People learning English haven't got a chance.
English is not my first language, and I did not feel completely comfortable with it until I learned Latin, (and a little Greek) and slowly began to understand the complex rules of English - most of which are borrowed from other languages.
Though native speakers exhibit adequate skills when writing or speaking, they sometimes lack the thorough understanding of the language that can only come from looking at it critically while trying to learn it. Obviously I am not expert on English but I do feel that I have a better command of the overall language than most people I encounter - even those who are English majors (and most of that is due to the studies of other languages).
In any case, I'd strongly recommend Latin if you want to improve your English.
Last edited by silentstriker; 26-11-2007 at 02:28 PM.
More interesting to me is why Aussies use American spelling yet NZ uses English spelling. When Australia annexe us, will they make us change the spelling to annex? Will I be watching a TV program or programme?? These are the decisions that would stop Heathdonia joining the EU. That and not being European, otherwise I'd love the relaxed passport attitude.
Fascist Dictator of the Heath Davis Appreciation Society
Supporting Petone's Finest since the very start - Iain O'Brien
Adam Wheater - Another batsman off the Essex production line
Also Supporting the All Time #1 Batsman of All Time Ever - Jacques Kallis and the much maligned Peter Siddle.
Vimes tells it how it is:
Since when do Australians use American spellings?
The one, the only CW Black
Code:47.3 W Coppinger to Heads Smacked the ball straight into the groin of Iwuajoku who has fallen over, miraculously with the ball still caught in his scrotal area! Out!
Labor is the only one I can think of that can't be explained by sheer idiocy.
Or maybe it can?
The ALP adopted the formal name Australian Labour Party in 1908, but changed to the American spelling of Labor from 1912. While it is standard practice in Australian English to spell the word labour with a u, the Party has spelt it without one since Labor cabinet minister King O'Malley thought he would "modernise" the name at the time, due to the apparent influence of the American labour movement
Rest In Peace Craigos
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