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Irene Colthurst
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Fun Discoveries While Learning Languages Language learning is obviously hard work. What's something fun or amusing you have discovered about language -- either your native one or the one you're learning -- while learning?

Fun words? Idioms? Interesting grammar differences?

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May 6, 2019 2:19 PM
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I don't know how fun this is, but I was thinking about the word malaria in English.  Whoever coined this word in English probably had no idea it was spread by mosquitoes.    The word malaria would mean something like a condition of bad air.  Had they know it was caused by mosquitoes, they would have named it something like nasty-mosquitoes-biting-you-in-the-rear-end-disease.
May 6, 2019

In Spanish, I once said something totally hilarious with reflexive verbs, of course, I wasn't trying to be funny but it turns out you can’t use them how I did. The teacher and I had a good laugh.

May 7, 2019
The particles in Japanese are really interesting, and I like to look for the etimology of words. Learning languages in general are so fun if I could I would learn all, but I neither have the time nor money
May 7, 2019

It's funny when I try to repeat some sentences to Google translator. Sometimes I go wrong, and the sentence becomes a crazy mess. I would say that I get in trouble when I try to repeat these words: 

Rare x where

bad x bed 

dead x dad 

left x laugh

Head x had 

Set x sat 

sand x send

bed x bad 

Order x odor     

Can you imagine that situation at a restaurant? 
"Could you take my odor, please?." hahaha... That's not good.   

May 7, 2019
Olga...

I know that what you said was frustrating to you.

It seems you have the heart of an artist. I wish you all the best in chasing down that sound you want.
May 6, 2019
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Irene Colthurst
Language Skills
Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, Spanish
Learning Language
Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish