Saturday, 14 February 2009

Happy Valentine's!

As I really only have one regular reader, and you know who you are... ;-)

Friday, 6 February 2009

Torturing the language

I question I get asked a lot as a multi-lingual person is about the relative difficulties when learning various languages.

I invariably end up in a lengthy debate which includes the statement that whilst some elements of the English language (especially formal written English) are incredibly difficult to master, it's a perfect international language because it's very easy to make yourself understood with a limited vocabulary and no grasp at all of grammar.

This also makes English a wonderful language for advertisers and marketeers because you can throw words at the screen, page or other communication medium and they usually make sense.

I saw this product in the shop today. My brain hurts trying to work out what a meat-free meat product is...