Today I was searching for websites and blogs on Linguistics when I found yours – it’s amazing! I am a Brazilian student of Physics and Math, but I am fascinated for languages too. English was the first foreign language I learned (and I still learn it). I have some knowledge in Spanish, Italian, French, Icelandic, German, Classical Greek and Latin – and I intend to master all of them with the time. I saved your blog in my browser and I will follow it every day.
Another fantastic podcast. It covers interesting issues again. At the same time quite complex ones. I would like to add something more about language liars. I believe there are people that do it on purpose. But lots of language learners find it hard to judge what their level really is. I guess here lies the problem.
The part of the discussion about varieties of a particular language also shows something important. It may cause difficulties, especially when the pronunciation is a lot different (eg. Brazillian and European Portuguese). Personally, I started with the latter and getting accustomed to Brazillian is much more complicated for me.
P.S. BTW, cases are exactly what I hate the most in German. Something that I cannot learn, actually.
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