I love how German lecturers teaching in English still insist on mentioning how terms are called in German. My favorite so far are:
Ruamlicher vorwartsschnitt

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    Lol. They hope to create more interest in their not-so-simple language, while they don't even bother simplifying and revising the stupid grammar.
    Don't get me wrong, English is a shitshow at best, but other languages need to adapt asap or die in favor of more global, mainstream, simpler languages like English.
    Now, how long do you bet it takes for German as a language to die? My guess is three more generations, maximum.
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    @NoMad If I had to guess which language would dominate the world in 3 generations, I would say Chinese. And I am not sure their grammar is better.
    I hope German, and all other languages, would continue to exist far into the future though.
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    Sometimes they even get the English to use their words (eigenvector etc.)
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    @NoMad there are̶ h̶u̶n̶d̶r̶e̶d̶s̶ thousands of languages that would die before German did. And languages evolve because of the people who speak them, not because someone decides to change the grammar.
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    @NickyBones quite a few are already dead or dying in one more generation. But that's how it goes with languages. Languages don't live without people, and people need the technology and to socialize.
    Chinese won't take off, because any alternative would be better, from both writing and sounds required for speaking tue language. It will die and the best socialism can do is delay its death by a few generations.
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    @electrineer vector.... Is latin.


    @NickyBones Umlauts are missing, are u stuck in ASCII? ;)

    And English isn't simple.

    Compared to some languages it might seem simpler, but it has - like most languages - it's WTF moments.
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    @electrineer look at what Sejong the Great did for Korean language by inventing Hangul. He basically saved the language by restructuring the alphabet.
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    @NoMad When you program, you want the language to be efficient. But when you read poetry or literature, watch standup or communicate with your family, it doesn't have to be.
    The fact that its quirky makes it unique, that fact only a subset of people can speak it properly makes it special.
    It would be more efficient if people were very similar, but individuality is what makes the world beautiful, in my opinion.
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    @IntrusionCM I am not a native speaker, I can sin
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    @IntrusionCM English is simple, because it doesn't genderize the language beyond he/she (which, I assume will be changed in our lifetime) and it doesn't unnecessarily evolve the verbs to include the subject. Unlike just about most other languages. Plus, the difference of sounds brings clarify that helps non-native speakers be able to at least hear the differences. (Hindi has two different K sounds, for example which is not distinct to non-native ears)
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    *giggles* you can sin all you want.
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    @IntrusionCM I think @electrineer was referring to eigen being German
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    @NoMad Written English breaks the ridiculous record of in how many different ways you can pronounce "ough"
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    @NoMad the majority of the population was probably illiterate at that point anyway
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    @NoMad Yes. But did you know that many many people think English is a very hard language?

    Just google it.

    English has a _very_ chaotic ruleset.

    Because usually, every rule has an exception.

    I like many languages.

    And really every language has parts where you just wanna be lobotomised.

    As an example, the french temporal system is ... hard
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    @NickyBones I'm looking forward to the day that evolves too. As well as the day we get other easy sounds such as "jh/zh".
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    @IntrusionCM sure, but I mean, Arabic is the most structured and still a pain in the ass to learn. Sometimes exceptions protect us from much thinking 😛 plus, based on what I've seen, English is very fault tolerant.
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    The one thing I want to die in terms of language isn't really a language itself, it's object gender. (at least English doesn't have that crap.) Hey, a tie! That's a female object. Oh, a computer? They're always male.

    That's a ridiculous concept that should have died long ago. It adds nothing to the context or style of dialog, and is merely another layer of crap everyone is expected to remember.
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    Viel Spaß.
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    @Ranchonyx Jamais, cazzo!
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    In the Philippines we have Filipino which is actually just Tagalog spoken by people in Luzon where center of government is found. Filipino is official to the whole world but other languages do exist. It is not a dialect because it has it's own structure and words but they are never taught in school and you learn them only as you grow if your parents talk to you in their regional languages. Would they die? possibly. emphasis has been given on English, and maybe it's just within my coworkers house hold but sometimes I hear in the backdrop their children talking in English with an accent during calls. It's sad really. The opportunities of learning different languages should be kept. The schools are already teaching English and Tagalog so it would be better for the kid to learn a third through the parent.
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    @iamai sure, but aside from sentimental value, what else is there?
    You could invent a language tomorrow, start talking it with your friends and family and in a few years, suddenly you have an official language.
    This also doesn't give space to new languages. English is evolving and it won't stop evolving either. What about English 2.0?There are also super new languages like Esperanto that need a bit of space to grow, but if they're not given the time of the day, they won't ever grow really beyond limited devoted uses. This change may really not be for the worst, because we could grow into a global village after all.
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    More than sentimental value to me it is being able to help the kids brain adapt to holding more knowledge.
    2nd you may have instances where you want to speak but don't want to be understood.
    1) you play tennis in America and swearing against the umpire will give you a penalty. So you swear in German and let out building up emotional steam that can ruin your game.
    2) You and a buddy saw a cutie American beside you. You talk to your friend in another language saying how cute he is but his hair is thinning and have some laughs. The American may suspect being talked about but he will never know. 😁
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    There is a trend in german youth culture to translate any english they encounter literally to german. Also if anyone dares to speak english they get slapped with a "Sprich Deutsch du Hurensohn!"
    Have a look around the subreddit "ich_iel" (german me_irl) and you know what I'm talking about.
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