Myths and misconceptions about different languages

For years people learn foreign languages. This is a fairly easy process, but it's worth it. In addition, in the world there are a lot of prejudices associated with a particular language, and today we will acquaint you with the ten most strange and unreasonable ones.

, it is impossible to learn the Japanese language

Myths and misconceptions about different languages

Many Japanese believe that their language is unique and a foreigner it is simply impossible to learn and begin to understand truly. It is believed that its features lie in the unique character of Japanese culture. However, the reality is somewhat different. The whole point is that the Japanese language is divided into dozens of different dialects. Its main difficulty lies in the fact that he has nothing to do with European languages. But the structure of the Japanese language is quite simple to understand. In addition, he learned the Japanese language is not difficult, much more difficult to learn to write on it (there are four different types of writing: Kanji, Hiragana, Katakana, and Romaji).

The French language is logical

Myths and misconceptions about different languages

For the past four centuries, the French did their best to disseminate widely the myth that their language is one of the most clear and logical. The essence of such rumors was the fact that the French system has a natural logic, grammar and clarity that lacked other languages. Even Latin, in their opinion, is caught in an awkward and tongue-tied. Many believed that the perfection of the French language was no more than a reflection of the excellence of the French nation. However, the main problem of this idea lies in the fact that in itself any language is straightforward and logical, which is not true of human logic and perception. In other words, everything depends on the people who speak them.

Chinese characters - this ideogram

Myths and misconceptions about different languages

The ideograms - are characters that have a complete thought, for the understanding of which is not necessarily to use the basics of language proficiency. Typical examples are the characters "No Smoking" or a skull and crossbones. European thinkers have long believed that the Chinese characters - not that other, as ideograms. Although this concept was inspired by linguists and philosophers, it was an over-simplification of the Chinese writing. Chinese characters are actually made up of two components - the phonetic and semantic. Phonetic components allow you to learn about the right pronunciation of the word, while the semantic contain in itself its meaning.

The Welsh language is considered to be unpronounceable and archaic

Myths and misconceptions about different languages

The Welsh dialect has long been the subject of jokes on the part of the British. This is mainly due to the peculiarities of pronunciation of certain words and archaic. In general, the Welsh language is fairly simple to properly speak and write on it - just enough to study the basic rules. Perhaps one of the most famous examples of the Welsh language can be considered as the name of the village "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch".

Eboniks (African American Vernacular English) - it is in fact a "lazy" English

Myths and misconceptions about different languages

Many people in the US believe that eboniks - it's just slang or, even worse, semi-literate English. However, from a linguistic point of view, this slang has every right to be called a dialect. Though his designs are very different from standard English, it traces its grammatical construction in them.

The language policy of the French is one of the most severe

Myths and misconceptions about different languages

Fairly widespread view that the French Academy has taken many measures to prevent the merger of the French and English languages. The main threat, they believe, comes from imposed on American pop culture, for example, the threat of almost a national scale in France is considered the word "hashtag". But France is still inferior to Canada on this issue. In Quebec, some time ago a number of laws aimed at protecting workers' rights to speak in French. In addition, companies whose number of employees to over 100 people, have been obliged to create special committees "frantsifikatsii". But these countries are not alone in their desire to protect their native language. A number of countries around the world today do their best to protect this national and cultural heritage of the people.

The Spanish lisp

Myths and misconceptions about different languages

One of the main differences between Castilian Spanish and Latin American Spanish is the use of sound "Zeta". In Castilian Spanish, this sound is pronounced as "Z", while in Latin America, he sounds like a "C". According to legend, there was such a difference in the result of a desire to imitate the king, who was suffering from a lisp. However, the reality is not quite so in Castilian Spanish sound "S" is still used, but only for a limited number of words. Local residents enjoy the sound "H" only for those words, in which there are the letters "c" or "the z", and "C" is used for words, where there is the letter "s". This difference is largely due to the fact that the Spanish colonization of Latin America, were mostly from Andalusia, where the hissing pronunciation prevails.

British English - is a real English

Myths and misconceptions about different languages

It is believed that British English is a real English. In fact, the dialect, practiced in the British Isles, has undergone significant changes over the centuries. Only in the last three centuries it has changed much more than the same American English.

In primitive cultures - primitive languages ​​

Myths and misconceptions about different languages

There is a fairly widespread belief that the more primitive cultures, the lower developed her tongue. However, linguists has been proven that in general all languages ​​sufficiently dynamic and developed, and often in more primitive cultures where the language is more articulate and complex.

The Chinese - language is one

Myths and misconceptions about different languages

Most people believe that the Chinese - is a complex language that communicates 1.3 billion people. In fact, in China there are dozens of dialects, which sometimes differ from each other as hard as may differ from each other European languages. Recently, the Chinese government is promoting the idea of ​​standardization, offering as a universal language of Mandarin Chinese (Mandarin).