Read the Read.

23 Feb

After reading the tweet from the QI Elves, it again reminded me that learning a new language is fraught with oddities and difficulties. I’ve always been slightly envious of those who are multi lingual, I’d have loved to been competent in Spanish, but having to try and wrangle with French and German at school, scarred by enthusiasm or persistence to try.

I have a vague recollection of an old black and white movie, possible with Stanley Baxter where he was trying to teach potential German spies during World War Two how to speak English clearly, I remember them tripping up over how to pronounce Slough but getting confused that rough isn’t pronounced ‘rouw’.

Another tweeter added a link to a poem called “The Chaos” by Gerard Nolst Trenité written in 1922. Quite the read.


Posted by on February 23, 2020 in Films, Uncategorized


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5 responses to “Read the Read.

  1. deacongill

    February 24, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    When I was teaching English in Romania, all I could do was to apologise for our language!

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    • AnneMarie

      February 24, 2020 at 3:27 pm

      I sometimes wonder how I ever managed to grasp our languages foibles 🤣

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      • deacongill

        February 24, 2020 at 3:28 pm

        We grow up with them! They are such old familiar friends we often forget how ridiculous they are to other people.

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  2. snowbird

    February 25, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    There’s nowt to queer as our language!xxx

    Liked by 1 person

  3. menhir1

    February 29, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    I am not sure that there are such weird and and weirder pronunciations without speech guidance, other than in the English language. The Umlaut can change the method of speaking a combination of letters in a word, but even that pronunciation can vary within regions that use the German language as their spoken base. As Gill says, we grow up hearing the vocabulary and learning our oddities from a young and brain absorbing age, never giving a thought!


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