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Sarah
How would you explain what is "the language" mean?  An antropologists were studying people in Amasonia, tribes and connection between them. They asked a local man, who could speak 10 tribe's languages fluently, how does he learn all these languages. This young man couldn't understand the question. Antropologists asked again: "Yesterday you were there with another tribe and spoke and laughed with them. How do you know so many languages?"...
He replied:" Well, when I need to speak their language, I need to cross the river, to look at palms there, to feel the air of their land, to see my friends...then I can speak their language. When I go back home, I can't speak".

When you try to learn a foreign languages your emotions, manners and way of doing things, do these change depending on the language you speak?

Do you think that a language it is only a new words and grammar rules?
What helps you to feel the atmosphere of your target language? 
What is "the language" for you?
Apr 3, 2018 5:58 PM
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A language is of course much more than knowing lots of words and grammar. I learn Latin languages, but I also get to know people I would never have met in person or on-line, I get to know about things I didn't know existed, I listen to songs I would never have listened to if I hadn't been learning languages. Latin languages have a different way of describing the past, which we don't have in German languages. I'm still not certain about this even though I have been learning Latin languages for many years.

If learning a language had only been about learning words and grammar, I would have preferred to do something else. 

April 3, 2018
Hi Mrs.Tad
That's indeed interesting. Even though their languages are tribe's languages, but still, they are different. And each member of the tribe knows many many languages. And they use only associations, the atmosphere of the language even smells and sounds.
As a keyboard has a register for latin and cyrillic letters or other words, the same I guess we have in our head when we speak few languages. Something changes like programms in radio. When you are typing a text in Russian you see Cyrillic letters on your computer,  and when something in English your eyes see absolutely different buttons on the same keyboard. And the style, way of thinking..everything is changing..interesting..:))
Thank you Graham for correction! 
Thank you John for an interesting answer!
April 3, 2018


When you try to learn a foreign language do your emotions, manners and way of doing things, do these change depending on the language you speak?

Do you think that a language it is only a new words and grammar rules?
What helps you to feel the atmosphere of your target language? 
What is "the language" for you?
April 3, 2018
Thank you Sarah for your story, it is very poetic.
April 3, 2018
Yes, Sarah, I have always defined languages as radiowaves. This is the most accurate meaning.
April 3, 2018
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Sarah
Language Skills
Bulgarian, English, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Russian
Learning Language
Norwegian