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The wonders of language
22 August, 2009, 10:58 pm
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While my mum was watching the news just now, I had my back to the TV and I suddenly turned around and exclaimed “cheese!” when I heard an Italia interviewee saying “formaggio”, which means cheese in Italian. My mum was like “Ya… cheese. That’s what they have been saying in the news. ru lao.”

And I said, “Oh, I didn’t know ru lao is cheese in Mandarin.”

Sigh, 19 years of education in Mandarin, 6 months of education in Italian.

The amazing thing is, I didn’t even force myself to memorise the Italian vocabulary that I was taught yet a picture of cheese popped into my head as soon as I heard “formaggio”.

Somehow learning language isn’t taught, but caught.

The wonders of language.


Corelation isn’t Causation
22 August, 2009, 10:48 pm
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My first Psychology class has been a fun and interesting one.

“As the number of ice-cream consumed increases, the number of drowning cases increases too.”

I’m sure you’ll go “HUH?”

Explanation is: From this observation, there is a corelation between number of ice-cream consumed and number of drowning cases. However, this does not mean there is a causation (ie. increase in consumption of ice-cream does not cause more people to drown, or vice-versa.) So actually, there is a 3rd subject. In this case it is “weather”. If the weather is warm, more people will tend to have an ice-cream, and at the same time, more people will go for a swim. Thus, increasing the probability of drowning cases.

Let’s try another one!

“As the number of electronic appliances in a house increases, the number of teenage pregnancy cases increases too.”

Why don’t you think of the answer yourself. 🙂 You can ask me for the answer. Then try to come up with weird corelations yourself.

See how technology has hurt us
22 August, 2009, 10:36 pm
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