I think English is a very difficult language.

@stary1 (6618)
United States
May 27, 2011 10:45pm CST
I so admire all who are learning English. In my opinion it is one of the most difficult languages to learn. I can't imagine having to learn it as a second language :O The grammar rules have so many exceptions :( Like "i before e except after c except in neighbor and weigh" How nuts is that!! I had to memorize that rule and still refer to it now and then..lol And look at this.. the fist letter in cat and kitten are pronounced the same..but one is spelled with a c and the other with k..why?? Isn't that crazy? So to all of you learning English..you have my admiration and respect :)
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@murfus (78)
• Colombia
28 May 11
well, im learning english as my second language, i think spanish is harder because you need to memorize the whole verbs exceptions who are a lot, im colombian and i still learning some spanish words witch i dont know from books and the network, in spanish there is just 1 way to say what you want, in english there are a lot of ways to express what you want, also you learn english just with practice on the other hand spanish have a lot of verbs forms witch can confuse the one who want to learn the language (sorry about the low english level im just practicing)
@stary1 (6618)
• United States
28 May 11
That's very intresting because I always heard Spanish was easier than English to learn. I live in California and always thought I should lern Spanish, but never took the time. I took French in school and because I didn't use it I lost all knowledge of it.
• United States
28 May 11
I learned French in school as a kid (2nd through 12th grade) but had a horrible time with learning Spanish as an adult. Other languages put genders on their nouns. Doors, windows, dogs, cats can be male or female. That, to me, makes them much more difficult to learn.
@stary1 (6618)
• United States
28 May 11
Yes the gender thing was confusing for me also. I wonder if part of this has to do with the fact you learned Frnech when quite young. I understand kids have a MUCH easier time learning languages than adults.
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@original8 (108)
• Belgium
28 May 11
I learned english through Television and Computer network :) never was teached english at all :) i think its pretty easy if you have a platform like TV to learn it from.
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• Philippines
28 May 11
hey Original8, your so cool! you taught yourself english thru television and computer network.. good job :)
@stary1 (6618)
• United States
28 May 11
original8, I agree with golden..it's very cool you taught yourself through TV and the computer!
@stanley777 (7257)
• Philippines
28 May 11
In my country, English is our second language.Mode of teaching in most of our school used English , so a little practice with the tenses and phonetics is the only difficulty we experience but aside from this it's easy.I would agree with other members who says that learning Spanish language is more difficult.We have some units of Spanish when I was in college but I haven't learned how to speak the language,maybe If we use it or speak the language more often learning will be easier.Mylot community helps members who wants to learn and speak English easily through responding/commenting on discussions..
@stary1 (6618)
• United States
28 May 11
I agree myLot is great to practice English. LOL I am embarrassed sometime because I make typing errors and it looks as if I have poor grammar. I have to be more careful. I also think watching TV is a good way to learn. I remember being in Amsterdamn and mentioning how everyone in the hotel speaks perfect English. They told me they all listened to TV programs to improve their English skills.
• Philippines
29 May 11
Yeah, practice do help a lot.I guess the soonest and most applicable way to learn the language is by talking to English speaking people, conversing with them in that way you can learn fast.How they say the words, how they speak and you can check it later on Webster to learn more.
@stary1 (6618)
• United States
1 Jun 11
I agree, plus listening to TV and tapes and having someone correct pronunciation is also helpful. The person doing the correcting needs to be careful and not correct EVERYTHING if there is a lot to correct, because they should not discourage the learner.
@dream_ozn (1757)
• Singapore
28 May 11
Definitely, i think English is one difficult language to learn too. However, living in Singapore, we are all exposed to this language since young as it is our national language and therefore a compulsory language. I'm not sure if you have heard about Singlish where we mix Chinese, dialect and English together, one of our uniqueness (which is not a very good thing) Those grammar rules in English frustrate me too. Even until now, I am unable to memorise them all and so most of the time I answer question by sound!!
@stary1 (6618)
• United States
28 May 11
I have not heard of Singlish...I think that's very interesting and I will look up more info because now I am curious :) Thank you. I agree the earlier in age that one learns a language, the easier. Yes English grammar rules are indeed frustrating.
@dream_ozn (1757)
• Singapore
29 May 11
Yes, it's definitely interesting. Because although we speak English, we are complained by Caucasians that they don't understand our language because we mix our words from here and there! Yes, when we learn something at a young age, we'll be able to better absorb it.
@llsling (336)
• China
29 May 11
What do you consider your accent is more similar to ,is it simply Singlish ? Is that the way your whole country speak ? I guess i happened to hear something like Singlish when I was in Beijing a couple of years ago .It really sounded weird ,i can totally get that some English and American can barely understand your English-dialect .
• United States
28 May 11
Oh yes and I feel very proud of anyone who tries and is not ashamed because they are truly doing their best. I am Hispanic and many, especially the elders prefer only to speak in Spanish because they feel ashamed of accents. I personally am proud of anyone who tries.
@stary1 (6618)
• United States
28 May 11
I agree with you. And an accent only show the person is knowledgeable in more than one language. That is a plus. I can understand the elders speaking mostly Spanish because it's probably easier for them, but it's too bad if they are embarrassed over their accent.
@Jesuriel (269)
• United States
30 May 11
When I started to learn English I had a deep Spanish accent. Now my accent is almost gone. But I honestly don't want to lose my accent because it shows where I come from and my background.
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• United States
30 May 11
So true on the accent and our backgrounds. Though I am Puerto Rican, I was born and raised in the US. I am very fluent with both English and Spanish, but am not so proud that I forget my heritage and culture. See I am a US Citizen and when asked want my race is it is Puerto Rican, no matter what my birth certificate says. So I completely understand.
• United States
23 Aug 11
The English language is more about remembering the rules for the different types of spelling and grammar. There are a lot of rules, but most of them are quite simple. Did you know that Spanish has different rules for genders? For example, when speaking to a friend you would use the gender rule for that specific gender. The Japanese language is hard too, because there are different ways to write the language. And each rule has a rule..which is really puzzling. Kanjis can be written two ways, and both make my head want to spin. So all languages are difficult to learn unless you are constantly exposed to them. But there are still some who are that are not able to fully learn. Yet, I've noticed that most people who have trouble with English excel at Math and vice versa.
@catamari (127)
• Romania
25 Aug 11
I believe is about motivation. If there is a stroong motivation or need to know a language people we'll learn very fast. If there is just another stuff to study in the school, or somewhere forced, the progress can be very very slow. For example people in the street, who really need to comunicate, learn a foreign language very fast. They don't need to know to much about grammar and rules. If there are needs for academics or business English you need to learn, to study more rules and grammar. Do you know any way to study rules in fun way? That could help me, and ohters, a lot.
@stary1 (6618)
• United States
7 Nov 11
Firestorm0122 Yes I agree all languages have rules and exceptions and difficulties..I guess my comment was more a generality because English is now so widespread I feel sorry for people having to learn the illiogical rules..lol why couldn't they have made it more simple??
@stary1 (6618)
• United States
7 Nov 11
catamari I agree motivation is a huge help to learning anything..and since English is so widespread many are learning it. I think one of the 'fun ways' in school as I was growing up was learning songs or rules that rhyme..like i before e except after c...lol then except in neighbor and weight...that is silly, don't u think...
@youless (104238)
• Guangzhou, China
28 May 11
In fact I think English is already not a difficult language. I think that French is much more difficult and this is why I can't learn it yet. And actually I think that Chinese is much more difficult than French. I love China
@stary1 (6618)
• United States
28 May 11
I think Chinese would be a very difficult language to learn. French was ok but I didn't keep it up and now there is no reason for me to go back and pick it up. I know only a few who speak French, but there are many who speak Spanish.
@dream_ozn (1757)
• Singapore
29 May 11
Lucky for me that I live in Singapore and our government has this education policy of bilingualism where we are suppose to learn both English and Chinese!
@llsling (336)
• China
29 May 11
Is your Chinese also like Singapore -y Chinese ?
@catamari (127)
• Romania
20 Aug 11
For me English is very easy language. I think we can learn any languages in the world. We, like human being, are same. We talk about same things, we have same needs. If you will try to listen more a language, try fo feel it like a song you'll see that a language is very easy to undersand. We just need to return to the age of our very young kids and to feel like them. Look, now I can write, speak and talk pretty good. But I don't know to much about rules, grammar and so one. Now I need to study grammar because people around me said that it's important and I'll study it. I understand very hard why I need to know rules, grammar and so on. If I know how to say, to write, to talk why I need to know "about" it. I'll look for anything which can help me to improve my English and to help others to study it in a very easy and fun ways. See you soon! Cata
@stary1 (6618)
• United States
7 Nov 11
catamari I am happy you think English is very easy. I don't see the logic in having to memorize how to spell things..lol like why couldn't they nmake cat and kitten both start with the same letter..either a 'c' or a 'k'?? Makes no sense..It isn't so hard for me because I grew up learning the grammar rules and spelling.
@catamari (127)
• Romania
9 Nov 11
hello stary1. I used a lot to read and listen same time to improve my English. So, I was able to "see" how to write something. I belive listening is more important than reading. I believe there is important the motivation. For someone who is really motivated anything can be easy. If you are not interested in learning, studying, then that's it. I wish to read more about your explanation. Maybe you can elaborate it and teach me how to learn English grammar. I never studied to much it and now I wish to use it very well. Can you give me an example how to study English grammar in a fun way? Thank you very much. Hope to talk to you soon! Cata
@stary1 (6618)
• United States
9 Nov 11
catamari I am no where near an English teacher..so I am sorry but I don't have any methods to teach grammar..I do agree that listening is one of the best ways. I know many tell me they watch and listen to TV shows to help with their grammar. I was just relating how I learned a few rules by rhyme or song...maybe the internet would have some suggestions for you?? Good luck and all the best
@Jesuriel (269)
• United States
28 May 11
I have to agree with Murfus, learning Spanish is harder. It took me about a year to learn how to write and fluently speak English. Even though Spanish is my first language, I am still learning and I'm still taking Spanish classes. English is way too easy, at least for me it is.
@stary1 (6618)
• United States
28 May 11
Wow..that is so interesting to hear. So all those exceptions to grammar rules and having to memorize how words are spelled (because there is no logic behind it) all that wasn't difficult for you?..well I am impressed. Good for you!!
@Jesuriel (269)
• United States
28 May 11
Yes, it was easy because I have an advantage: I speak Spanish. English and Spanish are very similar. When I started learning English, if I didn't know how to spell a word, I would try to connect the English word to the Spanish word and it always helped. And thank you!
@stary1 (6618)
• United States
28 May 11
Hmmm I thought Lithuanian was more similar to English than English was to Spanish :)
@carmelanirel (20976)
• United States
28 May 11
Awww, stary I feel for you, I really do. English is the only language I know and I can see how some of our grammar rules can be very difficult. I actually admire anyone who can learn any different language, I have tried learning different languages and all I get is a few words and that is it..Plus I am taking English 112 right now and I am having problems, so I really admire one whose native tongue is not English and they take these classes...
@stary1 (6618)
• United States
28 May 11
I admire all here learning English as a second language too, and good luck with your English 112...:)
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• United States
29 May 11
Thanks stary...;)
@adhyz82 (36255)
• Indonesia
8 Nov 11
yeah..who say that english is not difficult?? especially in my country when english is taught only in junior high school.. student who are smart when speak english is really smart in the eyes of their friend..it proves that english is really difficult.. and in every city of my country, there are many english course even it can`t guarantee that you can speak english after follow the course... once again, the key for learning is guarantee us for speaking english well even english is not easy language for some of us
@stary1 (6618)
• United States
8 Nov 11
adhyz82 I have a lot of respect and admiration for all who try to learn English
@surekharathi (14166)
• India
7 Jun 11
No friend English is not difficult language so many other languages which are very difficult than English. Even if you want to do the LLB in Hindi then this will be difficult but you choose the English medium for LLB field it is very easy.
@stary1 (6618)
• United States
7 Nov 11
surekharathi I am not familiar with Hindu so I didn't know that..my exposure is mostly to European languages..I will have to look up LLB because I don't know what that is...
@eljayo (1106)
• Philippines
1 Jun 11
Hi! I agree with you. English has a lot of rules. Even the Westerners are having a difficult time in the English grammar. Just keep practicing , and you will just get used to it.
@stary1 (6618)
• United States
7 Nov 11
eljayo Thank you ..actually it isn't me I feel sorry for..I grew up with English..I admire and respect those who have to learn all the rules and especually learn how it spell all the words..
@allknowing (86816)
• India
29 May 11
As with anything that one learns, practice makes one perfect and this applies to learning a language not necessarily English. I started learning German and I have found it quite difficult but may be if I had practised incessantly I would have picked it up but I did not! And finally when it comes to oddities that you have pointed out "Ours is not to reason why but do or die"!
@stary1 (6618)
• United States
7 Nov 11
allknowing .. Wow I think German is a tough language..especially the correct pronunciations..Both my daughters took German as a second language in school. One used it extensively and even lived in Germany for a couple of years..the other wishes she had taken Spanish
@KrauseHome (36682)
• United States
29 May 11
Personally for me, I think there are harder languages out there to learn. Like take people from Ethiopia or the Phillipines for example. I would think learning their different dialects and such and then the correct meanings would be a little more harder than someone trying to learn English. Plus a lot of other countries are luckier now, as they are teaching English to the kids at a young age.
@stary1 (6618)
• United States
7 Nov 11
KrauseHome You might be right..I am more familiar with the European languages than others. Oh my for sure learning the dialects would be difficult..lol but then trying to understand some of the accents in English isn't all that easy..but I do basically agree with you
• United States
29 May 11
I agree. There are so many rules set in place that it's hard to keep up. I don't understand how someone can memorize grammar rules, there's so many rules out there. I know spanish as well and it doesn't have that many rules, the rules are straight forward. But, English follows a whole another zip code.
@stary1 (6618)
• United States
7 Nov 11
EstiiBabii Yes I agree and not just grammar has to be memorized, but the spelliung of words has to be learned. What nonsense to spell cat with a c and kitten with a k...good grief who who made up these rules... Spanish is a useful language here in California..I wish I had taken that in school instead of French..I just no long have the patience to learn another language..
@zandi458 (28124)
• Malaysia
29 May 11
English as in all other languages is not easy to master especially when one is not exposed to an English speaking environment. I can say English is the most beautiful language and mastering it needs a lot of in depth study which may take years before one can be called proficient be it spoken or written. English is rarely spoken in where I come from as our Government insist on prioritizing our national language giving English less importance in the country. Fortunately my early exposure to this language having stayed in a convent governed by western nuns had given me a strong foundation in English which has given me enough confidence to interact with the native speakers of this language.
@stary1 (6618)
• United States
7 Nov 11
zandi458 Good for you for persuing another language...Frankly I think every government should encourage it's citizens to learn the native language.
@cher913 (25859)
• Canada
29 May 11
it is a hugely hard language. my inlaws are from Germany and my mother in law still prefers to speak German over English while my father in law learned it in Germany. its so hard because of words like too, to and two and words that are spelled the same but don't sound the same...i could go on and on!
@stary1 (6618)
• United States
23 Aug 11
I agree it is hard..doesn't make sense much of the time. Cat and Kitten..spellung is a pain because it is so much just memorizing...
@Hatley (164167)
• Garden Grove, California
28 May 11
hi stary1 I so so agree. Many come here with English as a second language and you can see them struggle at first then in only a few months they are writing almost as well as if they were born here in the Us.English is re ally a hard language to learn as we have so many exceptions for most rules like others before me have pointed out. I would really flounder, I would venture, if I tried to write in another language.To me French is hard as so many letters in their words are not even pronounced at all.I also admire all our mylotters who are learning English as a second language
@stary1 (6618)
• United States
28 May 11
Hatley I agree with everything you said and feel the same :)
@783748 (178)
• Philippines
28 May 11
Well, I guess having to learn a certain language (may it be English, Chinese or any other language) is really hard to learn when it is not your native language. Each language has its own uniqueness; has its own rules.
@stary1 (6618)
• United States
28 May 11
That's very true but I think some might be easier to learn than others.