English and I
Fortunately I know several languages and I am in a position to make comparative analysis and form an opinion about languages. This is the conclusion of my life-time of studies, experiences and observations: English is the most beautiful and powerful language in the world today. I will explain later why I believe English is the most beautiful, powerful and useful language. As regards the worst and ugliest language, Japanese wins the prize. Japanese is the worst and ugliest language in the world because the Japanese language is coarse, cross and gross, rude and crude, there are no words for “shame” and “truth”. This can explain why Japanese prime minister, its regime and its officials, have no “shame” in denying all Japanese war crimes, genocide, sex slavery, slave labor, germ warfare, chemical warfare, and most inhuman atrocities committed in a 14-year war of aggression against China that killed 35 million Chinese; and bombed, burned, looted and robbed Chinese national treasures, public and private properties worth at least $35 trillion. On top of them, Japanese prime minister and officials have no “truth” in them by distorting historical facts, falsifying history textbooks and documents, making false claims to China’s Diaoyu Islands – which the U.S. government in 1971 violated international law and China’s sovereignty by illegally giving administrative control of Diaoyu Islands to the unconditionally surrendered war crime nation of Japan. Japanese leaders want to revive its resurgent militarism by spreading lies and falsehoods of China threat in order to cover up its aggression and military expansion in cohort with the evil empire of America. There is no restriction in stating the facts because truth can be offensive to the crooked and wicked. In addition, the Japanese language sounds like machine gun, the most unpleasant to the ears. Its culture is the most uncivilized, crooked, and corrupt in the world. Japanese militants are liars and killers. According to Jesus Christ, liars and killers are children of the Devil. Not only they are liars and killers, they are also deniers of their lies and murders, distorters of truth and justice. Japanese liars and killers will not escape God’s judgment. The day that the Righteous God rewards and repays Japanese liars and killers is near.
I am not going to discuss other unpleasant languages to unnecessarily offend their nations and peoples. Unlike Japanese leaders that deserve condemnation and it is a nation that has no reason to exist. If you have read my article on The Theory of Good Society, you would have known my encounter with the wife of Spanish Consul at Copenhagen in 1976 having a most melodious conversation with her daughter. I admitted the Castilian Spanish was most charming, unlike the coarse Spanish that I often heard Mexicans speak in California.
Returning to the original subject, it can be said, English is made for me and I am made for English. This means English suits me well and I suit English well. I like English grammar because it is logical, systematic and scientific. I like English syntax and sentence structure. I like English synonyms and antonyms, vocabulary and idioms and phrases. Lest there be misunderstanding; I am not English, I am American. There are two types of English, the British English and the American English. I do not like the British accent; I like American English which is smooth and free flowing. In addition, American spelling is more logical than English spelling, for example, center not centre, realize not realise, etc.
I like the English eight parts of speech: noun, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, preposition, conjunction, and interjection. I sense the powerful monosyllabic English pronouns: I, you, he, she, it, they, who, which, that. The idea the first person is capitalized is interesting.
The powerful verb to be: I am, you are, he (she, it) is; we are and they are.
Powerful pronouns: I, you, he, she, it, they, who, which, what, anybody…
Powerful nouns: deed, need, God, love, faith, hope, truth, Christ, day, night, might, light… lover, partner… creator, author… thinker, doer, maker… creation, nation, obligation… moment, movement, management… gladness, kindness, goodness… democracy, autocracy, theocracy… idiosyncrasy, hypocrisy, autopsy… being, becoming, believing, saying, doing… everything, something, nothing… partnership, fellowship, scholarship… duty, integrity, morality, responsibility…
Powerful adjectives: beautiful, useful, wonderful… magic, tragic, fantastic, historic, majestic… mad, sad, bad… deep, steep… famous, infamous… efficient, sufficient, magnificient… dark, empty, happy… most, least…
I believe English verbs are more powerful than any language: live, dive, move… talk, walk… act, reflect, recollect… break, crack, make, sack… depress, oppress, suppress… dedicate, educate, domesticate, fabricate… analyze, organize, strategize… greet, meet… sink, think… crucify, falsify, testify… remember, surrender… advocate, articulate, originate…
Powerful adverbs: really, truly, why, carefully, exactly, then, originally, tentatively, presumptively, freely, practically, alternatively, moderately, ultimately, generally, mostly, perhaps, possibly, off, out…ever, forever
Powerful prepositions: to, for, of, in, by, with, on, into, after…
Powerful conjunctions: and, but, or, if, as, when, though, because…
Powerful interjections: oh, my, dear, wow, ah, why, woe…
Just look at a sample of some beautiful and powerful English idioms:
to a degree
in deep water
fair and square
after the fact
before the fact
as a matter of fact
off and on
out and out
as a whole
change one’s mind
bear in mind
on the one hand
out of hand
on one’s honor
down and out
covered with confusion
by and large
by and by
on the average
do away with
across the board
in the same boat
miss the boat
rock the boat
fall back on
get hold of
no holds barred
at the end of the street
out of tune
by the way
Also look at a sample of some beautiful English phrases:
take it or leave it
kill the fatted calf
make a fool of
see the handwriting on the wall
keep up with the Jones
let well enough alone
when push comes to shove
a long time ago
cast the net wider
beyond the blue horizon
don’t cast y big fish in a small pool,
cast a long shadow
cast the first stone
our pearls before the swine
keep in shape
like a fish out of water
little fish in a big pond
take the bait
the die has been cast
cast the first stone
wrong side of the tracks
fall on dead ears
like looking for a needle in a haystack
things are looking up
look like a million dollars
take a long hard look at
think better of it
every horse thinks its own pack heaviest
think long and hard
don’t even think about it
thing you don’t want is dear at any price
things are seldom what they seem
once upon a time
made out of whole cloth
with one’s tail between one’s legs
go all the way
English is my word, my tongue, my speech, my language. I not only speak English, I think in English, I write in English and I dream in English. I am an English speaker, writer and thinker. I like English grammar because it is logical, systematic and scientific. I like English syntax and sentence structure, synonyms and antonyms, and word order. I like the sound and tone of English. I love the English language. There are two major versions of English: British English and American English. Once in London I met a man from Lancaster. He spoke Lancaster English so strange that I could not understand one word he said. To prevent misunderstanding, there is not one drop of English blood in me. I care more about Shakespeare, Milton, Bunyan and Ruskin than English royalty. I am not English, I am American. It can be said English is made for me, and I am made for English. In other words, English is most suitable to me and I am suitable to English. English and I have intimate and interrelated relationship for a lifetime. In Heaven we shall speak the angelic language, not English. On earth, I could not find a better language than English.
Examine a sample of some powerful English proverbs:
A friend in need is a friend indeed.
Still water runs deep.
A stitch in time saves nine.
All that glitters is not gold.
All things are possible with God.
An ape's an ape, a varlet's a varlet, though they be clad in silk or scarlet.
April showers bring forth May flowers.
As you sow, so you reap.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
None knows the weight of another's burden.
Every ass thinks himself worthy to stand with the king's horses.
Like author, like book.
Better be alone than in bad company.
A bad day never hath a good night.
Barefooted men should not tread on thorns.
Better a bare foot than no foot at all.
Bear with evil and expect good.
Beggars on horseback will ride to the devil.
Good to begin well; better to end well.
Well begun is half done.
When two ride together one must ride behind.
Every bird must hatch her own egg.
One beats the bush and another catches the bird.
Birds of a feather flock together.
If you cannot bite, never show your teeth.
You cannot get blood out of a stone.
Great braggers, little doers.
The best horse needs breaking, and the best child needs teaching.
Brevity is the soul of wit.
A broken leg is not healed by a silk stocking.
A burden which one chooses is not felt.
A burnt child dreads the fire.
Burn not your candle at both ends at once.
Be captain of your own ship.
Where the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
Take care of the pence, and the pounds will take care of themselves.
Don't run away with more than you can carry.
Those are wise who learn caution from their own experience; but those are wiser who learn it from the experience of others.
There is nothing certain in this life but death and taxes!
Never quit certainty for hope.
Count not your chickens before they are hatched.
Climb not too high, lest the fall be the greater.
A close mouth catches no flies.
Tell me what company you keep, and I will tell you who you are.
It is no small conquest to overcome yourself.
The greatest wealth is contentment with a little.
Every couple is not a pair.
Of all crafts, to be an honest man is the master-craft.
A crooked tree will have a crooked shadow.
No cross, no crown.
A crow is never the whiter for washing herself often.
Cruelty is a tyrant always attended by fear.
What cannot be cured must be endured.
There are none so deaf as those who will not hear.
In the deepest water is the best fishing.
Deeds are fruits, words are but leaves.
A life spent worthily should be measured by deeds—not years.
Delays are dangerous.
Zeal without knowledge is fire without light.
If you want a thing done, do it yourself.
Two wrongs will not make a right.
A soft answer turns away wrath.
Bad workmen always complain of their tools.
A word is enough to the wise.
Woe follows wickedness.
When wine is in, wit is out.
No weather is ill if the wind be still.
They that cannot do as they will, must do as they can.
Where there's a will there's a way.
A man's best fortune or his worst is his wife.
All things are soon prepared in a well-ordered house.
Constant dropping wears the stone.
Wilful waste makes woeful want.
An ill marriage is a spring of ill fortune.
He who marries for wealth sells his liberty.
Marry in haste, repent at leisure.
First come, first served.
Fire and water are good servants but bad masters.
Have but few friends, though many acquaintances.
Where hearts are true few words will do.
Dogs bark before they bite.
Wise men learn by others' harms, fools by their own.
Examine how beautiful, powerful and wonderful are the following Scriptures expressed in English:
Jhn 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Jhn 1:14, “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Jhn 1:35-36, “Again the next day John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”
Jhn 3:16,“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
Jhn 14:1-3,“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”
Jhn 14:6-7, “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”
1Co 13:8-11,“Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; when the Perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.”
1Co 13:13, “But now abide these three: faith, hope, love; but the greatest of these is love.”
Psa 23:1-6, “A Psalm of David.
The LORD is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”
Mat 5:1-12, “When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Matt 6:9-13,“Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
‘Give us this day our daily bread.
‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]
Rth 1:16-17, “But Ruth said: Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the LORD do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me.”
Rev 22:12-14,“Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the City.”
Here is a sample of marvelous quotations from great thinkers which I concur and recommend to my global readers without reservation:
Man’s only true happiness is to live in hope of something to be won by him, in reverence of something to be worshipped by him, and in love of something to be cherished by him, and cherished forever.
Out of the suffering comes the serious mind; out of the salvation, the grateful heart; out of endurance, fortitude; out of deliverance, faith.
Better a child should be ignorant of a thousand truths than have consecrated in his heart a single lie.
Chances, as they are now called, I regard as guidances, and even, if rightly understood, commands, which, as far as I have read history, the best and sincerest men think providential.
Conceit may puff a man up, but never prop him up.
Education is the leading human souls to what is best, and making what is best of them. The training which makes men happiest in themselves also makes them most serviceable to others.
Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty.
Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together; the head inferior to the heart, and the hand inferior to both heart and head.
Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune, but great minds rise above it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:
A useless life is an early death.
Out of moderation a pure happiness springs.
Behavior is a mirror in which each one shows his image.
By seeking and blundering we learn.
Common sense is the genius of humanity.
Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.
To think and act, to act and think, this is the sum of all the wisdom that has from the first been acknowledge and practiced, though not understood by everyone, i.e., the one must continually act and react on the other, like exhaling and inhaling, must correspond as question and answer.
The history of a man is in his character.
Every one hears only what he understands.
Every moment, as it passes, is of infinite value, for it is the representative of a whole eternity.
Every step of life shows how much caution is required.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is the noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.
Faithfulness and sincerity are the highest things.
Ralph Waldo Emerson:
Cause and effect are two sides of one fact.
Character is higher than intellect. Thinking is the function; living is the functionary.
Civilization depends on morality.
Courage consists in equality to the problem before us.
Every shadow points to the sun.
Everything good in man leans on what is higher.
For everything you have missed, you have gained something else; and for everything you gain, you lose something.
Cheerfulness is the very flower of health.
Every child is to a certain extent a genius, and every genius is to a certain extent a child.
Experience is a text to which reflection and knowledge supply the commentary.
Circumstances are beyond the control of man, but his conduct is in his own power.
There can be no economy where there is no efficiency.
Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.
I think, therefore I am.
Friedrich von Schiller:
It is the choice of prudence for his guide that makes the wise man.
Love is the price of love.
A word may be recalled, a life never.
Life is earnest; art is serene.
There are situations in life when it is wisdom not to be too wise.
Every great mind seeks to labour for eternity. All men are captivated by immediate advantages; great minds alone are excited by the prospect of distant good.
Miguel de Cervantes:
Diligence is the mother of good fortune.
Don’t put too fine a point to your wit, for feat it should get blunted.
Marcus Tullius Cicero:
Duties are ours; events are God’s.
It is characteristic of folly to discern the faults of others and forget its own.
Thomas a Kempis:
Man proposes, God disposes.
Of two evils, the less is always to be chosen.
Every great book is an action, and every great action is a book.
Here stand I. I cannot act otherwise. So help me God!
Life is a journey; it does not matter where you begin, it all matters where you end. A person who does not know where he is going is lost.
Rules to live by:
(A). Behave responsibly
(B). Eat moderately
(C). Speak truthfully
(D). Think deeply
(E). Live honorably
(F). Act decisively
(G). Deal squarely
To help remembering, the first letters of seven items form an acronym BESTLAD.
The difference between success and failure is only one step. A wrong step results in failure, and a right step leads to success.
There are three classes of people: the upper class are those who know and realize first; the middle class are those who know and realize later; the lower class are those who never know or realize.
A man is not good because he does good deeds; a man does good deeds because he is good.
Peoples are not perfect. Sooner or later you are bound to be disappointed. If you discover something bad in people, remember it in your head. If you see something good in people, remember it in your heart.
What you are is more important than what you have. Your conception, perception and action make you what you are.
There are three greatest abilities: the ability to think, the ability to write, and the ability to speak. For ten thousand who can speak, one can write; and for ten million who can write, one can think. Those who have the abilities of think, write and speak will do well under any circumstance.
Knowledge is acquisition of facts, information and skills. Wisdom is to know how to apply knowledge correctly.
Education is not only learning what you do not know, but construction of character, development of skills, and forming of good judgment. The best educated person thinks deeply, writes elegantly, and speaks effectively.
Human nature is corrupt and depraved. That is why Jesus says, “You must be born again.” A redeemed person has a spiritual nature because the Holy Spirit lives in him.
This knowledge is more certain than anything else I know: Jesus Christ is my God and Savior.
What your are is more important than what you have. What you have can be taken away, what you are no one can take away. It is better to be a good person and poor than to be a crooked rich man.
There are four types of book: those that inform you are useful, those that indulge you are bad, those that instruct you are good, and those that inspire you are great. Useful books are as plentiful as bad books. Good books are few. Great books are rare. The Holy Bible is the greatest, the Book of all books. Find it out for yourself.
There are two kinds of problem in the world: caused by nature and created by men. Problems caused by nature such as earthquake, hurricane, drought, etc. which men can do little about them. Problems created by men such as crime, corruption, injustice, oppression, aggression, discrimination, violence, greed, etc. can be solved by people. AIDS is unlike malaria and tuberculosis. AIDS is a consequence of a moral and cultural failure that no amount of money or "war chest" can stop. But AIDS can be stopped simply by people not to engage in promiscuous and immoral sex. Contaminated blood can be eliminated by scientific means. Most of the problems in the world are made by humankind.
If you do something good for yourself, it may last for a lifetime. If you do something good for mankind, it may last for generations. If you do something good for truth, it will last for eternity.
Things I have learned: wisdom is better than ignorance, humility better than arrogance, virtue better than vice, truth better than lie, and light is better than darkness. The saddest thing about humankind is this: most people have chosen darkness.
In addition to masterpieces, English also produced beautiful songs such as the Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, the Phantom of the Opera, etc. The songs of Anne Murray like Could I Have this Dance, etc. are superb beyond words. English language is so rich in every aspect you look it, be it art, language, science, technology, drama, poetry, novel, fiction, fairytale, legend, etc.
My first website Chinese for China was founded in the year 2,000 with trials and tribulations, in spite of encountering abuses and attacks it survives to this day. At first I did not pay attention to my readers of various nations. Later on I got analytics which were free but not comprehensive or dependable. I did not know exactly how many peoples of nations my websites (Chinese for China and Christian Faith) have reached. I can be sure as of July 2015 they have reached at least 115 nations. I have written more than 7 million words in hundreds of articles, long and short. Some people wanted to sell ads on my sites. Two pastors wanted to have business with me in publishing and selling my writings. A famous Chinese acupuncture doctor proposed to have a business deal with me. Long ago, I have decided to give my all website writings to my global readers absolutely free. Every reader can print and save for the enlightenment and enrichment of his/her life. They may even print and give to their friends and relatives. But no one is permitted to publish them for commercial purpose or for making money. Since I do not earn one penny from my own labor, no one should profit by my labor. This is my legacy to the world absolutely free till the end of time and for the glory of God and exaltation of Jesus Christ my God and Savior.
January 5, 2016
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