Monday, May 30, 2005

AN ENGLISH LESSON

I recieved this from a friend and thought it was so apt. I being bilingual sometimes forget how difficult it can be for my daughter who only speaks french or even Chris who is very good in english but has a sexy french accent to go with it hehe...after reading this it gave me a better understanding of some of his frustrations with the language lol.


Reasons why the English language is so hard to learn:
> >
> > 1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
> >
> > 2) The farm was used to produce produce.
> >
> > 3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
> >
> > 4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
> >
> > 5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
> >
> > 6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
> >
> > 7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it
> > was time to present the present.
> >
> > 8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
> >
> > 9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
> >
> > 10) I did not object to the object.
> >
> > 11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
> >
> > 12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
> >
> > 13) They were too close to the door to close it.
> >
> > 14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
> >
> > 15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
> >
> > 16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
> >
> > 17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
> >
> > 18) After a number of injections my jaw got number.
> >
> > 19) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
> >
> > 20) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
> >
> > 21) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
> >
> > Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg
> > in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in
> > pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or
> > French fries in France.
> >
> > Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't
> > sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we
> > explore its paradoxes, we find that
> >
> > quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a
> > guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
> >
> > And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing,
> > grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of
> > tooth is teeth, why isn't the
> >
> > plural of booth beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2
> > meese? One index, 2 indices?
> >
> > Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one
> > amend. If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of
> > all but one of them, what do you call it?
> >
> > If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a
> > vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
> >
> > Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be
> > committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what
> > language do people:
> >
> > Recite at a play and play at a recital?
> >
> > Ship by truck and send cargo by ship?
> >
> > Have noses that run and feet that smell?
> >
> > How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a
> > wise man and a wise guy are opposites?
> >
> > You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in
> > which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you
> > fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes
> > off by going on.
> >
> > English was invented by people, not computers, and it
> > reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course,
> > is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out,
> > they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are
> > invisible.
> >
> > PS: Why doesn't "buick" rhyme with "quick"?

2 comments:

Shannon said...
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Shannon said...

I absolutely love that! I had a conversation with one of my students when I was working at the bank and they were from China! Imagine their confusion when they not only tried to speak English, but reading it as well!

They have characters and read from right to left from the bottom of the page to the top! We do the exact opposite in English (and French as well I believe).....so they have a doubly hard time!

So I loved this list! Talk about priceless!