Thursday, July 29, 2004

Going out on a limb… arms, hands, etc.

English / German / Dutch / Swedish
arm / Arm / arm / arm
hand / Hand / hand / hand
finger / Finger / vinger / finger
leg / Bein / been / ben
foot / Fuss / voet / fot
toe / Zehe / teen / tå

Bein/been/ben is like “bone”
German “ss” (or “ß”) often corresponds to “t” in English, so Wasser=water and Fuss = foot
German “z” is pronounced “ts” and sometimes correspondes to English “t” at the beginning of a word:  Zehe=toe, zahlen=count (or recount, like tell, tale), zu=to, Ziet=time (like tide, as in “eventide”), zwischen=between (like “twixt”)

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