Why bother with N9l? There’s a perfectly good language that billions can speak – why knock that?
Remember windows XP? Folks loved it. No one wanted to move on. But it was slow. It was clunky. It didn’t meet the growing needs of the users. It didn’t meet the capacity of the hardware.
All of those apply to the language of English, and N9l resolves them with a smooth upgrade patch…ok, it’s pretty big – it’s likely the biggest ‘service pack’ to be delivered to language since you got it, but hey: that’s what makes it an awesome upgrade!
Perhaps the most significant benefit is that anyone who can say the capital and lower case alphabet, can speak the written form. This means all latin alphabet users will immediately be able to speak it fairly recognisably from seeing it written, unlike English.
But what’s wrong with English? It’s the language of poets!
Native speakers never usually address this until much later in life as 'laughable quirks' of the language they learned first. But it is no laughing matter for people trying to learn the language later in life, nor for linguistic philosophy!
- English is utter nonsense! Not a single civilised accent to tell you when a character sound is different, despite having many different ways of inflecting or saying vowel sounds eg (read present tense, read past tense).
- Breaking its own rules repeatedly – both in pronunciation and spelling, so that only something like 20% of English words are read as written, with countless examples that require special training so you know its different eg garage, one, enough, and countless examples of its own rules being broken such as the selectively-applicable 'magic ‘e.’
- You learn two ways of saying the alphabet, yet only really use one. The capitals are generally only used for spelling, and are otherwise restrained (for no rational reason whatsoever) to name and sentence beginnings despite us using the phonics for them all the time in speaking, but using lower case to represent them.
These issues are monumental and mean that handholding the learning of reading and writing English is extensive, expensive and cumbersome. The constant corrections delivered by English speakers to others learning it are staggering in the time and attentiveness needed.
One at a Time
Every single human who learns English needs to learn the specific exceptions for the magic ‘e’ ONE BY ONE (eg one, glove, love, come to name a few), as they arise, there is no other way.
Every one needs to learn that you don’t say half of the characters in words like ‘enough’ and there’s an invisible ‘f’ in there, or that you don’t say the ‘b’ in words like ‘debt’, or that the heard word ‘knight’ is spelled differently from ‘night’..one at a time.
There are no rules or guidelines for these other than specific, one-to-one, one-at-a-time instruction.
The skill of one ‘inglish’ speaker is really limited to their exposure to a good teacher who has the vigilance and the attention to point out each stumbled word or context until all anomalies are ticked off.
I’m a native speaker of 40 years in my mother tongue and still, when I moved to Manchester, locals corrected me on my pronunciation of ‘Egerton Road North’ – I had pronounced it like in ‘edge’ (because usually, if a ‘g’ has an ‘e’ after it, it’s a ‘soft g’, like in ‘edge’ or ‘George’, but lo and behold – not in Manchester, nope, that was a hard g, like in ‘egg’.
Okay for mates, but for millions spanning nations?
Now, this is all fine and well and good when dealing with a few locals correcting a few visitors, but when there are hundreds of millions of new speakers, all learning from different cultural background contexts, all learning from different mother languages, and some from different alphabets, spread all over the world in their classrooms, learning from hundreds of thousands of teacher of different skill levels with different exposure to these anomalies and rules..and all are hoping to be understood, and to understand after their tuition...is such a sloppy and uncodified situation acceptable?
Considering English is pretty much the international business and educational standard language, I suggest it is absolutely unacceptable that this continues.
The obviousness of N9l as a solution emerges when its seen that it resolves all the anomalies, standardises the mixing of phonetics and character case (which has already been played with in sms and email ‘speak’ in recent years), and firms up the application of the rules.
It does emerge as a new language as a result, but one which any Native English speaker can adopt with some care and attention, and any new speaker can learn with MUCH greater ease and success than ‘inglish.'
Don’t delay get ‘installing your service pack update’ today by familiarising yourself with the 3 core rules and join in the N9l-ish discussion!