Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
Philip Newton
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Languages interfering

I was recently looking up the words for Level I of the Klingon Language Certification Program. The vocabulary list only had the English translations, not the Klingon words, and while I was going through the list, some Lojban words came to mind—presumably because that was the last language that I had tried to learn. (A similar thing happened with Japanese and French back when I started learning Japanese, I think.)

For example, when I saw "acquire, obtain, get", my first thought was cpacu, and for "be the same", I thought mintu. (I had noticed the strong cpacu association for "acquire, obtain get" also when practising with KliFlash.)

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