Why English is hard to read

Submitted by: buddy 12 years ago in
http://www.chrisabraham.com/2005/05/why_english_is.html

Read some of these sentences and think of yourself trying to learn the language.
There are 37 comments:
Female 790
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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Male 84
hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
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Male 571
English is easy to learn, I became fluent in no time... Wanna learn a hard language? Try Irish Gaelic...
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Male 47
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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Male 133
I had that list in Language Arts class.
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Female 223
I Learned English.
By myself.
IT`S NOT HARD.
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Male 9
[quote]On 5/24/2005 7:31:10 AM someone? wrote: tell me how english is any harder than any other language.[/quote]
It`s got complicated grammar and spelling! SO many irregular verbs! Learn Lingala, it`s easier!
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Female 122
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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Male 526
Canadian is harder than that...eh :P
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Female 1,603
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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Female 380
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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Male 278
Mr. Peppers told me to pee on this...
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Male 27
I like that.
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Female 533
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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Male 650
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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Male 88
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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Male 287
You, that would be hard
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Female 578
those were hard on the eyes
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Male 1,523
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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Male 9
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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Female 127
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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Male 15
Well isn`t the creator of those sentences clever.
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Male 605
I looked up the author...
Alexander Mccall Smith
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Male 605
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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Male 388
You haven`t seen Portuguese verbs yet.
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Male 161
Thats nothing near portuguese...
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Male 104
Try learning Arabic grammar.
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Male 797
reading and speaking english is significantly harder than reading and speaking japanese, anyone who knows will agree
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Male 54
yeah, I can see how that`d be tough
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Male 1,371
tell me how english is any harder than any other language.
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Male 385
I reckon the dude who made up english was lazy
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Female 785
Eh, :-/ I`m givin` up after #3...
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Male 67
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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Female 2,144
Meh, I Suck At Learning Languages.
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Male 16
That wasn`t that hard, and English is my second language.
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Female 648
Try Icelandic.
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Male 10,115
Link: Why English is hard to read [Rate Link] - Read some of these sentences and think of yourself trying to learn the language.

:-)

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