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False signalling

Posted on: January 6, 2009

The problem with learning Pimsleur is that your pronunciation of a foreign language becomes super good, and then people expect a degree of grammar and vocabulary from you that you just don’t have. And then you don’t even have the vocabulary and grammar to explain that no, your grasp of Japanese isn’t actually that good.

The problem with being smart is that people assume you’re also smart in other ways. And when you’re not, it’s a matter of pride not to admit it. Assuming you even have the vocabulary it takes to explain it. Assuming you have the self-insight it takes to realize it in the first place.

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