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A new way of looking at rappeler

ChrisC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

A new way of looking at rappeler

I have found it useful to translate rappeler as 'recall'. It's synonymous with remind, but its English language grammar is more similar to rappeler- you recall x to someone , you remind x of someone - and rappeler surely has a root in appeler, to call, re-appeler, recall. Helpful?

Asked 2 years ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Chris,

Thank you for sharing this tip with everyone! 

Merci et bonne journée ! 

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Chris,

Yes!  Makes sense to me  --  I use the same logic.

Jim

HarryC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

But 'recall' (in the sense of 'bring to mind') doesn't mean 'remind'. 'Recall' is synonymous with 'remember' - the subject is the person doing the recalling. 'Remind' is like the passive voice of 'recall' - it's the object that is doing the recalling prompted by the subject who/which is doing the reminding - and vice versa. You could transliterate "I recall Joe by [thinking of] Jack" as "I am reminded of Joe by Jack or "Jack reminds me of Joe". I do the recalling, but Jack does the reminding (albeit unwittingly).

Still, if it helps you to get the translation right, recall away!

A new way of looking at rappeler

I have found it useful to translate rappeler as 'recall'. It's synonymous with remind, but its English language grammar is more similar to rappeler- you recall x to someone , you remind x of someone - and rappeler surely has a root in appeler, to call, re-appeler, recall. Helpful?

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