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Mx Yzptlk (Carolynn) ([personal profile] thatlitgirl) wrote in [community profile] forkedtongues2011-12-18 05:10 pm

On Words

I’ve written a piece about language contact and acquisition, and how I feel about it; Kutti asked me to link to it, so here it is:

On Words and Up Words [Content warning: Strong Language]
The professor used a rather thought-provoking metaphor in our conversation. Learning a language, to him, is like approaching it with a thick wall of frosted glass in the way. One day, you might get close enough to peer through the glass; even closer, and the glass shatters. And when the glass shatters, you can see clearly, but the shards can cut.

I am welcome to anyone else sharing how they approach the process of language learning emotionally! :)