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If I've been relatively quiet, it's because one of the big shows my company goes to annually is fast approaching, and many aspects of my job directly tie into the preparation & research for materials used at this show. I've been putting in long hours at work. But I am alive.

The Icelandic edition of the Eddas arrived safe and sound in the mail, part of the loot that tamyris picked up for me on her recent brief sojourn to the island. Now, it's making me want to learn Icelandic (which is one of the most grammatically difficult languages spoken & written today) so that I can read the Eddas in the original. In truth I know exactly what my oath-sib was thinking. She wants me to start dreaming about declensions, because I mocked her when she was trudging through some lessons a while back. Ah well, turn about is fair play. ^.^

I've got a stock pile of projects waiting for me at home when I have spare time, from research and writing some articles and a book, to artwork, to just the ordinary. Plus I've got some pleasure reading waiting for me, some movies, and I need to find the time to go spend time with friends. I need a clone.
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even though I've lost most of my Norse, it didn't seem so bad. 'Course, I'm comparing it to Irish Gaelic and Japanese....the only other languages I consciously tried learning!
For a non-latin derived language, Japanese is relatively easy. I think the worst I've ever slogged through for me was Russian, the Cyrillic alphabet justmade me feel dyslexic. It's damn confusing to have roman letters used for different phonetics. @_@

Never tried Gaelic, I just like the way it sounds.
Gaelic is lovely sounding but it really is Alien in it's way of looking at the world...to us. There is a reason for all the Gaelic sayings because the language is symbolic. The STNG episode with the aliens who spoke this way is close. Japanese at least is Logical to a Westerner....even reading if they're using Kanji;>!
Icelandic is a bitch to learn, and for me, it's a pain to relearn, as I wasn't taught via learning the grammatical structures of the language. My mom and her friends are helpful to have around sometimes, and it's a lot easier for me to pick it back up again by being able to listen to their conversations or watch an episode of Lazytown in Icelandic to see where the language has changed since my mom's emigration in the 1960s.

The only languages that I'd say are harder to learn for an English speaker are going to be the tonal languages of Asia that not only require us to think about how we form sentences on a different level, but to be conscious of the tone we use with each individual word to convey meaning.
So far I find Russian to be the hardest, the cyrillic alphabet kills me. @_@