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  •  only beginners (none)
    and crass amateurs complain about declensions.

     

    •  not true. i studied russian in college. (none)
      one of my profs was a native speaker who admitted that when it came to numbers, she thought in english rather than russian - because of the declensions.

      We get a lot of advice. We tend to listen when somebody's won something. - Joe Lockhart

      by yankeedoodler on Wed Apr 20, 2005 at 01:36:53 PM PDT

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      •  interesting (none)
        and probably an anomaly.

        native speakers with good to excellent english proficiency usually prefer their native lang when it comes to numbers--and talking to babies and animals!

        •  also praying and making love (none)
          although I am bilingual in the love department.

          I will go on record as saying that after living oh-so-many-years to even bother saying how many with an US mono-lingual man, I miss el follar in Spanish.

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          by liza on Wed Apr 20, 2005 at 03:02:05 PM PDT

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          •  Hmmm (none)
            and after seven of marriage to a latina, I've pretty much forgotten how to make love in English.

            Not much loss, there, though. Spanish is so much richer, so much more fun...

            It's always the old who lead us to the war, always the young to fall -- Phil Ochs

            by litho on Wed Apr 20, 2005 at 03:23:59 PM PDT

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        •  sounds as though (none)
          you're assuming she was a native speaker in just one language. from her totally unaccented and idiomatic english, i simply assumed she was raised in two languages and was fluent in both.

          We get a lot of advice. We tend to listen when somebody's won something. - Joe Lockhart

          by yankeedoodler on Wed Apr 20, 2005 at 04:57:36 PM PDT

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          •  if your prof is fluent (none)
            in both to the point that her english sounded unaccented, and her russian too, one lang may still be dominant--usually, but not always, it's the one that's preferred for numbers.

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