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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 count.
> 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 exclusively English. T -- Let's eat some disquits while we format the biskettes.