Like a good little Jewboy, I attended Sunday school in preparation for my Bar Mitzvah, where I would ostensibly learn Hebrew. Hebrew is a difficult language, though, so the farthest I got was learning to read it phonetically, a skill which I’ve since mostly lost. That was enough for me to read from the Torah on the big day, and I haven’t really used it since then.
Anyway, when I was learning Hebrew phonetically I used to bitch (or kvetch, rather) quite a bit about how difficult it was, thanks to things like the vowels being optional punctuation, the existence of trope (additional punctuation that instructed one how to properly chant the words), etc.
And then I read this post and I realized how much of a giant pussy I really am when it comes to languages.