L1 test (Was: Re: A DISTURBING proposal!)
|From:||H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>|
|Date:||Friday, February 9, 2001, 14:48|
On Fri, Feb 09, 2001 at 08:54:30PM +1300, andrew wrote:
> a. Maths - English. I've tried counting in Brithenig but I just can't
> do it naturally. The Zen Master Aitken Roshi once observed that no
> matter how many languages people learn they revert back to their first
> language for counting. This is true of me at least.
Interesting. I usually count in English, but I multiply numbers in
Mandarin. :-) In fact, I am completely unable to remember the
multiplication table in English, only in Mandarin. Probably 'cos that's
how I learned it :-) Strangely, I can't multiply or add in my L1 -- only
> b. Crying - English. Spot the YAMES*
Usually English, could be my L1 but very rare.
> c. Prayer - English again, as above. When a bad memory upsets me I
> release with a glossolalic ejaculation (decently and privately thank
> you) which may be a phrase or even just an exhalation.
English. Though I remember using Mandarin and my L1 before. Now it's
Let's eat some disquits while we format the biskettes.