Talib wrote:Of course not (I mean, I'm learning Chinese, ffs) but generally, all things equal a more analytic grammar comes easier to English speakers.linguoboy wrote:Talib wrote:To Russian? Bulgarian and Macedonian are supposed to be considerably more analytic than other Slavic languages, or so I've heard.
Analytic isn't always easier. Russian has two simple tenses (non-past and past) and two compound ones (future and subjunctive), plus one aspectual distinction. Bulgarian has the same aspectual distinction carried out through nine tenses (simple and compound), two voices, and four moods. The fact that many of these are expressed analytically hardly makes them a breeze to master. Just ask any Russian learner of English!
Ps. I don't know how much you know about Russian but aren't the past and non-past the same thing as saying perfect vs. imperfect? Or is that my Arabic interfering?
Talib wrote:The problem is there's a lot more to learning a language than word order, however important that may be; and easy conjugation (or in Mandarin, none at all) doesn't mean much when you've got thousands of more or less arbitrary characters and just as many unfamiliar vocabulary items to memorize.
Dan_ad_nauseam wrote:Oh, I agree. Shifting from tense-orientation to aspect-orientation also took a little getting used to.
formiko wrote:Dan_ad_nauseam wrote:Oh, I agree. Shifting from tense-orientation to aspect-orientation also took a little getting used to.
It's MUCH easier to learn Chinese without the characters first. That's the way they teach Chinese in schools in the US now.
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