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Re: "Useful languages"

From:Karapcik, Mike <karapcik@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 13, 2002, 21:08
| --- Herman Miller <hmiller@...> wrote:
| > On Tue, 12 Feb 2002 22:54:14 +0100, Florian Rivoal
| > <florian.rivoal@...> wrote:
| >
| > hard to read). While few languages are as easy to
| > read as Finnish or Czech,
| > there can hardly be many languages with as many
| > pitfalls as English when it
| > comes to spelling.

        Actually, from the small amount of study I've done so far (I want to
learn Czech, my last name is Czech, but I have a PlayStation....) Czech is
not as easy to read as it appears. Czech has hard and soft nouns, and voiced
and unvoiced consonants. Voiced consonants tend to turn soft nouns hard (add
a slight -j- before the sound), and vice versa. Also, in consonant clusters,
all the consonants are usually turned voiced or unvoiced, depending on the
last consonant in the cluster. The E-hacek is also somewhat variable in
pronunciation, depending on if it follows a voiced or unvoiced consonant.


Herman Miller <hmiller@...>