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The Speed of Languages

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4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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Also, in general a language one does not know at all sounds faster, as one can't distinguish the beginnings and endings of words and phrases, but is just subjected to a stream of sounds.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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Wonderful.. I love the train and wonder what type it is . probably a diesel

Vietnam is the Language that all other languages compare base against it .......

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a
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The train made me think of this one: http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/agatha-christies-poirot/ . So maybe it could even be pre-diesel era?

(Where are all the rail buffs when you need them, eh?)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/arkeo
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Very interesting. I always suspected this since Spanish usually seems to require more syllables to say the same thing as in english. Also english has many more long syllables than spanish.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/0liwia
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Once I discussed this matter with a translator English/Spanish. She explained to me Spanish requires way more words to convey the same idea (density concept); for instance, if you translate a text from English to Spanish, the Spanish version will be 30% to 50% longer. So, she told me they have to speak really fast to convey the same amount of information during the same period of time :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LetItBeatle

Sometimes I just love to listen to a foreigner speak, and their own language roll off their tongue, into my ears. I'd sit back, pondering, attempting to decipher. Gracefully, I'd rethink the situation: "I haven't a clue what they're saying, but that's OK, because, it sounds enigmatically beautiful."

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jem38
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I love listening to tourists and other individuals on the tube speaking different languages in London.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LetItBeatle

Indeed, you too! Very good, very good, indeed. Ah, a pity, I've made this one a late rely!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nonamodnar

I'm curious as to why Vietnamese is chosen as the base of 1 for information density.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Trang.
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me too :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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A French University having the comment on American activity in their colonial world .........

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maria.nils
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The idea behind this is, how many syllables are there, on average, per word? In vietnamese, the syllable/word ratio is almost 1/1 - in other words, almost all words consist of only one syllable.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DwiWulan

I've dreamed that someday I will Speak Spanish fluently and English as well

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CuriousAtanaa

Interesting. It sound like there's a sort of 'standard rate of information tansfer'. I wonder how different constructed languages would compare - particularly Esperanto.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OlderThanRome
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Not really.

The graphic gives us the speed (number of syllables per second) and information density (number of "units of meaning" per syllable) for the four languages. From that it's straightforward to calculate the number of units of meaning per second as speed times density:

English 5.63 Spanish 4.93 Chinese 4.87 Japanese 3.84

So it turns out if you want to say a lot in a short amount of time, at the rate native speakers find natural, you should say it in English :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kayasam

Wow! Where did you find this?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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Archive in the library of Lyon University ?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HTC22

awesome thats encouraging

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jamie.cham1

I've always wondered about this. This is good to know!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/themangeorge
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Very cool! I always wondered the same thing!!

4 years ago