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Sun, Apr. 23rd, 2006, 11:43 am
Plush Palace update

Råtta is my latest plush; a gift from my ex. His full name according to the tag is Minnen Råtta (as far as I can gather, that's Swedish for My Rat*--just because I'm Finnish, don't expect me to know any Swedish). He is a Swedish rat who was found in Ikea. What they are doing selling rat plush is anyone's guess.

* vandringar has come to the rescue and advised me that it actually means Memento Rat. Thanks Vandringar!

Sun, Apr. 23rd, 2006 02:53 am (UTC)

'Minnen råtta' means 'mementos rat', actually.

I bought two last time I went to IKEA. ;)

Sun, Apr. 23rd, 2006 03:19 am (UTC)

Thanks for that! I've corrected The Plush Palace accordingly.
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Sun, Apr. 23rd, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)

Sure. Rot-ta. The o is pronounced with very rounded lips, like an exaggerated 'oh', and the r is rolled, but very briefly.

And the Finnish ä is closer to the Swedish ä sound.

Sun, Apr. 23rd, 2006 06:11 am (UTC)

Actually, I should work out how to pronounce "Råtta" properly. Would you be able to render it phonetically for me? Is it like the Finnish ä if you know how to pronounce that?

Sun, Apr. 23rd, 2006 08:13 am (UTC)

**breaks out his European phrase book** - OK, well, according to this, a regular Swedish "a" is pronounced "ah". And the "å" is pronounced "aw."

So, say "raw-tah," and you're probably very close if not exact.

Sun, Apr. 23rd, 2006 12:43 pm (UTC)

Nah, it doesn't resemble the Finnish ä at all, which is pronounced like the "a" in "cat."

Don't get me started on languages, I'll never shut up. ;)

Mon, Apr. 24th, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC)

No it isn't. "ä" is flatter and longer. (I'm not very good at describing vowels.) Trust me on this one; Finnish is technically my first language. I couldn't render it phonetically because there's no sound quite like it in the English language. In fact, that's also why I have trouble pronouncing it myself. I seem to have suffered the worst of both worlds in my linguistic upbringing--I have trouble pronouncing the vowels which are unique to Finnish and the English consonantal digraphs for which there is no equivalent in Finnish, like "th".

Wed, Apr. 26th, 2006 07:19 am (UTC)

Is it true that Finnish is distantly related to Hungarian, and even more distantly related - sort of like a third cousin - to Turkish?

It is quite rare for languages to have both "th" sounds. Some like Spanish and Danish have one or the other, but, off the top of my head, Icelandic and Greek are the only other two that I know of that possess both.

I'm beginning to get the feeling that my language book is crap, considering I got both the Finnish and Swedish sounds wrong! Those were the sounds they suggested.

Sun, Apr. 23rd, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)

'raw' doesn't sound very close really, at all. The sound would be closer to 'roll' with very rounded lips.

Sun, Apr. 23rd, 2006 04:12 am (UTC)

Raata (I'm spelling it with a double-a because I can't be bothered to bring up the a with the circle over it - yet, I don't mind typing all this out, lol) is really cute. It is rather mysterious that Ikea would be dealing in plush, agreed.

Sun, Apr. 23rd, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC)

every now and again they do...I got an Ikea polar bear awhile back :)

Sun, Apr. 23rd, 2006 12:23 pm (UTC)

very cute - and crunchy munchy is a real cutiepie!!