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    fancylad Male 30-39
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    November 12, 2012 at 8:05 am
    Link: Why English Is Hard To Learn - It`s true--English is the most difficult langue in the world to learn. I don`t believe it, but that`s what everyone says
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    USAF27 Male 40-49
    96 posts
    November 12, 2012 at 8:15 am
    If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
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    Ilikelogic Male 40-49
    550 posts
    November 12, 2012 at 9:03 am
    Trust me, french is more difficult to learn than english.
    I don`t know about finnish, chinese, japanese...
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    QueenZira Female 18-29
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    November 12, 2012 at 9:17 am
    I`ve heard Welsh is difficult, what with the longstanding vendetta it has against vowels.
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    collegebound Male 18-29
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    November 12, 2012 at 9:32 am
    i dont get any of this...

    the only reason that English would be the hardest language to learn is because of the ever changing slang that is used. in which case ALL languages are "the hardest to learn".
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    November 12, 2012 at 9:52 am
    Mildly witty, but the REASON there`s so many different ways to pluralize things is because English is based on (at least) 3 different languages...

    It`s the #1 language in the world by far! Get used to it, it`s here to stay!
    (#1 when counting all speakers: first language OR secondary OR dialects...)
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    faustsshadow Male 30-39
    407 posts
    November 12, 2012 at 10:08 am
    Finnish and Hungarian are up there. Chinese wasn`t so bad, really.
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    Justin9235 Male 18-29
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    November 12, 2012 at 10:11 am
    Go watch some comedy by Brian Regan and you`ll hear a lot of these as jokes.
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    chalket Male 50-59
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    November 12, 2012 at 10:43 am
    English is reportedly the hardest to learn as a second language. It is because we never follow our own rules! Unlike most languages, every rule in English has many, many exceptions and even those aren`t consistent with any rules either. Hence our rules read like, "I before E, except after C, or when its an A as in `neighbor` or `weigh`." Then there are still exceptions to the exceptions! Where does `weird` fit into that rule? Or `leisure` or `seize`? Add in all the strange idioms in English and you might as well throw out all the rulebooks.
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    DuckBoy87 Male 18-29
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    November 12, 2012 at 11:10 am
    Not to mention "cancel" and "handle".
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    uunxx Male 30-39
    120 posts
    November 12, 2012 at 11:11 am
    I will disappoint you, English is easy to learn. Every natural language has exceptions and irregularities. Actually my native language consists of nothing else but exceptions and irregularities.
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    NNoamfer Male 18-29
    1216 posts
    November 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm
    I found it quite easy to learn English.
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    ScottSerious Male 18-29
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    November 12, 2012 at 1:20 pm
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    Swash Male 30-39
    224 posts
    November 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm
    The problem is that English is an amalgamation of languages. Primarily Norse and German but with a bit of Latin in there as well.

    Then we get into the whole Atlantic U issue. Honour in England, Honor in the US.

    Don`t get me started on the way you pronounce Herb vs Herbert.
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    Dabbitish Male 18-29
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    November 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm
    Here`s my counter argument to this: An entire chinese poem that only uses the word "Shi". Lion-Eating_Poet_in_the_Stone_Den
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    November 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm
    The problem is that English is an amalgamation of languages. Primarily Norse and German but with a bit of Latin in there as well.

    For the sake of accuracy: the main root of modern English is Anglisc ("Old English") and not German per se (yes, that was deliberate). Anglisc was a Germanic language, but it wasn`t German.

    There`s more than a bit of Latin in modern English - something like a quarter of the words trace back to Latin. Not so much in terms of grammar and syntax, but quite a large chunk of vocabulary.

    Modern English was made with bits of various other languages too, like Norman French, and has since been altered by many others during the empire.

    The inconsistencies may make it a very difficult language to learn to a high degree of fluency, but it`s not so bad for learning well enough to communicate, especially for someone who speaks a language with some common roots.
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    PierreJeanFR Male 40-49
    1360 posts
    November 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm
    try to learn german or french...
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    qwyrxian Male 30-39
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    November 12, 2012 at 4:09 pm
    Actually, the best measurement (found among those who teach foreign languages, like myself), is that English is fairly easy to learn at a basic level, but extremely difficult to learn at a high level (unlike what uunxx said, English actually has far far more exceptions and "rules" that apply only to a small class of words, along with some rules like those on articles that essentially cannot be learned perfectly by non-native speakers). Japanese and Chinese, on the other hand, are both extremely difficult to get started in, because of the writing system, but relatively easy to master (because they contain far fewer grammatical rules). Most dialects of CHinese, along with Thai and a few other languages, though, tend to be harder to learn for speaking because of the tones, which are close to impossible for people to pick up if their first language doesn`t use tones.
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    malikymoo Female 18-29
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    November 12, 2012 at 4:26 pm
    no these are exceptions but english is an easy language. much less verbs and tenses and no gender words
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    Dead-Kittens Male 30-39
    1035 posts
    November 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm
    I was going to the car but wote for you at the door. Should be a word.
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    Vimto Male 40-49
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    November 13, 2012 at 5:08 am
    "try to learn german or french..."

    Both are better structured than English and have far fewer exceptions to rules.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    November 13, 2012 at 5:35 am

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    Tiredofnicks Male 30-39
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    November 13, 2012 at 7:43 am
    English, the only language where "FISH" could be spelled as "GHOTI".

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