Finland and Hungary are located in Europe and they are both members of European Union. Plus, the Finnish people and Hungarian people totally look like Europeans (Caucasians/White or whatever you call). How come their languages are not even Indo-European languages?
Oct 10, 2007 · Finnish, on the other hand, is a member of the Finno-Ugric family, and isn't an Indo-European language because the Finno-Ugric family probably started somewhere in the Ural Mountains of Russia, quite far from the Middle East where the Indo-European languages probably started.
Oct 16, 2007 · Home› Forum Archive› Languages› How come Finnish and Hungarian are not Indo-European? Previous page Pages: 1 2 3. K. T. Tue Oct 16, 2007 3:43 am GMT.
Jun 10, 2008 · Well, Finnish is of course no world language. In Northern Sweden (Torneå river valley) and Northern Norway (Finnmark) the local form of Finnish is now an official minority language (called 'meänkieli' and 'kveeni', respectively) so you can find there at some places Finnish texts and people (more often elderly) who know Finnish.
Sep 13, 2006 · You may have noticed that a few languages spoken on the European continent are not included in the Indo-European family of languages. Finnish, Hungarian and Estonian belong to the Uralic (also called Finno-Ugric) family, and Basque (spoken in the Pyrenees region) has no genetic relation to any other language.
Jul 11, 2009 · Very interesting to find words in Iranian or Sanskrit that are simmilar to European languages. In terms of language, the Indians and Iranians are closer to Europe (or the other way around) than some Europeans such as the Finnish, Basques or the Hungarians. The similarities between Arabic and Hebrew are also interesting. Both are semitic languages.
Plus, Finnish is not even Indo-European language. It's Uralic language and is totally different from Danish, Norwegian or Swedish. That's why most people don't consider Finnish as Scandinavian language.
"Modern languages" are those created during and after the migration period like the Romance languages or English. They were newly-created during the middle ages and are connected to their root languages Latin, Germanic and Celtic only via the etymology of their vocabulary and some grammatical relicts that are common to all Indo-European languages.
In most modern Indo-European languages in Europe you can see clear similarities in vocabulary and syntax, but with the Celtic languages this is not evident. IF the Celtic languages are Indo-European languages then I propose that they are as different from the IE languages present in Europe as the Indo-Iranian languages are.
Feb 14, 2007 · Hungarian is certainly an European language; Proto-Finno-Ugric language was spoken in Europe before any speakers of Indo-European languages had shown up.