2014-08-24 02:22 am (UTC)
Ahhh, English. *long-suffering sigh*

My thing is that I am the weirdest mix of audio-visual-kinesthetic learner you've probably ever seen, which means spelling was occasionally interesting because it didn't sound like that. Ask me how fucking long it took me to be able to consistently spell things like "silhouette" or anything with "ie" combos (because I'd earnly heard "I before E except after C" and never knew there was more to that rhyme til like two, three years ago, AFTER I'd beaten most of those into my brain the hard way). (I still have to look some words up because they just look wrong any which way I try to spell them!)

Between that and the fact that I was reading at college+ levels by 10 or so (not necessarily understanding everything, but definitely mostly getting it from context) but didn't really have cause to speak some words, I sussed things out in my head and called it good. I still pronounce some things really weirdly if I didn't get a correction that stuck (which is why when I look at "how do you say [X]?" things, my pronunciation ends up ALL OVER). I'm also a language/accent sponge, so that adds another fun level... >_>

And that's before adding in the fact that I'm mostly deaf! (I've amazed audiologists with how well I speak for my level of hearing loss.)

Also, I'm reminded of this quote: "The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary." —James D. Nicoll
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