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Kevin Rea
  • Kevin Rea
  • Menomonee Falls, WI
  • United States

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Using the most logical and simple language versus one as complicated and illogical as English.

I am trying to teach my 10 year old son the ins and outs of the English language. I am math-minded, so everything must have rules with no ifs or buts. So when I run into the "i before e EXCEPT after c" rule, it really bothers me. Explaining silent letters like the "k" in "know" seems ridiculous to me.
And as a comedian once explained, why does "one" sound like it should have a "w" in it, while "two" HAS a "W" but probably doesnt need it?
From what I know, the Chinese language (Mandarin) seems very logical and simple.
I feel it would be better to move the World towards this (or a similar) language for two reasons:
1. It would make computer algorithms based on language and sounds a lot easier.
2. I would assume it would take less time to teach our children.
I grew up in the 1970s, and it took until the 8th grade until I learned most of what I needed to know about the English language. If teaching them an easier language could be accomplished by, lets say, the 4th grade, then we would have a lot more time to teach them skills relating to new technology.
What do my fellow TEDers think?


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    Feb 28 2012: Chinese is great, but very difficult to learn because of the sheer number of characters to learn and memorize. It is a fantastically poetic language in that you can take any character and ponder and interpret its deeper meanings till the cows come home.

    Koreans used Chinese to communicate for the longest time, until King Sejong invented the Korean language to help normal people communicate with one another. Most people didn't have the time or patience to learn Chinese because they had things to do like farming, metalsmithing, etc... and feeding the family. :)

    Given what you're trying to do, which is more phonetic, I'd suggest you look at Korean, because King Sejong thought very much like you did. Why can things be written and pronounced without any confusion? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_language

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