I don’t know why kidney stones make me think of math any more than I know why the word ‘calculus’ is named for pebbles, BUT: I think the two are connected. I think all language is connected if you go back far enough, only question is whether it was assembled from the ground up or whether it came down from priests and scholars up above (on the pyramid). I’m going to suggest that basic naming words may have been created and shared amongst the peasant populace first, but the priests and scholars likely did all the rest.
Still, this is no mean feat. I mean, it’s not like we make up new words every day. We don’t. We adapt what’s already there. Just look what ultimately derived from that proto-word for ‘pebble’ as probably first enunciated somewhere on the Anatolian peninsula or nearby Eurasian steppes, something that probably sounded a lot like ‘cal’ (Spanish for ‘limestone’ btw) or maybe ‘kalk’: calcium, calculate, chalk, calculus, caulk, calendar (maybe) and… the list goes on.
If my theory is correct, I wonder how many naming words existed before the priests and scholars got wise (pun) to it? It is known that ‘core vocabulary’ consisted of body parts (makes sense, just throw in some onomatopoeia) AND (drum roll here)… small numbers. Thus the act of counting (or calculating, if you will), using pebbles, no doubt, is intrinsic to language. Cool.
So sentences are equations, so to speak. That means grammar. Yuk. There is no shortcut. There is no way to ‘Learn Any Language in Three Weeks’. That’s BS. That’s marketing. Throw that book away. Throw that program away. Save your money. They’re laughing at you on the way to the bank. If you want to crack the code, then crack the book. There are different study methods, sure, and handy ways to ‘hack’ any language. Try them all, then crack the book. There are no freebies in life, except life itself… now let’s play ‘Go’. Chinese chess. Weiqi. Japanese, maybe?