English Everywhere (kaj cxi tie)

Re: English Everywhere (kaj cxi tie)

From: Ronald Crosier <­rbcrosie@cbda9.apgea.army.mil>

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Don Harlow wrote:

> As to the children of today’s go-getters "taking Chinese" … no."Your"

> children will be taking Chinese. But I suppose that will be "their"

> problem, not yours.

It is not national politics, but generational politics, that prevents the

widespread adoption of Esperanto. If students had the option of meeting their

foriegn [sic] (or should that be sick? – i before e except after c) language

requirements with E-o, (mi opinias, ke) the overwhelming majority of students

in ALL countries would choose Esperanto.

One issue of the ELNA Update mentioned that more Polish students choose to

study German than English. I wondered why until I spoke with a summer

employee here who studied German. "It actually obeys the rules," she said.

Now I see why: German is much easier than English. The difficulty of

English is not apparent to native English speakers;

"the unsuitability of English as an international language because of its

extraordinary difficulty should be pointed out when refuting pro-English

articles in the English language press."

English has more irregular verbs than any other language (Guiness Book of

Records), the second worst (least fonetic) spelling, and plural formation

so difficult that the writer of one English grammar book wrote "there are

so many rules and so many exceptions to the rules that one might just as

well memorize the plural of every noun separately."

What articles like "English Everywhere" don’t mention is the number of

people who tried to learn English, but were not able (I correspond with

two of them). It’s a common fallacy to make arguments on the basis of

what you see (English is popular) and ignore what you don’t see (the many

failures of English as an international language).

Ronald Crosier <­rbcrosie@apgea.army.mil> Ciuj malpretendoj aplikigxas.

Esperanto: A planned language with regular grammar and phonetic spelling.

See the FAQ for soc.culture.esperanto in news.answers or soc.answers.

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