On Tue, 3 Jan 2012 14:43:54 -0600, "Attila.Iskander"
I had a 90+ grade for Latin, but after two years, I had no other
language options in school. Had I been given the choice to take a
different language the second year, it may have made a real
difference. At the time (high school) after two years of a dead
language, I had no interest in going to anything our of school just to
learn another. Thirty years later I wish I had.
Your example is extremely unlikely for the aveage person. I would a
lot sooner spend a year studying a language that I have some
likliehood of actuallyusing. Of course with a year's latin I couild
always go down to the RC church I suppose for a conversation.
On the subject of 2nd languages: English must be a nightmare for
anyone brought up in a highly structured language where gender/
declension/conjugation have real meaning. I was immersed 8hr/5day
week in Syracuse University 3 times for Russian as my military
specialty (30 months total). Now _that_ is a structured language.
Only look at a noun and you know gender and full declension with only
a few excpetions - so few you were given a list of them, less than 10
IIRC. Same with verbs. Doubt I could do it today as I have been out
of it for 40 years with no use.
Then I tried to learn German while stationed there. Gave it up as it
is almost as bad as English, i.e., gender counts but there is no way
under god's sky to tell what gender any noun is - they all have to be
memorized. At least with English, if you can pronounce the word you
can do anything with it and be understood.
With such a large area of only English speaking, a second language is
rarely needed in the US. Europe is much more advanced linguistically.
Travel just a few miles and you are in another country and another
language. My grandfather spoke 7 when he came to this country.
Fortunately, many European schools teach English, thus making it easy
for tourists from here. Helps to know a few words of the native
Even working in the chemical industry in a laboratory, they would
still convert an analysis to add something to the process from grams/
liter to pounds/gallon going from the laboratory to the plant. Kind
of stupid and open to error.
Not sure the Brits have fully converted. They still weigh themselves
in stones ;)
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