When I am practicing my Italian, I often need to remind myself that the hard part is behind me: I already know English.
If English is your first language, consider yourself lucky. You may not realize it, but English is incredibly hard to learn. Not sure what I mean? Here are a few examples:
- The bandage was wound around the wound.
- The farm was used to produce produce.
- The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
- We must polish the Polish furniture.
- He could lead if he would get the lead out.
- A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
- When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
- I did not object to the object.
- The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
- There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
- They were too close to the door to close it.
- The buck does funny things when does are present.
- A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
- To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
- The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
- After a number of injections my jaw got number.
- Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
- I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
- How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
And it gets worse:
- The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
- Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
- The accountant at the music store records records of the records.
All of a sudden the difference between l’italiano and italiano seem mild by comparison.
Here’s one more that made me laugh:
- If GH can stand for P as in Hiccough
- If OUGH stands for O as in Dough
- If PHTH stands for T as in Phthisis
- If EIGH stands for A as in Neighbour
- If TTE stands for T as in Gazette
- If EAU stands for O as in Plateau
- Then the right way to spell POTATO should be: GHOUGHPHTHEIGHTTEEAU