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I would be really PROUD if my ancestors were from Greece. Country of

Great Philosophical minds, who knows, maybe you are relative to Socrates

or Plato. :D

Thank you. I don't know cause they lived in ancient times but it would be so good cause i love both

there are theories of people sharing common ancestries due to the number of people living back then, for example it is thought that europeans are all descended from charlemagne as an example

with ancient greek society so few people living back then, it is highly likely that unless their descendant line stopped somewhere, you would be descended from them.

there is another theory on this that everyone has some royal blood in them, though proving it is another matter

but when genetic paths are mapped, common ancestors are shown and assumptions made in relation to these

That most of the european nobility were descebdants from Karl the Great/Charlemagne*.

not just nobility, all europeans

http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/05/07/charlemagnes-dna-and-our-universal-royalty/

In fact, as Chang suspected, the only way to explain the DNA is to conclude that everyone who lived a thousand years ago who has any descendants today is an ancestor of every European. Charlemagne for everyone!

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cal_gui

  • Native Language: Portuguese (Brazilian)
  • Other spoken languages: Fluent English, theoretically fluent but grammatically confused German, some Portunhol Spanish
  • Home country: Brazil
  • Country of residence: Brazil
  • Parents' home country?: Brazil but with Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Moroccan ancestors

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Kuuya
  • Native Language: Finnish
  • Other spoken languages: Fluent in English and Swedish, my German is probably a bit rusty... I also know some Japanese (to the point where I can listen to drama CDs and understand almost everything)
  • Home country: Finland
  • Country of residence: Finland
  • Parents' home country: Finland

Slightly off topic but... A classmate (originally from Russia) once told me it's not worth the effort to learn Finnish. His reasoning was as follows:

  • It's a hard language to learn.
  • When you finally learn, and try to have a conversation with a native Finnish speaking person, you won't understand them anyway because no one in Finland speaks the standard Finnish they taught you.

I speak the Savo dialect from eastern Finland, so I found this hilarious. :D

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knout

Oh I like that threat, very interesting :DD

  • Native Language: Swiss
  • Other spoken languages: Swiss, German, French, Italian and English (basic conversations possible in Russian, Spanish and Japanese)
  • Home country: Switzerland
  • Country of residence: Switzerland (ah love ma countreh :3 )
  • Parents' home country?: Mom and Dad both Swiss'

The infamous Swiss language ^_^

Ohhhh now I'm curious, how does Swiss sound like? Like Romansh :blink:?

I was being sarcastic, there's no such thing as a Swiss language. She was referring to Swiss German... which doesn't sound much like German :P

Romansh is a latin language so it's not that close, although there's definitely influences :)

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Parisisburning

Born and raised in France.

Fluent in English.

Used to speak German but not anymore :/

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DiEvAl

  • Native Language: Russian

Other spoken languages: Ukrainian, English

Home country: Ukraine, Kyiv

Country of residence: Ukraine, Kyiv (and hopefully I won't move to Russia, Kiev ;) )

Parents' home country?: First Ukrainian Soviet Socialistic Republic, now Ukraine

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loomborn

  • Native Language: Spanish

Other spoken languages: .........Well I only speak in English

Home country: Spain

Country of residence: Spain

Parents' home country: Spain

goddammit i need to learn cool languages, this is so embarrassing!!

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Måskemigselvetsted
  • Native Language: Finnish
  • Other spoken languages: Fluent in English and Swedish, my German is probably a bit rusty... I also know some Japanese (to the point where I can listen to drama CDs and understand almost everything)
  • Home country: Finland
  • Country of residence: Finland
  • Parents' home country: Finland

Slightly off topic but... A classmate (originally from Russia) once told me it's not worth the effort to learn Finnish. His reasoning was as follows:

  • It's a hard language to learn.
  • When you finally learn, and try to have a conversation with a native Finnish speaking person, you won't understand them anyway because no one in Finland speaks the standard Finnish they taught you.

I speak the Savo dialect from eastern Finland, so I found this hilarious. :D

You just made me question my sanity a little more for wanting to learn Finnish. But it just looks so cool!

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marchpie

  • Native Language: English

Other spoken languages: Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin) to varying degrees of fluency

Home country: USA

Country of residence: Japan

Parents' home country: Taiwan

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ClaroBralis

Native language: Dalmatún (dalmatian)

Official language: Croatún (croatian)

Other spoken language:Anglín (english)

Home country: Croátia (Croatia)

Parental country: complicated to describe

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Viridzen

  • Native Language: American English

Other spoken languages: Some British English (I use a mix of that and AmE on a daily basis), some French, some Yiddish, some Gothic, some Pennsylvania German.

Home country: USA

Country of residence: Pennsylvania, USA

Parents' home country: New York, USA (also where I was born). We have a mix of Italian, Irish, English, Polish, and Pennsylvania German ancestry, too.

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Sirily

  • Native Language: Ukrainian, Russian

Other spoken languages: English, Spanish

Home country: Ukraine

Country of residence: Spain

Parents' home country: Mom from Ukraine, dad from Cuba

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Lilandra

  • Native Language: German (& Swabian, our regional dialect)

Other spoken languages: English, some Italian and French

Home country: Germany

Country of residence: Germany

Parents' home country? Germany

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sasai
  • Native Language: Danish
  • Other spoken languages: English and Japanese
  • Home country: Denmark
  • Country of residence: Denmark
  • Parents' home country: Denmark and Japan

Wow, so many Japanese speakers here and even a good handful of Danish speakers! I have no secret language to fall back on... How am I supposed to keep my secrets now? :ph34r:

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Elasaurus

  • Native Language: Slovak

Other spoken languages: English and Czech fluently, some French and Japanese (even tiny bits of Portuguese, I'm learning)

Home country: Slovakia

Country of residence: Czech republic

Parents' home country?: both Slovak, with German roots as far as I know :)

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RedOwl

- Native Language: Spanish

- Other spoken languages: Galician, English. Some Portuguese and horrible French.

- Home country: Spain

- Country of residence: England

- Parents' home country?: Both spanish

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A Place With A Tree

Native Language: Finnish (Swedish too since two offical languages i quess)

Other spoken languages: English, Swedish and German

Home country: Finland

Country of residence: Finland

Parents home country: Finland to my knowledge, though i have Russian blood and my fathers side is a complete mess so no idea honestly

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toprakkokusu

Native Language: Turkish

Other spoken languages: English, learning Spanish

Home country: Turkey

Country of residence: Turkey

Parents' home country: Turkey

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scarletlatitude

  • Native Language: English

Other spoken languages: some French, a few words of Spanish, working on learning Irish

Home country: USA

Country of residence: USA

Parents' home country?: USA (ancestors from all over Europe though)

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Anthracite_Impreza

Native Language: Yorkshire :P
Other spoken languages: English, bits and bobs of various random languages
Home country: England
Country of residence: England
Parents' home country: England

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knout

  • Native Language: French

Other spoken languages: English, some German

Home country: Switzerland

Country of residence: Switzerland

Parents' home country?: Switzerland (French and Italian ancestry somewhere)

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Per Aspera Ad Astra

  • Native Language: French

Other spoken languages: English. Some Italian.

Home country: France.

Country of residence: France.

Parents' home country: France.

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Hooded_Crow

Native language: French

Other languages: English. Some German.

Home country: France.

Country of residence: France at the moment. But I've lived in Scotland and England.

Parents' home country: dad is French. Mum is French Canadian. Acadian and Canadian ancestry.

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Bowie187

Hi ^_^

Native Language: Spanish.

Other spoken languages: English, and a little french :P

Home country: Venezuela.

Country of residence: Venezuela xD

Parents' home country?: My mom is from Venezuela and my dad's from Chile ^_^ but my grandparents on my mom's side are from Venezuela (grandmother) and Spain (grandfather) while on my dad's side it's Chile (grandmother) and Brazil (grandfather)... Multicultural family :P

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CosineTheCat

  • Native Language: Englrish xD

Other spoken languages: Spanish and some french

Home country: Canada

Country of residence: Canada

Parents' home country: Canada

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Pengwyn

  • Native Language: English

Other spoken languages: Welsh is the only other language I'm half decent at speaking.

Home country: Wales, UK

Country of residence: Wales

Parents' home country?: Both from Wales, though my maternal grandmother is from Ireland, and my maternal grandfather was born in Rhodesia (to Welsh parents)

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Anne Li
  • Native Language: Finnish
  • Other spoken languages: Fluent in English and Swedish, my German is probably a bit rusty... I also know some Japanese (to the point where I can listen to drama CDs and understand almost everything)
  • Home country: Finland
  • Country of residence: Finland
  • Parents' home country: Finland

Slightly off topic but... A classmate (originally from Russia) once told me it's not worth the effort to learn Finnish. His reasoning was as follows:

  • It's a hard language to learn.
  • When you finally learn, and try to have a conversation with a native Finnish speaking person, you won't understand them anyway because no one in Finland speaks the standard Finnish they taught you.
I speak the Savo dialect from eastern Finland, so I found this hilarious. :D

Haha, I actually think the same. I always think it must be impossible for immigrants to follow the conversations because no one speaks like the characters in their school books. :D

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Anne Li

Native Language: Finnish

Other spoken languages: English and some Swedish. I've learned the basics in Spanish, Mandarin, Russian and Italian but I feel like I've forgotten a lot.

Home country: Finland

Country of residence: Finland at the moment but I hope to move abroad again once I graduate.

Parents' home country: Finland. My dad was never around but no one's said he would have been anything else but a Finn. :D So I assume Finland goes for him as well.

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Plectrophenax

Native Language: Swiss German

Other Spoken Languages: English, German, unimpressive French, rusty [pun intended] old Greek

Home Country: Switzerland

Country of Residence: Switzerland also

Parent's Home Country: Switzerland for my mother, UK for my father

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Paranoid Android

Native Language: Portuguese

Other spoken languages: English (duh), although I want to learn Japanese and maybe German.

Home country: Brazil

Country of residence: Brazil (I do not want to stay here forever though)

Parents' home country?: Both are from Brazil.

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