English Is One Of The Hardest Languages To Learn
English Is A Hard Language To Learn Part 2 by Ron Murdock explores how English is one of the most complex languages on Earth to learn and gives some very good reasons why:
The leaf did eventually leave the tree.
The prophet wanted to make a profit with his business.
An astronomer can become a star after discovering a new star.
How many people find doing their taxes taxing?
I try to size up a person’s size.
The kid really knew how to kid a person.
A security guard likes to watch his watch while on his watch.
The jam maker really found himself in a jam.
Only a boob would increase the size of their boobs.
How many of us are bored with the various board of directors?
Why whine about a bottle of wine?
Some people are serial cereal eaters at breakfast.
Let’s meet at the meat store.
The hare grew extra hair for winter.
I have some pocket change for a change.
The horse really knew how to horse around.
It’s time to pare down the pair of dice.
I’m waiting to go wading in the pool.
A dog had a tale to tell about it’s tail.
There was a betting pool by the swimming pool.
The board was a real bore to deal with.
I knew a person that flew from someone that had the flu.
Ron Murdock has lived and worked in Western Canada all his life, and will continue to do so until his last day on Planet Earth. He has a good number of interests and hobbies which include dogs, freight trains, baseball and astronomy. Ron wants to know what the truth is, nothing but the truth and will do what research it takes to find it. The best compliment he can get is when a person says his writing, or what he says, gets them seeking.
Reasons English Is A Hard Language To Learn
English is often regarded as a challenging language to learn for several reasons, particularly for non-native speakers. Here are some key factors contributing to the perceived difficulty of learning English:
Pronunciation and Spelling:
English has numerous words with irregular spelling and pronunciation rules, leading to inconsistencies. The same letter or group of letters can be pronounced differently in various words.
Homophones and Homographs:
English has many words that sound alike (homophones) but have different meanings or spellings (homographs), making it difficult for learners to differentiate between them. For instance, words like “their,” “there” and “they’re” sound the same but have different meanings.
Verb Tenses and Grammar:
English grammar can be complex, especially verb conjugations and tenses. The language has numerous irregular verbs, making it challenging to learn past, present and future tenses.
Phrasal Verbs and Idioms:
English utilizes a significant number of phrasal verbs (verbs followed by prepositions or adverbs) and idiomatic expressions, which can be confusing for learners as their meanings are not always literal.
English boasts a large vocabulary with a wide variety of synonyms and idiomatic expressions. Learning and understanding these nuances can be overwhelming for non-native speakers.
English often contains cultural references, slang and colloquialisms that might not have direct translations in other languages. This can be challenging for learners to understand without immersion in the language and culture.
English varies considerably across different regions and countries. The differences in vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar between American English, British English, Australian English, etc., can complicate the learning process.
Non-phonetic Writing System:
The English writing system is not entirely phonetic, which means the pronunciation of a word may not be easily predictable from its spelling. This aspect can be perplexing for learners.
Inconsistencies and Exceptions:
English has numerous irregularities and exceptions in its rules, making it harder for learners to predict patterns and necessitating rote memorization of specific cases.
Confusing Word Forms:
Some words in English have multiple forms or meanings, adding to the complexity. For example, one root word may have various prefixes and suffixes that alter its meaning.
While English can indeed be challenging to learn, with dedication, practice, immersion and exposure to the language in diverse contexts, learners can overcome these difficulties and become proficient in English.