Wishing to share a good laugh about languages, and English is really funny: This is the link found on-line: http:www.goodreads.com/quotes/622763-let-s-face-it---english-is-a-crazy-language-there Citing: “Let’s face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it? If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm goes off by going on. English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which, of course, isn’t a race at all). That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible. And finally, why doesn't "buick" rhyme with "quick"?” So: http:1.bp.blogspot.com/_LXX74PaKvi0/TVJQ6N3sqNI/AAAAAAAAEM8/NX-3-cpbyXY/s1600/tripandfalldowncarefully.JPG and don't give up: http:stage-door.org/stampact/read.GIF shout: "wow"! http:www.memegen.com/download/pk0cg0

There is so much more fun in learning or practice, when a good dosis of humour is added.

Image for post Wishing to share a good laugh about languages, and English is really funny: This is the link found on-line: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/622763-let-s-face-it---english-is-a-crazy-language-there   Citing:   “Let’s face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.  And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?  If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?  You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm goes off by going on. English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which, of course, isn’t a race at all). That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.  And finally, why doesn't "buick" rhyme with "quick"?”   So:  http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_LXX74PaKvi0/TVJQ6N3sqNI/AAAAAAAAEM8/NX-3-cpbyXY/s1600/tripandfalldowncarefully.JPG  and don't give up:  http://stage-door.org/stampact/read.GIF  shout: "wow"! http://www.memegen.com/download/pk0cg0
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Good post, Marianne. The what does a humanitarian eat made my day. Ha!

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@Will_Janitor Good post, Marianne. The what does a humanitarian eat made my day...

Thank you, Will. Learning with humour is much more inspiring and motivating.

I shared this video with Sukiesnow (no need to understand French in this case - the "conversation" in English is clear enough - lol):
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English is a crazy language. Try teaching it to people...the same sounding words meaning different things? Why?

@Sukiesnow English is a crazy language. Try teaching it to people...the same sounding words meaning different things? Why?

Actually I think as a language English is stoopid. And it's due to the fact that 90% of people who speak English don't speak it or write it correctly, it's too complicated....

You learn another language - learn Spanish or German...even Macedonian...much easier...and makes more sense.

@Sukiesnow Actually I think as a language English is stoopid. And it's due to the fact that 90% of people who speak English...

Thank you, Sukiesnow - but I don't think that any language is stupid. As for the difficulties, I would rather refer to the spelling, the pronounciation and to grammatical rules, which cannot be explained, like in other languages, which are, from the grammatical and/or semantic point of view, much more complex. As to speaking and writing one's mother tongue correctly, regional differences and influences from foreign languages may also add to certain errors or misunderstandings.

And for quite a few European neighbours, learning English may be rather uneasy - or have hilarious side effects (especially with the "th"):

Some might remember the parody "The Gendarme in New York" and the scene of the English lesson. Enjoy!
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