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Re: way-OT: regularity of german v. english [was: Re: OT - Programming Languages w/o English Syntax]

csj wrote:
On Sun, 19 Oct 2003 12:38:45 -0700,
Erik Steffl wrote:


  think about it: when learning english the only challenge is
to learn how to pronounce words (and learn irregular
verbs). you built vocabulary by learning words, where you
pretty much only need to remember the word itself (in its basic
form). while when learning german... I don't even want to think
about it.

Because everybody from the poor war orphan "Hey, Joe, eat!" to
the UN Secretary General speaks it, English has become a rather
tolerant language.  But if the same standard for proper German is
applied to what one considers proper English, then yes, German is
easier to learn.  It's a purer, therefore more consistent
language, than the French-infected English.

purity has nothing to do with it (not sure what you mean by pure). not sure what your agenda is. english is a a lot simpler than german, the usage of words is simple, the grammar is simple.


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