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Linguistics Quotes

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Thought you might enjoy these…

Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about.
— Benjamin Lee Whorf

Not only does the English Language borrow words from other languages, it sometimes chases them down dark alleys, hits them over the head, and goes through their pockets.
— Eddy Peters

Language is the means of getting an idea from my brain into yours without surgery
— Mark Amidon

And I’ll finish off with a word of wisdom to us all. 🙂

Keep your words soft and tender because tomorrow you may have to eat them.
— Unknown

Failure: Setback or Opportunity?

Friday, September 7th, 2007

Spilled MilkWe all deal with failure in language learning or in some other area of life. Consider what a few famous people said about failure:

The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.
–Theodore Roosevelt

Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
–Henry Ford

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
–Thomas Edison

Remember those words when you think you’ll never understand the subjunctive mood, when you think you’ll never be able to use all 16 verb tenses in Spanish, or when you think you’ll never fully comprehend that radio announcer yammering away in Spanish.

Be persistent, consistent and relentless in your studies, and soon you’ll look back and ask “when exactly did I become fluent”?