Learning English is no joke

Canlubang, Philippines
June 1, 2017 8:55am CST
As an Asian, it took me a whole 5 years just to construct a good English essay. It then took me another 5 years to write a story, and I'm now recently working on my spoken language. Yes, as much as I love to write English language story, you will laugh once you hear me speak. And this might be the reason why mastering English won't be too easy. Note: I don't know who wrote this but whoever you are, hats off to you:
We’ll begin with a 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…
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@jaboUK (50132)
• United Kingdom
1 Jun
I loved that poem, it's very clever. Here is one I wrote myself: For those learning English it's tough to find out that stuff rhymes with rough, though it doesn't with plough or with through or with bough, who could blame them for saying 'enough'? It's odd that words like delicious should rhyme with words like ambitious, as though one has a 'c' and the other a 't' they both end the same with a 'shuss'. It seems to be rather absurd that beard rhymes with weird but not heard, and you'd think that daughter would match up with laughter, and why does not sword rhyme with word? There are several meanings for bow, and the same applies also to row, you present a present, are content with the content, oh how are the learners to know? Yes, I don't envy you learning English. - it must be so difficult for you
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• Philippines
1 Jun
what is the difference between plow and plough? draft and draught? i have a feeling they're the same.
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@jaboUK (50132)
• United Kingdom
1 Jun
@hereandthere The difference is just the different way the Americans and English refer to things. I wrote a post on the subject ages ago
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• Canlubang, Philippines
2 Jun
@hereandthere I like that :)
@25life (195)
1 Jun
For those who are not native American or English have to learn English.It is a bit tough language.But once you start understanding and communicating In the language,it becomes easy.
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• Canlubang, Philippines
2 Jun
It will become your second nature :)
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@25life (195)
3 Jun
@Mamerto32 yes, you are right.
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@Tierkreisze (1348)
• Philippines
1 Jun
Filipino is the local language of the Filipinos. Thus, it's alright if you're not good at English. Even Japanese people have a hard time studying English. Still, it's good that you're trying to learn. Good luck!
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• Canlubang, Philippines
2 Jun
Actually I only took English seriously when I met a foreign exchange student. I had this realization that time will come when I'll need to have a basic English skills. Up until now my English is not perfect though :)
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• Philippines
6 Jun
@Mamerto32 I think having basic English is alright if you're not going to study abroad. I know a few universities that even ask for certifications for advanced English proficiency. But don't worry if yours is not perfect. What is more important is that you are understood by your listener. It also pays to be comfortable in speaking English because it could boost your self esteem, regardless of your proficiency.
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• Canlubang, Philippines
6 Jun
@Tierkreisze thanks for the tip :)
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@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
1 Jun
It is said that English is one of the hardest languages to learn and thinking about it, I can see why. How things sound--weigh vs. way, sleigh vs. slay--are spelled, the rules of the language are so many and confusing to those whose languages have hard and fast rules with few exceptions. I admire you for learning and working so hard.
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• Canlubang, Philippines
2 Jun
And thanks too :)
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• United States
21 Jul
I can say your written English is pretty easy to decipher so you seem to be grasping the difficulties of our language well
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• Canlubang, Philippines
21 Jul
Thanks, but I think I need to work more on my spoken skills, just in case I need to speak to a foreign customer in our work.
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• United States
21 Jul
@Mamerto32 that will come with practice and surrounding yourselves with those that speak the language
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• Canlubang, Philippines
23 Jul
@enlightenedpsych2 I think I will speak to my manager, so he will take me to some expat meetings just to practice :)
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@SHOHANA (7111)
• Bangladesh
23 Aug
I always found english as an interesting language to learn and its my second language, I love english and my love help me to learn.
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• Canlubang, Philippines
28 Aug
And English could help us in our career :)
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@SHOHANA (7111)
• Bangladesh
28 Aug
@Mamerto32 yup its true
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@Corbin5 (78932)
• United States
1 Jun
I think it is wonderful that you continue to keep working so hard to learn English. I learned Spanish, but that definitely is not as hard as learning English, I would think.
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• Canlubang, Philippines
2 Jun
And after this I planned to learn Korean language. Our office director is a South Korean, though he could speak better English than me :)
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@Corbin5 (78932)
• United States
2 Jun
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@WriterAI (3746)
• Bulgaria
1 Jun
Good luck!
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• Canlubang, Philippines
2 Jun
And thank you too
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@WriterAI (3746)
• Bulgaria
3 Jun
@Mamerto32 You are welcome!
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@VyckyT (62)
1 Jun
It kinda happened the same to me. It took me a long time to get used to sentence structures and grammar in general but once I got a handle of it, easy peazy. I too need to practice my spoken English, my pronunciation is not that bad but I'd love to sound more like a native
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• Canlubang, Philippines
2 Jun
In may case my accent is still far from perfect.
@rjain1055 (597)
1 Jun
Yes you are right
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