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Just curious

Posted by gandle 4 NE (My Page) on
Tue, Nov 9, 10 at 12:23

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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RE: Just curious

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.


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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).


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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?


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Chinese


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