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Friday, August 1st, 2014
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- 3:23:50, Jul 30th 2014 - Bear - So Eagle, let me get this straight... To save money on medical insurance prem ... [Read More]
- 7:19:30, Jul 29th 2014 - KingslandGrad95 - Wow- so you're still going to do your shopping in Iowa to save 50-c ... [Read More]
- 4:02:43, Jul 29th 2014 - wow - Didn't read did you. I live on Iowa border doesn't take anymore had then going ... [Read More]
- 12:15:51, Jul 29th 2014 - kyle - or George Bush ... [Read More]
- 9:02:44, Jul 29th 2014 - notacookoo - WOW, this is the most unconnected rambling yet. It started out nice as ... [Read More]
- 9:21:56, Jul 28th 2014 - RFDvolunteer - Thank you Brett for a good article. I hope people will respond positiv ... [Read More]
- 7:50:52, Jul 28th 2014 - KingslandGrad95 - @wow-so you're willing to spend more on gas money to buy in Iowa wh ... [Read More]
- 11:01:18, Jul 27th 2014 - Eagle - Dear Mr. Bear, I thought to address a few of the issues you bring up. ... [Read More]
- 10:05:23, Jul 27th 2014 - - Exciting. .and welcome to SE Minnesota. Good Luck with your new venture. ... [Read More]
- 1:39:15, Jul 27th 2014 - yes - Spanish books would be GREAT! They don't have any books now at FC and if your c ... [Read More]
Fri, Nov 15th, 2002
Posted in Columnists
Posted in Columnists
I was reading one of my Spanish textbooks yesterday in an effort to restore my vocabulary when I realized that my Spanish texts are over fifty years old. If I am going to be able to speak in that language, I had better buy some new books or at least a Spanish-English dictionary. I also realized that while Spanish is a relatively easy language to learn, English is not. At least the English that is spoken in the United States or as they say in Mexico, Los Estados Unidos.
Let’s take a look at just a few of our words and try to understand just how confusing they must be to someone trying to learn English. Take a look at: To, Too, Two, For, Four, Forty, and New, Knew, News. That is enough to drive a Linguist to drink. The word, To, is usually pronounced Tuh and For is pronounce Fer. If that is the case, why shouldn’t Forty be Ferty? Why shouldn’t ten times four be Fourty instead of Ferty or Forty? What happened to U and why wasn’t it grandfathered in? New by itself is easy to understand: New hat, New car, New wife and so on, but we must not accept News as the plural of New. But Knew? If we pronounced it the way it is spelled it would sound like Canoe. If Knew or Canoe means to Know, then Know should be pronounced Canow. News is fresh information concerning something that has recently taken place somewhere somehow. Once we have the News, we Know or Canow something and the News or Canoes would no longer be considered as Canoes. We must realize that News or Canoes is neither singular or plural even though we sometimes ask, “What’s New or Canoe?” I don’t know about you, but I am going to wish that I had stuck with my Spanish lessons and left the study of English to the British who started it all. To make matters worse, my wife has just read what I have written so far, and informed me that if I have nothing better to do with my time, she has a few things in mind. It appears that I won’t get back to my Spanish lessons for a week or two since I am going to be occupied cleaning out the garage, re-arranging the mess in the basement, and sorting out my sock drawer. Hasta la vista.