Difficult English Words

@pahak627 (4198)
Philippines
September 27, 2015 3:32pm CST
For me, a non-english speaking person, I find some of the words used here in mylot difficult. There are words that seem familiar but the way it is used in the sentence made me confused. There are also some which I have just come across for the first time and I have to ask Mr. Webster's help. These are added to my limited english vocabulary. I have lots of fun here in mylot.
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@boiboing (12206)
• Northampton, England
28 Sep 15
There's an enormous difference between English as used in the real world and as used in the classroom. And it's very hard to assess where you might be picking up bad habits (don't ever believe that everybody here is using the language as it's intended to be used).
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@pahak627 (4198)
• Philippines
28 Sep 15
I agree with you.. I must admit that I am better in writing than in talking. I once talked with an american and he told me that he did not expect that I am not good in speaking. Maybe because of my accent and the way I pronounce the words. There is really a difference in written and oral english.
• Aurangabad, India
28 Sep 15
Surely! Particularly for non-native speakers of the language.
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@kataomoi (706)
• Japan
28 Sep 15
Yeah, English is a difficult language. I teach English to junior high school students in Japan so I understand. Not only is it hard for them to read and write, but it's also very hard for them to speak English. There are sounds we make in English that they've never heard of so they are literally unable to make that sound.
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• Philippines
28 Sep 15
true. some letters in one language do not exist in another language and vice versa so there will be difficulty with pronunciation. there's also sentence structure, pronouns, etc.
@pahak627 (4198)
• Philippines
28 Sep 15
It is difficult indeed. But we are lucky that we know this language. At least if we are out of our country we can still communicate with other people with different nationality provided they also know to speak this language.
@pahak627 (4198)
• Philippines
28 Sep 15
@hereandthere For us who can speak and write english, it might be easy for us. Tracing back to the time when we still do not know this language, I just wonder how I came to learn it. I have already forgotten every details of the way of teaching that our mentors did for us..
@jaboUK (53407)
• United Kingdom
27 Sep 15
English must be a very difficult language for non-native English speakers. You do very well.
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@pahak627 (4198)
• Philippines
27 Sep 15
Maybe that is because we started learning it in school at an early age about 7 or 8. You know during my time, in Grade 1 we studied our native tongue which is cebuano visayan and our national language which is Filipino or tagalog. In Grade II we started having English subjects to be ready in Grade III wherein the medium of instruction in all subjects except Filipino is already English. Then came a time that from Grade I up high school they used bilingual system wherein they only speak Filipino and English in school. Nowadays, it is different, they have another subject could mother tongue wherein they have to study our own dialect too.
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@marlina (71258)
• Canada
2 Oct 15
@pahak627 In my French Catholic school where I went, we only started studying English in Grade 5.
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@jaboUK (53407)
• United Kingdom
2 Oct 15
@marlina Really? I'd just assumed that English was your first language as you are Canadian. Which side did you support in the France v Canada Rugby World Cup yesterday?
@factorial (981)
• Philippines
28 Sep 15
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• Philippines
28 Sep 15
Another one...
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@pahak627 (4198)
• Philippines
28 Sep 15
@factorial Hi thank you for sharing this to me. I just know this from you. I'm proud of it.
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• Midland, Michigan
2 Oct 15
@factorial when you include images, it'd probably be best for you to also say something about the images you have. Especially if you're hoping to make some money with your activity. Images in and of themselves won't earn you anything.
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@else34 (13610)
• New Delhi, India
28 Sep 15
@pahak627,I have experienced this problem.Whenever I come across a new word I immediately look for it's meaning and use on the net.I also read an English newspaper everyday offline.My dictionary comes to my help there.I have a Collins Cobuild dictionary.It's very helpful.Here on Mylot also I learn many new words from discussions or responses by native English speakers.
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@pahak627 (4198)
• Philippines
28 Sep 15
Same here. I also do what you're doing and learn more from mylot.
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@else34 (13610)
• New Delhi, India
29 Sep 15
@pahak627 If you read discussions and responses initiated by those who are native English speakers,we learn a lot of new words and expressions.
@pahak627 (4198)
• Philippines
29 Sep 15
@else34 I agree with you. There are lots of them here and I'm following them.
@pgntwo (21551)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
27 Sep 15
What better way to learn a second, or third. language than to immerse yourself in it - well done!
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@pahak627 (4198)
• Philippines
27 Sep 15
thanks for that.
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@gregario888 (1282)
• Aurangabad, India
28 Sep 15
It is the language of the world, and every word is an arrow in the quiver!
@pahak627 (4198)
• Philippines
28 Sep 15
I agree with you, it's the only language that I know is used to communicate with other people in the world.
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• Aurangabad, India
29 Sep 15
@pahak627 I feel your way of using the language, is pretty up to mark.
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@pahak627 (4198)
• Philippines
29 Sep 15
@gregario888 Thanks.
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@marlina (71258)
• Canada
28 Sep 15
English is not a DIFFICULT language to learn at all. Even the speaking English natives learn new words every day.
@pahak627 (4198)
• Philippines
28 Sep 15
I can also say that english is difficult in a way, because I have known this language almost all of my life. I even can't remember when I started learning this language but still there are times that I encounter words and sentences that I find difficult to understand.
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• Midland, Michigan
2 Oct 15
@pahak627 I'm guessing @marlina meant to say that it's difficult even for English speaking natives. I was reading a comment made to something I said when I first joined, and realized later on that I mis-read the intent of the sentence. So even when we understand the words, there could be more than one meaning to what we're reading. Most languages use figures of speech, colloquialisms and related things that unless the reader has run into them before, they could be misconstrued or misunderstood even by the best of us. If languages were easily understood, there wouldn't be problems in society or families for that matter.
@pahak627 (4198)
• Philippines
2 Oct 15
@MarshaMusselman I agree with you. That is what I really meant but i could not explain it in the same way as what you said. It's one of the disadvantages for me, non-english speaking, I could not easily make the appropriate sentences. I remember when I was still a student, I envy those who really speak fluently, they speak english continuously whereas when I spoke at that time, I still have to think of the words and its usage. So much to consider.
@rebelann (38884)
• El Paso, Texas
2 Oct 15
I can see how all the games we English speakers play can get confusing to anyone trying to translate. Many people use slang which can be very hard to find in Mr. Webster so if you have trouble with what we write PLEASE let us know and I am sure we will help to clear up the word we used. I know I will.
@pahak627 (4198)
• Philippines
2 Oct 15
Thanks for that. It would be a great help for us here. I agree there are sentences used by english speaking people that are confusing and hard to understand. There are funny stories made by english speaking people of which only them are the laughing and yet we, non-english, could not laugh.
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@rebelann (38884)
• El Paso, Texas
2 Oct 15
@pahak627 yep, that will happen. Like with any language it is sometimes very hard to explain the humor if you're not of that language.
@pahak627 (4198)
• Philippines
3 Oct 15
@rebelann I agree with you,
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@indexer (1194)
• Leicester, England
28 Sep 15
If you have a particular problem with English usage, I'd be very happy to help you with it. I have spoken the language all my life and have worked as a proofreader and editor to help people get their work published - so I might be someone worth asking!
@pahak627 (4198)
• Philippines
28 Sep 15
Thanks for that. It's greatly appreciated.
@allknowing (61671)
• India
28 Sep 15
Learning is a continuous process and we all are in it.
@pahak627 (4198)
• Philippines
28 Sep 15
Yes, that is true. Here in this site, we are enjoying and earning at the same time we are also learning.
@Freelanzer (8287)
• Canada
28 Sep 15
Learning new words as you read the posts here will certainly help your English and soon it won't seem so confusing
@pahak627 (4198)
• Philippines
28 Sep 15
Of course, having new words added to our vocabulary makes our knowledge in english improve.
• Austin, Texas
30 Aug
We are happy if you are happy. MyLot is all about fun! P.S. All the people I've met from your country speak English very well. Especially when compared to how I speak Tagalog, which is ... not at all. I don't even know a few words. So if every once in a while you want to share a new English word you've learned and then teach us that word in your native tongue, we would all grow together.