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A VERY FUNNY LOOK AT THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND OTHER LANGUAGES AROUND THE WORLD

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A VERY FUNNY LOOK AT THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LANGUAGES AROUND THE WORLD

http://locke.ccil.org/~cowan/essential.html

IF YOU ARE GOING TO "RONFLYAO" "Laughing on the floor laughing your a... off' then be prepared.

LEARN TO SPEAK ENGLISH LIKE A CALIFORNIA YANK.  

See "Americans and their Idols,' at Infinity Publishers, http://www.infinitypublishers.com

HISTORY QUIZZES IN ENGLISH, INCLUDING THE 'CALIFORNIA RECALL QUIZZ.'


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I would like to add my points of dissent, even if they've already been voiced.

1) In regards to children being more efficient at learning a language, I agree with tianyuandu that this is not so certain at all.  What's more, I have definitive proof in my four year old niece that young children DO question the features of a language.  For example, she always uses "her" both as the object and the subject of her sentences.  After 100 times correcting this, she still does it!!!  How much happier she would be to be speaking Chinese where she could could use the same word "ta" no matter where it occurs in the sentence!

2)  I STRONGLY disagree that English "verb using" is the easiest.  As animalfarmer so cleverly said, in Chinese there is no such thing as "verb using"... so therefore it MUST be easier!!!  And from my experience so far, it definitely is!

That brings me to my main point.  Chinese is considered one of if not the hardest language.  I think that is an unfair depiction for a language whose grammar--so far--has proven to be so easy and accessible.  When I first found out that there was no such thing as conjugations in Chinese, I was soooooooooooooooooooo happy.  I could memorize a BILLION characters so long as I didn't have to do verb conjugations!!!

For those people who never experienced the horror of verb conjugations, let me show you:

In this case, let us use the verb "hablar", which means "to speak" or "to talk".  Look at ALL THE DIFFERENT FORMS that "hablar" can take.  Note that each minor difference between the different forms depends on who the subject is and what the tense is... go ahead... just look at them all (and this is NOT all of them either).....

Present:

hablo:  I talk
hablas: You talk
habla   He/She/it talks
hablamos     we talk
hablan     they talk

Present progressive:

Estoy hablando  I am talking
Estas hablando  You are talking
Esta hablando he/she/it is talking
Es$$os hablando we are talking
Eastan hablando they are talking

Present perfect:

He hablado I have talked
Has hablado you have talked
Ha hablado he/she/it has talked
Hemos hablado we have talked
Han hablado they have talked
Present Perfect Progressive

He estado hablando:  I have been talking
Has estado hablando  You have been talking
Ha estado hablando  He/she/it has been talking
Hemos estado hablando  We have been talking
Han estado hablando They have been talking

Past—preterite

Hable  I talked
Hablaste  You talked
Hablo  He/she/it talked
Hablamos We talked
Hablaron they talked

Past—imperfect

Hablaba For some unspecified period of time in the past, I talked
Hablabas  For some unspecified period of time in the past, you talked
Hablaba   For some unspecified period of time in the past, he/she/it talked
Hablabamos  For some unspecified period of time in the past, we talked
Hablaban  For some unspecified period of time in the past, he talked

Past progressive:

Estaba halblando:  I was talking
Estabas hablando  You were talking
Estaba hablando:  He/she/it was talking
Estabamos halblando:  We were talking
Estaban hablando:  They were talking

Past perfect

Habia hablado:  I had talked
Habias hablado  You had talked
Habia hablado  He had talked
Habiamos hablado:  We had talked
Habian hablado:  They had talked

Future:

Hablare:  I will talk
Hablaras:  You will talk
Hablara:  He/she/it will talk
Hablaremos:  We will talk
Hablaran:  They will talk

Future progressive

Estare hablando:  I will be talking
Estaras hablando  You will be talking
Estara hablando:  He/she/it will be talking
Estaremos hablando:  We will be talking
Estaran hablando:  They will be talking

Future perfect

Habre hablado  I will have talked
Habras hablado  You will have talked
Habra hablado  He/she/it will have talked
Habramos hablado:  We will have talked
Habran hablado  They will have talked

Future perfect progressive

Habre estado hablando:  I will have been talking
Habras estado hablando  You will have been talking
Habra estado hablando  He will have been talking
Habremos estado hablando  We will have been talking
Habran estado hablando  They will have been talking

Conditional:

Hablaria:  I would talk
Hablarias:  You would talk
Hablaria:  He/she/it would talk
Hablariamos:  We would talk
Hablarian:  They would talk



As I said, that is not even all of them.  For one thing, I left out the entire subjunctive mood!!!  Now, believe it or not, what you just saw above was the EASY part about verb conjugations.  It turns out that "hablar" is what we call a "regular verb".  That means it follows all the rules, so it's not too difficult to give the verb its correct ending.  There are, quite unfortunately, plenty of  "irregular verbs" that don't follow the rules, and so you have to MEMORIZE all of their unique verb endings for all or most of the different subject in all or most of the different tenses.... trust me, it's a nightmare!

So now you can see that when I learned that "to speak" was just "shuo" no matter what the subject, no matter what the tense.... oh my GOODNESS what a happy moment... I'm sure it added 10 additional years to my life!!!!!

In the end, with the time spent memorizing all the regular and irregular verb conjugations (as well as devoting myself to other things like remembering what is "masculine" and what is "feminine"), I think I could have already learned the necessary 3000 characters!!!  So in my opinion, Chinese is not--from my experience so far--NOT as hard as it seems.



disclaimer:  I wrote up the conjugation so fast... so please forgive the mistakes that I made.... I'm sure I mad plenty!

disclaimer #2:  I still like Spanish... it's a fun and beautiful language nevertheless! :)

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Chinese is tougher than English,it's not only hard to write,but also hard to speak.you wanna try a little bit Chinese tongue twister?

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Originally posted by xiexinxi at 2005-12-24 23:30
Self-confidence is essential to learning English!!!!

Do not  keep the idea--"I think that I are not  fit to learn English!!!" in mind.

That's BULL SHOOT.

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