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10-15-2010, 09:41 AM
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Yeah, early on it's fine... but when you hit the dative (and I generally find gender tough in all languages) it gets intensely confusing. A friend of my friend had a Canadian mother who had been living in Germany/Austria for 30 years, and still got her gender/dative stuff wrong with regularity apparently.
Get stuck into Latin - that'll fix everything.
Hardly any exceptions to the rules and you can learn the Nominative, Vocative, Accusative, Genitive, Dative and Ablative as well as more tenses than you ever though possible - now that's a tough language.

At school many years ago I was given 10 sentences of only 4 words where the only difference was the endings on the four words - all meant completely different things. That's some tricky stuff

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Get stuck into Latin - that'll fix everything.
Hardly any exceptions to the rules and you can learn the Nominative, Vocative, Accusative, Genitive, Dative and Ablative as well as more tenses than you ever though possible - now that's a tough language.

At school many years ago I was given 10 sentences of only 4 words where the only difference was the endings on the four words - all meant completely different things. That's some tricky stuff
latin really helped me understand english rules and such.

fun fact: "i" is a complete sentence in latin.


edit: i've done more research into the origins of english. before the 15th/16th century, things were consistent and made sense. then something called the Great Vowel Shift happened...some words changed, some didn't. one of many exceptions: father is still pronounced with a long a, instead of a short one, like in "gather." this is also the period where the whole "its a long vowel if there's an E on the end of a word" thing came from. back then, the e was pronounced, sort of like in Italian. example: "wipe" was pronounced "weep-a."


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latin really helped me understand english rules and such.

fun fact: "i" is a complete sentence in latin.


edit: i've done more research into the origins of english. before the 15th/16th century, things were consistent and made sense. then something called the Great Vowel Shift happened...some words changed, some didn't. one of many exceptions: father is still pronounced with a long a, instead of a short one, like in "gather." this is also the period where the whole "its a long vowel if there's an E on the end of a word" thing came from. back then, the e was pronounced, sort of like in Italian. example: "wipe" was pronounced "weep-a."
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Fun fact, the shortest grammatically correct sentence in English is:

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