sasha at asksasha.com
Thu Jan 12 20:44:43 MST 2006
>in a similar vein, i've found that learning a 3rd foreign language does
>strange things to your brain.
>for example, if know spanish, and you are learning cambodian, and you try to
>recall the word for food then your brain says "um, well it's not FOOD
>because that's english...lemme see, what's the foreign way to say food?
>COMIDA, that's right."
That happens only for as long as the second language remains foreign to you.
Once you get comfortable, it does not happen. I remember reaching out for German
words when trying to learn English. I have never known very much of German, but
enough to hit the above effect. When I started learning Spanish, I was
comfortable enough with English to be thinking in it. English stayed where it
was supposed to, and so did Russian. You do forget sometimes, though, in a
multi-lingual environment, and with a lot of people of a wide mix around you
which language(s) the person you are speaking to knows.
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