Has anyone tried German with RS? I would be interested in doing that.
It is ridiculously expensive though...
My Wednesday morning Hebrew group will probably discuss this again tomorrow. It seems like we always stumble into exceptions.:no:
You have three genders: masculine, feminine and neuter
And you have six cases, of which I remember accusative, genitive, objective and there are three others.
Oooh, plus you have singular and plural! I forgot all about those. And then there are two plural cases, too!
1 year = god, 2-4 years = goda, 5+ years = lyet
So, a word can be masculine/plural^2/accusative, or feminine/singular/genitive and is decined accordingly.
Head... hurts... thinking about Russian construction...
You got me started into nerdville (OK, I live there). I think the cases for Russian would be:
1) Nominative---subject in the sentence
2) Accusative---direct object
3) Dative---indirect object/location
5) Instrumental--I'm forgetting my definition here.
I think that's it. Off to check my Russian book. Oh, here it is:
6) Prepositional----What every other language does by declining nouns to fir their prepositions in different cases, Russian does by adding a completely different set of noun/adjective endings, so you know that there was a preposition. Even though you would have known this already.
H..e..a..d h..u..r..t..s, really hurts.
When I was taking beginning French in the Fall 63 quarter, the instructor asked who spoke two languages. I was the only one of all who raised their hands to say "Profanity and English...and I'm a damn-site better at profanity." The comment did not bring the house down and I had trouble passing that class. It almost keep me from graduating in four years. That would have been disasterous as we only had a four year deferment for obtaining a college degree. I received my 1-A classification, as I finished up my foreign language requirement in summer school.
After my first half hour of German in Rosetta Stone, I can tell you one thing - the der's, die's, and etc (I've already forgotten the other one) are confusing the SNOT out of me!!! It was so much easier in Spanish - el, la, los, and las. For the most part, that was it.
As far as the nouns, verbs, and adjectives, so far not bad, as they seem to so far follow what I know in English and Spanish. What I do know is this isn't going to be easy...
[quote=sunset;915199]I've heard the same thing about Mandarin. Very easy to learn to speak, extremely difficult to learn to read or write.
Ha Ha! Mandarin is certainly not easy to learn to speak. The four tones (sometimes 5) make it really pain in the butt for those of us whose first language is English. Oh that and some of the words make sounds that my mouth just doesn't seem to want to make. According to a bunch of organizations Mandarin is one of the tougher languages to learn.
Your are correct in that the grammar is very basic but the vocab is tough as hell.
This is my opinion based on the my time spent in Hsinchcu, Taiwan and taking some Chinese at National Ching Taio Univeristy.