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Jayesh A Lalwani
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I was interviewing an offshore developer today. It was a phone interview, and another person was interviewing her before me. I dialed in early, and was listening in whole doing my work. My co-worker started asking her about design patterns. She said she has used the "fuck-it" pattern. Mind you, her english until now was pretty good. But, she said "fuck-it" pattern. I listened in more and she started describing the facade design pattern

It's facade :- fuh-saad, not fuh-k-ate

Not her fault though. English is a very funny language.
J. Kevin Robbins
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Jayesh A Lalwani wrote:I was interviewing an offshore developer today. It was a phone interview, and another person was interviewing her before me. I dialed in early, and was listening in whole doing my work. My co-worker started asking her about design patterns. She said she has used the "fuck-it" pattern. Mind you, her english until now was pretty good. But, she said "fuck-it" pattern. I listened in more and she started describing the facade design pattern

It's facade :- fuh-saad, not fuh-k-ate

Not her fault though. English is a very funny language.


That's hilarious! And English is worse than "funny". I sympathize with those trying to learn it as a second language. It's such a hodge-podge of various languages, dialects, metaphors, homonyms, synonyms, and slang that I can only imagine how puzzling it must be to non-native speakers.


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fred rosenberger
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English isn't that hard...I learned it as a child!!!


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Bear Bibeault
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I know it must be my Anglo-centric upbringing, but I tried to start learning Japanese at one point. Man, talk about a flaming failure. Surely, English could not be any harder?


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Pat Farrell
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I've heard that native English speakers have a very hard, if not impossible time, learning tonal Asian languages.

English has to be a disaster for most non-natives to learn, its such a bastard child of so many other languages. I've studied (a little) both French and German, and each is a far more regular language. For example, if you see a French word, you know how to pronounce it. They don't have the bizarre rules and exceptions that English has.
 
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