Monday, August 19, 2013

Four Features We Don't Have in English

This video is pretty educational. It points out four aspects of world languages that tend to blow the minds of English speakers. Two of my favorites:
  • He points out that English is necessarily time-sensitive, where the concept of when something happens must be included in a sentence
  • Our directions are relative to the speaker rather than absolute (left/right vs. north/south)
He does get a few things wrong (for instance, there are clusive languages in Europe, like Chechen), but the problems are minor quibbles. Enjoy.


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