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Posted 12 June 2011 - 04:12 AM
Posted 12 June 2011 - 05:12 AM
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Posted 12 June 2011 - 05:23 AM
So English is superior but do we know why? or do we think English is superior? I'll put down no, I've no idea why English is superior (as I don't speak Spanish) and I have no basis to say whether English is superior or not.
Posted 12 June 2011 - 06:16 AM
Posted 12 June 2011 - 06:55 AM
Could you define what you mean by "superior" regarding languages ? What is the comparison function ?
The only thing that would make some sense would be the number of people speaking it in the world, but there are more precise words than "superior" to describe that.
Posted 12 June 2011 - 07:31 AM
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Posted 12 June 2011 - 11:19 AM
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Posted 12 June 2011 - 11:52 AM
Posted 12 June 2011 - 12:25 PM
has the benefit of being the native language of a country that currently happens to be the most globally dominant superpower in the world.
Posted 12 June 2011 - 01:36 PM
Posted 12 June 2011 - 01:50 PM
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Posted 12 June 2011 - 04:33 PM
English, as a language, is horrible really; most 'native' speakers are unable to speak it correctly and most would certainly get the grammar wrong in its written form. Just look at the "your" and "you're" confusion which is common for example. Not to mention the two ways you can say 'the' depending on the content of the surrounding words.
But, it's what we've got to work with...
Posted 12 June 2011 - 04:40 PM
Really??? My eight year old son understands the difference between your and you're (and so would most kids in his class). I think you underestimate native English speakers there.
As for two different ways of saying 'the', I assume you mean 'thee' and 'the', and if so I think it's down to dialect. I have never said 'thee' except when reading 'Olde Worlde' English...
Posted 12 June 2011 - 04:49 PM
Posted 12 June 2011 - 05:03 PM
I think it's more flexible but that's only because I know English a lot better than I know Spanish. However, I've watched Football in Spanish and Soccer in English. And I've watched soap operas in both languages. And I must say communicatively speaking, Spanish is superior. Matter of fact, I won't watch the World Cup unless it's in Spanish. I heard English-speaking announcers and wanted to throw up in my throat. There seems to be a lot more emotion and feeling communicated in Spanish speakers than in English speakers (US and UK). Again, just IMO.
I would not want to be a non-native and have to try to spell in english though, that would suck.
Most spanish speakers can't speak it properly either. And context sensitive words appear there as well: y/e and o/u. And irregular verbs are just as bad: ser -> fuese, seriously?