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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.


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HAHAHA I DIDNT KNW RU LAO IS CHEESE TO! come to think of it i never knew what cheese was in chinese!

Comment by Nat

I thought cheese is zhi shi – as in zhi zhi dan gao – cheesecake.

Comment by Josh

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