Massive landslide in the French Alps

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+6 1. Woette commented 11 years ago

It almost looks like a waterfall, mighty nature :O
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0 2. Sustagen commented 11 years ago

Not only humans who can have fun. Mother Nature would also like to skiing :D
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+3 3. swansea commented 11 years ago

Amazing - I had to watch it 4 or 5 times
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+3 4. Junnu commented 11 years ago

That is a nice dam.
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-1 5. IDK399 commented 11 years ago

Someone ate too much last night :D
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-3 6. gouranga4ever commented 11 years ago

The problem with the French is that they have no word for Avalanche.
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+5 7. zardef commented 11 years ago

6 In French "Avalanche" is for snow and a big mass of various materials that fall, run from a high place.
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+1 8. UofMichFan commented 11 years ago

Now that was a heckuva lot of snow. Nature can really put on a beautiful show whens he wants to.
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+1 9. bijuno commented 11 years ago

So, I would've love to see the river overflowing!
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+1 10. zongap commented 11 years ago

#6 > I suggest you read the definition first next time ;)
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+6 11. ImprsdBySmartVid commented 11 years ago

#6, #7, #10: As a french native speaker, I may say that "landslide" can be traduced in exact french by "glissement de terrain" (terrain == land, glissement == slide, so it's literally "slide of land";). Then you may say "avalanche" to picture a sudden lot of something: "I have tons of work/phone calls" == "J'ai une avalanche de travail/d'appels téléphoniques".
But the main meaning of "avalanche" is for big amounts of snow sliding down a mountain.

I think that english have more words than french, partly because you don't fell guilty borrowing foreigner words. As far as I know, borrowing words begun a long, long time ago in United Kingdom, while ancient french was the kings and queens language, until a french king made an idiot and failed war against them. Then, centuries later, when america was discovered, americans also made a mix with foreign words.

Today, when we traduce an english documentation, it leads to a significantly bigger text in french, we need more words to explain the same things.
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+5 12. zongap commented 11 years ago

#11 I'm french too. But I don't think that "landslide" is a good example... It's just that american like to do it the german way : create new words by combining existing ones : LAND + SLIDE = LANDSLIDE >> YAHOOO !
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+1 13. ptsantos commented 11 years ago

wait 10 hours and you got a nice cold swimming pool.... :)
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+2 14. ImprsdBySmartVid commented 11 years ago

#12: You made me think again. You mean, this time we have two different words/locutions for two different phenomenon. "Avalanche" for big amount of snow sliding (in french), and "glissement de terrain" for land-slide, so english is not better in this example (but still shorter).

Looking in the english dictionary, I see that english is less precise in the case of "avalanche" because this word contains also (in english only) the meaning of "landslide", so you're right, it's clearly not a good example to illustrate my good opinion about english language! Thank you!

I also wanted to underline that #6, gouranga4ever, was misleading because french language do have words for landslide and avalanche.
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+3 15. zongap commented 11 years ago

By the way, check out our German friends and their 79 letters long "compound word" :x :

(Source : My german teacher from middle school, and wikipedia for the copy/paste :
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0 16. fixento2 commented 11 years ago

From the look of the landscape on the hill this is not an unusual event in that area
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+1 17. sux2bu commented 11 years ago

Did anyone else notice the rainbow effect at 0:24-0:30 ?
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+3 18. gouranga4ever commented 11 years ago

#14 Its a joke.. The word "Avalanche" is French.. I was repeating an old joke "The problem with the French is that they have no word for <insert French word used in English here e.g. Entrepreneur, Gateaux, Cafe>
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+1 19. ImprsdBySmartVid commented 11 years ago

#18: I didn't know anything about that custom (the problem with the french is ...). As you say it's a joke, I searched and found a pseudo-bushism on the subject: and more explanation there:
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+1 20. SquidCap commented 11 years ago

Landslide.. It's landslide triggered by an bigger avalanche, there's more snow than dirt. There's a lot of water coming down, the land seems to be oversaturated with it, perfect condition for landslide.. Interesting cascade of events and most likely the force that put all of this in motion was pretty tiny... There's gonna be a nice little stream and a pond for a while and then another smaller event later when the water is released. Perfectly natural, nature just made a ditch where all the extra water channels to.
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+1 21. ZaMpTi commented 11 years ago

the right shadow at the end 2:07 looks like a face ;)
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+1 22. thundersnow commented 10 years ago

That's how the mighty Alps get worn down and get shorter. :(
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+1 23. Judge-Jake commented 5 years ago

The conversation above certainly sucked all the excitement out of the rock fall. :D
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0 24. buckleg08 commented 5 years ago

when inuit has more words for snow and asians have more words for rice...:P