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Re: Similar (was: 'useful') languages

From:Patrick Dunn <tb0pwd1@...>
Date:Friday, February 15, 2002, 1:45
On Fri, 15 Feb 2002, Jonathan Knibb wrote:

> Clint Jackson Baker wrote: > >>> > [...] I'm better at > French, but I think that's because I've known it so > much longer, and French and Spanish are similar enough > that when I try to speak Spanish I tend to pidgin the > two (easy for an English speaker, who has more vocab > in common with French than with Spanish). > <<< > > 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?
After studying Latin fairly hard for a year or so, I found that my Spanish, grown rusty, had become Elmer Fudded. All my [v]s were [w]s. I sounded as if I had a hairlip. But a good five minute conversation was all it took to straighten me out again. --Pat ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Prurio modo viri qui in arbore pilosa est. ~~Elvis ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~