--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "shempmcgurk" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
wrote:
>
> --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, TurquoiseB <no_reply@> 
> wrote:
> >
> > --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "Nelson" 
> > <nelsonriddle2001@> wrote:
> > > --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, TurquoiseB <no_reply@> 
> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > Based on my experience, Russian is probably a far
> > > > easier language to learn than English. Talk about
> > > > consistent...once you've learned the alphabet 
> > > > (which is just Greek with a few extra letters)
> > > > and the basic verb endings and inflected noun
> > > > endings, it's pretty much a snap.  Or was. It
> > > > was a long time ago that I studied Russian.
> > > >
> > > +++ Would you think that  one learning Russian could eventually
> > > pronounce it well enough to pass as a native?
> > 
> > I think it would be very, very difficult indeed
> > for a non-native speaker to speak Russian so well
> > as to be mistaken for a native speaker. 
> > 
> > >     One person that I met (Polish native) said there were 
> > > some words in their language that would seperate non natives 
> > > from natives.  N.
> > 
> > There are some words in Russian that, when spoken
> > *by* natives, would bag people as being from a 
> > certain province, and having grown up there in 
> > a certain era. Same in French. I assume that the
> > same was true about American English at one point.
> > but much of that has been worn away by how much
> > Americans move around from state to state.
> >
> 
> I remember seeing a TV program many years ago where authorities (I 
> think they were police) could identify where a person was from by 
> having them read a paragraph that had key words in it that by the 
> way the people pronounced each word could pinpoint where the speaker 
> was from.  

Yeah, that was Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady.








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