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    And oh, the consequences of tenses
    the formless thing which gives things form!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vasilisa View Post
    And oh, the consequences of tenses
    It were a challenge!

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    Too.
    To.
    Two?

    Threw.
    Through?

    And why no plural 'you' for you poor non-Southerners? What do y'all do about that?

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    Never heard of yous? It's a common term where dungaree coveralls with no shirt, straw hats and missing teeth also reside.

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    English has it's own Celtic words (the original Brits).. Then there is the Saxon influence, Nordic influence, Roman influence and finally a huge influx of French when the Normans took over the throne. The amount of French that integrated into the English language confuses some people into thinking that English is a Latin based language. English is a considered part of the Saxon (German) group of languages not part of the Romantic (Latin, French Spanish, Italian) group.

    English is easy even if it doesn't follow it's own Rules.. No verb conjugations.. No future tense ( I will, you will, it will?) and a Utility verb (Got/Get) that can be used to replace on my last count, 27 verbs.. Makes life easy..

    English FTW!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquarelle99 View Post
    True.

    One of the most interesting things I learned in one of my linguistics classes was this: Germanic words in English tend to be words pretaining to very basic requirements of life, whereas Latinate words tend to be used for abstractions, culture things like that. For example, when you think of livestock, the word for the animal tends to be Germanic (cow, pig, chicken, etc) whereas the word for the food product tends to be Latinate (beef, pork, poultry, etc). Interesting.
    Yes I have read this before. There is a rather good book on all of this stuff called Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson. I recommend it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Metaphor View Post
    Never heard of yous? It's a common term where dungaree coveralls with no shirt, straw hats and missing teeth also reside.
    Some people say 'yous' in NZ too! They don't have dungarees etc though. Often you hear it as, "Hey yous fullas!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Kross View Post
    Some people say 'yous' in NZ too! They don't have dungarees etc though. Often you hear it as, "Hey yous fullas!"
    This is the biggest giveaway that someone is Kiwi and not Ozzie. A lot of the vowels tend to devolve to a "u" sound when Kiwis speak, so "health" and "wealth" become "hulth" and "wulth". Also, e can also become "i", like in "dead" and "red" which become "did" and "rid". See Flight of the Conchords for more information (My name's Brett...).

    Ozzies tend to be more nasal than Kiwis; also, their voices seem to undulate more.
    That girls are raped, that two boys knife a third,
    Were axioms to him, who'd never heard
    Of any world where promises were kept,
    Or one could weep because another wept.

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    I can understand every form of English going, Broken English too;
    "Wagwan Jamaica, safe."

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    Quote Originally Posted by nolla View Post
    Jea, inglis is kreisi. Meiks nou fakin sens uatsouevö...
    Hey I understood this sentence, because I'm hooked on phonics!

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    I've studied French, Mandarin, Italian, and I am just getting into the basics of Japanese. While all of them have loads of irregulars, "rules," and exceptions to those rules, I didn't find any of them to be quite as confusing as English (though the tonal aspect of Mandarin was difficult to grasp). Granted, my experience is biased because I never reached a level of comprehension anywhere close to my understanding of English in any of those languages...

    I liked speaking in Italian, but studying Japanese has been the most enjoyable for me. I find the sound and sentence structure very fluid, and the kana and kanji are appealing even if they can be overwhelming...

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