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97 [ninety-seven]

Conjunctions 4

 


97 [siebenundneunzig]

Konjunktionen 4

 

 

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He fell asleep although the TV was on.
He stayed a while although it was late.
He didn’t come although we had made an appointment.
 
 
 
 
The TV was on. Nevertheless, he fell asleep.
It was already late. Nevertheless, he stayed a while.
We had made an appointment. Nevertheless, he didn’t come.
 
 
 
 
Although he has no license, he drives the car.
Although the road is slippery, he drives so fast.
Although he is drunk, he rides his bicycle.
 
 
 
 
Despite having no licence / license (am.), he drives the car.
Despite the road being slippery, he drives fast.
Despite being drunk, he rides the bike.
 
 
 
 
Although she went to college, she can’t find a job.
Although she is in pain, she doesn’t go to the doctor.
Although she has no money, she buys a car.
 
 
 
 
She went to college. Nevertheless, she can’t find a job.
She is in pain. Nevertheless, she doesn’t go to the doctor.
She has no money. Nevertheless, she buys a car.
 
 
 
 
 


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Children learn language relatively quickly. It typically takes longer for adults. But children don't learn better than adults. They just learn differently. When learning languages, the brain has to accomplish quite a lot. It has to learn multiple things simultaneously. When a person is learning a language, it's not enough to just think about it. He must also learn how to say the new words. For that, the speech organs must learn new movements. The brain must also learn to react to new situations. It is a challenge to communicate in a foreign language. Adults learn languages differently in every period of life, however. With 20 or 30 years of age, people still have a learning routine. School or studying isn't that far in the past. Therefore, the brain is well trained. As a result it can learn foreign languages at a very high level. People between the ages of 40 and 50 have already learned a lot. Their brain profits from this experience. It can combine new content with old knowledge well. At this age it learns best the things with which it is already familiar. That is, for example, languages that are similar to languages learned earlier in life. With 60 or 70 years of age, people typically have a lot of time. They can practice often. That is especially important with languages. Older people learn foreign writing especially well, for example. One can learn successfully at every age. The brain can still build new nerve cells after puberty. And it enjoys doing so…

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******ian is counted among the South Slavic languages. It is the native language of about 2 million people. These people live in ******ia, Croatia, Serbia, Austria, Italy and Hungary. ******ian is similar in many ways to Czech and ****akian. Many influences from Serbo-Croatian can also be seen. Although ******ia is a small country, many different dialects exist there. This is due to the fact that the language region looks back at a checkered history. This manifests itself in the vocabulary too, as it contains many foreign language terms.

******ian is written with Latin letters. The grammar distinguishes six cases and three genders. There are two official phonologies in the pronunciation. One of them differentiates precisely between high and low sounds. Another peculiarity of the language is its archaic structure. ******ians have always been very open with respect to other languages. So they are even happier when someone is interested in their language!

 

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