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Blue Jay
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Message 51 of 69 (636417)
10-06-2011 11:32 AM
Reply to: Message 50 by caffeine
10-06-2011 7:30 AM


Re: Czech
I went to Poland last year for a meeting, and there was a Czech in the group who said he could understand what the Poles were saying to him in Polish (albeit with difficulty), but that they had a harder time understanding him.
Being a Mormon, I served a two-year mission in Taiwan, where I learned to speak, read and write Mandarin Chinese. I've lost a lot of it sense then, but I'm still keeping it up the best I can.
I'm trying my hand at Swedish now. I'm already better at reading Swedish than Chinese, but I can't seem to figure out how to pronounce the vowels (Chinese vowels are, surprisingly, more like English vowels than Swedish vowels are).

-Bluejay (a.k.a. Mantis, Thylacosmilus)
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Blue Jay
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From: You couldn't pronounce it with your mouthparts
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Message 53 of 69 (636435)
10-06-2011 1:46 PM
Reply to: Message 52 by caffeine
10-06-2011 11:38 AM


Re: Czech
Hi, Caffeine.
caffeine writes:
Mormon language-teaching must be something pretty impressive.
BYU supposedly has the most and the best university-level language programs in the country. But, that's just Mormon propaganda, as far as I know.
caffeine writes:
There's a mission here in Czech Republic, and it never ceases to amaze me how these Americans turn up fresh of the plane, ready to start spreading God's word in fluent Czech or Slovak.
My wife's brother went to Slovakia. And his wife did too, so they can keep it up by speaking it to each other. I'm so jealous: my son refused to learn Chinese from me.

-Bluejay (a.k.a. Mantis, Thylacosmilus)
Darwin loves you.

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Blue Jay
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Message 67 of 69 (661323)
05-04-2012 1:16 PM
Reply to: Message 66 by caffeine
05-04-2012 3:54 AM


Re: Czech
Hi, Caffeine.
caffeine writes:
Well, in what other language can you say whole sentences without bothering with any vowels?
Check out the Salishan language family. I'm pretty sure that, not only do they have some entire sentences without vowels, but also some entire sentences without any consonants that Indo-European speakers would recognize.

-Bluejay (a.k.a. Mantis, Thylacosmilus)
Darwin loves you.

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