16. There had, of course, disadvantages. His spelling (in comparison with the language, such as Italian) is very far from its phonetics. It keeps it and some synthetic features, including a number of annoying variations in inflection. Some of oral forms (for example, in British English), it becomes almost a tone language, where many nuances of meaning depends on a subtle (for foreigners) offset intonation accent. The richness of his vocabulary - in two or even three times more words than in most other European languages ??- also creates certain difficulties for its application.