Englisch ist in Hamburg an Schulen die Fremdsprache Nummer eins. Viele Schüler in Hamburg haben allerdings mit Englisch so Ihre kleinen Problemchen: Warum ist das so? Wir haben dazu mal eine unserer ABACUS Englisch Nachhilfelehrerin in Hamburg, Frau D. M., als Muttersprachlerin befragt, die uns hierzu eine kleine Englisch Nachhilfe gab:
„Let’s face it – English is a crazy Language. There’s no egg in eggplant nor ham in Hamburger, neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins were not invented in England or so-called French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat…
We take English for granted. But, if we explore its paradoxes, we recognize that quicksand can work slowly, boxings rings are square and a guinea pig is neither fron Guinea nor is it a pig… And why do writers write, but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham?
If plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth beeth? one goose, two geese. So: One american moose, two meese? One index, two indices? Doesn’t it seem crazy that one can make amends but not only one amend? If you have an bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it then?
If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers prought? If vegetarians eat vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
Sometimes I even think English native speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane :-). In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell (oh, equals German language…) How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are oposites?
You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language like English in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm goes off by going on…
English was invented by people, not computers and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which, of course, isn’t a race at all :-)). And that is why when the stars are out, they’re visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible :-).“