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Re: Similar (was: 'useful') languages

From:Florian Rivoal <florian.rivoal@...>
Date:Friday, February 15, 2002, 16:44
>Is this a common problem? I had a similar experience a couple of years ago, >when I was learning Swedish. I've had semi-reasonable German since I >learned it in school at fourteen (so twelve years ago), and although I was >conscious of the similarities between Ger. and Sw. while I was learning the >latter, I wasn't aware that they could interfere with each other until I >tried speaking German just after a Swedish lesson. Result: acute total >German-aphasia. Two years on, I can once again speak decent German, but >only as long as I don't think about Swedish at the same time! > >Has anyone else come across this phenomenon?
No exactly the same. But sometimes I tend to use the wrong languge for very short senteces (or even words). I speak japanese more easily than german, and sometimes in german i tend to use the japanese for 'no', 'yes', 'why?' and short statements of that kind. I have a friend, his is french, and is nearly biligual in english. He often makes something i find funny : he uses literal translations of english idiomatic expressions in french, which is his own mother language!


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