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I'm English speaking, but live in Spain, and have spent the last two and a half years learning Spanish.

The British are almost typically embarrassed about their language - they think it is clunky, and nowhere near as romantic / beautiful / expressive as French / Italian / Spanish.

What I've realised is that, because English has very simple grammar, it is easy to learn basic English, while the Romance languages present more of a barrier to pick up.

However, while learning Spanish, I've realised what I love about English - the enormous expressive vocabulary. This is my opinion, I can't be certain, but my experience is that native English speakers use a much larger lexicon of words in their everyday language than a native Spanish/etc speaker.

For this reason, to speak English WELL, is very difficult - it's not that there are rules you can understand, you have to learn each word separately.

Oh dear....

I think English may be PHP.

That can't be right!


In reply to Re^2: The Germanic language form by clinton
in thread The Germanic language form by Win

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