Well, one could understand that the Scottish do have difficulties with English, lol. Thankfully, I don’t type as I speak, unlike many. Though, my accent is a little atypical for Scotland, anyway, as my family is mainly from Ireland.
My German’s not that good yet. I don’t have too many issues with grammar, but I think I just have many words yet to learn and, also, sometimes I struggle when things seem to be put a little oddly. I can’t watch German TV without subtitles, for example, but when I’m not paying attention to which language I ought to be speaking, my English sentences now come out a bit ‘I must before I leave my keys find’ (instead of ‘I’ve got to find my keys before I go’). It’s an annoying crossover.
I love this video! It’s the first one I refer people to when they ask what I sound like, even if it’s a bit off in my case. It’s also so true. No voice recognition thingy’s ever understood me. Ok Google is just a disaster from my point of view.
Even I can’t understand my fellow countrymen when they’re drunk. I’ve a bit of a hearing problem, so it just sounds like sick whales trying to converse with rocks.
Yeah, this happens to me, too. Just the other day, I was practicing German while on the phone with a friend, and I was out shopping at that time. I was telling him what I had on my list, what I was cooking that evening and what I already had at home in the fridge. Except, I got stuck on the German word for cheese. It’s a word I definitely knew, but for the life of me I couldn’t recall it. My brain just kept going through different every word for cheese I know (so sir, ost, cáis, fromage) – was driving me crazy. Even worse, when I tried to tell him I couldn’t remember the German for cheese, I went and forgot the word for ‘remember’! I just ended up having to explain that I couldn’t [d’gegenteil von vergessen] it. So embarrassing. Wasn’t until I got home I recalled the words were ‘käse’ and ‘erinnern’.
Anyway… @Kajo76, why did you decide to learn Portuguese? Doesn’t it have like fifty-bajillion cases, or something? My nana lives out there and said I should learn so I can come make holiday, but I just… it’s worse than Spanish to me (which I previously declared my anathema).
@tampora, that’s good to know. I’m a little worried about trying Korean, but really it’s silly to have so many Germanic languages, which are relatively similar to one another and therefore almost mutually intelligible in many respects, when there’s a big world out there. It’s that or Arabic… But, Arabic’s pretty weird – I did some study on Babylonian in school and some of the systems remain similar, so I know it’s something you can only learn if you’re very serious about it. And prepared to spend the next decade doing so, lol.
You’re so crazy dedicated, though. On the 25th, you were steamrolling my leaderboard. I kept thinking… shouldn’t you be like, basting a turkey or something? I don’t know many people who would spend that much time learning on Christmas! Even this week you’re over a million points (good god, and it’s only Tuesday!), while I lag back at a lazy two hundred k or so.
I don’t know how you do it.