Zoroa wrote:I do not agree as for the etymology. French is much closer to Ancient Greek : indeed the Greek phi is a P plus a breathing (hence the modification when conjugating verbs) and was of course pronounced like an F. My Greek teacher told us to always remember the letter phi as a P rather than a F, the ksi as K+S rather than x and so on...
French is thus closer to ancient Greek than Spanish.
Car wrote:Could it have something to do with the number of loan words? Many languages adapt the pronunciation or spelling quite well, why I think English doesn't do that as well (although the languages does adapt the pronunciation...). Having many words from many different languages which weren't adapted very well, the result can only be a mess.
ZombiekE wrote:Hello, I've always wondered why English has a so strange system ,specially for vowels. I read somewhere that English was a mixture of German + French.... I've studied both languages, and all their sounds are the same everywhere, in german, ei sounds always /ai/ or ie is a long i or something like that, so, what happened to English to make differences between for example, lead (sounds /lid/ ) and weapon (where ea doesn't sound i )?
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