Discussion in 'Education' started by Angelo, Sep 22, 2019.
You are incorrect, and if you bothered to think about it for a minute, you’d see that for yourself.
This tells me you didn't read the linked piece.
Thanks for playing.
The “linked piece” is pop-junk for people who don’t know anything more about linguistics than such trivia. You seem to fall into that group.
I was surprised Welch wasn't on the list. Not that I'm remotely knowledgeable on the subject. I've just heard others say it was very difficult.
Its probably not nearly as difficult as they think. If your exposed to it, you can figure it out.
Here in America on the streets, its really useful to learn Spanish and Jive so you can speak to Latinos and African Americans. But if you just listen you will be talking Spanish "Hey, ese, wassup holmes" or Jive (aka Ebonics) "Yo muthafucka", like a native.
Hah! I knew it. I speak 10 and 17.
English must be fading as the dominant US language. Just look at how many Democrats don't understand simple English these days.
English is not a difficult language grammatically, but spelling is due to the fact the alphabet was not designed for the sounds of English but of Latin. "Sh" is one of the most common sounds in English but we don't have a letter for it. It can be spelled by s,c,t,sc just off the top of my head.
A Plan for the Improvement of Spelling in the English Language
By Mark Twain
For example, in Year 1 that useless letter “c” would be dropped to be replased either by “k” or “s”, and likewise “x” would no longer be part of the alphabet. The only kase in which “c” would be retained would be the “ch” formation, which will be dealt with later. Year 2 might reform “w” spelling, so that “which” and “one” would take the same konsonant, wile Year 3 might well abolish “y” replasing it with “i” and iear 4 might fiks the “g/j” anomali wonse and for all.
Generally, then, the improvement would kontinue iear bai iear with iear 5 doing awai with useless double konsonants, and iears 6-12 or so modifaiing vowlz and the rimeiniing voist and unvoist konsonants. Bai iear 15 or sou, it wud fainali bi posibl tu meik ius ov thi ridandant letez “c”, “y” and “x”—bai now jast a memori in the maindz ov ould doderez —tu riplais “ch”, “sh”, and “th” rispektivili.
Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl riform, wi wud hev a lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld.
“Jive”? Did you time-travel here from the 70s?
There is no more or less difficult language to learn. It is always a relative matter involving a great variety of factors.
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