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Languages [Jul. 8th, 2006|06:24 pm]
Arvind Narayanan

My language learning drive is going well. I've bought a couple of French audio CDs and started going to a weekly francophile conversation group. After buying a Spanish phrasebook, TV in español now makes a little bit more sense. I've learnt a few more words of Chinese and set up a weekly schedule with my officemate.

I'm struck by the difference in the difficulty of pronouncing French vs. Spanish. Of all the languages I (have attempted to) speak, French is by far the hardest to pronounce correctly. Chinese is actually easier. German might sound very different but I didn't find it hard to learn. Spanish, at the other end of the spectrum, is a cakewalk. I think even someone who doesn't speak the language at all can, with a little bit of effort, read out a piece of text with virtually no discernible accent. Interesting.

All this reminds me that I have an accent speaking my native language. Sad.

[User Picture]From: arvindn
2006-07-10 05:30 am (UTC)
Rosetta Stone? Legally?

Anyways, I'll practice my spanish on you when we meet next time :)
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[User Picture]From: kadambarid
2006-07-10 07:01 am (UTC)
Rosetta Stone? Legally?

Of course - at the college Language Laboratory (although we've only got French, Deutsche, Japanese and...English!Oh, well!)

Anyways, I'll practice my spanish on you when we meet next time :)
Sure thing! I love the pronunciation/spelling discord- which started with pollo!:p
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