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Re: Romance or Romanic?

From:Patrick Dunn <tb0pwd1@...>
Date:Monday, August 9, 1999, 20:38
On Mon, 9 Aug 1999, nicole perrin wrote:

> Patrick Dunn wrote: > > > Heh. I was at a friend's house the other day, and he said he wanted to > > learn Spanish. I said, "good choice. Of the romance languages, it's > > probably the easiest. Except maybe for Portugese." > > > > "Oh," he said, "I don't care about romance. I just want to learn > > Spanish." > > > > Pop came out of my nose. :) > > > > --Patrick > > Does anyone know a real reason why people think Spanish is easier to > learn than, say, French or Italian? Have any of you noticed in your > communities a persistent mindset that causes people to think French is > incredibly difficult? Barely anyone at my high school takes it because > they all say Spanish is so much easier, which makes it very difficult to > find a class to sign up for. > > Nicole
Probably the fact that French pronounciation is incredibly boroque and its use of verbal prepositions completely unpredictable. But then, Spanish has a large number of irregular verbs -- but most of them follow just a few patterns. I know nothing about Italian except that there are a huge number of dialects, which make practical use somewhat difficult.