Just curious

gandle(4 NE)November 9, 2010

Do other languages have a multiplicity of meanings for the same word? Don't know how many meanings the word fast has but it is a bunch. Can read Russian poorly but don't remember any word that has many meanings, probably are, just don't remember them.

I know there are garden party members who are conversant in languages other than English, so am looking for help.

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Most languages do not have the richness that English does. But this is due to English being a melting pot for languages, of sorts. English sports more borrowed words from other languages than does any other language that I know.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2010 at 12:48PM
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jazmynsmom(Z5 Madison-ish)

Off the top of my head in Russian, I can think of "mir" which means both "peace" and "world." I think this is a universal trait of language that words have multiple meanings (though English has more than most).

    Bookmark   November 9, 2010 at 2:13PM
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maymo(6a MI)

Ahh, I struggle teaching ELL (English Language Learners) students our multiple meaning words. Idioms are just as confusing to them. Did you know that the Dene/Eskimos have 27 different words for snow?

    Bookmark   November 9, 2010 at 6:21PM
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    Bookmark   November 9, 2010 at 8:26PM
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