Amazing thing about languages. If you’re like me and want to learn every single one on Earth, it’s really frustrating to see someone just rattling away in the target language. They just rattle away—zero effort! And you feel so stupid that you can’t do it like them. After all, they’re human, like you. You can speak, possibly pretty damned well, so why can’t you speak their language as well as them? It’s all illustrated by a favorite line I came up with years ago . . . “Milton Nascimento: Why does He Sing in Portuguese? Doesn’t He Realise that English is So Much Easier to Understand?”
I’m quite pissed off that my 6-year-old son speaks far, far, FAR better Japanese than me in the twenty years I’ve been speaking it. And what’s with the girlfriend’s French? Okay, you may be French and have spoken it fluently since birth, but what’s the deal with using it daily with vendors, merchants and close friends? Why not just use English? It’s so much easier to understand!
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