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Re: L1 test (Was: Re: A DISTURBING proposal!)

From:Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>
Date:Friday, February 9, 2001, 18:01
On Fri, 9 Feb 2001, H. S. Teoh wrote:

> 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.
I remember the symbols more easily than the words (I am prone to reading things off backwards or sideways or whatever). However, I can recite the basic multiplication table more easily in Korean than English. It may be that the number-words are on average just a tad shorter. :-p YHL