Re: Digest Number 680
> It is true that English is so incredibly idiosyncratic thatbranching off is very hard. I'm currently learning Spanish and it is,
like you said, waaay too literal. The rules AREN'T broken which
is just offensive to a rebellious teenager like me. Trying to learn
Japanese is even harder, they have so many alphabets it gets
really confusing. Hmm, maybe I just can't pronounce rural
without making it sound funny, I mean, I say it correctly (I think)
but it just sounds weird.
I agree whole-heartidly...Probably because it was my point in the
first place. But, that's beyond the point, isn't it? Or perhaps it
In any case, I agree to the whole rebellious teenager bit aswell.
Even though, I'm technically a rebellious pre-teen, not teenager.
As for rural...My friend can't say it right either. You're not alone.
I Don't Think Anyone Can Say It,
Quite Like You Can.
Say It Again.
I'm A Perfect Devil
The interesting thing about English is the way the rules were set down. Unlike most languages, - where they made up rules that made sense and forced everyone to conform to them - when they set down the rules for English they simply copied down how people spoke. What this means is that the rules are so convoluted and have a billion exceptions, and it also means that people change the meaning of words and our dictionaries accomodate these changes.
That's why in English there is 'formal' and 'informal' language, but everyone who has taken high school can speak formally. In comparison to languages such as German, which are similar to English in many ways but have a 'higher' and 'lower' German depending on what social class you belong to.
Yay for random knowledge ^_~-Zeph ^_^----Original Message Follows---- From: "Rose" Reply-To: Yuricon@yahoogroups.com To: Yuricon@yahoogroups.com Subject: [Yuricon] Re: Digest Number 680 Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 01:54:01 -0000 > > Oh, and the weirdest word is rural, I haven't met one person yet > who can pronounce it without making it wound all funny like. > > > > I can say Rural right. ^^ > > English is just a > funny, funny language. > > > > > They do say it is the hardest to learn, that is because it is a combination > of many other languages. That's where we get the funny words. ^^ > While I've heard that too, I've also noticed that once you learn English, you're so accustomed to all the rules that another language is difficult to learn. I'm currently learning both French and Spanish, and each is so literal, it's hard to choose one or the other. I think it takes a great mental capacity in order to know two languages, one being English...Even more so for three or four languages. It might only be me, as a perfectionist, that can't understand another language do to it's being so literal. I guess I'm just stupid. ; ) By the way, I can say "rural" correctly, too. Rose I Don't Think Anyone Can Say It, Quite Like You Can. Say It Again. I'm A Perfect Devil ------------------------ Yahoo! Groups Sponsor ---------------------~--> Your own Online Store Selling our Overstock. http://us.click.yahoo.com/rZll0B/4ftFAA/46VHAA/cGIolB/TM ---------------------------------------------------------------------~-> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: Yuriconemail@example.com Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/