Thursday, June 29, 2006

Language knows no age

I found this interesting article that covers link between Japanese language and brain
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fl20060627jk.html

1 comment:

Ja-ii-desu said...

A research group known as "First Words Project," has found out, among other case study results, that:

"A child's ability to use sounds is the strongest predictor of language skills a year later. Most children use sounds to get attention or help by 8 to 9 months. Many sounds at this age are only vowel sounds, but most parents report that their child uses 1 or 2 consonants and sometimes strings consonant sounds together by 8 to 9 months."

It is interesting to note that the Japanese language comprises FIVE basic vowel sounds and 41 combined consonant sounds to form the phonetic components of the language.

I have always felt that being able to pronounce these 46 basic syllables correctly in the beginning, is the key to mastery over the language later.

'Tsuzuki' and 'Suzuki,' 'Furin'and 'Fuurin,' 'Oto' and 'Otto,' 'Biyouin' and 'Byouin,' 'Kon-yaku' and 'Ko-nyaku,' are only a few examples of how an incorrect pronunciation can dramatically change the meaning of your statement!

That is why, in Japanese, we have sentences like: "Niwa ni wa niwa niwatori ga imasu" (There are two roosters in the garden!)

So, like the child's first words, just master those basic sounds and soon you'll be ready for that Shakespearean soliloquy in Japanese: "Furenduzu, romanzu ando kantorimen.."