Frank (thesparque) wrote in linguaphiles,
Frank
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What IS yesterday, really, but the day before yesterday's tomorrow?

कल(kal) - yesterday; tomorrow.

1. Wait, what?

2. Can you think of the last time you learned something in a foreign language that had an immediate effect on your perception of something?

Maybe I'm not imaginative enough, but I never would have dreamed up a language that used the same word for "yesterday" and "tomorrow." I grasped quickly enough that verb tense would clear up the ambiguity, but still. It was enough to throw off my Hindi studies for the rest of the night due to philosophical musings.
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