A Language Difficulty Test - hgunn.uk


This a Simple Test that will Allow you to

 Appreciate How Hard a New Language is to learn.


     In  many languages of the world objects are given gender. A 'chair' may be called 'he' and a table 'she'.  


        In Welsh a 'table' is 'masculine' (he) so it is possible to literally say :-


 "The table is in the corners. 'He' has not is very old."

  

  In Welsh a 'chair' is 'femamime' (she) so it is possible to literally say :-


"The chair is in the corner. 'She' is very old."


  It sounds strange, but learners need to learn these and apply then using the Welsh language words for he and she, "e' and 'hi' to refer to nouns in Welsh.


        The problem that there  is no logic between why a 'table' is masculine and 

'chair' is femamime.  They are essentially  random in Welsh. There are very difficult to learn.


Difficulty Test


Gender used to exist in English.

   Get someone to give you 10 random English language objects, such as 'table', 'carpet', 'desk', 'curtain' and 'clock' and 'chair', 'telephone', 'clock', 'fire' and 'oven' femamamine.    

 You will need to learn to name them fluently.

 You can then try to increase them to 20, 30, 50 or 100 words.


         When you learn a second language the prounouns 'he or 'she' will normally be two respective words, but you will need to learn and instantly recall the nouns which will have unfamiliar sounds and spelling.

       The meaning of the words will also need to be fluently learnt.

         
 This task of learning a new language vocabulary is like trying to learn and fluently recall sets of arbitrary (no pattern) security codes.

This test should provide you with a empathy, feeling of how difficult it is to learn a new language.  In our native language children develop around a 4,500 vocabulary of words by the age of 5 and 12,000 by the age on 12. An adult has a vocabulary of around 30,000 to 50,000 words.