Accents and Dialects
Learning a New Language
How old can you be to learn a language accent free?
Asked in Linguistics
How can a 10 year old girl learn how to speak every language on earth?
In the Mcdonalds Christmas ad 2008 is the old woman who says is it free willie speaking with an Irish or Geordie accent?
If you speak a foreign language a lot will you get an accent in your mother tongue?
Asked in Chinese Language and Culture
Is it still possible to learn the Chinese language at the age of 18?
Asked in England
What website can you go on to learn to speak British?
Asked in Languages and Cultures
How long does it take to learn a language well?
The amount of time it takes to learn a language well is different depending on the person, the language and other factors, including: how young, or old, the person is how much exposure the person has to the language being learned how much time the person puts into learning the language the particular method chosen for learning a language.
Six-year-old Cammie and her two-month-old brother Sam have grown up in an English-speaking household The family moves to Argentina Cammie has more difficulty learning Spanish than her brother becau?
Asked in Accents and Dialects
How did the American accent evolve?
The "American Accent" is more properly the "American Dialect". An accent is the intonation given by foreign speakers of a language. A French accent refers to English spoken by a native French speaker. An American accent would be the pronunciation of another language spoken by an American person (An example in French: bone- joor rather than bɔ̃.ʒuʁ) .A dialect is the internal difference of a language spoken by users of the language which exhibit local or regional changes (e.g. A Cockney dialect rather than a Cockney accent). Any dialect evolves through generations of people living together and not mingling much with people from other regions. There is no national American "accent" or "dialect". The distinctiveness of the southern drawl, Texan, midwestern or Boston manner of speaking are all regional dialects. Interestingly some American dialects have evolved from old forms of English such as the Elizabethan pronunciations and vocabulary still used in the English spoken in the Ozarks.
When were accents incorporated into the French language?
Asked in Parenting and Children
Who can learn a new language better children or adults?
Language is part of a growing mind. I'm sure you've heard the phrase "You can't teach an old dog new tricks". It is harder for adults to learn a new language because their brain has stopped growing. It takes longer for them to comprehend new material. As per children, their minds are still growing and therefore it is easier for a children to learn new things, like language.
Asked in Babies, Learning Theories, Sign Language
Can you teach your baby sign language?
Asked in Learning a New Language
Does listening to a foreign language when a baby make it easier to learn a foreign language when older?
Do you need a foreign language to get into college?
Asked in Ireland, Accents and Dialects
What is the term for the Irish accent?
The proper term is "Hiberno-English". Another Answer: To add to the previous poster's answer, here are the top two results for "brogue" from dictionary.com: 1) brogue, n. A heavy shoe of untanned leather, formerly worn in Scotland and Ireland. A strong oxford shoe, usually with ornamental perforations and wing tips. [Irish, and Scottish Gaelic brÃ³g from Old Irish brÃ³c, shoe, possibly from Old Norse brk, legging, or from Old English brc. See breech.] 2) brogue, n. A strong dialectal accent, especially a strong Irish accent. [Probably from the brogues worn by peasants.] The person who asked the question should've asked what language (s)he was looking for the term. This is because, in American English, due to its connotation, brogue would be the word to describe an accent of Irish or Scottish (and maybe British) origin, but only an accent from that region. You'd never hear someone say, for example, "Japanese brogue." Another Answer:From the perspective of an Irish person. Within Dublin there's the 'D4' accent, southern dublin accent (similar to the wicklow accent) the inner-city dublin accent (very unique with respect to all other accents). Then the two other most distinguishable differences in accent is between the north and the south of Ireland. And within the south of Ireland there's the Dublin and greater Leinster accents, then Cork and Galway have their own aswell. (an Irish person can tell which county another is from by their accent. The true Irish accent would be the 'bogger' accent towards the west. As the accent in the north has notable scotish similarities, coming from the plantation of Ulster. And the Dublin accent, and the accent of any area that belonged to the pale, has had English accent influence. That is not to say that the dublin accent is similar to the English accent. But it has about 400 years of speaking the English language to influence it. Whereas the 'bogger' accents formed when the people were speaking Gaelic. Only really having adopted the English language in the last 150 years. This could also explain the sudden distinction in accents between all the counties. They are all smaller communities/counties whose accent is adopting to the English language, but only recently. :) Thus, the 'bogger' accent is the most Irish of the accents in Ireland, As it was adapted to speaking Gaelic only until recently. This accent needs, to some extend, to be copied by dublin people when attempting to speak the Irish language. Interestingly, the people of Donegal are a unique case. Their accent worked around Gaelic until fairly recently. In fact there are still small areas that talk Irish. (Gaelteachts) However, the Donegal accent is to a large extent distinguishable as being from the noth of Ireland. Interestingly this accent is from Gaelic speaking communities, who interacted with settlers who were for the most part scottish. They had, however adopted the English language nearly as long as dublin had, thus the donegal accent is an accent that is only beginning to adapt to English, and has a notable influence from scottish settlers, whose accent was becoming accustemed to the English accent :) Interestingly, in the suburbs of Dublin there is also accents specifiv to each region. These accents are a combination of the dublin accent, and 'bogger' accents from people coming from the country. Most of the people who settled in the Dublin suburbs came from the country-side. Thus generating particular accent from the diverse mix of linguistics from various 'bogger' accents.The most difficult to figure in a drunk I have ever encountered.
Asked in Languages and Cultures, Definitions
What is language?
Basically, language is the symbols we use in order to communicate with one another, and the rules that govern how we use them. We are wired to learn language from our earliest moments, and we learn with lightening speed (it may not seem so when you look down at your baby brother who is already 5 months old and can't say a thing, but we forget how monumental learning a language really is). We all learn language, but there is something deeply mysterious about language even though we can learn to use it. All of language is "something" standing for "something else". How do we know that my "something else" is the same as your "something else"? It may be easy to work out for things like "apple" and "orange", but how about "ennui" or "motive"? In other words, all language is metaphor. This is part of what makes linguistics such a fascinating study.
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How old do you have to be pregnant to find the sex?
Asked in Languages and Cultures
What language did the French have?
Before the Roman Empire, the Gauls lives in the area where we find France right now. The Gauls spoke Gallic. Then, the Romans conquered the Gauls, and forced them to speak Latin. This became a local accent, the so-called Gallo-Roman. After the Roman Empire, the Franks conquered the area, and these Franks had had a big influence on the language of the French people, but still their language was Old French (ancien français). From the Roman Empire until around 1800, there were a lot of changes of accent (nowadays, the accent is on the last syllabe), and very much changes of voyelles. Since around 1800, the language hasn't changed that much, and since then, we call it Modern French.
Asked in Sign Language
Who first realized that Deaf people could learn if a signed language was used to educate them?
Asked in Iran
What does baal mean in Persian?
Baal (read 'Bail') comes from old Albanian language: Ba ill, it means father star. In the old times used to pray to the stars. Even Albanians were called Yllirians. Which has dual meaning in Albanian language. First people of the stars. Second free peoples. Both meaning connect if the fact that starts are free entities in the sky. Learn about enciant Albanian history and language and you will find most of the Biblical, Qur'an, and ancient books word etymology. Note: Gur Baal = Stone Father-Star. So it means stone that come from the stars.