-? Kas tā ir par ēku? K-s t- i- p-r ē-u- ------------------ Kas tā ir par ēku? 0
How old is the building? Ci- v--- i--ēk-? Cik veca ir ēka? C-k v-c- i- ē-a- ---------------- Cik veca ir ēka? 0
Who built the building? K---ir-c-l-- -o -k-? Kas ir cēlis šo ēku? K-s i- c-l-s š- ē-u- -------------------- Kas ir cēlis šo ēku? 0
I’m interested in architecture. Es in--r-s---s p--------e-tū--. Es interesējos par arhitektūru. E- i-t-r-s-j-s p-r a-h-t-k-ū-u- ------------------------------- Es interesējos par arhitektūru. 0
I’m interested in art. Es-in-er-sēj-s-pa- m--s-u. Es interesējos par mākslu. E- i-t-r-s-j-s p-r m-k-l-. -------------------------- Es interesējos par mākslu. 0
I’m interested in paintings. E--in-e-es-j-s par ---z-i-cī-u. Es interesējos par glezniecību. E- i-t-r-s-j-s p-r g-e-n-e-ī-u- ------------------------------- Es interesējos par glezniecību. 0

Fast languages, slow languages

There are over 6,000 languages worldwide. But all have the same function. They help us exchange information. This happens in various ways in every language. Because every language behaves according to its own rules. The speed with which a language is spoken also differs. Linguists have proven this in various studies. To this end, short texts were translated into several languages. These texts were then read aloud by native speakers. The result was clear. Japanese and Spanish are the fastest languages. In these languages, almost 8 syllables per second are spoken. The Chinese speak considerably slower. They speak only 5 syllables per second. The speed is dependent on the complexity of the syllables. If the syllables are complex, speaking takes longer. German contains 3 sounds per syllable, for example. Therefore it is spoken relatively slowly. Speaking quickly does not mean, however, that there is a lot to communicate. Quite the opposite! Only a little information is contained in syllables that are quickly spoken. Although the Japanese speak quickly, they convey little content. On the other hand, the ‘slow’ Chinese say a great deal with a few words. English syllables also contain a lot of information. Interesting is: The evaluated languages are almost equally efficient! That means, he who speaks slower says more. And he who speaks faster needs more words. In the end, all reach their goal at about the same time.
Did you know?
Slovenian is counted among the South Slavic languages. It is the native language of about 2 million people. These people live in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Austria, Italy and Hungary. Slovenian is similar in many ways to Czech and Slovakian. Many influences from Serbo-Croatian can also be seen. Although Slovenia is a small country, many different dialects exist there. This is due to the fact that the language region looks back at a chequered history. This manifests itself in the vocabulary too, as it contains many foreign language terms. Slovenian is written with Latin letters. The grammar distinguishes six cases and three genders. There are two official phonologies in the pronunciation. One of them differentiates precisely between high and low sounds. Another peculiarity of the language is its archaic structure. Slovenians have always been very open with respect to other languages. So they are even happier when someone is interested in their language!