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Jyrkkä Jätkä
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A computer is a machine that manipulates data according to a set of instructions (from Wikipedia).
I sometimes wonder how it is called in other languages, and how is that phrase composed.

In Finnish computer is tietokone, which can be translated as a knowledge machine.
Estonian: arvuti, which sounds to a Finn like a guessing machine.
Swedish: datamaskin or shortly dator, close to a data machine.
Hungarian: Számítógép, no idea what that means.

So how about other languages?


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shaoley
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In Cebu we don't have an equivalent word we still call it Computer.

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Jyrkkä Jätkä
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shaoley wrote:
In Cebu we don't have an equivalent word we still call it Computer.


Oh yes, Cebuano:
Ang komputador o kompiyuter maoy elektronikong makina nga nagadawat ug nagaprosesa og datos para kombertihon sa mapuslanong impormasyon.


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Yeah same as how computer is being defined in English though the spelling do vary

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In French it's ordinateur.

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[quote=Jyrkkä Jätkä]A computer is a machine that manipulates data according to a set of instructions (from Wikipedia).
I sometimes wonder how it is called in other languages, and how is that phrase composed.

In Finnish computer is tietokone, which can be translated as a knowledge machine.
Estonian: arvuti, which sounds to a Finn like a guessing machine.
Swedish: datamaskin or shortly dator, close to a data machine.
Hungarian: Számítógép, no idea what that means.

szám (number) + oló (counting) + gép (machine) = calculator
szám + ító (calculating) + gép = computer

Slovak: počíta(ť) (to count) + č = computer



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Mine is called a Dell XPS in Alaskan.

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Posted: Monday, November 16, 2009 12:14:06 AM
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a computer may be called many things in many tongues, cursed by some, beloved by others, yet in the end, computers all speak the same language, the logic and grammar based on 1 and 0. For null other purpose, well perhaps except maybe some fuzzy hypothesis.

Today I think I shall have two soft boiled eggs, and open them both on either side, disregarding which end is up.
TB
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I call my computer lots of things but I can't mention them here.Silenced

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TB wrote:
I call my computer lots of things but I can't mention them here.Silenced


I call my computer a piece of shit and the operating system a whorish bitch.

Shucks, the whorish bitch is prolly infected, nor could the damn piece of shit ever perform addition.
EllieMae
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Jyrkka Jatka, forgive that this reply is not what you have originally been seeking but.......

I suspect most would agree that "Computer" could translate into "necessary evil".......

And the human brain has been called a computer-------------maybe that is the real "artifical intelligence"?

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In korea we call it 컴퓨터.
In fact, its pronunciation is similar to computer.
Just word is differenct.
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Is our advancement in computation and electronics making society prisoners of our own technology?


EllieMae wrote:
Jyrkka Jatka, forgive that this reply is not what you have originally been seeking but.......

I suspect most would agree that "Computer" could translate into "necessary evil".......

And the human brain has been called a computer-------------maybe that is the real "artifical intelligence"?
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In the Polish language it is called: 'komputer' The pronunciation in very similar to the English word 'computer'. Even the stress pattern is the same. The difference is that the English one is pronounced with shorter sounds in unstressed syllables, which is typical, and [p] sound in English is more soft since it precedes [i:], not as in Polish [u] . ;) But all in all, everyone would understand what you mean by 'computer'. :)))
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In Japanese, it's コンピュータ, Konpyūta. I find the most challenging part of its pronunciation to be keeping a straight face.

Ko-m-pyu-u-ta!

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We call it "bilgisayar" in turkish and it means, information counter, I guess because of numeric calculations it performs in order to operate?

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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
A computer is a machine that manipulates data according to a set of instructions (from Wikipedia).
I sometimes wonder how it is called in other languages, and how is that phrase composed.

In Finnish computer is tietokone, which can be translated as a knowledge machine.
Estonian: arvuti, which sounds to a Finn like a guessing machine.
Swedish: datamaskin or shortly dator, close to a data machine.
Hungarian: Számítógép, no idea what that means.

So how about other languages?


In madarin which is a Chinese language it's called 电脑 (diàn nǎo), which means 'electric brain' since 电(diàn) means electricity and 脑(nǎo) means brain.
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Compute and Calculate mean the same thing, no?

So, why did the PC get the word computer and the hand held device get the word calculater?

Is this similar in other languages?



"Supposin' I was to go to work and learn how to... to read writin'. Well, how'd I know that the feller that... that wrote the writin' was a writin' the writin' right? See it could be that he wrote the writin' all wrong. Here I'd be just a readin' wrong writin', don't ya see? You probably been doin' it your whole life, just a readin' wrong writin' and not even knowin‘ it." Festus
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I expected the Japanese word for calculator to be another English loanword, but it's 電卓, dentaku.

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Jyrkkä Jätkä
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Thanks everyone for sharing, so far we've got these:

Code:
English:                  Computer
Finnish:                  Tietokone, knowledge machine.
Estonian:                Arvuti, (guessing machine?).
Swedish:                Datamaskin or Dator, data machine.
Hungarian:             Számítógép, calculating machine.
Slovak:                   počíta(ť) (to count) + č = computer
Cebuano:               Kompiyuter
French:                   Ordinateur
Korean:                  컴퓨터, computer
Polish:                    Komputer
Japanese,               コンピュータ, Konpyūta
Turkish:                  Bilgisayar, information counter
Mandarin Chinese:  电脑 (diàn nǎo), electric brain


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Posted: Monday, November 16, 2009 4:04:32 PM

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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Thanks everyone for sharing, so far we've gat these:

English: Computer
Finnish: Tietokone, knowledge machine.
Estonian: Arvuti, (guessing machine?).
Swedish: Datamaskin or Dator, data machine.
Hungarian: Számítógép, calculating machine.
Slovak: počíta(ť) (to count) + č = computer
Cebuano: Kompiyuter
French: Ordinateur
Korean: 컴퓨터, computer
Polish: Komputer
Japanese, コンピュータ, Konpyūta
Turkish: Bilgisayar, information counter
Mandarin Chinese: 电脑 (diàn nǎo), electric brain


Icelandic: Tölva (I think it means "processor") You know how the Icelandics are jealous of their language.

"Supposin' I was to go to work and learn how to... to read writin'. Well, how'd I know that the feller that... that wrote the writin' was a writin' the writin' right? See it could be that he wrote the writin' all wrong. Here I'd be just a readin' wrong writin', don't ya see? You probably been doin' it your whole life, just a readin' wrong writin' and not even knowin‘ it." Festus
LeadPal
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Cantonese is similar to Mandarin: 電腦, din lou, also meaning electric brain.

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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
A computer is a machine that manipulates data according to a set of instructions (from Wikipedia).
I sometimes wonder how it is called in other languages, and how is that phrase composed.

In Finnish computer is tietokone, which can be translated as a knowledge machine.
Estonian: arvuti, which sounds to a Finn like a guessing machine.
Swedish: datamaskin or shortly dator, close to a data machine.
Hungarian: Számítógép, no idea what that means.

So how about other languages?

Számítógép = calculating machine

P.S. JJ, did you know some people think Hungarian is related to Finnish? (Of course, my linguist-friend says that's just because some linguists cannot stand languages which stand alone, outside of groups.)
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Also, related trivia: a "computer" in English used to mean a person who performed arithmetic computations. Perhaps an accountant's assistant, or someone calculating ballistics for firing cannon.
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Here in the Philippines, we still call it computer or PC.

In Bicol, still computer, an makina na nagpoproseso kan mga datos asin nakakatabang
para mapasayon an sa aton trabaho.

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Jyrkkä Jätkä
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rosicrucian wrote:
Here in the Philippines, we still call it computer or PC.

In Bicol, still computer, an makina na nagpoproseso kan mga datos asin nakakatabang
para mapasayon an sa aton trabaho.


Just like in Cebuano. Do you speak Tagalog?
Thanks for sharing info.


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Jyrkkä Jätkä
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RuthP wrote:

P.S. JJ, did you know some people think Hungarian is related to Finnish? (Of course, my linguist-friend says that's just because some linguists cannot stand languages which stand alone, outside of groups.)[/color]


Thank you. Yes, I did know that. Finnish and Hungarian are languages in Uralic language family. Common ancestral group was Finno-Ugric some 5000 years ago.


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rosicrucian
Posted: Monday, November 16, 2009 6:56:23 PM

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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Just like in Cebuano. Do you speak Tagalog?
Thanks for sharing info.

Yes, I do. Actually I'm practicing how to speak
English fluently.Anxious

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Jyrkkä Jätkä
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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Thanks everyone for sharing, so far we've got these:

Code:
English:                  Computer
Finnish:                  Tietokone, knowledge machine.
Estonian:                Arvuti, (guessing machine?).
Swedish:                Datamaskin or Dator, data machine.
Hungarian:             Számítógép, calculating machine.
Slovak:                   počíta(ť) (to count) + č = computer
Cebuano:               Kompiyuter
French:                   Ordinateur
Korean:                  컴퓨터, computer
Polish:                    Komputer
Japanese,               コンピュータ, Konpyūta
Turkish:                  Bilgisayar, information counter
Mandarin Chinese:  电脑 (diàn nǎo), electric brain
Canton Chinese:    電腦 (din lou), also meaning electric brain
Icelandic:               Tölva, prosessor?
Afrikaans:               Rekeneer, calculator?


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Posted: Monday, November 23, 2009 6:50:57 AM

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Portuguese: Computador!!!

Which is the same when we are in much pain: I'm having this bitching pain in my head, which means that estou com puta dor de cabeça... lol
Jyrkkä Jätkä
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vagnersiqueira wrote:
Portuguese: Computador!!!

Which is the same when we are in much pain: I'm having this bitching pain in my head, which means that estou com puta dor de cabeça... lol


Pain in head. Good synonym for computer ;-) If you sit too long at your PC you possibly get som pain in your bottom too.


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englishpundit wrote:
In the Polish language it is called: 'komputer' The pronunciation in very similar to the English word 'computer'. Even the stress pattern is the same. The difference is that the English one is pronounced with shorter sounds in unstressed syllables, which is typical, and [p] sound in English is more soft since it precedes [i:], not as in Polish [u] . ;) But all in all, everyone would understand what you mean by 'computer'. :)))


Czy mozna rozmawiac po polsku? d'oh!
Jyrkkä Jätkä
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musicwriter wrote:
englishpundit wrote:
In the Polish language it is called: 'komputer' The pronunciation in very similar to the English word 'computer'. Even the stress pattern is the same. The difference is that the English one is pronounced with shorter sounds in unstressed syllables, which is typical, and [p] sound in English is more soft since it precedes [i:], not as in Polish [u] . ;) But all in all, everyone would understand what you mean by 'computer'. :)))


Czy mozna rozmawiac po polsku? d'oh!


Computer -like word is common in most of the languages.

Nie, ale mogę taniec polka


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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
musicwriter wrote:
englishpundit wrote:
In the Polish language it is called: 'komputer' The pronunciation in very similar to the English word 'computer'. Even the stress pattern is the same. The difference is that the English one is pronounced with shorter sounds in unstressed syllables, which is typical, and [p] sound in English is more soft since it precedes [i:], not as in Polish [u] . ;) But all in all, everyone would understand what you mean by 'computer'. :)))


Czy mozna rozmawiac po polsku? d'oh!


Computer -like word is common in most of the languages.

Nie, ale mogę taniec polka


Zwiedzalem w polsce w roku 1999 przez dwie tygodnie. Widzialem "Paluki" (okolica ze przodkow byly mieszkaliscie w XIX wieku). Moglbys polka? Bardzo dobrze!

Moj komputer dziala na Windows Vista. Czy mozliwy przewracac napisze znakow diakrytyczny polskiego? Brick wall
Jyrkkä Jätkä
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musicwriter wrote:


Zwiedzalem w polsce w roku 1999 przez dwie tygodnie. Widzialem "Paluki" (okolica ze przodkow byly mieszkaliscie w XIX wieku). Moglbys polka? Bardzo dobrze!

Moj komputer dziala na Windows Vista. Czy mozliwy przewracac napisze znakow diakrytyczny polskiego? Brick wall


Mam znajomego w Krakova. Nie można mówić fiński.
Jest to możliwe, trzeba guru jak ja.

I really never thought I can some Polish.

And the heck! We are talking with an American in Computing section about computing and the topic is about different languages - so let's Polish!


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