Monday, February 4, 2019

Learning New Languages

TED: The secrets of learning a new language | Lýdia Machová

Want to learn a new language but feel daunted or unsure where to begin? You don't need some special talent or a "language gene," says Lýdia Machová. In an upbeat, inspiring talk, she reveals the secrets of polyglots (people who speak multiple languages) and shares four principles to help unlock your own hidden language talent -- and have fun while doing it.

thisibelieve: I believe in foreign languages.

esldiscussion: Language

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Notes from Class: (contrast the following with: You think about the way the language works, admire its elegance and economy.)

  • Bushism are unconventional statements, phrases, pronunciations, malapropisms, and semantic or linguistic errors in the public speaking of the 43rd President of the United States George W. Bush.
  • Malapropisms: use of an incorrect word in place of a word with a similar sound, resulting in a nonsensical, sometimes humorous utterance.
    • **"They misunderestimated me.
  • Neologism describes a relatively recent or isolated term, word, or phrase that may be in the process of entering common use, but that has not yet been fully accepted into mainstream language.
    • "Unfortunately, not all neologisms are as adorkable as, well, adorkable."— Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Made-Up Travel Words We Love to Hate," 18 July 2018
  • Spoonerism is an error in speech in which corresponding consonants or vowelsare switched between two words in a phrase
    • **EX: "The Lord is a shoving leopard" instead of "The Lord is a loving shepherd."