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Poll: Are there any words in your acquired language(s) you have difficulty in remembering?
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Local time: 13:21
Oct 11, 2007

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Rebecca Hendry  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:21
Member (2005)
Spanish to English
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Nettles and mistletoe Oct 11, 2007

For some strange reason I always struggle to remember the Spanish words for nettle (ortiga) and mistletoe (muérdago). Luckily they are not words that commonly crop up in everyday conversation!


Clare Barnes  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:21
Swedish to English
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Sixth Oct 11, 2007

I have problems remembering the Swedish for sixth (sjätte). I think it's because when I first came across it, a well-meaning friend pointed out that if my pronunciation was a little off it would sound as if I was saying "bum" (as in bottom). I blame my subconscious for trying to repress it ever since, just in case I embarass myself or anyone nearby.


John Cutler  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:21
Spanish to English
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Short-cuts Oct 11, 2007

There are several words in Spanish and Catalan that no matter how many times I hear or read them, they somehow just don’t “stick” in my memory; other times, I hear a word once and remember it forever. I wonder why that is? I suppose it has something to do with the deep, dark inner workings of the human brain.

One of the words that I have to repeatedly ask in Catalan is: drecera. It means a “short-cut”.
The equivalent in Spanish, “atajo” has never given me any problems.

PS. Short-cut is a useful word to know when hiking, cycling and walking are some of your favourite hobbies.
PPS. I had to look up drecera now to be able to explain this.icon_razz.gif

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Gabriela Mocrei  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:21
English to Romanian
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Bravo! Oct 11, 2007

Besides the actual topic of the poll, what I really want to congratulate you for is definitelly the proposed answer's good sense of humour . Bravo! Finally a bit of sense in the polls (some haven't seen it at all, ever), good old common sense.. of humour.


Hilary Davies Shelby
United States
Local time: 15:21
German to English
couldn't tell you off-hand but... Oct 11, 2007

there are several words in Leo and the Kudoz search which auto-complete when I begin typing them in - i obviously look them up pretty regularly!icon_wink.gif


Local time: 21:21
Reply Oct 11, 2007

I know it sounds completely stupid, but I have trouble remembering basic verbs of movement and action for concepts such as "go up", "go down", "grab" and the like. I still have trouble remembering them in Greek which is my weakest language. I think the reason behind is that I don´t have any spatial intelligence at all, I confuse left and right all the time...



Local time: 22:21
Member (2005)
English to German
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Translator Oct 11, 2007

I'm trying to learn Turkish for quite a while now and every time we have to introduce ourselves in class as a warm-up, I begin with "My name is Ute, I'm 34 years old and I am working as a ... ähm ... as ..." - end of speech. It's embarrassing, even now I only remember that the word starts with "ce" ... (and I'm too lazy to look it up - I will forget it within a second anyway)

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Arianna Tremayne  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:21
German to English
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Line, as in 'along the line', 'in line with' etc. Oct 11, 2007

There was one translation where the author used these phrases a lot, and I had to look them up time and time again.

Still would have to look them up today...


Manuel Martín-Iguacel  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:21
English to Spanish
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Scaffolding (in tha past), beautiful word Oct 11, 2007

but not any longer.. it is now one of my favourites English words

: )


Andres & Leticia Enjuto  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:21
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
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There are a few... Oct 11, 2007

Curiously, I have problems with several words, so I'll just give you a few examples:

- Verbs: "give", "cut"
- Nouns: "wallet", "grass"
- Adjectives forms like "dear", "honey".

Examples of the above:

"Give me your wallet, honey" (Can't understand that at all, not even in my own native language).

"Please cut the grass at once, dear" (I wonder what is she talking about?)


Good poll, and have a nice day you all.



Catherine Shepherd  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:21
Spanish to English
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Six and seven Oct 11, 2007

For some reason I get six and seven mixed up when I learn a non-Romance language (I did a year of Arabic and a year of Welsh and I always got these two numbers mixed up in both these languages...)!

It's weird and annoying!!! I tried to give my phone number in Welsh a while ago and got it all wrong...icon_mad.gif


Fiamma Lolli
Local time: 22:21
Spanish to Italian
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all the berries Oct 11, 2007

I do not know if it can be called a lack of memory or just a tendency to mismatch wordsicon_smile.gif but I always get lost with berries: raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, gooseberry, cranberry, elderberry, dewberry, loganberry, boysenberry, strawberry...


ViktoriaG  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:21
English to French
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Not exactly Oct 11, 2007

I am perfectly bilingual (actually trilingual, but no use mentioning that in my profile - nobody will believe me) and it sometimes happens, since I use both English and French on a daily basis, that a word comes to mind easier in French when I speak English, and vice versa.

The odd thing that happens to me (which is why I answered Other / N/A) is that somehow, a few specific words come to my mind in a foreign language all the time. For example, when I am trying to say 'power outlet', whether I be speaking in English or French, the first thing that pops in is always 'steckdose' - which is German for 'power outlet'. German is not even one of my native level languages! Anybody else has something similar going on, or am I crazy?


Gianni Pastore  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:21
Member (2007)
English to Italian
Two in particular Oct 11, 2007

I just can't remember the "thought / though" difference when I write in English (not when I read, because the context helps). I always have to look the dictionary up because I am too scared to get it wrongicon_frown.gif Great poll!

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