45 thoughts on “Difficulties With The English Language

  1. Someone read this or similar to us at writers’ group the other day and I had an idea to write a blog in ‘alternative speak’ …perhaps with a photo of my favourite cuddly toys ‘Chocolate Meese’.

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  2. That reminds me of the poem “The Chaos” by Gerard Nolst Trenité, starting with

    “Dearest creature in creation
    Studying English pronunciation,
    I will teach you in my verse
    Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse”,

    and ending with

    “My advice is ‘Give it up!'”

    [Full text here: https://www.learnenglish.de/pronunciation/pronunciationpoem.html%5D
    During my time at university, we had native speakers try to read it aloud with the correct pronunciation, and none of the could do all the words properly.

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  3. “English takes the crown as the most common second language around the world with 55 countries speaking it as a second language”. All those poor people struggling along with English, you have to feel sorry for them!

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  4. On top of that there are different English nations.
    Not counting accents – which are hard enough to understand when you both speak “English”.
    If I speak or write as a Kiwi here, there is much you wouldn’t understand. The Aussies & us don’t understand each other. They spell like the Americans, we more like the English = color colour.
    If I said I was “crook” that means I’m unwell. When I was with the LAS I had to ask what was meant when someone was “poorly”. And the weather was “close” took me ages to work out.
    Anyways yous fellas, its nearly brekky time here so i better get some kai. Knackered last sun but sweet as bros & got bugger all on today eh. Catch ya round.

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    1. I can imagine how hard it must be for them. My French friend used to ask me “Why is it ‘a’ chair, but ‘an’ elephant?” I tried to explain to her about vowels, and how it is similar to their masculin and feminin, but she never really understood. 🙂
      Best wishes, Pete.

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