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Spanish is Latin that went over the mountains and decided to hang out there for 2000 years. Somewhere in the midst of this it encountered Moorish and some Arabic and said, "this is cool. I want those words."

French is Latin that got very friendly with Old Gothic and decided to play with sounds and endings.

Italian is Latin that stayed home, decided it really didn't need all those consonants and shipped them off to Poland, or possibly Romania.

English got married to French a thousand years ago, (it wasn't English's idea) didn't quite recover, and kept the French vocabulary but pronounces it with general Anglo-Saxon style.

Russian theoretically looks like Greek, but isn't.


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is getting a lot of use out of duolingo

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Date: 2016-12-22 01:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
English is what happens when a kleptomaniac wanders through vocabulary.

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Date: 2016-12-23 04:44 am (UTC)
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That is delightful.

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Date: 2017-01-11 03:35 am (UTC)
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This is so cool. 💙

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