Mathematics is difficult depending on what language you think in. There are people who are native mathematicians, meaning, they think in mathematics. They were essentially born that way. I guess the intelligence categorization is called logical/mathematical.

But there are people who aren’t native math-speakers, maybe they are studying for fluency, but they will never be “native.” There are nuances that natives are able to pick up, because they grew up completely immersed in it (or maybe endowed?).

I’m not a native mathematician. I’m a linguist. I think in words and imagery.
I’m not a linguist either. I’m a geometer. I think in angles and symmetry.
I’m hardly a geometer, I’m more of a poet. I think in couplets and sylloby.
I don’t measure the earth, I measure words. I think in roots and etymology.

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