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Post  nitroairplane Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:57 pm

Read it it's funny wish I wrote it.
The English Language Have you ever wondered why foreigners have trouble with the English Language? Let's face it English is a stupid language. There is no egg in the eggplant No ham in the hamburger And neither pine nor apple in the pineapple. English muffins were not invented in England French fries were not invented in France. We sometimes take English for granted But if we examine its paradoxes we find that Quicksand takes you down slowly Boxing rings are square And a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. If writers write, how come fingers don't fing. If the plural of tooth is teeth Shouldn't the plural of phone booth be phone beeth If the teacher taught,Why didn't the preacher praught. If a vegetarian eats vegetables What the heck does a humanitarian eat!?Why do people recite at a play Yet play at a recital? Park on driveways and Drive on parkways You have to marvel at the unique lunacy Of a language where a house can burn up as It burns down And in which you fill in a form By filling it out And a bell is only heard once it goes! English was invented by people, not computers And it reflects the creativity of the human race(Which of course isn't a race at all)That is why When the stars are out they are visible But when the lights are out they are invisible And why it is that when I wind up my watch It starts But when I wind up this observation,It ends.
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Post  SuperDave Wed Sep 21, 2011 5:44 pm

If you think English is obtuese try Japanese! Loaded with nuances, it has differential language for the aged, older and younger workmates, men and women, superior and inferior associates and lots more.

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Post  Cz10 Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:51 pm

I remember taking my grandson, Sage, out to the garden a couple of years ago and pointing out the various plants. It was early on the summer and I said " that's an orange tree " and he gave me a puzzled look... The oranges were of course not ripe and a nice green color along of the leaves - nothing orange about it. Then we went over to the herbs and I pointed ou Sage.... I think he thought pop-pop had gone around the bend.
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Post  nitroairplane Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:33 am

SuperDave wrote:If you think English is obtuese try Japanese! Loaded with nuances, it has differential language for the aged, older and younger workmates, men and women, superior and inferior associates and lots more.

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yeah Japenese is a confusing one but at least there are rules in English pretty much every word is an anommalie.
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Post  GermanBeez Thu Sep 22, 2011 5:41 am

actually, english is considered to be a VERY easy to lear language in germany. everyone, mind you EVERYONE
can speak at least a little bit english. ootherwise, we would have real problems at the oktoberfest.
the problem is that the bavarians (south germans) don't always return the facour of making themselves clear.
we bavarians also speak pretty much our own language, and all hopes of an american trying to communicate
with one are utterly shattered as soon as he responds "wos homs g'sogt??? redns doch bittschen a bissl klora.
i versteh sie ned." bavarians won't try to talk back in normal german. its pretty evil.
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Post  SuperDave Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:44 am

I was utterly astounded by the degree of English proficiency in Europe; it was though I never left home!

One of the factors in understanding a lanuage is the cultural mindset in which it is used. Mindsets generally may be divided in two categories: eastern and western; there a far more similarities in lanuages of the western world than languages of the eastern world due to cultural differences.

Most Eurpoeans are multilingual where as most American's aren't. Therein lies a puzzle beyond discussion here.
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Post  GermanBeez Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:49 am

SuperDave wrote:I was utterly astounded by the degree of English proficiency in Europe; it was though I never left home!
sadly that's not true for all...take the french- they can't and will not speak in any
other language with you than their own. its terrible!
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Post  nitroairplane Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:01 am

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SuperDave wrote:I was utterly astounded by the degree of English proficiency in Europe; it was though I never left home!
sadly that's not true for all...take the french- they can't and will not speak in any
other language with you than their own. its terrible!

The French in particular Parisians won't speak other languages but the english are far worse.
We go somewhere and expect them to speak english and we expected our visitors to speak English too and most are impatient when they can't.
I am not originally english buy unfortunatle have adopted many english habbits.
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