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Re: CHAT: Need a word for these!

From:Almaran Dungeonmaster <dungeonmaster@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 30, 2002, 11:58
Christophe Grandsire wrote:

> But as usual (and quite annoyingly so :)) ), the Dutch are right:
Not surprisingly, the Dutch do not mind rubbing that fact into the face of everybody on our planet. That's why our country is such a popular place to visit. It is also why we think everybody elses system is wrong: the Taliban are anti-social because they give people no freedom, Americans are anti-social, because people have so much freedom that they don't care about other people, the French are stuck up and listen only to themselves, the English are afraid of changes, Germans.... wel we cannot fogive them that stupid war 60 years ago, Italians are fascists and opportunists, Africans are lazy, Asians are indistinguishable (who can see the difference between one Chinese guy and the next?) and Australians, the one group which did not get much bad publicity until recently, are cruel isolationists who put young children in concentration camps. We are the perfect nation. It's no wonder that we have an average population density of 420 people per square kilometer... Everybody wants to be like us and live here!!! Even the French (pun definitely intended) come to live here! Or maybe, just maybe, we are self-centered, egocentric, blinkered know-it-alls with too much self-esteem. Naahhh.... I don't think so :-)
> The method I followed to learn Dutch is based on phonology and vocabulary > before grammar. Result: after one month of study I can handle already
> situations, and quite a few conversations. And even if I'm not good enough
> participate much, I understand nearly everything!
Grammar, in my view, is the icing on the cake of a language. With correctly pronounced words, most of the meaning of what is spoken is logically implied. If I give you a few words like "child", "dead", "driver", "car", "intoxicated" and "to hit", you need no grammar to have a strong idea what I am talking about. Grammar is only needed to erase possible ambiguities. Maarten


Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>