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  •  It's odd, because I'm always looking (1+ / 0-)
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    for the Germanic influences in Dutch, and I just can't find them.  The accent throws me off, for one thing.  And one of them is fond of sending me e-mails in Dutch, which I then have to run through one of those perfectly inaccurate (an oxymoron?) translation programs, usually with hilarious results, as they pay no attention to syntax at all.

    Dutch looks to me, more than any other language I've ever seen written, like nonsense words.  I can't make head or tail of all those billions and billions of double vowels.

    I keep trying to convince myself that if I listen for German, I'd understand more Dutch.  Nope.  Once in a while I can pick out the root of a word, but even that is rare.

    One of the things I love about sign language is that whole concepts are expressed in a single sign, and grammatical eccentricities are quickly forgiven.

    There are 3.5 million people homeless in the US and 18.5 million vacant homes. What's wrong with this picture?

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    by Yasuragi on Fri Apr 13, 2012 at 07:37:30 PM PDT

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