Perhaps as much as 15% of Modern French has Germanic roots.

Igor   Fri Jan 27, 2006 1:40 am GMT
***Romanian has a lexicon that is about 60% Slavic*** ?!

Wrong, It should be :

Romanian has a lexicon that is about 75% Latin.

***Up to 20% of the vocabulary is of Slavic origin, including words such as: a iubi=to love; glas=voice; nevoie=need; prieten=friend;

However, many Slavic words are archaisms and it is estimated that only 10% of the words in modern Romanian are Slavic ***


Modern Romanian language contains only 12 % Slavic loan words. Also note that the Slavic loan words were removed in the 1800 along with other Balkan influence and the Cyrillic alphabet was replaced as well.

I am not a linguist, but Romanian is my second language and I can spot any Slavic influence, I was born in USSR Moldova and fluent in Russian and Romanian.

Moldovan dialect or (Moldavsky- in Russian) – contains more Slavic influence. Transilvanian contains more German , and Magyar. But modern Romanian from Bucharest contains less than 10 % Slavic.

I also disagree about French being 15 % Germanic. But I am not expert.

Interesting forum…by the way :)
Guest   Fri Jan 27, 2006 1:32 pm GMT

cause toujours, tu n'es pas français, il te manque le ç sur ton clavier.

You are not french, where is the ç ?
Guest   Sun Jan 29, 2006 1:11 am GMT
So what's the real % of germanic in French ?
Guest   Sun Jan 29, 2006 1:31 am GMT
Real percentage? No one really knows but many sources indicate up to 15%
someone   Sun Jan 29, 2006 2:07 am GMT
15 % is a lot ! French is the least Romance sounding language, anyway , but with this high 15% is even less Romance.
*CarloS*   Sun Jan 29, 2006 3:53 am GMT
Now that you mention Romania, why do some maps consider Romania a Francophone country???
Tiffany   Sun Jan 29, 2006 5:20 am GMT
Many people from Romania actually do speak French as a second language and I've heard that Romanian went through a period where it borrowed French words to make the language less Slavic (is this true, by the way?). No clue why it is considered Francophone though...
Guest   Sun Jan 29, 2006 8:17 am GMT
>>I've heard that Romanian went through a period where it borrowed French words to make the language less Slavic <<

Was this the 'style' of the time or political reasons?
Tiffany   Sun Jan 29, 2006 8:38 am GMT
No clue, it was just something I heard. I hope someone else here can give us the real story on this.
Guest   Sun Jan 29, 2006 8:41 am GMT
Bulgaria is a Francophone country as well and bulgarian is a slavic language. You don't have to be latin to join the Francophone countries.

Romanian borrowed from French only less than 2 %. I guess for Romanian, it makes more sense to borrow from another Romance language like French, than from any Slavic language.
greg   Sun Jan 29, 2006 10:08 am GMT
Sur un vocabulaire de 60.000 mots, la part des langues germaniques mortes & vivantes est de 6 ½ %. Si on prend la 'totalité' du vocabulaire disponible, la part diminue.
Guest   Sun Jan 29, 2006 11:25 am GMT
greg just doesn't want to accept the 15% Germanic influence because he is a nationalistic latin frog fuckoing loser.
greg   Sun Jan 29, 2006 11:49 am GMT
Mon cher « Guest » : je vois que tu te répètes comme un petit robot, même dans tes pitoyables insultes... Mais ce qui m'attriste le plus c'est la bêtise insondable qui t'anime : tu dois certainement faire partie de ceux qui pensent que la Terre est plate. Grand bien t'en fasse ! Les chiens aboient et la caravane passe (proverbe arabe).
Guest   Sun Jan 29, 2006 12:33 pm GMT
"Greg should burn in the deepest pile of shit in Hell" (French proverb)

Believing in 'latiness' is the most repulsive way of thinking since napoleon.
L'ennemi français de Greg   Sun Jan 29, 2006 12:37 pm GMT
<< « Greg doit brûler dans le tas le plus profond de merde dans l'Enfer » ( proverbe français)

Croire en les « latiness » est la façon la plus répulsive de pensée depuis napoleon. >>