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  1. Learning languages gets more difficult as one ages, in my experience. I was exposed to Polish in grammar school (South River, NJ) , Latin and German in HS, actually studied; had native Spanish speaking roommates in college, and my wife and I took Irish classes much later. Now I have some Chinese clients. My brain felt different after each Irish class, like it had literally been stretched . Anyway, you get further East it gets sketchy. Greece is ok if you had Latin, once you figure out the alphabet. Turkish is another world entirely, I was told it had more in common with Japanese than Western Indo-European languages. But as Guadana points out sentence structure changes with each language. Germans like to put verbs at the end of sentences, Romans used long sentences and relied on word forms to make sense. Irish has its own way of answering questions. Language is a window on its speakers. Thanks, Guadana!
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  2. Merkley and Mukhamadullin should do a podcast together if they end up as teammates. Call it Merk and Mook.
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  3. The Dolphins just continue to be impressive...I happened to be watching the Red Zone when they showed the end of the Rams game and up two scores with less than a minute left and the Rams having no timeouts, the Dolphins defense still went balls to the wall keeping Rams receivers from going out of bounds on two straight plays. That's when you know a team's all in.
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  4. That were german words. I can`t speak or write but i`m ok to read. I was... 6 yo. Most fun thing was when i try to learn english after german. That`s where my brain was little damaged from the start. If we talks about letters - it`s just new simbols. A similar approach, a lot of similar things - you can forgive for a new language. I'm sure the Japanese or the Arabs would have laughed at our conversation) And how do the Chinese use tonality(in addition to the complexity of the hieroglyphs)? We are clearly not in the most difficult conditions.
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