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Why is it
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Les    Posted 10-23-2003 at 04:35:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
that when we speak, we are using our ability to give a speech? Ain't the English language wonderful?


Brian-2N    Posted 10-23-2003 at 05:24:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I just read yesterday in our local free shopper's paper, how one guy described English as a "bastardized" language. I've been saying the same thing for years.
It was a Germanic language. Being separated by a sea caused it to develop different than the mainland. Then add in the influence of the Church (Latin) then the Normans (Romance language) and you get a strange brew.
I pity any SOB that has to learn English. I can't think of a more difficult language to learn. I studied Latin and French, and took German for quite a long time. Even if you had marginal English skills, those languages were a breeze.


Old Sarge    Posted 10-23-2003 at 06:59:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Kinda reminds me of the speech in the movie "Patton" when he said 'The Americans and English people are two nations separated by a common language'.

How True tho. If you ever travel to England you would be amazed at the differences. One that I always get a chuckle out of is the American who was told by a young English lass to "Knock me up at 6:00" Now what she really meant was "Call me at 6:00" We all know what went through the head of the American.


deadcarp - worse yet    Posted 10-23-2003 at 07:21:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
there are over 200 words in the australian language that have different meanings from ours, and it takes awhile to get used to that: my buddy had just rented a nice place in melbourne and since it was by the year, he brought his wife over. after her long flight, he arranged to take her to an aussie dinner. they enjoyed the scenery and drank their wine and ate, and the waiter asked if they'd like dessert. she said "oh dear i couldn't - i'm positively stuffed" the waiter was momentarily lost for words since that's considered guttural means something bluntly romantic, but he nonetheless managed to pat her on the shoulder, said "oh - well - you lucky girl you" and hurried off. :)



Brian-2N    Posted 10-23-2003 at 07:21:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My wife and I listen to books on tape, due to the distance we travel. A number of these are English written and read. Everyday terms like crisps for potato chips and nappies for diapers makes you listen real close to follow what is being discussed.


the english lanugage    Posted 10-23-2003 at 04:39:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
sure is except when you are listeng to Cindi's friend, sounds like then you can't really even understand it, lol


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