In the case of the German language I have nothing against the reform of 1998 with all the new stuff, basically restricting the double s and making some words sound more German. After all, that's most the German I've been studying, and now that it makes a bit more sense, grammarwise I can really relate. It's been really awful when a language expands too much and gets words that for foreign speakers are in no relation to the grammar. Then, being able to recognise words that you don't grow to use.
I don't think English is there yet though. But in my opinion, and note this, the language is developing quicker than ever, because simply, people write more nowadays, and in fact interract with each other through that. I find myself as a foreigner, speaking Englaish words that are not in the dictionary yet, and if added would probably not stay there. It's a changing phenomenon imo. But at this point if English neede a reform, it would be back to the original that is used in real books and newspapers. And this is easier done through nationwide education that really covers the issue of literacy. Surely you can't write if you never really learn it, and you end up spaekin liek U were in teh internets. And that's where all the planned reforms seem to be heading. And it's not really the simplest way. It's like giving everyone wheelchairs instead of teaching them to walk when they're small. Just like the womanperson in that article earlier on the thread. A correct language doesn't mean idiotics or retarded spelling, it means a vast group of people who are educated in reading and writing, basically, they're own cultural heritage and identity. But in an unsophisticated gatherplaceum that is socially tensioned you can easilly make up words people will understand but won't use again. And that's the words that are suggested to be the new language. Or Speak, because language seems too long, too French and too hard to type, while "Dictionary, entry #756 = Speak/Speek/sp34k = formery known as language, originates from times when people would differ from others speekways" is the easy solution, giving the speaker the choise how to write it. You might just become robots, everything installed into your brain.
I personally never had problems with spelling. And by this I don't mean occasional typos but, well, they don't have spelling bees in our country because there would be no end to them. And that person who won the spelling bee in the US mentioned before in this thread must have a huge brain capacity but no clue about what he's doing. Frankly if you look at it, most of even English words are easily guessed from the pronouncing. And all exceptions just make the language richer and more interesting. This was getting impossible in certain cases with German, that's why since 2005 you don't write Fussball as I just did, you use the "ß" (alt+225) which I can't find from my keyboard.