July 2nd, 2007

motor sports

Would you call "motor-boating" a "motor sport"? Is there a generic term for varieties of sport involving "motors"? The closest one I've got so far is, yes, "motor sports," but the motor sports sites I've seen all seem to be devoted to car race, not to boats...

From Russia with Cheerful Oink

Thinking in a foreign language?

I was just reading through the comments on a few entries back "forgetting a language", and it got me wondering about something I often find myself thinking about.

Do people that have been living in a country for several years where their native language isn't spoken begin to think in the foreign language because they become so accustomed to speaking it in daily life? Or do they still think in their native language?

I hope I managed to explain myself clearly enough there, haha. Also, apologies if this has already been talked about in past entries - I am a newbie to the community ;)
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There are some partikels in Malay, examples like LAH or AAA or MEH, that are placed on for (reaches for word) emphasis at ends of phrases. They don't have a specific meaning on their own, but add to what was said in the sentence at the end. (O RLY meh?!/ Shut up lah!/ You saved my butt, thank you aaa).I do this with a happa-malaysian friend a lot with our malay/german/english-when-we're-lazy, just because it's more expresssive in our speech. And it's hard to resist doing it :]. While talking recently to her, we were trying to think of other languages that have this particle type. Us both being heritage german speakers, we thought both of German. But we're am unsure if Abtoenungspartikeln (doch, eh, denn, mal, ja etc) would count as the same particle type as LAH, because some of base meanings and they don't go at the end.

Are there particles like this in your language(s)/some language(s) that you know of?/ Can you give examples? I'm aware of a few particles other in East Asian languages, but curious to see what comes up/find out about new ones.
Is there a name for this kind of particle? (Dictionaries/Google searches are failing me in this)

Brief query

I read online that "Chronos" means "time". I presume that's Greek, but if it is, is it ancient or modern Greek? Because, I tried several dictionaries and they didn't seem to recognise it (and additionally managed to make me feel pretty stupid).
And if I'm wrong, then what language would it be?

Finally, most of all, if it doesn't mean "time", please educate me on the meaning. Thank you!