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Date: 05/24/05 01:36 AM

37 Responses to Why English is hard to read

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    buddy Male 30-39
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    May 24, 2005 at 1:36 am
    Link: Why English is hard to read - Read some of these sentences and think of yourself trying to learn the language.


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    diemorondie Female 18-29
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    May 24, 2005 at 2:24 am
    Try Icelandic.
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    DeathShock Male 18-29
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    May 24, 2005 at 3:45 am
    That wasn`t that hard, and English is my second language.
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    cruxshadows Female 18-29
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    May 24, 2005 at 4:24 am
    Meh, I Suck At Learning Languages.
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    Bloing Male 18-29
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    May 24, 2005 at 6:15 am
    The only `English` I have trouble with reading are the garbled pieces of linguistic excrement I see on the internet (simian spelling and guck grammar, not to mention completely retarded syntax).
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    Aigidh Female 18-29
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    May 24, 2005 at 6:44 am
    Eh, :-/ I`m givin` up after #3...
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    chirths_fate Male 18-29
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    May 24, 2005 at 6:51 am
    I reckon the dude who made up english was lazy
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    someone? Male 13-17
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    May 24, 2005 at 7:31 am
    tell me how english is any harder than any other language.
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    n0thing Male 30-39
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    May 24, 2005 at 8:07 am
    yeah, I can see how that`d be tough
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    nickbrick Male 13-17
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    May 24, 2005 at 8:28 am
    reading and speaking english is significantly harder than reading and speaking japanese, anyone who knows will agree
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    fbgenius Male 18-29
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    May 24, 2005 at 8:43 am
    Try learning Arabic grammar.
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    Ikari Male 18-29
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    May 24, 2005 at 9:10 am
    Thats nothing near portuguese...
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    ainur Male 18-29
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    May 24, 2005 at 9:28 am
    You haven`t seen Portuguese verbs yet.
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    chestertheje Male 13-17
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    May 24, 2005 at 9:43 am
    This is like That book..uh...what`s it called the mystery of the portuegse irregular verbs or somthing. It`s by that english guy who writes the No.1 ladies detective agency.
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    chestertheje Male 13-17
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    May 24, 2005 at 9:45 am
    I looked up the author...
    Alexander Mccall Smith
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    SamStone22 Male 13-17
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    May 24, 2005 at 10:01 am
    Well isn`t the creator of those sentences clever.
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    WheelofTime Female 18-29
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    May 24, 2005 at 1:49 pm
    Any new languages are hard, but I think the point is that English has alot of words with the same spelling and different meanings.(cant think of what they are called)Or like the word "There" "Their" "They`re" If i didnt know English from birth... that would be confusing as hell. English has alot of rules, well that is if you want to speak proper english.
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    sclark Male 18-29
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    May 24, 2005 at 2:04 pm
    struggled a bit reading a few of them myself, and i only speak english. Ill still never understand how other languages give objects a gender? how can a table be male? or female for that matter?
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    Mat Male 13-17
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    May 24, 2005 at 2:07 pm
    That`s probably why a lot of people don`t speak proper English anymore... But the alternative s hard for the minority of proper English speakers that have to hear it understand...
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    jayembee Female 18-29
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    May 24, 2005 at 3:53 pm
    those were hard on the eyes
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    FreeMotion Male 13-17
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    May 24, 2005 at 4:33 pm
    You, that would be hard
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    Rubn_Tizzub Male 30-39
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    May 24, 2005 at 5:24 pm
    They`re homographs. Words spelled the same but with different pronunciations and different meanings. Do other languages have them too or was english the only language to reuse words instead of creating new ones?
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    Clayboy Male 18-29
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    May 24, 2005 at 5:51 pm
    I would think Phrasal verbs would be the hardest obsticle for non-English speaking people. Just imagine hearing sentences based around "look a`head" "settle down" "smooth something over" "turn somebody away" if you`re learning the language for the first time. Really, we use phrasal verbs so much, there are dictionaries based on them and if you don`t know their hidden meaning, you are going to be completely lost.
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    catlvr887 Female 13-17
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    May 24, 2005 at 6:12 pm
    my poor parents...though my french teacher probably had it worse, he came here at 18 and didn`t know english. at least my parents took english in middle school
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    rawr Male 18-29
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    May 24, 2005 at 6:51 pm
    I like that.
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    mobrule Male 18-29
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    May 24, 2005 at 7:07 pm
    Mr. Peppers told me to pee on this...
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    cheeseispunk Female 13-17
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    May 24, 2005 at 7:16 pm
    That was too boring. I didn`t read it all. But yeah, English is hard as a second language because of all the verbs and also it has a different grammar structure than most languages, which makes it hard for English speakers to learn other languages, too.
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    MidoriBug Female 18-29
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    May 24, 2005 at 8:46 pm
    After reading the comments I had to see what the fuss was about! I guess that could confuse some people who are trying to learn the lanuage but I still don`t think that should be an excuse for not learning English if you are going to live in America.
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    SamoDaJerbal Male 13-17
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    May 24, 2005 at 11:42 pm
    Canadian is harder than :P
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    CircleGirl Female 18-29
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    May 25, 2005 at 3:37 pm
    Has anybody wondered why the Spanish word for `cockroach` is female? I never took Spanish so this might be a stupid question, but it still `bugs` me. ;)
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    bono Male 40-49
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    May 28, 2005 at 2:14 am
    On 5/24/2005 7:31:10 AM someone? wrote: tell me how english is any harder than any other language.
    It`s got complicated grammar and spelling! SO many irregular verbs! Learn Lingala, it`s easier!
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    OctobeR_God Female 18-29
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    May 28, 2005 at 1:23 pm
    I Learned English.
    By myself.
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    Traceur Male 13-17
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    May 30, 2005 at 8:15 pm
    I had that list in Language Arts class.
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    MCpeepants Male 18-29
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    June 3, 2005 at 11:54 pm
    Its not that everyone should learn to speak english, but if you are going to live in a country where english is the official language, you should speak it. People in america are so easily bent toward provided easy ways out for people who do not speak the language, yet live here. For God`s sake you don`t even have to speak english to take the citizenship test. If i were to ask for a citizenship test for Japan in english they would look at me like i was a complete idiot.
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    Naoscaire Male 18-29
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    July 31, 2005 at 2:25 pm
    English is easy to learn, I became fluent in no time... Wanna learn a hard language? Try Irish Gaelic...
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    z-a Male 18-29
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    August 4, 2005 at 9:27 pm
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    Cindy75 Female 30-39
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    August 4, 2005 at 9:42 pm
    Thats interesting enough, but I was surprised that it was easy to read. I didnt really have a problem reading them, though.

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