Language and English

From: Richard Erlacher <>
Date: Fri Jan 4 15:48:32 2002

Unfortunately, todays student doesn't have the tools he needs to cope with a
foreign language if he hasn't been taught basic sentence structure(subject,
verb, predicate nominative, predicate adjective, etc.) , spelling, and
grammar. A foreign language would, otherwise, help the student with such
things, as well as with syntax. English, however, differs from the
languages listed in the quoted message below in that the order of the words
in a sentence greatly affect the meaning of the sentence, while that's not
so much the case in the other languages.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Ian Koller" <>
To: <>; "Gene Ehrich" <>
Sent: Friday, January 04, 2002 1:00 PM
Subject: Re: Language and English
> That sounds like a very sensible approach. Even a small level
> of exposure to all those languages might make for a broader,
> more rounded education.
> Gene Ehrich wrote:
> >
> > At 12:06 PM 1/4/02 -0500, you wrote:
> > >Question. Did you ever study Latin? Was Latin offered in your
> > >school system? It was not offered in mine,
> >
> > When I went to school (many years ago & I am retired) we had a class in
> > grade in which we studies Spanish, German, French & Latin so we could
> > decide which language to take in high school.
Received on Fri Jan 04 2002 - 15:48:32 GMT

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