【World Life】とは?


World Lifeな生活

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Today  let’s talk about a cool idea we came up with called “linguistic DNA.”

Big languages like English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian have a common ancestor language called “proto-Indo-European.” It’s like a very old language, maybe around 9,000 years ago. It’s not only related to European languages but also to languages in India, like Sanskrit. Our “linguistic DNA” idea helps explain this connection.

Today, we’ll focus on the “DNA STER,” which means something becoming solid or stiff. It’s in words like “stereotype,” which originally meant a rigid or solid form, like a set way of thinking.

Another word we’ll look at is “start.” The “STER” changed to “Star-.” Before you begin to run, you might feel your muscles get stiff, and then you rush out. So that’s how “start” came to mean the beginning of something. “Start” can also mean being surprised or moving suddenly. That’s because when you’re surprised, your body becomes rigid for a moment, just like when you move suddenly.

The last word is “starve,” which means to die from hunger. When you’re starving, your body becomes stiff, right?

By the way, in German, there’s a word “sterben” which originally meant “starve” but later evolved to mean “die” in general. It’s pretty amazing that even German words can be explained this way. Remember, our “linguistic DNA” idea works for many major European languages. Stay tuned for more interesting language info. See you soon!

Caveat: Proto-Indo-European is a hypothetical language, which means that nobody has ever proved its existence. It’s a theoretically reasonable tool with which to explain linguistic connections between languages.