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Reasons why English is hard to learn

Reasons Why English Language Is So Hard To Learn


1. The bandage was wound around the wound.

2. The farm was used to produce produce.

3. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4. We must polish the Polish furniture.

5. He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

8. A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10. I did not object to the object.

11. The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12. There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

13. They were too close to the door to close it.

14. The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15. A seamstress and a sewer fell down into the sewer.

16. To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17. The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18. After a number of injections my jaw got number.

19. Upon seeing the tear in the painting, I shed a tear.

20. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

21. How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?


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At least we:

Don't assign genders to inanimate objects (by far the main reason I gave up trying to learn German, French and Spanish).

Usually understand what you mean anyway (unlike the French who pretend not to understand what you're saying if you make the slightest mistake).

Man, proud man, drest in a little brief authority, most ignorant of what he’s most assured,
his glassy essence, like an angry ape, plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven,
as makes the angels weep.

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Oh you wouldnt believe the day ive had with peopel preofessing their excellence at english even though its the biggest pile of crap you could imagine. I am sooo gonna use your post dear to make a point - thankyou thankyou

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I hate it how some languages have words that change depending on which Gender your speaking to. It's very hard to get! Apart from that I love learning German! I'm very poor at it but it's my best 2nd language!

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I hate it how some languages have words that change depending on which Gender your speaking to. It's very hard to get! Apart from that I love learning German! I'm very poor at it but it's my best 2nd language!

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I guess a lot of people learning English have already seen this, as it is in a lot of text books, but I thought I'd post it anyway...


Why is English so hard?
The English Lesson
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We'll begin with box, and the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox should be oxen, not oxes.
Then one fowl is goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a whole lot of mice,

But the plural of house is houses, not hice.
If the plural of man is always called men,
Why shouldn't the plural of pan be pen?

The cow in the plural may be cows or kine,
But the plural of vow is vows, not vine.
And I speak of a foot, and you show me your feet,
But I give a boot...would a pair be beet?

If one is a tooth, and a whole set is teeth,
Why shouldn't the plural of booth be beeth?
If the singular is this, and the plural is these,
Why shouldn't the plural of kiss be kese?

Then one may be that, and three be those,
Yet the plural of hat would never be hose.
We speak of a brother, and also of brethren,

But though we say mother, we never say methren.
The masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine she, shis, and shim.
So our English, I think you will agree,
Is the trickiest language you ever did see.

I take it you already know
Of tough and bough and cough and dough?
Others may stumble, but not you
On hiccough, thorough, slough, and through?

Well done! And now you wish, perhaps
To learn of less familiar traps?
Beware of heard, a dreadful word
That looks like beard and sounds like bird.

And dead; it's said like bed, not bead;
For goodness sake, don't call it deed!
Watch out for meat and great and threat,
(they rhyme with suite and straight and debt)

A moth is not a moth in mother.
Nor both in bother, broth in brother.
And here is not a match for there.
And dear and fear for bear and pear.

And then there's dose and rose and lose--
Just look them up--and goose and choose.
And cork and work and card and ward,
And font and front and word and sword.

And do and go, then thwart and cart.
Come, come, I've hardly made a start.


A dreadful language? Man alive,
I'd learned to speak it when I was five,

And yet to write it, the more I sigh,
I'll not learn how 'til the day I die.


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Quote:
Originally posted by Colin B
At least we:

Don't assign genders to inanimate objects (by far the main reason I gave up trying to learn German, French and Spanish).

Usually understand what you mean anyway (unlike the French who pretend not to understand what you're saying if you make the slightest mistake).
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Pronounciation inconsistency.
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lol @this thread.
I do so feel sorry for anyone who has English as their second language - It really does make NO sense at times - lol.

for example:-

trough
through
thought
though
thorough
rough
bough

argggghhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!
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lol @this thread.
I do so feel sorry for anyone who has English as their second language - It really does make NO sense at times - lol.

for example:-

trough
through
thought
though
thorough
rough
bough

argggghhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!

lol I was gona post this today.
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Although i'm bilingual in English and Greek (MUCH smugness ) i imagine that greek is very hard to learn, since everything has a gender!
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What about french and the dreaded problem of:
-vair
-ver
-verre
-vers
-vert

all pronounced the exact same way but with different meanings .

The same could be said about:
-cent
-sang
-sans
-sent
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*OUGH*

Bough
Through
Enough
Cough

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I think English is a very sensible, and relatively easy to learn, language. I see the trouble new comers to Israel go through to learn the language... Hebrew is one of those languages that if you weren't born into, you will never really speak properly. also, the two other languages I've learned besides english, French and Japanese, seem much harder to learn. Just my thoughts.

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I agree, i-girl. English isn't that hard to learn at all. All languages have inconsistencies, exceptions, etc.
I must confess I'm often surprised at the English spelling of native speakers! Especially when it comes to 'to-too', 'they're, their, there', etc. The meaning is different, it can't be that hard, can it? It's not like our d-t-dt spelling laws.

English can be confusing to Dutch speakers because some things are similar while others aren't.

For example:

The Dutch word for baby is baby. The plural in Dutch is baby's, not babies. In English, there's no 's if it's a plural. The plural of Darcy is Darcys, in Dutch we'd say Darcy's. Yet for names that don't end in a vowel, there's no 's. Actually, making a plural in Dutch is usually done by adding -en.

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