In English, it's a common ruse for parents to spell out words they don't want their pre-literate children to understand: "Hey, were you planning on taking the K-I-D-S to the P-A-R-K tomorrow?"
I got asked what Japanese parents do, and I had no idea. In fact, I have no idea whether this practice is common in any other language.
What say you, linguaphiles?
When English speakers mean to say that something will never happen, they sometimes say it will happen "when pigs fly". And I've heard the somewhat dark "כשיהיה שלום במזרח התיכון " ("When there is peace in the Middle East") used plenty by Israelis. I'm curious to find out what the equivalents - and their translations into English - would be in other languages and regions. Thanks!
I am really pleased to have come across a Livejournal community that is both updated regularly and exciting in its content!
My name's Agne, I live in London (where I am working on a Literature BA). My mother tongue is Lithuanian and I speak fairly good English. At school I had five years of Russian and failed to learn anything but some basic sentences. It seems to be a common problem, many fail to learn Russian because Lithuanian teachers (having lived in the Soviet times) assume that students would have 'a feel' for the language and therefore teach it more like a native language than a foreign one. Currently I am trying to teach myself French, starting from the very beginning. In regard to English, my main mistakes are connected to punctuation, articles and pronunciation.
I really struggle with phonetics, so I guess learning French will be a right challenge!
I'd love to learn British Sign Language because it requires thinking outside the box, creativity and flexibility. Scots, a Gaelic language, a Scandinavian language, an African language..the list is truly endless. And whereas my time is limited, hopefully this community will help me to understand the underlying links between different languages and therefore make learning them easier. Or at least satisfy my curiosity. If anyone happens to be interested in Lithuanian, I'd be happy to help.