Kate wrote:Besides, Polish is third only to Welsh and Gaelic in "random letters thrown together and claimed to be words" languages. At least to me. I'd much rather take English, or even German, and I could possibly learn to swing it with French, but it would take a lot of effort learning the Celtic languages or Polish. I'm not sure it's even possible if you're not born into that culture.
Gaelic's a dead language, really, only spoken by diehards in the West of Ireland, the Northern islands of Scotland, members of the IRA & Father Jack. Welsh is spoken by even fewer people, & if you watch the Welsh language TV channel here ( avg. viewing figures per annum c. 1035 ) you'd see why, as it's mainly random throat-clearing sounds and every other word is an English borrowing. It's funny listening to though. For about 5 minutes. All Gaelic speakers also speak English much better than they do Gaelic, as speaking a dead language is severely limiting, as you're confined to talking about rain, dirt, snow, animals, light, dark, stones and one or two other very basic Neolithic concepts. Trust me: my wife's Irish & can barely manage to.... no, I'll stop there.
Polish, on the other hand, is a living language, but not much use outside Poland, admittedly.
We once went, on a whim to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. The town with the longest train station name in the world, allegedly, on Anglesey (umm, that's N. Wales), which is about a two hour drive from where we live. It was shut & raining. So we came home, carefully avoiding Liverpool. Thank God it was only two hours away.
I may be bonkers but at least I'm British.