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PJ, I would have wanted to know how to speak French when I was younger...but I'm too old now. If my brain was befuddled then, it would be much worse now. When I need to translate something though, I always use Google's translating engine. You wouldn't happen to know Lithuanian would you? I need to find someone who speaks it. Google's translation of that language is abysmal.
It is far easier for kids to learn a new language than for adults. In Europe we get radio and TV signals from neighboring countries. A quick way for adults to understand other languages involves a novel, a DVD and novel Are you interested in understanding French better?
Mary, I thought it was PJ's first language too! Are you saying that you can speak all the languages you just listed? If so...and I guess you are, I'm extremely impressed. Learning French, the only language other than Latin that I ever had to deal with in school, was awful for me. I could translate from French to English, but to speak it was absolutely impossible for me.
PJ, I never thought of it that way. You're so right though. Maybe that's one of the reasons why so many Europeans know at least two languages. When I was in school, we were required to take some language courses in high school but because only English was spoken at the time in the US, no one really dove in to really learn it. The courses were almost an afterthought.
Mary, thank you. Mary and Wendy; just compare a map of the States with one of Euorpe. You can drive a car for 10 hours in the States, and speak English whereever you stop along the way. Driving for 10 hours in Europe may involve 4-6 countires and 4-9 languages. Mary - it takes practice to master a language.(Ok, some of us started at the age of 8. ) PJ
Eek. I thought it WAS her first language. Her grammatical structure is perfect! That's what I can't get in Spanish and German and Greek and Hebrew, though I'm not as bad in French. I read them all just fine, it's just writing them that makes me look like a freak-o. LOL
Thank you, I feel wey much at home in using English, It's a part of me.
PJ, I remembered! I just read your other comment...and calling you PJ makes very good sense. I thank you for your kind compliments and one for you is that your English is amazing. I can't help but think that it's your first language!
I've been working with words in many ways over several years. I love playing with words, but I love puzzles more.There are shortcuts into use of words, but honestly - you write well. We enjoy your comments. Repeat comment on other flower: Puzzles are the focus point on Jigidi, and escalating alliterations will be too much. Once in a while it is fun and we like to honor you in that way. Just you answer "Thank you" - we like you to spend your "time" creating puzzles and comment, not feeling the need to join in word games as well. (As is, you do give creative, fine, helpful and humorous comments.)
Jan, it doesn't really bother me at all! The only thing that bothers me is that I can't come up with a thousand alliterative replies. I came up with one good one, but that one can't be repeated all the time. I'm jealous of you guys for being able to come up with so many adjectives. But replying in kind is next to impossible!
And thank you. I know that a lot of you enjoy my puzzles. :-)
Wendy - Yes, I' sorry, won't use / repeat alliteration.
(It's fun, but it may blurr the puzzle focus)
We truly enjoy your puzzles.
Ardy and Jan, I read all the comments before I'm replying and I see that whatnauts and I are experiencing the same kind of fatigue. We're alliterated out. It's not fair that the two of you have managed to pump out more alliteration.
Mary, I hope you're still able to solve puzzles on your cruise. If not, then I have to ask what the heck you were thinking...signing up for a cruise with no Jigidi. I hope you have a marvelous time though. When I was young, I LOVED cruises.
whatnauts, thank you, dear. I'm so glad that you've used up your allotment! :-)
Oh dear, I used up my Friday aliteration allotment on the other Friday flower puzzle, so I'll just say how pretty this flower is - this flower is very pretty!!!
Oh, the Friday Flower Dance is the best one of all! (For another week, then I'll be doing the Cruise Friday Flower Dance because we leave the next day for a week!) No work for a week! Wheeee! Thanks, Wendy, it got me thinking about the cruise and dancing better than ever!
Charming, captivating and cheerful - Wendy, thank you.
Fanciful famous friendly Friday flower. Thanks, Wendy.