I don’t really like the word ‘polyglot’ at all, and i don’t like when people promote themselves as polyglots. And I don’t like the question ‘How many languages do you know?’ and any answers to this question including any number greater than zero.
Knowing a language is a very delicate matter. It is not enough to know the words and be able to compose phrases, you need to know exactly how these words and phrases are used by speakers of the language.
i sometimes like certain words. they feel nice to pronounce. my all time favourite is ‘joq’. i worry i might miss some very important chance in the future just because i like saying ‘joq’.
and today i'm a fan of ‘halıqaralıq’. feels like an oral cavity massage. can you feel it? ‘halıqaralıq’.
There’s this weird stage in learning a new language that happens after about three or four months of immersion, that i call ‘subliminal understanding’.
You don’t understand much of the input consciously yet but your subconscious has already figured out the flow of the language which gives the illusion of the language being of your own, a feeling of kinship.
It’s dangerous as you can easily carried away emotionally, but also so unusual and empowering in a very special way.
today I came across the take that we don't know what Latin sounded like and how it was pronounced.
That's not true. We have a pretty clear of what Latin sounded like. We may not know every dialect and sociolect and every stage of its development, but by and large, its pronounciation is pretty clear across a timespan of multiple millenia. That's pretty amazing if you think about it
how do we know?
Italian, French, Castilian, Catalan, Romanian, Portuguese and all other Romance languages are descendants of Latin, and for most of them, we have written samples going back all the way to the time when they were just variations of Latin with small local quirks.
Language change isn't as chaotic as one might think. It follows certain rules and patterns. So it is possible to make inferences about the phonology of the parent language from the way all the languages that descended from it are spoken today.
Latin is among the most well-documented ancient languages. There are so many records of the ancient language ranging from novels and boastful historical accounts to dirty graffiti from the streets of Pompeii. Spelling mistakes or variations in those texts can tell you a lot about when and where changes occured. For exampe, a word that is usually spelled with an i is suddenly spelled with an e. That can be a hint that a vowel shift has taken place, or is currently taking place at the time the text was written.
Өнім дезайны мысалы. Тек қана кереге, уық және шаңырақтан тұратын жалаңаш киіз үйің түрдегі шам қойғыш. Ішінде кішкентай ақ шам жанып тұр. Есік жақтауы дәстүрлі ою-өрнекпен безендірілді.
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