- Jun 24, 2013
Oh so true. I like English for its effectiveness. Yes there are some irregular verbs and the same letter sounds different many times, but still nothing compared to having to remember a gender for everything, everything! If you grew up with it, its 0 effort but when learning it new, I would fail at German.You have a point there. And with the lack of gender sounding impersonal, I can see what you mean there. It does seem impersonal when you think about it. What I like about the lack of gender though is that you don't need to know the specific gender, it's generic so you lose specificity but gain simplicity. Plus it always seemed weird to refer to seemingly masculine things as feminine and vice versa.
From all the languages I know English is the easiest to learn. Russian grammar is way harder, and don't get me started on Hindi where there are so many different sounds for each letter and they all sound the same to me. 4 or more different versions of the same letter? Wow.
If it were for me the whole world should switch to English. Would just simplify a lot and maybe increase international understanding on different levels than just language. But people are kind of touchy when it comes to things they grew up with.
Jut take me. Should I teach my daughter the metric system since it makes more sense to me or would it be better to prepare her for what she'll learn in school? 12 inch a foot, 3 feet per yard and 1700 something yard a mile?
Or 10 millimeters a centimeter, 10 centimeters a decimeter, 10 decimeter a meter, 1000 meters a kilometer and so on.
I guess I'll go with the complicated one first. Will challenge her a bit more and I'll also finally remember it.