Carrol Cox wrote:
> There are German speaking areas in Russia, though I don't know remember
> now where they are or how they got there. And I have at least a vague
> memory that they do speak an earlier (hence "pure") form of German. It
> is quite possible that there has been a German-speaking community in
> Lithuania for centuries, though I don't know where to check on that
This morning I was checking up on Lithuanian history on the web. I
didn't find what I was looking for but I suspect that it is because it
isn't on the web rather than it didn't happen. I know that there were
German enclaves in Russia right up to WWII and they may still be
there. Most were along the Volga as I remember. Anyway, here is a
synopsis of what I found: I suspected that there were early German
enclaves in the Lithuanian area and I found enough to keep hope alive
but not enough to confirm it. Lithuania was not only conquered by
Germans and Russians but also by Poles (and Ukaranians too?) On the
other hand, they also had periods where they expanded into the lands
of the same. The Lithuanians were among the last pagans in Europe.
Around 1200 the German knights started to invade (possibly partly
because there were Germans in there???) There was a seperate
nationality of Prussians in the area that got absorbed so that Prussia
then referred to a German area. Lithuanian is the closest language
Marcia Karp wrote:
> Anyway, thanks, and sorry Rick for not knowing that the Germans did
> once control Lithuania.
Apologies are not needed. I didn't bring that up or even expect it to
Kate Troy wrote:
> The Russians I have met would not want their language to be at all
> associated with the German language or the German people.
I did take some Russian long ago. My professor said that I spoke it
with a German accent and THAT would get me no points with the Russians!
Sara Trevisan wrote:
> I am Italian. Too many consonants and harsh sounds, as for my
> ear. Russian is more music to the ear than you might think,
VERY off topic (and rated R) - Sara, did you ever see the movie "A
Fish Called Wanda?" So hilarious that friends now refuse to sit next
to my wife in theaters as her laughing becomes the entertainment.
Anyway, Wanda gets sexually hot whether her lover speaks in Italian
(usually just a list of food as the guy is as dumb as a brick.) Wanda
later falls for another man and asks him to speak Italian, which he
does, fluently. Wanda is out of sight of the man and he doesn't see
the effect that he is having on her. He spoils it by saying something
like "But Russian is much more manly." When he starts speaking that
she almost has an organism.