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Is English a hard language to learn?

I was talking to a woman who spoke English as a second language and she was mixing up the words "ask" and "tell". It dawned on me that English has lots of quirks and not that easy to learn.

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No English is probably one of the easier languages to learn but is suppose it depends what your 1st language is. As it doesn't have male/female ways in words like welsh and french its not too bad.

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According to my English teacher its the most complicated language
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it depends on what your first language is. one thing is sure, it is one of the most irregular languages in the world (some people say the most irregular in fact).
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No English is probably one of the easier languages to learn but is suppose it depends what your 1st language is. As it doesn't have male/female ways in words like welsh and french its not too bad.
Spanish too, has male/female nouns, pronouns, etc. English has words that are spelled differently but pronounced the same like "male" and "mail"

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That depends persons for me

According to me, it's difficult, especially if we don't like this langage

In two years, I must to speak English perfectly or almost for my future school... It isn't gained

Sorry but my english is very very bad ... I'm learning

Correct if you see mistakes
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I never had much trouble. But I think it helps a great deal if you're exposed to American/British culture early on. Especially movies and television.

In high-school I usually did the grammar-thing on instinct, instead of learning the exact rules, and I pretty much got away with it
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Apparently it's the pronunciation of words that bugger everything up.

How we came up with the pronunciation of place names like "Worcester" and "Leicester" I will never know.

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If it were not my first language, I can imagine it being really difficult to learn all the weird pronunciations and irregularities.
I am always so impressed at non native speakers speaking English so well, whilst us Brits struggle with other languages.

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Spanish too, has male/female nouns, pronouns, etc. English has words that are spelled differently but pronounced the same like "male" and "mail"
I don't agree. Is much more complicated to learn spanish than english. Well,I'm french and there are similarities between french and spanish so at the beginning,no problem. But with all this prepositions in spanish,it's getting more and more complicated. Before,I was much more good at spanish but honestly,it's not the case anymore today...
And beyond that,yes,English is very simple to learn consedering that we always heard english words at TV,when we listen to music etc.
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That depends persons for me

According to me, it's difficult, especially if we don't like this langage

In two years, I must to speak English perfectly or almost for my future school... It isn't gained
I'm a little bit worried for you......... you have some work to do (no offense). Can you get into a summer class?
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I think the basics for simple communication are rather easy to learn.

To speak and write English correctly is pretty difficult though because the grammar is more complicated than most people think, especially times and prepositions.
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I'm a little bit worried for you......... you have some work to do (no offense). Can you get into a summer class?
I think it's just some details to correct here and there. Keep it up!
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Yes, I agree basic communication is not difficult. I was in a Spanish speaking country recently and since I speak only a little Spanish, I did lots of pointing and acting things out...
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i did not think spanish was more difficult to learn than english.
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