i picked up a copy of a Bosche tabloid the other day – very like England’s beloved The Sun, a mix of soft porn and sport. i was surprised by how much i could understand, given i’ve only been properly learning Bosche since leaving my last job, about 5 – 6 weeks ago. German grammar is weird but perhaps because English is, in part, Germanic, i find written German quite easy to understand, superficially at least – much easier than Italian.

Each language has its own character. i find German fiddly but enjoyable, it feels like a real language unlike French, which has always struck me as a comedy language, musical though it is. Today an email from Bonehead, on Spanish:

Am learning some Spanish at the moment – a funny language, like Italian but not as clean and logical, like drunken Italian or Italian conceived by an Irishman.