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Comment Re:How I see the process (Score 2) 160

I'm taking an introductory Psych class and I just finished up a chapter on Language Acquisition. A note on how you saw mirrors of yourself learning Spanish and your first child:

After a child is first born, they are actually able to hear all sounds made by all languages, and that incessant babbling (you can tell I don't have kids) is actually something all babies do and reflect all the sounds of all languages in the world. These babbling sounds are made up of "phonemes", the simplest amount of sound. I've seen a few comments here poo-pooing this video as a waste of time and only a way to promote his business, but it actually reveals something interesting: all babies babble all the phonemes in the world, and they do it in the same order, which is remarkable. A baby in China babbles in the same pattern that an American child babbles.

Once the child begins to hear the words of their parents mother tongue, they begin to lose the phonemes of other languages. So much so, that they (and adults too), can't even hear other phonemes. For instance, a Japanese-native speaker can't pronounce the letter "L". It comes out as an "R" sound. However, if that same person was grown up in an American family, they would be able to speak that "L" sound.

So back to your Spanish learning, there may be some sounds in the language that you can't possibly hear or say, because the phonemes of the language were "removed" from your comprehension way back when you were a child.

I believe I have that all correctly. I haven't got back the results from my midterm that I just had the other day, and I may have crashed and burned this comment.

Comment Re:Number of people who knew who it was in the sui (Score 1) 264

One of my favorite documentaries Discovery has done is called "When We Left Earth". They go through the entire NASA space program over three 2-hour episodes... really in depth, and extremely well produced. I've probably watched it a dozen times in the last two years.

They interviewed McCandless, and in particular this spacewalk with him in the photo, so I know exactly who Bruce McCandless is. On a somewhat unrelated note, if you've ever seen or read "Into the Wild", the main "character" (it's non-fiction), Chris McCandless, has/had a father who worked at NASA. So maybe Bruce is related in some way?

Anywho, I digress. But the only reason I clicked on this story was because I knew who McCandless is, and without even reading the summary in full (who does that anyways?!), I knew exactly which photo it was going to be.

Alright, I'll shutup now.

Comment Re:Michigan too (Score 1) 647

Yes, but Sedaris mentioned in his bit that in Texas, the blind needed a sighted companion with them... "... but in Michigan they're allowed to go it alone. Which raises the question, how do they find out whatever it is they just shot? And furthermore, how do they get it back home? Are the Michigan blind allowed to drive as well?" Very funny sketch from his essay 'Six to Eight Black Men.' Highly recommended.

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