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Re: French

From:Paul Kershaw <ptkershaw@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 21:37
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> From: Adam Walker <carrajena@...> > even one spelled as > interestingly as French is far more comprehensible. 
Are you speaking here of comprehensibility in reading, or in hearing? I've studied both German and French. I can read French penny-dreadful fiction at about half my normal English reading speed; German, at about a tenth. Listening to each, though, I can pick up more German words than French words from a movie soundtrack. (Ja, echt!) Comparing French to Spanish, I'd say it's not the French spelling that's creative so much as French pronunciation... which is to say, French spelling retains historic sounds still present in other Romance languages, in the same way that English spelling retains the silent letters in "knight," still pronounced in German "Knecht." -- Paul


Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>