It's a bit an iffy if but haven't I seen those legs before ?! And I say, how can one call you "Shrew" or "Bury" or "SB"? Puzzled, but that may be the linguistically challenged me or ME (in me):
Norwegian has tonal qualities as in Chinese, and a nice sing-song about it (excuse my French, Jonathan ;). Also, it has the great merits of being very brief - briefer than English which is briefer than Dutch which is briefer than German - and having a clear and simple grammar (well... one of the two ;). Also, it has some fine liiterature.
As to Chinese: These Chinese you saw were the happy few who could write, then! They're pretty amazing, the Chinese, for lots of reasons, and Needham's
is amazing too (and extensive: read only part, alas).
P.S. Clearly, I should go to bed... good night (as per here and now).