Modern Language: Sound smarter without trying harder (The Very Lazy Intellectual)
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You speak it everyday, but have you ever really thought about language? Where it originates? What its evolutionary purpose is? The Very Lazy Intellectual: Modern Languages teaches you the history and etymology of the world’s most common languages. With information on everything from American Sign Language to Russian, you’ll be an armchair linguist in no time.
Languages. If you’d like to learn more about modern languages and more, check out The Lazy Intellectual, available in print (978-1-4405-0456-3) and eBook (978-1-4405-0888-2) formats. American Sign Language American Sign Language (ASL) is a complete and complex language that uses hand signs and other movements, including body postures and facial expressions, for communication. It is the first language of many deaf people in North America. Other than its means of expression, sign language
Latin. Romance languages are originally from Western Europe, although due to colonization some of them are found all over the world. French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese are all Romance languages. French written materials date from the Strasbourg Oaths of 842. KEY PHRASES English: French Hello: Bonjour Goodbye: Au revoir My name is: Je m’apelle I would like: Je voudrais Please: S’il vous plaît How much?: Combien? Thank you: Merci Excuse me: Excusez-moi Where?: Où? Left: À gauche
variations of Hindi. Hindi has roots in classical Sanskrit. It is written using the Devanagari alphabet from Sanskrit and is read from left to right. Because Hindi is phonetic, words are pronounced as they are written, making it easier to learn than English. There are no uppercase or lowercase forms of letters in Hindi. Nouns are either masculine or feminine, and many adjectives vary based on the gender of the noun they modify. Verbs also change to indicate the gender of their subjects. Hindi
during medieval times into I and J and the letter V into U, V, and W. The Latin letter K and the new W were rarely used in most Romance languages, and only for non-native words. Of the Romance languages, only French and Spanish use the letter Y. Russian Russian belongs to the large and diverse Indo-European language family, a group that includes English, French, German, Hindi, and many others. Specifically, Russian belongs to the Slavic branch of the Indo-European family. Other Slavic languages
and other languages. Most scholars agree that Russian became a distinctive language in the fourteenth or fifteenth century. With the development of Russian secular literary traditions, regional dialects became more acceptable in oral communication as well as in writing. After the unification of Russia under the leadership of Moscow in the seventeenth century, Russian became the country’s national language. The eighteenth century played a significant role both in the history of Russia and in the