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Learning your own conlang (was Re: Now that I have it . . .)

From:Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 5, 2001, 3:20
(Sorry, changed the subject header to be more transparent.)

On Tuesday, December 4, 2001, at 09:06 , Heather Rice wrote:

> I have been working (slowly) on my conlang for some > time now and I think I have the basics down. But now > I have this dilema that I thought I would ask all you. > Now that I have it, HOW DO I LEARN IT??? I have been > doing some translation, which expands my vocabulary > remarkably, but I don't like to translate from English > (or any other language for that matter) to my conlang, > because inevitably my conlang gets the flavor of the > original language. So, I have been just writting > simple things in it, but this is rather slow.
What I find most useful, though others' mileage (or parsecage, or kilometrage, or whatever) may vary, is to start writing a "teach yourself [insert conlang here]" primer with plenty of examples. As the only language I'm actually *fluent* in is English, it forces me to figure out what grammatical features might be trouble spots for a native speaker of English (or otherwise), and in the process to uncover general grammatical trouble spots ("Well, how *do* you say 'the man who petted the cat who ate the mouse'?") and familiarize myself with what's going on. Vocabulary's usually my worst wouldn't be hard to write a brute-force vocabulary drill program. Or if you're feeling artistic and inspired you could do one of those picture dictionaries...if I had enough vocabulary, time and artistic ability it'd be fun to try. Not only would you learn in the process of its creation, you'd have it as a reference afterward. Yoon Ha Lee [] Chain Lightning: you can't stop at one.


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