There is a level of language learning in intermediate where you start to become creative with the language. You experiment with words and phrasing, seeing what works and what doesn't. Sometimes, you can even coin a word ( = create a new word)! Here are two of mine....
In German, the phrase "Keine Ahnung" means "No idea" and the phrase "mir schwant etwas" means "I'm starting to get the feeling that..." I've put these two together and created "Keine Schwanung", which means "I don't know and I really couldn't guess, either."
Example: Do you know what 3% of 7,8322 is? Keine Schwanung!
In English, I've created the term "Bastardovitch" which takes the Slavic suffix -ovitch meaning "son of" ( but sounds like the English word "bitch") and added it to "bastard".
Example: That bastardovitch just stole my bike!
Have you ever coined a term or a word either in your own language, or in one you are learning? Tell us about it and what your word means!
Yes, of in my Aleppo dialect I made a lot especially when my mom was a live to write to her without anyone could understand what we’re saying
I made my new family name ((Owaykn) is mixed of my father’s family name (owayeed)and my mother’s family (Yakan) name and It became my trademark lol and my friends call with it
I also made(ghabeet Bashkerèe) literally means I swallowed a towel but I made it to say to mother that I’m not safe or there’s someone is annoying or hurt me is with me
My mother made ( Kamyèe) she made from Mamyee which means food but it’s said only for kids who are under 5 years
Yeah, I used italki-mates here to show that all members of this site are like classmates who are learning languages and they need to help each other. :)
It was in this thread:
Some days ago, I thought of a word to use in my comment to one user who wrote that Chinese people know Kung fu and Karate, so they should not be worried about goons on the street or something like that... but I didn't put my comment, but let me use that word here: "It would be quite ignorant to "bruceleetise" all the Chinese people just because Chinese movies depict Bruce Lee doing Kung fu and Karate all the time!"
Here is a thread by Alan you may find interesting: https://www.italki.com/discussion/126803