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To learn mutations, or not?

 

Should I actively try to learn mutations or just pick them up over time?
Do they affect the meaning if a sentence other than sounding silly when ignored or executed incorrectly?

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For learning: Welsh
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    Mutation can affect meaning, for example the word "ei" means "his" when followed by soft mutation and "her" when followed by aspirate mutation (and the identical sounding "eu", meaning "their", does not cause any mutation):
    ei chi = her dog
    ei gi = his dog
    eu ci = their dog

    I think if you want to learn a language you should try to learn it properly. Mutations may seem "exotic" to speakers of other languages, but they're just as much a part of Welsh as, say, prepositions or verb endings; would anybody question whether it's worth bothering about learning prepositions or verb endings?

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