When TLG brought us to Georgia, they gave us a week of language instruction in Georgian so that we could survive and get around and meet people. It was very basic things, like greetings, numbers, etc.
In that week, one of the first things we learned was the phrase “How are you?” and several possible responses. In my notebook I drew little emoticons next to each response:
They made the point that when someone asks how you are, you have to say “kargad” (the adverbial form) instead of “kargi” (the adjectival).
I bring up this story because it seems like a fair representation of something you might cover in your first week of language classes – the question “how are you” and a set of possible responses.
That’s why the first few times I heard “thanks” as a response to “how are you?” I just assumed that the person in…
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