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What Language Is Spoken In Greenland?  
User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3112 times:

I always thought Danish was spoken there!

However, to my surprise I saw many of the cities used to have Danish names. For example, the capital city Nuuk used to be called Gothab. Same happens with Sissimiut, Narsarsuaq and Mannitsoq...all had Danish names.

this leads to ask: What's the language spoken in that island that gave those awsome names to the cities ?


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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3099 times:

Greenland language

User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5426 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3092 times:

According to the CIA (cue obligatory "What does the CIA know" rant by Solnabo), the languages of Greenland are Greenlandic, which is an East Inuit dialect, Danish, and English.


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User currently offlineBritish767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3075 times:

I think the main language is Greenlandic, and then there is also Danish.

Here is a page in Greenlandic (kinda looks like Finnish):

http://www.knr.gl/saqqaa/


User currently offlineKEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3064 times:

Some 80% of the island's population are Inuits but Danish is still very much a major language especially for official purposes. Over the recent years the status of the native language has been brought to a higher level that many placenames are now officially known in the native form, rather than the in the "colonial" Danish name.

This happens not only in Greenland but in Nunavut, a Canadian territory carved out from Northwest Territories in 1999. The principal city, now the capital, has always been known as Frobisher Bay but is now officially IQALUIT.


User currently offlineMatt27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3038 times:

Quoting British767 (Reply 3):
Here is a page in Greenlandic (kinda looks like Finnish):

I can't see the similarity with Finnish. I don't think I have seen any other language that looks like Greenlandic.


User currently offlineBritish767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3030 times:

Quoting Matt27 (Reply 5):
Quoting British767 (Reply 3):
Here is a page in Greenlandic (kinda looks like Finnish):

I can't see the similarity with Finnish. I don't think I have seen any other language that looks like Greenlandic.

Well, the similarity I see is the long words, and it looks like the same style to me. Ah well.


User currently offlineIakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3316 posts, RR: 34
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3024 times:

pitsaanerusunngortinnissaat > seems to be a preposition
Killilersuinikkuunngitsoq sodavandisornikillisinnaavugut > possibly article and name
siunnersorneqarsinnaangaluarpoq > looks like an adverb

Likely a language perfectly adapted to the needs of a conversation during the long winter days....  Cool


User currently offlineSenorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3008 times:

It would look like Finnish if they did away with the ae hybrid and added umlauts to every other vowel. That actually does look like Inuit, though Nunavut's government website has two other native languages listed, one including a rather unique alphabet: http://www.gov.nu.ca/

User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2987 times:

My favourtie Greenlandic city name WILL ALWAYS BE
NARSARSUAQ



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User currently offlineLY7E7 From Israel, joined Jun 2004, 2262 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2957 times:

Man, you should read that webpage when you are drunk Big grin


Seriously though, it resembles Siberian languages (Yakut (Saha) comes to mind).



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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2950 times:

Whoa! I think I'll move to Nunavut to work as a nurse! I'd make US$61000 a year.

http://www.gov.nu.ca/Nunavut/English...nts/HR/humanresources/health.shtml

Mark

[Edited 2005-05-14 01:33:51]

User currently offlineFDXMECH From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3251 posts, RR: 34
Reply 12, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2939 times:

How do you say, "Close the friggin door", in Greenlandic?


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User currently offlinePilotsmoe From United States of America, joined May 2005, 249 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2939 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 11):
Whoa! I think I'll move to Nunavut to work as a nurse! I'd make US$61000 a year.

http://www.gov.nu.ca/Nunavut/English...nts/HR/humanresources/health.shtml

Mark

Why, that's about the going salary of a nurse(a RN). You could make that where you are at now.


User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2930 times:

Quoting Pilotsmoe (Reply 13):
Why, that's about the going salary of a nurse(a RN).

I want to be able to say I lived somewhere where no American would ever want to go.  Wink

Mark


User currently offlineFDXMECH From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3251 posts, RR: 34
Reply 15, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2928 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 14):
I want to be able to say I lived somewhere where no American would ever want to go.

I'll check the, Help Wanted, ads for Camden, NJ.



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