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28 [twenty-eight]

In the hotel – Complaints
28 [vingt-huit]

A l’hôtel – Réclamations
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The shower isn’t working.
There is no warm water.
Can you get it repaired?
 
There is no telephone in the room.
There is no TV in the room.
The room has no balcony.
 
The room is too noisy.
The room is too small.
The room is too dark.
 
The heater isn’t working.
The air-conditioning isn’t working.
The TV isn’t working.
 
I don’t like that.
That’s too expensive.
Do you have anything cheaper?
 
Is there a youth hostel nearby?
Is there a boarding house / a bed and breakfast nearby?
Is there a restaurant nearby?
 


Positive languages, negative languages

Most people are either optimists or pessimists. But that can apply to languages too! Scientists repeatedly analyze the vocabulary of languages. In doing so they often come to astounding results. In English, for example, there are more negative than positive words. There are almost double the number of words for negative emotions. In western societies, the vocabulary influences the speakers. The people there complain quite often. They also criticize many things. Therefore, they use language with an altogether more negative tone. But negative words are interesting for another reason too. They contain more information than positive terms. The reason for this could lie in our evolution. It was always important for all living things to recognize dangers. They had to react quickly to risks. Besides that, they wanted to warn others of dangers. Therefore it was essential to be able to pass along information very quickly. As much as possible should be said with as few words as possible. Apart from that, negative language doesn't have any real advantages. That is easy for anyone to imagine. People who only speak negatively are surely not very popular. Furthermore, negative language affects our emotions. Positive language, on the other hand, can have positive effects. People that are always positive have more success in their career. So we should use our language more carefully. Because we choose which vocabulary we use. And through our language we create our reality. So: Speak positively!

Guess the language!

______ is counted among the Baltic languages. It is spoken by more than 3 million people. These people live in *********, Belarus, and Poland. The only language it is closely related to is Latvian. Although ********* is a very small country, the language is divided into many dialects. ______ is written in Latin letters, but it has a few special symbols. The many double vowels are typical. There are also several varieties of vowels, such as short, long, and nasal.

______ pronunciation is not difficult. The intonation is markedly more complicated because it is flexible. That is to say, it is based on the grammatical form of the word. It is interesting to note that ______ is a very archaic language. It is considered the language that has strayed from its parent language the least. That means it is still very similar to the first Indo-European language. If you want to know how our ancestors spoke, you should learn ______.

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