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The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.
As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5-year phase-in plan that would become known as 'Euro-English'.
In the first year, 's' will replace the soft 'c'. Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard 'c' will be dropped in favour of 'k'. This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter. There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome 'ph' will be replaced with 'f'. This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.
In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.
Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.
Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent 'e' in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.
By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as
replasing 'th' with 'z' and 'w' with 'v'.
During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary 'o' kan be dropd from vords kontaining 'ou' and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensibl riten styl.
Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.
Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.
If zis mad you smil, pleas pas on to oza pepl
Originally posted by danishD
i think English should be the official language for sure. German is out dated, french is to tough, and Spanish's is not big enough.
but changing it, please don't, it is hard enough as it is.
English must be your first language because almost everybody else thinks English is the hard language.
English hardly makes sense at all; alot of the rules in the language are not used in any way or form.
English has masculine and feminine words like in other languages but they are ignored.
Letters don't make sense case in point W why is that called a Double U while in other languages it is called a Double V.
with words borrowed from even more
German is a pretty easy language for English speakers to pick up.
The word has been voted as one of the ten English words that were hardest to translate in June 2004 by a British translation company.
Originally posted by octotom
Ha. This isn't real. It's funny though.
another English trait that seems to be lost in translation in written form (and verbal sometimes)
I find it interesting that Chinese people (when i get emails) cannot form their sentences correctly and totally miss or mess up their prepositions. It seems there is a fluidity to the English language that is hard to teach or learn.
Originally posted by PrisonerOfSocietyThat's some great info fraterormus, but i disagree German is a pretty easy language for English speakers to pick up; I only know the word "9"
extremely long compound words limits their creativity of form and construction of language.
I always wondered why the English language doesn't have any guttural/throat words that covers a person with phlegm. It must be to do with an Arabic origin from Babylonia that's sweeped through Europe but never took off in the UK, because we're an island nation.
Speaking your heart in English is sometimes so simplistic that it does not capture the best of it
Originally posted by fraterormus
English really has as much of a claim to the EU as French, Italian, Spanish, or Swedish does. (Although, no offense to our Northern European friends, but those mysterious Scandinavian languages are about as elusive and evasive to everyone but the Scandinavians. The only language that is any more confusing than their language group is Welsh Gaelic!)