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Old 13th Jan 2005, 21:06   #7
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Couldn't agree more, Notty. 'Small' to me is hello, goodbye and how much? in the usual lingos, but definitely excluding Malay. Am very envious of that talent of yours, gil. Sounds as if you must have had a spell in Scandinavia - yes? Are Swedish, Norwegian and Danish so very different to each other? Or is it more a matter of variations on a theme? I've often wondered if those who are talented at languages recognise the patterns of speech better than those who aren't. I heard it from a mathematician, that the same principle applies with numbers - that it is the patterns formed in number-juggling (albeit very complex ones) that the maths whiz recognises clearly, whereas non-number-crunchers (numerical manglers, if you will) are blind to such things.
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