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Re: Romance or Romanic?

From:Irina Rempt-Drijfhout <ira@...>
Date:Monday, August 9, 1999, 21:02
On Mon, 9 Aug 1999, nicole perrin wrote:

> Does anyone know a real reason why people think Spanish is easier to > learn than, say, French or Italian?
I don't think that; I think Italian is easiest, because it's closest to Latin.
> Have any of you noticed in your > communities a persistent mindset that causes people to think French is > incredibly difficult?
Yes; but probably because the other languages offered at my high school were English (compulsory, or nearly so, theoretically you could drop it but nobody did) and German (thought to be easy though it's not). I took all three, as well as Greek and Latin, and I found English and Latin to be easiest and German almost as hard as Greek, with French somewhere in the middle. Irina Varsinen an laynynay, saraz no arlet rastynay. (myself) (English) (Nederlands)