The Extraordinary History of a Unique People

The series of articles, The Extraordinary History of a Unique People, as published in [magazine] Glasilo, was written in great haste. Data collected as a life-long hobby, about Wends, their origins and their language, are scattered over some 160 files on my computer and a few hundred printed pages of notes. Therefore, my text is obviously somewhat disorganized and at times repetitive. However, due to my advanced age and deteriorating health, I have decided not to spend time attempting to perfect it. I simply want to ensure that at least my most interesting discoveries do not get lost with my demise. I want the most important information which I have discovered on these subjects, mostly accidentally, to be available to the Wendish public and any one else interested.

This information will enlighten Wends about the shocking fact that the officially accepted and promoted version of Wendish history has little in common with their true history. Wends are equally misinformed about the crucial role which their truly unique and ancient language has played in the evolution of all classical and modern Indo-European languages and cultures they represented – in Europe and elsewhere.

Mila Deacon

The following text touches on the factual history of my people, which are most correctly described as Carinthian Wends. With gratitude to Ms. Mila Deacon, who spent most of her adult life collecting information on Wends’, their language and history, and authors like Dr. Šavli, Rev. Tomažič, Matej Bor and A. Ambrožič, a coherent and obvious truth has become transparent.

Wends are, without doubt, the direct descendants of the first European settlers, its first farmers. Up until the expansion of the Roman Empire, Wendish, also known as Keltic or Gallic, was spoken in Britain, throughout the European continent, wherever farming was practiced, as well as in most of Asia Minor except in Semitic-speaking areas.

Their ancestors, with their sun-god and mother-earth goddess veneration, had explored the entire globe already in Megalithic times. Their language had left its footprint wherever they had explored, traded or settled. One finds Wendish vocabulary in many native languages on all continents, from Northern Africa (even in a few places in Sub-Saharan Africa), to India, Japan and throughout America.

Many Wendish words have remained unchanged since the Ice Ages. Their language is the language of the original Indo-Europeans. It is the language of some of the oldest civilizations in the Middle East, for example, Akkadians, Babylonians, Phrygians and Ancient Persians. The first book ever written, the Gilgamesh Epic, was composed in a Wendish dialect. Its actual name was Gal(s)ki/Kel(ts)ki Mosh, The Celtic Man. Their language was the basis for all Indo-European languages, classical and modern. Their contribution to the evolution of the Roman Empire and its Latin language was substantial. Some of the great Roman Emperors were members of Gallic families, from the Tres Galliae and from Illyricum. Wends of Central Europe are the only people who have preserved their ancient language until today, although it may not survive much longer. The German government is forcing their children to learn Sorbish and Alpine Wends’ children are learning Serbo-Croatian, instead of their ancestral Wendish.

What took Ms. Deacon a few decades of researching about the subject of Wends, is in a very condensed form as follows:

  • Wendish dialects – which include over 50 Wendish dialects spoken in the Republic of Slovenia alone, as well as dialects in the Austrian provinces of Carinthia and Styria, Northern Germany, Hungary and Northern Italy – are spoken by people who refer to themselves either as Slowends or as Slowinds. These two terms are reflected in German terms, “Windisch” and “Wendish”. The prefix “slo” in these names is derived from the original “Sol”, which is one of the names of the Wendish sun-god, used by Wends in pre-Christian times throughout central Europe, from Sweden to Sicily. Swedes still call themselves “Swensk”, a shortened version of Carinthian “Swowensk” and Slovene “Slowensk”. Italians still call the sun “sole”, and in English, there is the winter solstice, sun’s shortest day.

 

  • In western Europe, Northern Africa, Asia Minor, and parts of North America, the sun-god, called Sol, was referred to as the “white” god, god of light. He was known also as Belin, Bel, or Baal. His name is based on the Wendish word bel, meaning white. Mother earth goddess also had various Wendish names. For example, her name in ancient Greece was Semela/Zemela (zemla, earth, in Wendish). In Babylon she was known as Baba (woman) and her name turns up even in Japan. Their third most important deity was the lord of the lower realms, the god of darkness, in Europe called Tchrni Bog, the Black God.

 

  • The terms Wi(n)ds and We(n)ds – referred to by Germans as “Windisch” and “Wendisch”, by Italians as Veneti, in Scandinavian sagas as Vani (retained in Solvani,/Slo), in Hungarian as Vendek – may be connected to the two Wendish Druidical sects, the “wids”, i.e., priests, seers, prophets, and the weds, i.e., sages, scientists, scholars. Both these terms occur also in the Indian Sanskrit and Buddhist texts. The name of Buddha itself is obviously of Wendish origin, derived from budit, to wake up, to be awake, to be open to insights and knowledge.

 

  • The word Druid itself, as spelled by Romans, is doubtless a Wendish term, namely a trowid or a trowed. Druids studied and explored the various subjects, trinities, “troyitsas”, e.g., this world, the upper divine regions, the lower realms; sun-god, mother earth goddess, god of darkness; the past, the present, the future; body, soul, mind; matter/solids, liquids, gasses, etc.

 

  • All the remaining Wendish dialects show characteristics of a truly ancient language. They are grammatically sophisticated, highly inclined, retaining – as the only European language – the ancient dual and various neuter forms. Some of these are still present in Sanskrit of ancient India, but are already much simplified in later Latin. Both these languages are based on Wendish. Wendish is, as a result of these many ancient linguistic characteristics and its complicated grammatical structure, an amazingly precise linguistic tool. Wendish, I discovered, is one of the oldest languages in existence, seemingly already existing in the Ice Age. This is evidenced in the substantial Wendish linguistic imprint in various parts of the globe – even in the far east and America. Moreover,

 

  • Wends are what linguists and historians refer to today as Continental Celts. The Continental Celtic language is, in fact, what we know today as the Wendish language. Having observed a substantial Wendish vocabulary in all modern European languages, there is no doubt in my mind that modern Wends are the last remnants of Continental Celts and, as such, they are the last remaining speakers of their ancient Continental Celtic language.

 

  • Until about 200 B.C., Wendish was spoken by a great majority of Europeans, particularly by farmers, Europe’s first permanent settlers who had arrived in Europe from the Middle East and from Northern Africa after the last Ice Age. However, the first wave of Wendish settlers may have reached Europe already during the last warm period in the Ice Ages, around 42,000 years B.C. Because, up to the last century, farmers formed the overwhelmingly largest population in all western societies, Wendish was, in fact, the lingua franca of pre-Roman and pre-Christian Europe.

 

  • The decline of the Wendish language in Europe – now surviving only in some 2 million Wendish speakers in five Central European states, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Italy and Slovenia – was caused by two historic phenomena: (a) the founding and the spread of the Roman Empire, which caused the formation of Romance languages in Southern and Western Europe and (b) the introduction of the new Bible-based religions into the formerly Wendish-speaking pagan territories of Northern and Central Europe and British Isles, which resulted in the evolution of all modern Germanic languages.

 

  • Wends played major roles in both decisive historic events, i.e., the formation of the Roman Empire, as well as the introduction of Christianity to Europe by the Franks, with their Holy Roman Empire, the later Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. Some Wendish tribes contributed to the creation Latin, as well as to the growth of the Roman Empire itself. Many other Wendish tribes became victims of Rome’s expansion. Yet others remained its allies. Wends, who lived farther north, resisted the onslaught of Rome and managed to retain their independence and language much longer. However, one by one, even they eventually succumbed to the brutal force of proselytizing Franks.

 

  • Wendish is actually what is now called the original Indo-European language – on which all modern and classical Indo-European languages, i.e., Romance, Slavic and Germanic languages, Sanskrit, as well as Ainu, Japanese and Algonquian languages, etc. – are based. Wendish is the only language which qualifies for this position, being the only language well represented in all Indo-European languages. It is not a proto- or pre-Indo-European language.

 

  • The new Romance and Germanic languages of Western, Southern, Central and Northern Europe have evolved comparatively recently, on the basis of Wendish dialects, due to foreign occupations, namely that of Romans and Franks.

 

  • The modern Slavic languages of Eastern Europe have not undergone an equally drastic change from the original Indo-European, i.e., Wendish, as did those in the West. The reason being that most of them have evolved without foreign invasions or prolonged occupations. In contrast to Western Europe, their conversion to the new religion had not been imposed by a foreign power introducing a foreign tongue. It had taken place much later and was due to their own rulers’ voluntary conversion, and spread among their subjects in their own language. Nevertheless, modern Slavic languages differ greatly from each other, and from Wendish, in their vocabularies and in their simplified grammatical structure. As this difference is not due to foreign occupation, it allowed a considerably larger Wendish linguistic imprint in modern Slavic languages. They differ from the original Indo-European Wendish due to the intermarriage of Wendish farmers with various foreign speaking nomadic populations, who had eventually decided to settle and marry among them. There are some exceptions. For instance, Bulgarian and Serbo-Croatian evolved under a protracted (500 years long) Ottoman occupation.

 

  • This fact, namely that Slavic languages had remained linguistically comparatively closer to ancient Wendish, contributed to the confusion of European scholars – already brainwashed by Christian admirers of Roman and Germanic cultures and accomplishments – and further diminished their objectivity. As public servants, they had to follow their governments’ policies when researching the early European history and the historic role of pagan Wends. Prejudices against, and demonization of pagans, built up during the millennium-long religious wars against them, followed by equally fanatic expansionist nationalist wars, have firmly established the presently universally accepted distorted and falsified versions of their histories. This was done to such an extent and over such a long period of time that today few, if any, scholars question its reliability. They copy from earlier historians and fail to do independent research.

 

  • Not only West, but also East European scholars, led by Russians, continue to support and propagate this invented version of European history for the same nationalistic, empire-building reasons. Official histories have created in Europe a clear and deep division between the east and the west. They are a convenient excuse for aggression into each other’s territories. They support the expansionist policies of Germans and allow Russia to widen its political influence over the Slavic speaking territories, including those belonging to Wends.

 

  • The status quo in the prevalent historic perceptions is likely to be fanatically defended by Germans, Italians, and Russians alike. German governments have followed policies of settlement and annexation of Slavic territories in Eastern Europe ever since they had, in the 15th century, firmly established their Holy Christian Empire of the German Nation. They pursued these expansionist goals on the pretext that Slavs are not real Europeans, but primitive invaders into Germanic and Italic lands, arriving from Asia rather late in recorded history. They demonized Slavs to such an extent, that their pride will not allow them now to admit that they have the same blood running in their own veins, as have those whom they had been trying for centuries to remove from the map of Europe.

 

  • As mentioned, it seems that Wendish was perfected already in the Ice Age. Its dialects were not only spoken by some Ice Age hunting and gathering tribes (e.g., the first population in Cornwall and Japan), but also by some of the earliest farming communities and advanced civilizations in Europe, as well as in Northern Africa, India and in Asia Minor (Akkadia, Babylon, Phrygia, Cilicia, Paphlagonia, etc.). Wendish Akkadian remained the lingua franca of the Middle East up to its invasion by Rome, and the later Arab occupation of Northern Africa. Arabic was spread throughout these regions, along with the Quran and their Muslim faith.

 

  • A close relationship seems to have existed between Wendish-speaking societies and the expansion of the megalithic cultures, with their sun-god and mother-earth-goddess veneration – judging from the name Solwendi itself, and by their linguistic imprint found in languages spoken today wherever megalithic cultures, with their astronomic temples, had once flourished.

 

  • Wendish has miraculously survived until today and continues to be spoken by over 2 million Wends in Central Europe – despite the creation of new languages due to Roman occupation and the introduction of Bible-based religions (Christian and Muslim) by Franks into formerly Wendish-speaking territories.

 

  • Today’s German, Austrian, Italian and Hungarian governments, assisted by the legislation of the European Union – and that of the Slovene government itself – continue the destruction of the ancient Wendish language. These policies are carried out willingly by Wends themselves, unaware of their true identity, under the false assumption that their fictitious official history is true and based on facts.

 

  • The Greek historian Polybius, and various Roman historians, may help to explain why there are more than 50 different Wendish dialects in the small area of the Slovene Republic alone.

 

  • I found an extensive Wendish vocabulary in the modern Japanese language, seemingly due to a second wave of Wendish settlers in Japan, arriving by sea, occurring sometime after the Ice Age, when the sun-god veneration was already established in farming communities.

 

  • I found a rich Wendish vocabulary also in the Ainu language of the white aborigines of Japan, indicating a much earlier Wendish settlement – seemingly as early as the last Ice Age, when Japanese islands were still part of the Eurasian continent.

 

  • I discovered the fact that Wendish forms also a large part of the vocabulary of several American native languages, particularly those of the Algonquian language family. For example, I found it in the Migmaq and the Cree languages of Eastern and Central North America.

 

  • I found a Wendish linguistic footprint also in several other native American languages in the south-east and along the Pacific coast, in North, Central and South America, as well as in some Pacific Islands.

 

  • The history of Wends and their language, as presented today by all official educational and political institutions in Europe – even those of the only independent Wendish state, Slovenia – is obviously falsified and fictionalized.

 

  • Because the histories of various nations do not exist in a vacuum, but are closely interconnected, related to, and affected by all neighbouring states – the current official versions of histories of most other European nations are obviously contorted and falsified to the same extent as is that of Wends. Most of the greatest and highly venerated European historic heroes and personalities, now claimed by Englishmen, Frenchmen, Germans and Italians as their own, are in fact Wends, with purely Wendish names. One of these is the greatest “Germanic” national hero, Arminius, and another is their adored and wise priestess/druidess Veleda, admired even by Romans.

 

  • What German scholars claim to be their two earliest “Germanic inscriptions”, “proving” that Germanic tribes were literate already in the Iron Age, are in fact written in Wendish dialects.

 

  • The “Germanic” tribe of the Cheruski, and many other “Germanic” tribes, for example Marcomanni, Cimbri and Teutoni, mentioned by classical writers, were not “Germanic” but Wendish.

 

  • My interpretation – which contradicts the current, generally accepted interpretation of the term “Germani”, as used by classical Roman and Greek writers, including Caesar, Tacitus and Pliny – is more logical and more likely to be correct than the officially accepted version.

 

  • Several passages in TacitusGermania and HerodotusHistory, consistently claimed by European, particularly German scholars, as being erroneous, are in fact correct. All of them happen to confirm my own findings and support my conclusion that the official history versions are misleading or outright wrong.

 

  • Etc.

Each and every point from the above list is explained in a very detailed form. These explanations are the results of Ms. Deacon’s haphazard “research”, with complete lists of Wendish words, discovered in various modern and classical languages and ancient texts, and do appear on her website under the “Articles” section:

https://www.globalwends.com/ 

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22 thoughts on “The Extraordinary History of a Unique People

  1. Could Wends be the background for the vendors – sale?
    However i kept reading on, and found the something on the God Radagosc, and i thought that could be Ratatosk who is mentioned in Voluspà. The translation Happy guest fits neatly, as he is there depicted as a Squirrel traveling up and down the tree of Life, mediating between the Eagle on its top and the foul dragon Nidhug which gnaws on the trees roots. Squirrel is a typical symbol for Mercury that is the classic messenger.

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  2. That’s an excellent catch, Runar.

    Wikipedia mentions Radegast, also as Radigost, Redigast, Riedegost or Radogost, and they say he’s an old god of Slavic mythology. More accurate would be that Radogost was Wendish deity and his name I can still understand – it literally means a happy guest, one who is happy to be invited / present as a guest. Which is why he was perceived as the god of hospitality.

    On the other hand, the modern accepted translation of Ratatosk(r) from Norse mythology defines it as a drill-tooth? Although they admit that the word doesn’t appear anywhere else in Old Norse language, they still pushed for the drill-tooth translation. Which can be understood if you think that it needed to be invented in order to give confirmation to another kind of invented theory – that of Europe’s nations and their settling of her territory.

    Do you think Mercury symbol / meaning has any deeper meaning?

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    1. Drill tooth is just a guess by one of the first authors who started to study runes in the 19th century. Sorry to say, but our scholars are not able to translate texts over 1000 years. They pretend they have done so and releases unreadable things which resemble old words. Much of it is comprehensive as it was, and that legitimizes the publishing.
      The text it derives from is Grimnesmal, and is younger, 500-900 AD.

      Isolated from Ratatosk we have up to modern times the notion of a Rabagast. This is the expression of a wild and unruly guy, who have much do and say. If this have anything to do with Radogast, then his priests may also have been called by that name.

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  3. I looked at the English vocabulary pdf at globalwends, and found Knife listed with its Wendish equivalent Noj, yet the Danish for Knife is Kniv, which seems a more likely root.

    In Welsh, sicr means secure, sure, and is a loan word from the Old English which isn’t even in Modern English, like the way in which the French word Battle has replaced the Old English gefeoht. There are other a myriad number of examples, but the point being most languages evolve using loan words, slang, and elision.

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  4. Pretty cool stuff, Vexman. And if the timelines are correct (as in, relative to the last great Ice Age) it would give us some outlines of history from before the Fertile Crescent and the Phoenicians, before Totalitarian Agriculture began pushing outward and infecting all other cultures. We have parables about these contacts (Cain and Abel, for example) but not a lot of hard history. This has given me a new angle of research in that direction, and I thank you.

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    1. It’s been the most interesting finding in 2018 for me. Wends theory has so many supporting evidence that I’m still overwhelmed with it. It does give a completely different explanation about how Europe got formatted the way it did. But it also explains why there is so much negative in PTB’s dealing with Wends, later known as Slavic spoken people, throughout the known history. We should have disappeared by now considering all the PTB’s efforts in trying to purport the most efficient genocide – by erasing one nation’s history and thus making its people’s forget their true identity, they accomplished much more than they could’ve done by using guns or wars. Although, we’ve seen our fair share of those as well.

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    1. Don’t want to disappoint you, but in that quote I was referring to the series of posts made by the author of this text. She published a series of articles within magazine Glasilo from 2012-2016 and then made a blog content out of those articles. If you go to her site at the link provided in my post, you’ll be able to read them all.

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  5. In my opinion Mila Deacon has some interesting ideas, but I believe the truth is very different. The first thing that should be mentioned is that many European countries have similar authors. These authors present their modern country, as being the navel of the world in the ancient world. In my country, Romania, we had authors like Nicolae Densusianu since the late 19th century (he wrote thousand of pages but you can get a translated sample here http://dacia.org/densusianu/pd.pdf ). Michael Tsarion did similar things for the Irish (Ireland also had similar authors since the 19th century). I know that there are Hungarian authors that tie the Hungarians to the Sumerians and the Scythians.

    But in my opinion, the most reasonable idea is that the ancient Europeans probably spoke languages that were more similar to each other than the current languages. I don’t even pretend to know which modern language is closer to the ancient European languages. If Wendish is the closest modern language to the ancient languages, it doesn’t mean all these ancients were Wends. Most modern languages were artificially modernized or modified by the families. For example, I think it is reasonable to assume that one of the roles of the Shakespeare committee was to update the English language. Luther was probably part of a committee when he wrote the German Bible.

    There are many things that complicate the discussions about language. Things like ” language does not equal race”. For example, Romanians speak a romance language but genetically they are similar to their neighbors, especially similar to the Serbians , Bulgarians and Macedonians (Moldavians are also similar but they speak Romanian and Moldavia was part of Romania in the past).

    Other complications are due to the fact that some languages were probably only used by the priests and the elites. I believe that classical Latin, classical Greek and ancient Hebrew were such languages. I believe that there is a case to be made that such languages are artificial in many ways, but still connected to the languages of the commoners .These languages were not 100% pulled out of the asses of the elites since they have clear connections to many other languages. These languages were probably a specialized lingo so that only the elites could understand these languages. So I consider the possibility that Latin is not necessary the mother language of the modern Romance languages. The modern Romance languages may have derived from ancient Vulgar languages. Latin may have been a refined version of 1 or more ancient vulgar languages, made to be a language of the elites.

    There is also the case of some languages that were imposed from the top. For example, Hungarian seems to be a language imposed on the people by an elite from the past. Hungarian is very different from the languages of the neighbors (Romance, Slavic and Germanic languages). The genetic studies show that the Hungarians are similar to the neighbors (again language is not genetics).

    I should also mention that I am not sure about the official narratives and chronologies. Mila Deacon seems to only question some chronologies related to the Slavic people. I also believe that probably the history of Slavic people in Europe is as old as the history of other big European tribal families. I don’t even pretend to know the original homeland of Europeans. Is it Europe? Is it somewhere in Siberia? What I believe is that the ancient Europeans were probably very similar from a genetic point of view. Their languages were probably very similar (remember that I said that I believe that the modern divergence in the languages may be due to the strong influence of the elites). I also consider the possibility that the geography of ancient world was very different, even if we go back less than 1000 years.

    Mila Deacon should realize that the lies are not due to the “German scholars” . Mila Deacon should become familiar with the “Miles Mathis angle”, which is about the elite families and how they controlled the history of the world (especially Europe, Northern Africa, Middle East and other parts of Asia). In the end, I don’t believe that we have enough reliable information to really know the past. At best we can show that the standard histories are full of contradictions.

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    1. Thank you for your extensive comment, Calgacus, I always appreciate your input. I can imagine you have a different view about the timeline(s) since you brought this particular issue forward a few times so far.

      My focus when reading and thinking about Wend related subject is primarily on the idea, that Europe’s territory wasn’t uninhabited when Roman empire expanded over it. Very likely, those people had much more in common throughout Europe than we have today and in particular, the idea of a common language seems very plausible to me. What I’m still baffled with is a fact that I can understand some of ancient inscriptions, which are usually attributed to Celts living all over Europe. How can this be? I never learned Celtic. Well, it can only be possible if people of this historical era / timeline had a very common language. And it can only be possible if this language / knowledge isn’t yet extinct. Further, I find this idea very close to my worldview and plausible as well – living in the era before monotheism and centralized governing was very much different from what we know today. Some insight into it can be gained by looking at rare inscriptions, pictures and archaeological findings that explain it. All these tell the story of people with almost identical customs that spread out over very large territory. Did they speak a common language? Very probably so.

      I’m aware that some nations want to be perceived as superior from the most ancient times onward. This is especially true for Europe’s biggest like Germany and France. While the matter of fact is that for instance Germanic nation exists “only” for the last 1500 years or so. Life in Europe is much older than that of course. But what strikes me most is the names of their mythological heroes and deities – how come all these names mean nothing in the language of people living there today? While they have perfectly sensible meaning in my language and many other Slavic-spoken people? So in my perception, the basic idea of how Europe’s nations sparked into existence is turned upside-down. It was after all a matter of environmental conditions that enabled a flourishing population – does is seem logical, that more advanced and more populated areas would be those in the far north of Europe, where temperatures don’t allow more than 3 months of agriculture? Of course not, the biggest population of people (before the development of more efficient logistics) were around sources of food – sea and big river’s plains, as far away from snow and ice as possible. There is again a suggestion that people were moving from south to north as food supplies became more accessible even in the furthest known parts of Europe’s inland.

      Your explanation of Latin being a language of the elites sounds very close to my personal belief. I too think it was a “dead” language, not used in conversing, but only in written form. If you every tried speaking it, you’d get a feeling of this, it sounds sterile.

      Yes, it would be great if Mila was aware of Mathis’ angle. I’m not advocating her view nor do I want to be apologetic, but in my opinion she got pretty far with her idea of how much the history is fudged in general. All sciences are compromised beyond recognition, all of them built upon lies. If you remember from her text, she is quite old now and had absolutely no intention to become a historian or publish books. Her findings were compiled over a few decades, before there was any internet around. For that, hats off to her, there is an amazing number of books / references to books that are listed on her website. Just reading them all would take a decade to finish off.

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  6. This is not really related to the post, but I want to mention that in the last few days I thought about starting to learn Russian. I really want to learn a Slavic language, and Russian seems to be the most useful due to the number of speakers. Also, one of my great great grandparent was Russian (or maybe Ukrainian). The Romanian vocabulary is about 15% Slavic, so learning a Slavic language should be a little bit easier for me compared to an English speaker. I already decided to make French my 3rd language and I kinda decided to also learn Italian (after I spend a few months on French). Italian, French and other Romance languages are very easy or easy to learn if you know Romanian. Unfortunately I don’t have the time to learn all the languages I want to learn. Recently, I studied a bit the Latin language, but I stopped in order to start learning French. I hope that I will persist with French until I achieve an advance level (I am more interested in reading French than in speaking French). When I achieve a satisfactory level for French , I may consider Russian.

    I wonder if you speak other languages besides Slovenian and English? Or at least if you speak other Slavic languages? Can you understand other Slavic languages if you speak only Slovenian? Usually there is a bit difference between oral mutual intelligibility and written mutual intelligibility. I found a study here https://www.academia.edu/4080349/Mutual_Intelligibility_of_Languages_in_the_Slavic_Family . Of course, I am more interested in your experience since such studies have their limits.

    A interesting question would be what European language or languages would allow a native of that language to learn many other European languages. English seems to be a marriage between Germanic and Romance languages. Romanian seems to be a marriage of Romance and Slavic. I assume that Mila Deacon would say that knowing Wendish languages would allow you to learn with ease many other European languages.

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    1. Yes, I do speak a few other languages, fluently Croatian and Serbian, along with their mix being Bosnian, with some basic German and Italian. I was even taught Latin during high school, so I’m familiar with its grammar and pronunciation. Slovenians can quite easily understand Croats and Serbs (or Bosniaks), while it’s not as easy to understand Slovenian for them. All Slavic nations have a lot of words with exactly the same roots, so we can pretty much understand each other based on meaning of those common words. Russian is the most deviated Slavic language with least common rooted words, although it’s true they the most numerous Slavic nation by population count. They as well use cyrillic letters in written language, also in use in Serbia or Macedonia. Written language does differ much more than oral / phonetic language, especially if you consider cyrillic letters in use.

      I’d partially agree with your suggestion of Mila’s opinion – in my experience Slovenian language is extremely hard to master for foreigners. Meaning, if you’re able to blend in with the natives, mastering our language, there should be no language in this world that you can’t master 🙂 I do know from practice, that many nations (i.e. Italians, Germans, French, etc…) have extreme issues with correct pronunciation of letters “r” or “l” in my language. Honestly, I don’t know correct answer to your question. I do see a lot of talented people, speaking foreign languages, coming from all over Europe and for my taste those coming from Eastern – Southeastern part of Europe are more talented than the rest of Europe language-wise. What do you think?

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  7. Maybe some gold nuggets can be found if somebody studies the so called Latin inscriptions or epigraphs. Here is a useful link https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2018/08/03/e-for-epigraphy/ . You can see that the regions of Romania, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia and Slovenia contain a large amount of inscriptions. The writings on these inscriptions contain a lot of abbreviations and the historians make sure that these abbreviations are interpreted “the right way”. The first commenter on that post even asked if these Latin inscriptions are necessarily Latin. If anybody wants to find lingual nuggets, these inscriptions are probably the most important study material.

    People should see that the region (Romania and the other countries mentioned) seems to have the highest density of the so called Latin inscriptions. Split in Croatia has Diocletian’s Palace and Sirmium in Serbia was supposed to be one of the capitals during the Tetrarchy established by Diocletian. Rosia Montana from Romania, was one of the big 3 gold mines of the supposed Roman Empire (Spain and Wales had the other 2 very large gold mining operations) . My point is that the region seemed to be very important, however most people focus on other regions.

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    1. I think its interesting that this happens after the Plague. There also happens a change in Norway and its readable on maps, where it looks like the new pronounciation is based upon a different understanding of the sounds of the alphabet. This also meant disappearing of letters/sounds like th. No oral transmission.

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  8. I don’t know much about linguistic but I feel it’s difficult to come to any definitive conclusion just from within this only field of research. I suggest for example that linguistic theories and/or data be crossed with the map of blood types for example. I mean the truth is one but to understand it we human have divided it into different aspects, linguistics, ethnology, blood, etc.

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    1. Do you mean something like this https://external-preview.redd.it/Q2PGgtp_A3sXuExFqCWoQg0s21mMOHd_P7gQlepgjrQ.png?auto=webp&s=ec110fd150ae027f9e6a39d979b131dfc1c51a69 ? I take these kind of studies with a pound of salt since many times they use a small sample of people. Also, some people that are hyper-skeptical may question the theories behind DNA (at least some aspects). Nonetheless, the graphic from the link is interesting since it shows that Romanians are very similar to peope from Macedonia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Croatia. All these countries are Slavic, while about 90% of Romanian citizens speak Romanian as their native tongue (which is a Romance language). It it interesting to note that Moldova is in 4th place, and they also speak Romanian (sometimes it is claimed that they speak Moldovian, but they speak Romanian with a Russian accent). So, according to the graph, the people from a few Slavic countries are closer to Romanians than Moldovians who speak the same language. Of course, it can be pointed out, that during the Communist era the Soviets brought new populations in Moldova. Also, many of the countries in the Balkans were populated with many Aromanians in the past, especially Macedonia, Albania and Northern Greece. Aromanians speak a language very close to Romanian (there are a few subgroups of Aromanian languages). This fact somewhat explains the genetic similarity between Romanians and many Slavic countries.

      The big point is that genetically, the people from the Balkan region are very close. In the region we have Slavic languages, Romance languages (Romanian and Aromanian dialects), Hungarian (Finno-Ugric family), Albanian, Greek , Romani dialects (spoken by gypsies) etc. I don’t know about the genetics of the gypsies, but the white population of the Balkan region seems to be very similar from a genetic point of view, no matter what language they speak. Like I said in a comment above, language does not equal genetics.

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