Cool Buildings and Thoughts about Spelling Reform & Language Acquisition

Just like the Gateway Building near Kampong Glam, this is another cool triangular shaped building that looks flattish from an angle. It’s the Airview building, sandwiched between Maxwell House and Red Dot Traffic.

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Look out for Kadayanallur Street. It’s pronounced (ka-day-i-ah-null-loor). Sometimes I feel that our spelling never reflects pronunciation, and spelling reform with transcription symbols would be cool. But then again I am fond of the way words are spelt so I don’t think I would get used to transcription symbols even if I had ten years of practise.

The same way, I prefer reading a traditional book over an electronic device. Easier on my poor eyes as well. Still happy to have them in the dictionary so that I know how to pronounce words. For some languages I just don’t have the sounds in my brain and find them so hard to get right. It’s quite frustrating and I just can’t twist my tongue the right way. Language Acquisition theorists propose that we pick up all our sounds before age 3 and that’s the perfect window for a child to be exposed to many languages. Wish I had been exposed to more languages then.

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Just opposite the URA Centre.

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2 Responses to Cool Buildings and Thoughts about Spelling Reform & Language Acquisition

  1. Crystal says:

    I hate when I find out that I’ve been mispronouncing a word. I mispronounced foibles for YEARS before I found out…and it was embarassing.

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