s Thoughts from the Physics Chick: Words I Get Mixed Up

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Words I Get Mixed Up

a [French] vb., 3rd pers. sing. of avoir

a [Welsh] conj., and, whether

а [Russian] conj., but, and

à [French] prep., to, in, at

â [Welsh] prep., with, as, by means of

i [Welsh] prep., to, for; pron., me, I

и [Russian] conj., and

i [Swedish] prep., at, on, in

o [Welsh] prep., from, of; pron., he

о [Russian] prep., about, of, with

y [Welsh] art., the

у [Russian] prep., by, with, about


At September 12, 2007 12:19 PM, Blogger ambrosia ananas said...

Huh. I don't understand what's so confusing about that. I've never even studied most of those languages, and it all makes sense to me.

At September 12, 2007 12:42 PM, Blogger Katya said...

I get confused because they're so short that they're not distinctive from language to language and I can't keep track of all the interlingual false cognates.

At September 12, 2007 2:49 PM, Blogger Expavesco said...

I know what you mean Katya. A lot of those words you listed are quite hard to learn for people studying so many languages, and the only easy way to get them down is constant casual conversations.

How many languages do you already know?

At September 12, 2007 3:54 PM, Blogger Katya said...

Besides English, French is the only language I know well.

At September 12, 2007 9:12 PM, Blogger Th. said...


Boy, you're dumb.

At September 13, 2007 12:10 PM, Blogger ambrosia ananas said...

[yellow voice] Ummm, you got that I was joking, right? You don't hate me now, right?

At September 13, 2007 2:10 PM, Blogger Katya said...

Heh. No, I don't hate you, I just thought that you were genuinely confused. (Now, Thmazing, I hate.)

At September 13, 2007 6:00 PM, Blogger Expavesco said...

Thanks for taking the heat off of everybody T-H.
*Leaves before he says something that might draw fire*

At September 16, 2007 1:16 AM, Blogger Th. said...


Man, a prophet never gets no respect among his friends....


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