En réponse à Sally Caves : >First of all, I don't think that it's always French that suffers from >dislikes. True, but lately that's the only comment I've been hearing. >Personally, I'd put my bid in for disliking Spanish more than I dislike >French, but that dislike has personal reasons. And German is a hell of a >lot harder for me to memorize vocabulary for. I know what you mean. Dutch is like that too, especially the scientific vocabulary which is Germanic-based rather than Romance-based. The easy part of learning English for French people is the amount of Romance vocabulary it acquired. Dutch has much less of it, and German nearly none. > In fact, I quite like French; >I think the nasalities are original to the Romance languages, I like how >they sound, I like the uvular r, and I find it something of an achievement >that I learned to pronounce it at all (Spanish is so easy, and I've had so >much exposure to Mexican Spanish, bein' a California girl), much less speak >it (after a fashion) when I lived in Geneva. It's so full of idioms and >bons mots. :) I think, however, that Italian will be my favorite romance >language, if I ever master it. I find Italian a beautiful language (but that's mainly because of the Italian singers I like ;)) ), but I do not have a "favourite language". I still find German dead ugly on most occasions, but I did discover German songs which did sound nice to my ear. Still, those are exceptions rather than the rule :)) . > Right now, I'm trying to get a handle again >on German. I don't even want to try it until my command of Dutch is better. Right now, I would confuse them too much :)) . Christophe Grandsire. http://rainbow.conlang.free.fr You need a straight mind to invent a twisted conlang.