Monty40xi wrote:I've been told that our brain inserts pauses on its own when it's hearing its native language. Other languages sound faster than they really are because your brain doesn't know where to insert those pauses. English is still a pretty fast language. Look at your watch and see how many normal sentences take less than one second to say. "Have you seen my keys?" "What are you talking about?" "I feel like a burrito."electronic mily wrote:New question from me: I'm a US kid, I speak a little French, but from what I can tell almost all languages are spoken much faster than English, to the point where non-native English speakers often speak the language faster than native speakers do. So here's what I was wondering - for those who aren't native English speakers, do you think of English as a "slow" language?
Pretty much. Have You Seen My Keys is closer to "havheseen mikeys?" phonetically - at least how I say it. (Yes, I just said it a half-dozen times out loud to make sure I was getting the letters right.) If you didn't know the language, you might think I just said two words.
From as early as I can recall up to graduation and even in my post-high school schooling, there was always groupwork - either to get people used to working in groups, or because sometimes the goal simply couldn't be accomplished in a reasonable amount of time by one person working alone (Alright, so that's more of college level stuff, but you get the point).Iori_Yagami wrote:New related question: Did you ever work in groups? If so, how the load was distributed? In my case, it was usually one 'uber-geek' who did everything (like me ) and others made a 'busy and serious' face while passing notes under the table...
Most of the 1-12 year stuff I did was more or less as you said - I did the "work" while the other people in the group did whatever - sometimes it'd be a collaboration, sometimes it'd just be me. Thing is, I'd always refuse to present it. So if nothing else, whoever was going to do the talking about it had to pay attention enough to pull it off. Couple of groups I was in I recall getting full credit while everyone else didn't get any, because it was obvious they contributed nothing and learned nothing.
Here, if you're old and still in the workforce, it's because either you have nothing better to do or cannot afford to not work. You're generally considered out of touch with modern day life, slow, and slow to learn, which is usually unfounded - I mean, for every 9 people over 60 who can work an ATM fine, the one idiot ruins it for the bunch, leaving the younger folks thinking all old people are .. at best out of touch with technology, and at worst idiots. Though that's how people think of younger folks too.Iori_Yagami wrote:Another simpleton question
What is older age associated with in your country? I saw posts in a 'what you will become' thread, and many mentioned that in many years they will be rich, calm, wise and stuff. That's fine and notable, but is it realistic? I heard from a pal that in Western Europe and maybe Japan, for instance, elders are expected to be honored, to be powerful, rich, well-known, and they generally travel A LOT.
Take Bob. Bob will likely find that people 10 years older than him are out of touch with technology, slow to learn, and outdated in their thinking. Meanwhile, Bob will also likely find that people 10 years younger than him are dumb as posts, speaking like morons in incomprehensible slang, and overinfatuated with some idiotic fad. Pretty much, everyone gets a 10 year bubble around them, and with exceptions, finds people outside of that range to be stupid for one reason or another. But, of course, THEY weren't like that ten years ago, and they won't be like that in ten years...
Still, in general, people treat old folks with a certain level of respect, at least to their face. But sometimes it's pretty obvious that it's a patronizing respect.