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R: first lang test

From:Mangiat <mangiat@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 7, 2001, 20:44
> > > The test, as I heard once, is: > > A "first" lang is one that you, _when alone, by yourself_, automatically > > a. count (or do arithmetic) in > > b. cry in > > c. pray in (or whatever you do in times of great > inner > > turmoil)
For me: a Italian b Italian c Italian (seldom use of Latin - when I recite the Rosary with mum/grandma : ) Notice I do never insult, curse etc. in Italian, nor in Lombard. If I have to, I switch to German (Scheisse!). I also use Latin, especially famous authors, when I'm angry with someone ('Quousque tandem abutere patientia nostra....' (Cicero) is simply great; I also like 'Pedicabo ego vos et inrumabo' (Catullus), even if I'd never do that for sure : ) Luca
> For me: > a. French > b. French > c. Anglo-Saxon. > > The last is rather odd, but when I'm scared I repeat over and over "Erce > Erce, eorthan modor", which is an Old English prayer to the Goddess of the > Earth. The first two are the language I spoke exclusively (along with > Breton, apparantly, although I have no memory of it) until playschool. > > Dan > > ----------------------------------------------- > Ka yokonáu iti báyan: "cas'alyá abhiyo". > > Ka tso iti mantabayan: "yama zaláyá > alánekayam la s'alika, cas'alika; ka yama > yavarryekayan arannáam la vácika, labekayam > vácika, ka ali cas'alyeko vanotira." > ----------------------------------------------- > Dan Jones >