01 March 2010

Dyslexia to the rescue!

For once in my life, my dyslexia may help me learn a foreign language!

Of all the Romance languages, Italian has the most rational pronunciation rules:  each vowel is pronounced exactly the same way every time it occurs; all the syllables of a word are pronounced.

French, on the other hand, is dirty with weird inflections, elided syllables, dropped endings, silent letters, and accents on vowels frequently alter the meaning of a word.

Yesterday in class, I had little trouble pronouncing the French.  I am still stymied by Italian.

Go figure.

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  1. Spanish (castellano) is also very rational in its pronunciation.

  2. So where's the class? Is it actually IN the Pal. Farnese???

    And MMMMMM, San Luigi dei Francesi!! What a beautifully restored space. Give a euro to the lady at the door for me - one of my fave's.

  3. once you learn French you can come down here and learn Cajun....then you'll be ruined for life!

  4. Anonymous10:13 AM

    Maybe its because of the cheese.

  5. Languages and dyslexia. I am English speaking and years ago before I knew I am dyslexic/hyperlexic I tried to master French. No luck. I was at the Sorbonne in the clsss for etrangers - this was 30 years ago.
    Thanksfully, the professors advised me to give up trying. I did.
    A couple ofyears later I was at a part in Montreal and late in the evening chatting with a frenchman - in french. I was amazed at the fact that I was speaking French. Who knows why.

    You can learn more about my experiences with dyslexia/hyperlexia at my website: