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On Mon, 12 Nov 2012 08:35:53 +0000, Peter Montgomery
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>Mark Twain once said, "My philological studies have satisfied me that a
gifted person ought to learn English (barring spelling and pronouncing) in
thirty hours, French in thirty days, and German in thirty years."

Also: "I heard a Californian student in Heidelberg say, in one of his
calmest moods, that he would rather decline two drinks than one German
adjective."


The Awful German Language
by Mark Twain
[This is Appendix D from Twain's 1880 book A Tramp Abroad.]
http://www.crossmyt.com/hc/linghebr/awfgrmlg.html

Regards,
    Rick Parker