Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Wensday

It is Wednesday.  Yes, I know.  You already knew that.   Wednesday is the hardest day of the week to spell.  Why is there a 'd' in Wednesday?  I mean the first 'd', not the second 'd.'  It's all so confusing.  I am so glad that I grew up speaking English and learning to spell in English.  I admire people who learn English as a second language.   I'm not that smart.  I don't think I could learn English if it wasn't my native language.  But I do think that if you live in the United States, permanently, that you should learn English, even if it's hard.   I lived in Venezuela for a year and a half and I spoke Spanish.  I think it would have been rude of me not to, seeing as how Spanish is the language of Venezuela.

Anyway, it's still Wednesday.  And tomorrow is Thursday, the spelling of which makes much more sense.  

23 comments:

  1. When I first learned to spell the word, I would pronounce it to myself as it was spelled "wed-nes-day." Sure it's weird, but it's how I spell definitely, too. de-finite-ly. Or vacuum - emphasaizing the extra "u" because I'm weird like that :-)

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    1. I still have a hard time with vacuum :)

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  2. I'm so glad I speak English since I live here in the USA. I'm like you, I don't know if I could learn it very easy. I'm also like you in that I think if you choose to live here, you should learn the language.

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    1. Makes it a whole lot easier on everyone!

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  3. Spelling English isn't easy for any of us...Mom used to help me with my spelling finding ways to say a word that illustrated how to spell it. I remember walking home from school with her learning how to spell b-e-a-utiful. Every time I write that word I still say it like that in my head. I too say
    Wed/nesday when I spell it.

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  4. I used to win spelling bees until high school. Spanish classes completely destroyed my ability to spell correctly. Oh sad irony.

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    1. I was 3rd grade spelling bee champ! Of course, our words were nothing like the words they give today! haha

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  5. Maybe the person that first spelled Wednesday had a cold? ;p

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  6. I love JoJo's comment!

    Happy Wensday! (I agree--this makes much more sense.) :)

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  7. The English language is never more ridiculous than when trying to help Kindergarten (I usually spell that wrong...thanks spell check) kids to read!

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    1. I know! It's a wonder that any of us is able to read or spell correctly! haha

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  8. I speak English as a second language, and it is much easier than you think! It can be learnt very quickly. You're right, I think people should make an attempt to learn the language of the country they're living in. English has become such a universal language, though, that many people don't make much effort. I live in an Arabic-speaking country yet the majority of the population don't speak Arabic (even though many of them have been here for a really long time) because they depend on the fact that almost everyone's learnt English.

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    1. You are probably smarter than I am and that's why English came easy for you! I think Arabic would be a really hard language to learn. But probably a really good language to know these days!

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  9. I so wish I had a fluent second language. I often enthusiastically tell my ESL kids how envious I am of their ability to speak two languages. I wish newcomers to our country could retain their native language while learning English. Sadly, in California anyway, programs to help these newcomers learn English have been drastically cut. I know Spanish speaking parents who are making a strong effort to learn on their own but some English instruction opportunities would really help them.

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  10. I know some Spanish speaking parents, too, who have a hard time learning English, but are now learning it from their own children, who are almost always bilingual. To speak more than one language fluently is a real blessing, and I respect anyone who can do it.

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  11. I posted my HERE'S TO YOU post today instead of tomorrow. I usually do these sorts of posts on Thursday. But, I derailed. They are dedications to all of you and what you are writing about. I used to be better about doing them weekly. I am trying to get back into blogging shape.

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  12. I have to agree with you about if you are going to live in the United States, you should learn the language :) My sister/family lived in the Netherlands for two years and they were expected to either learn the langauge or bring an interpreter with them (one would not be provided for them). It amazes me when I type medical reports for people who have been in the country for years (like over 20) and still don't know how to speak English......

    I have an auto expander type of program on my word processing system that I use for work to save strokes and make more money (I'm paid production) so Wednesday to me is actually Wedn and it expands to Wednesday :) What makes it hard is to write comments though because I have so many expansions that I do that when I have to type regularly, I forget sometimes and then have to go back and fix them all :)

    Regardless, you are right, tomorrow is Thursday (or Thurs)

    betty

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  13. Judy, come see me in Belgium... almost everyone here speaks at least 2 languages .. our tiny country has three official languages : french, dutch and german ! all our official (legal and other) documents are drafted or translated in these three. You notices english is not part of the three and yet most do speak it extremely well. The films, magazines, music etc makes is so incredibly easy for anyone to just simply pick it up.. Many people who work in or around the European Union administration here in Brussels easily speak 4 (or more) languages without even lifting their little finger about it. It is a question of necessity (sometimes), environment (often), curiosity, work related, sometimes mere fun ... etc etc.

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  14. Sometimes in the classroom when something is due or going to happen on Wed, I will pronounce it with each letter and it momentarily confuses a lot of the students.

    It entertains me.

    Some of the students from then on pronounce the day with each letter, too.

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