ENGLISH IS HARD TO LEARN – EVEN FOR THE ENGLISH

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(with thanks to my dear friend Dora Mihoc via the Hillbilly blog on Facebook)

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20 thoughts on “ENGLISH IS HARD TO LEARN – EVEN FOR THE ENGLISH

  1. :)) The Mexicans have been saying ‘Leeeft up yourrr hurts’ instead of ‘Lift up your hearts’ and found it difficult to trust that I knew the correct pronunciation of hearts… because of the spelling… I told them if somebody hits them with a hammer that hurts… and although you could lift up your hurts…. etc etc…. :))

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    1. I know – it’s a minefield – even at university level, professors in Romania were telling me that they hadn’t realised there was a difference in the pronunciation of the ‘s’ between ‘I’m close to the door’ and ‘I closed the door’ !!!

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  2. Apparently, English is one of the easiest languages in which to learn the bare basics such as Pidgin English but very difficult to master because of the peculiarities and eccentricities you’ve ably demonstrated.

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    1. Yes, all over the world are people speaking English – I am full of admiration for them and always feel we should be making more effort to learn their language – but when it comes to the finer idiomatic points, it becomes much more difficult because there are so few rules to go by!

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