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pseudolobster

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there's no way this can happen (just no way). I think people who don't know other languages don't understand how complex learning another language is xD
I took ten years of French in school (growing up in canada this is mandatory), and two years of German.. I've watched Japanese cartoons enough to learn about a dozen different phrases, after which I took out a "Teach yourself Japanese in X days" and read it.. I can follow a conversation in these languages, I just don't know them well enough to speak fluently.
 



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I have just barely skimmed this thread, but the more recent posts compelled me to write this.

English (My primary language) is in fact one of the most difficult languages for a non English speaking person to learn.

Nearly every other language on earth has completely different words where we use the same ones.

Classic example.

I went to the store to buy two apples and some pears too.

Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French are easier for an English speaker to learn, than the other way around.

Personally I hold the utmost respect for non English speaking people who adjust and learn this non native language, just to communicate with the likes of us.


I beg to differ. English is the easiest language to learn.


It has no tilde "´" ; "`"
It hasn't got as many verbal conjugations as Spanish and other languages do.
It has a common alphabet (ABC), etc.


Mass of motion sounds just like mass emotion, but means two entirely different things.

Seems like you've never learned another language...nor poetry. This is a common thing in poetry... AND there's even a name for words which sound the same but have a different meaning! (Google that :D). I'm 100% positive what you said isn't English-Exclusive.
 

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Well, at least Italian is easy ..... except few (sc, ch, gn) sounds, all the letters are pronounced same as they are written :p

We had a joke about English, in class, that is a strange language, the one where reading A you say E, reading E you say I, and reading I you say Ai ..... (not speaking about U=YOU, TWO=TOO, the "false friends" and so on, LOL)
 
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Nada. Adoro aprender nuevas cosas

You want confusing??

Now+here=nowhere so if you are now here, you are nowhere.

Mass of motion sounds just like mass emotion, but means two entirely different things.

I could go on for hours, but I think we get the point.
How's that confusing? Nowhere = no+where as in no place as in non-existent. Just because it has "now" and "here" in it does not mean it takes on the meaning of said words.

Also, "mass of motion" (to me) does not sound like "mass emotion" for the simple fact that "of" does not sound like "e."

Seems like you've never learned another language...nor poetry. This is a common thing in poetry... AND there's even a name for words which sound the same but have a different meaning! (Google that :D). I'm 100% positive what you said isn't English-Exclusive.
Homophones :p

We had a joke about English, in class, that is a strange language, the one where reading A you say E, reading E you say I, and reading I you say Ai ..... (not speaking about U=YOU, TWO=TOO, the "false friends" and so on, LOL)
I don't believe you know what you're talking about :p lol
 

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I don't believe you know what you're talking about :p lol
:crackup: :crackup: :crackup:

Well, i have to confess you, that i can barely believe that also native American peoples knows what they're talking about, when they talk about English language (well, not after that i've heard some of the "slangs" that they calls "English", at least, LOL :p :D)

:beer: <--- (this at least is international :D)
 
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:crackup: :crackup: :crackup:

Well, i have to confess you, that i can barely believe that also native American peoples knows what they're talking about, when they talk about English language (well, not after that i've heard some of the "slangs" that they calls "English", at least, LOL :p :D)

:beer: <--- (this at least is international :D)
You act as if slang only exists in English. How absurd, buddy :p
 

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I'll have to stick with Niko. I can't say if it's the "easiest", but it's for sure one of the easiers. Just ask someone who have had to learn english and spanish and ask them xD

@pseudolobster: this is not what I call "knowing a few phrases of other languages" :D
 

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You act as if slang only exists in English. How absurd, buddy :p
No, no, please don't misunderstand me ..... if you count also dialects (or "slangs", if you prefer), i have to add at least other 3, to my languages, just for the ones here in Italy :p, so i know perfectly that slangs exists everywhere :beer:.

Mine was a joke about American "slangs" that are called "English", and that what the pure-blood anglophones calls "English" ..... different languages with the same name, practically :p
 

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Je parle Francais. Mais juste petetre!

Someone's gonna pull me up on that little smattering of European French but I don't write it much. (I'm aware some Canadians might be out there so, "Salute!", to them!)

I can just about get by in French. I've noticed that my French always improves proportionally to my alcohol intake! It's either that or I get harder to understand in English so it might as well be French!

I can swear in more languages. Anybody else find that the first words they learn from a local in a different country are the expletives?

Do I dare bring up the fact that North Americans don't speak English? You guys took a fine language and butcher it more each day! :na: (Only banter in reply please gentlemen!)

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Not exactly "turned on" by poetry....

I spent a month in Brasil with a local in Sao Paulo and a week at Ubatuba, so I had no choice but to learn some Portuguese.

I lived in Orlando Florida for 2 years and my best friend was named Abel Rodriguez so I must have picked up at least a little Spanish from him.

Also if my statements were incorrect, it was Abel who told me how silly he thought English is.
 

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I speak english, and could do just fine in spain or mexico. Unless python/applescript/c++ count as actual languages.....
 

daveindelaware

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English is my main (only) language.

I took 3 years of Spanish in high school. Does that count for anything?
 

Hallucynogenyc

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but as a general rule, I don't think 3 years on high school gave you any decent level.. xd
 

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but as a general rule, I don't think 3 years on high school gave you any decent level.. xd
My friend lived in mexico for a year with only first year spanish, and he did fine. "necesito una taco" was all he really said, though :D, or "nececito regresar a mi navio" (he lived in a house boat, he says this is the word they used).
 




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