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We are getting off topic here
English has about 500,000 words.
Most languages only have 200,000 words.
If you speak Chinese you learn a character for each of those words.
The most difficult language to learn is something only a polyglot can tell you.
The hardest to pronounce, the hardest to write, the hardest to read, the hardest to memorize, the hardest grammar, the least phonetic, and such.
English grammar is pretty easy though, but the pronunciation in English seems so random
Some words will seem pretty random in pronunciation since they keep their foreign/old Engrish pronunciations, but it's mostly just a bunch'a inane bullshit and rules.
Truly proper English grammar is ****in' evil, let me tell ya... don't know 'bout other languages though, as I'm your average monolingual American derp.
i learn French for 4 years and English for 5 years (+the year in Canada, but that didn't change anything in written English) and I have to think much less when writing or speaking in English. As I already mentioned this could be because I live in an English influenced environment (words like computer, skating and all the relatively new stuff just stay English in German and some words like Handy (Cellphone) obviously got influenced by the Americans that were in Germany after the war) and watched a lot of English series' (German voice acting sucks in anything but Disney movies). My French is so bad if I don't have a minute to think about the sentence. We also learn German grammar in school and I can tell you that I know more about why you say something in a specific way in English than in German (I hope that sentence makes any sense to you ). In English each verb only has a few conjugations (look, looks, looked, looking) while in German and French almost each person has a different way to say it (that's 4 conjugations just for present tense and as much for at least 2 more tenses). English has no "cases" (that's a German thing that changes the articles depending on the time, number, and person that you are talking about) English also only uses "the" while German has "der, die, das" just for giving every object a gender and there is "dem, der(die in a different case), den, des..." which change depending on the case. French is easier that way, but still more complicated than English
Just German articles:
(and the way you spell words is easier in German and French. There are clearer rules how you say a certain letter or letter combination)
Last edited by lucktown; 06-15-2013 at 09:59 PM.
At least German gives you more details when using their articles compared to simply using "the" for everything.
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