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Feb12-12, 08:50 PM
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Quote Quote by marcus View Post
I don't know enough to give a general or complete answer. Maybe someone who knows will jump in here. My impression is you are probably right about German, once you learn the rules of how different combinations of letters are supposed to sound.

I think classical Greek is more simply and consistently phonetic than German. But German is pretty good. you just have to learn some simple rules for pronouncing certain combinations and certain special vowells. ei, ie, ch, sch, , , ... Also their V and their W sounds are different from what we are used to. But once you learn a few simple rules you can read German as normally written and get it approximately right.
I have been learning German for about five years and have always felt it was easy to pronounce words even if I had no idea what they meant. Similarly for the most part, if I could pronounce a word then I could spell it too.

This made me curious, do countries with less ambiguity in their language have spelling bees?