While still in communist captivity in the sixties
Being a native Polish speaker, you listened to radio in English in the 1960s? I wouldn't then be wrong to assume that you must have been at least 10 years old back then? Well, that's internet for you - you never know who's behind a screen name. :-/
Please, Sir, accept the sentiments of my deepest respect, and apologies for my rather impudent way of replying to Thy previous posts. I shall, henceforth, adress Thee with due respect.
Now Torq if that's the case, then what were you doing haunting the bookshops of Dublin all those years ago?
Well, that's the whole point - "all those years ago". English is a bit like masturbation/onanism - it's kind of fun in the beginning (you're doing something new, and it's exciting) but, as the years go by, you learn that there are more deep and profound pleasures than those that can be reached with the use of your hand. When you realise that, you simply move on to more mature pleasures, and you move on from English to other languages.
no intelligent person can fail to love the English language once they've mastered it.
I don't think one can claim to have mastered a language... any language. I'm a native Polish speaker but I would never dare to say that I've mastered it. As for achieving high level of proficiency, it's possible in many languages (depending on a given person's linguistic talent, determination, and hard work).
Who could not love Shakespeare
Are you kidding me? I absolutely love the Bard, but he's an aberration, one in a thousand years.@Native English speakers
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Folks, please don't get me wrong: it was by no means my intention to disparage or denigrate, in any way, the common, vulgar vernacular that you use on a daily basis. However, as a native speaker of a sophisticated, highly complicated and extremely difficult language, I couldn't help but to feel obliged to explain to you my point of view on the linguistic matters discussed here.