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On Sun, 22 Oct 2000, taliesin the storyteller wrote:

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> A good thing about German is that it is so systematic (at least
> the bits I've seen of it), having a good memory for patterns I
> can still struggle my way through a newspaper. (If you've been
> memorizing the strong (aka. irregular) verbs and your teacher
> claims there's no system to 'em, don't believe him/her, copy the
> list and sort the words by their vowels and you'll see what I
> mean. Amazing patterns.)

Actually, when we were learning the strong verbs we were *given* a
vowel-sorted list and some small amount of historical linguistic
explanation.  =^)  I didn't find them too difficult, mainly because I
could correlate strong verbs in German with those in English.

YHL