Language to Language

To learn language to language differences you must first decide what language you want to learn. Also it has to be taught from the language that you speak.

Learning language to language translations is not really difficult but it is different. Many Asian languages are tonal languages. This means that a word that sounds the same to a non tonal language speaker can have different meaning according to the tone of the word. For example the word “mai” in the Thai language can mean no, new, mile, burn and silk. The difference is in the tone you use. For Thai language to language learning there are five tones. The fist is the tone without change or normal. The second tone is the low tone. Spoken by lowering the tone of normal conversation. The third tone is a falling tone. Spoken the opposite of asking a question. The fourth tone is a high tone. Spoken higher than normal. The fifth tone is the rising tone. Spoken like asking a question.

Another example for language to language learning is Mandarin Chinese. Like Thai there are five tones but the tones are different from Thai. In Mandarin Chinese they also have a normal tone. Spoken without change. Then there is the pitch going up again like asking a question. There is also a wavering tone. Spoken with the pitch going down then up. Another tone for Chinese is the pitch going up like asking a question. The final Chinese tone is the pitch spoken with a light and short tone.

Language to language learning can have many challenges. A big difference for say English to many other languages is that English speaks “my house.” Italian, Spanish, Thai and Chinese all speak “house my.” This is more of a grammar difference and is easily understood even when spoken in the wrong order.

The world has over five thousand languages. There are forty languages spoken in India alone. It is common in all language to language learning to have many different accents in speaking the same words. America has the Eastern accent, the Southern accent, the Midwest accent or Northern and to West coast accent. The same can be said for English spoken in other countries like England or Australia. They all speak English but they all sound different than American English. Each country has its accents in different parts of the countries.

Language to language is exciting and holds many differences and challenges. I wish you luck in your learning adventure. Please leave a comment thanks.

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