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New Cat's Eye
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Message 4 of 69 (631672)
09-02-2011 10:46 AM
Reply to: Message 1 by Son Goku
09-02-2011 10:22 AM

Re: Languages
I only know English.
I took four years of Spanish in high school in the late 90's. I can read it alright, and speak a little, but if you don't use it then you lose it. I suppose that if I woke up in Mexico, I could handle it well enough to survive. But its hard to understand people when they're talking.
I was in Montreal and could make out enough French to get a sense of what a particular sign was about, even though I didn't really know what it was saying. But, for example, chicken is 'pollo' in both spanish and french so my little bit of spanish prolly helped a lot.
The language I'm most interested in learning today is html

I thought spanish was a little limited on the number of words, and that the same word was used in place of a bunch of different words in english.
But I do like their thing with nouns comming before adjectives rather than the adjectives first like in english.
If you are hearing me describe something in english, and I go:
A big... red... juicy... apple
then you don't know what to be imagining before I get to the noun.
But if you start with the noun and then add the adjectives
An apple... big... red... juicy...
Then you can be forming the mental image as I'm describing it and I think that's an advantage.
Edited by Catholic Scientist, : No reason given.

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New Cat's Eye
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Message 35 of 69 (632344)
09-07-2011 10:08 AM
Reply to: Message 29 by caffeine
09-07-2011 6:36 AM

a couple links
The physical differences in 'b' and 'p' were easy to identify (forgive me if the following description is a bit strained, but I don't know the technical terms). You start making both letters by bringing your lips together, and then releasing the air. With 'b', the shape of my mouth doesn't change before the air is released. With 'p', however, my cheeks swell a bit, changing the shape of the mouth cavity and presumably meaning more air is being released.
The things you're describing have to do with both the place and manner of articulation (of the mouth). Deep in the study of linguistics, within phonetics, they go into these two things specifically. Here's a couple links to wikipedia where you can find the technical terms and what articulations of your mouth they're referring to:
Place of articulation
Manner of articulation
There some neat images and a chart in those links. I think its facinating so I thought it was worth sharing.
Hope you like it.

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