This idea used to scare the pants off me as a kid “How do we know we can really speak another language?”
I had no problem with that, but I was shocked when a bilingual friend of mine told me the thought and dreamed in Spanish.
Even I could speak fluent Spanish in his dreams. That blew me mind.
Actually, when I dream about talking to one of the Spanish guys I work with, I speak almost perfect Spanish. I think it’s because I’ve heard the words so much that even though I don’t understand all of it, it’s been unlocked to me during my dream. Then when I wake up, I tend to forget it.
I’m pretty fluent now though and will be learning Japanese soon.
Same! Or I thought people who spoke other languages always knew English and translated it in their head or just heard us speaking their language magically.
I thought the opposite. When we went to Quebec, I thought that everyone spoke French, haha! Yeah, I was wrong. Also the first time we went to a silent dinner for the St. Rita’s School of the Deaf, I thought that the employees at the mall were deaf too
Funny, I also used to think that as a kid, I knew that there were foreign places, and that they spoke foreign languages, but when my parents told me they didn’t speak or know Icelandic at all, that seemed preposterous to my three year old mind.
Want to really mess with a kid’s mind?
Tell him, in his own language, that you think in your native language…watch his eyes go crossed.
Stupid TARDIS translation system, always making the world understandable…
Unless you start speaking the words of that langauge. Then is somehow translates the reverse.
Um, not really. In “The masque of Mandragora” the Doctor tells Sarah that understanding languages is a time lord gift (and way, way later they change the story to “Tardis telepathic field” or somesuch nonsense. Bah!). The point is, it doesn’t translate, it just makes it understandable.
The question is, if you are multilingual, do you hear it in a specific language or does the concept translate to all languages simultaneously? After all it’s the Concept you’re understanding and your mind just translates it into words.
To quote Mel Brooks, “We do not even have a language! All we have is this stupid acc-aunt!”
The Caucasian guy in panel 3 looks suspiciously like Largo from the dreaded, degraded self-abasement shojo strip, Megatokyo. Am I the only one who sees this?
It’s a bearded dude wearing a Dragonball hair hat. You can see his real hair under it.
That kid seriously tells how silly American Otakus are.
You can tell Willis is an EVA fan because the two Asians dress like Shinji and Asuka.
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