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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 language. 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. Jan ===== "Originality is the art of concealing your source." - Franklin P. Jones __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Everything you'll ever need on one web page from News and Sport to Email and Music Charts