Afrikaans Wikipedia has an absolutely huge page on Finnish grammar

Friday, January 15, 2010

If you want to learn Finnish grammar, Afrikaans is one of the best languages to do so. The Afrikaans Wikipedia is one I like to write about from time to time as it is very well deserving of the attention but likely doesn't get the respect it deserves as it can barely even be found on the list of Wikipedias, being in 78th place. In terms of depth though (depth is a rough calculation of a Wikipedia's quality and is found by the following formula -
(Edits/Articles × Non-Articles/Articles × Stub-ratio)) it's near the top of the list of Wikipedias with article counts under 100,000.

The article on Finnish even includes a number of examples from the Kalevala showing Finnish word order compared to Afrikaans:

Fins
Siili
pyrki
koiran
häkkiin,
josta
siilit
käyvät
usein
napsimassa
ruoan
muruja.
Foneties
[ˈsiːli
ˈpyrki
ˈkɔi̯rɑn
ˈhækːiːn
ˈjɔstɑ
ˈsiːlit
ˈkæyvæt
ˈusɛi̯n
ˈnɑpsimɑssɑ
ˈruːɑn
ˈmurujɑ]
Interlineêre vertaling
Krimpvarkie
het gestreef
hond se
hok-binne-in,
waar-uit
krimpvarkie (meervoud)
gaan
gereeld
gaps-in
eet
krummel (Part. Meervoud.)
Afrikaans
Die krimpvarkie het probeer om in 'n hondehok te kom waaruit die krimpvarkies gereeld koskrummels gaps.


A list of other good articles on the Afrikaans Wikipedia can be seen here, including such subjects as the Winter War, Iceland, the Moon, Hamlet, and Norway.

1 comments:

Anonymous said...

The English ones are pretty good too:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnish_language

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnish_phonology
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnish_grammar

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