Pronouncing a language without knowing it (jera: Chinese writing systems)
|From:||Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, November 6, 2002, 7:36|
--- Jake X skrzypszy:
> > > >Knowing how to pronounce a language doesn't necessarily imply you
> > > >understand it, after all.
Depends on the language. I would say that I can pronounce Hungarian quite
correctly (without knowing more than ten words of Hungarian), but that's only a
matter of knowing the rules. Likewise, if you know the pronunciation of the
letters in Polish, you can pronounce it *almost* perfectly without knowing the
In a language with a floating accent like Russian, it becomes difficult,
especially since the pronunciation of a vowel is often dependent on its
position in respect to the stress vowel.
And English of course, well, that's a different story.
> > >If that were true i'd be fluent in Tagalog by now :).
> > Yeah if that was true I could speak about 20 languages :)
> My aunt reads Cyrillic correctly, without knowing a word of Russian as far
> as I know.
Oh well, learning a script is not exactly the same as learning a language. In
my teenage years, I learned Greek, Cyrillic (both long before I actually
started to learn the languages), Armenian, Georgian, Devanagari, Hangul, some
Arabic... without even knowing a word in those languages.
"Originality is the art of concealing your source." - Franklin P. Jones
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