Context is very powerful

I've been teaching myself Spanish for the past six weeks or so, and am at the point where I can read very simple fiction such as the stories in this book, which are designed specifically for beginners, and use only simple, common words and phrases. Although I don't know all the words, and am still …

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I cog it

I am nearing the end of Cloud Atlas, and the current viewpoint character has a very foreign (to me) dialect. The character is Hawaiian, but in a far future 'we forgot technology' situation. Perhaps some of this way of speaking is familiar to Hawaiians, but it's not to me. And this is not just dialogue, …

Fused words

I’ve come to notice some patterns in some people’s speaking that I find sort of irritating but also interesting. It seems that certain groups of words that are spoken together often enough become ‘fused’ together to be one word in the mind. For example (and once I mention this you will hear it all the …