(On a side note – I was happy earlier without categorizing every feeling, every thought, every desire but now with the concept of tagging, it seems inefficient not to assign labels to the thoughts! Though what can be gained by it, is another question – after all you cannot search the thoughts in your brain with tags! )
You have to excuse me for being side-tracked – what I wanted to tell here was about a wonderful essay on the perils of learning a foreign language – especially if it is German :-). No offence intended towards my German friends ! You see, I’ve never learnt German myself – and after reading this essay, I’ll be very much cautious while using my limited German vocabulary – lest I may convey a wrong meaning! I didn’t know that the same word can mean twenty different things! The essay informs that instead of going through the rigors of learning German completely – with its more exceptions than rules – learning just two words “zug” and “schlag” and the adjective “auch”, are sufficient for a foreigner to survive in Germany – provided that he uses the words in the right context!
Now without much ado, I’d direct you to the essay by Mark Twain – it’s titled The Awful German Language . Enjoy the essay and don’t get intimidated like me. After all, if the German language was not there, how else would you have expressed your politeness so succinctly without using “Gesundheit” to someone who sneezed beside you? Until next, – “haben sind gewesen gehabt haben geworden sein”!
P.S. I’ve read Mark Twain’s other and more popular works but I’d definitely not have known about this one if my German colleague hadn’t told me about it! Thanks to him for this introduction!