Most of you saying no were most likely bon and raised in an english-speaking environment, therefore as a young child, you were able to pick up words and their meanings from an early age. You're probably too used to english to even think about the tact that there still is a lot to learn and how complex it actually is. Some of you might say that it is not hard since more than half of the world's population speaks it or at least knows basic words. Well we're not debating statistics or how much english people know. If english is such an easy language why do students have to take it as a mandatory class from kindergarten all the way to grade 9 (or at least that's how it is in Canada)? Ever thought of that? It's because even in those many 18 years or so there is still so much more to learn. So many rules, requirements, forms, irregular adjectives, conjugations, etc. It is endless. There are also so many complicated words in english that other languages don't even have translated! Also, why do you think most people's first language is english? Because they know it is s much more easier to have an early start at the language since as a child, we pick up habits and learn new things easier. Also, if english is so easy and if it is spoken way too much that people are able to learn from their surroundings, why are ESL classes a perquisite for exchange students? Finally, in Canada, we have the availability of studying french as our second language but most schools do not start teaching it until grade 5 and it is only mandatory up until grade 9. This should say something about the difference of the difficulty level of both languages. I am not trying to insult any french-speakers, i personally love the language and i am still studying it to this day.
There are numerous rules and regulations when it comes to speaking and writing the English language. When you have several different types of tenses (you, you're, your) , (sing, sang, sung, singing, sings).
We may not have gender rules, but everything else is so ridiculously regulated that it is truly difficult to master it, even as a native English speaker.
The English language is a huge melting pot of different languages from German, Latin, greek and a whole lot more. This in turn makes it very confusing because it uses punctuation based on Latin but has words based on the Greek language. The reason that I think that people might not think English hard is because they grew up in a English speaking environment but it takes years for people to properly learn English if they have not grown up with it.
Written English, though having many irregularities, can be considered easy by some; however, spoken English is a thousand times worse. The problem is slang is so common; even politicians use it.
Often in the present progressive tense the g is omitted. Kiddin
It also gets worse
watcha tryna say. (watcha -what are you, tryna - trying to)
Then you have em. This can be used to refer him (no she) or they. You also have the gender neutral they that still keeps it's helping verbs.
You also have the (pronounced thee) vs the.
You also have throwaway words stolen from other languages and changes in pronunciation changing meaning.
Das - the, that is
gu - good
twyna - trying to
wazza - what are you
I am of the no's - I don't know
you's good - you are good
Native English speakers wouldn't realize this unless they study other languages, but pretty much everything is irregular. There are often more exceptions to grammar rules than words that actually follow them.
It is also pretty difficult because the language is constantly changing, with words such as "like" being thrown in (seemingly randomly); learning where that word sounds natural is very difficult. For example "I asked Kelly why she was crying & she got, like, really mad at me" sounds far more natural than "I asked Kelly why she was crying & she got really mad at like me"
Uhm...Why am I here again? I was just trying to find kitten pics...Seriously, I'm not even that good at speaking English... But who gives any shit? Let's party! Woooooo wooooooo wooooooo wooooooo wooooooo wooooooo wooooooo woooooo wooooooo woooooo wooooooo wooooooo wooooooo woooooooo woooooooo woooooooo wooooooo wooooooooo wooooooooo wooooooooo woooooooo woooooooo
I've learned eight different languages and I'd say English is the most difficult for a number of reasons. First, the language borrows a lot of words from other languages which complicates the natural construct of the language. Second, the "dialects", colloquial language, slang and expressions used make understanding of meaning difficult unless you have thorough knowledge of linguistics or significant time spent in all areas of the US and UK. Finally, as English continues to change and become influenced by pop culture this adds another layer of annoyance to understanding the language.
The English language has so many irregularities including verbs and verb agreements, silent letters, and several pronunciations for the same word, which makes it hard, even for natives to be proficient at. I remember high school were it was always impossible to get perfects on essays because of all the grammar mistakes possible. If you were to look at Russian, they have three verb tenses. English has many more than that (sing, sings, will sing, has sung, sung, sang, is singing, will be singing, ect.). This makes it harder to know which one is appropriate (I know some are for different pronouns, but I can't think of all of them).
As for our unique spelling of the silent letters, some examples include rake, learn, and bite. I still remember watching leapfrog videos when I was younger as I tried to grasp the rules of non-pronounced letters. In addition, we also have some letters that are pronounced in several different ways. Take 'g' for example. In the word 'garage,' 'g' is pronounced it two different ways. The same thing can be said about the letter 'c' in 'circle.' And not to mention the letter 'y' that doesn't know if it is a consonant or a vowel. How is English easy to learn when all of this contradicting things happen within the language? I know that as a native speaker, I often rely on Microsoft Word and google to check my errors as with a language that can not seem to agree on anything within its own language borders, it is hard for anyone to trust their gut.
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A language has two parts, one is written and the other is speaking. Normally people far way from English Speaking countries begin studying English by reading English text because they don't have people around them speaking English. But there is a problem, because these people have to learn:
1. What a specific word means.
2. How to write that word.
3. How to pronounce that word. Normally people try to use phonetic pronunciation in dictionaries, but it is too hard. Today this part is a little easiest by internet.
Finally, it is a fact than a person than speaks naturally English learn something of Spanish and try to speak in Spanish don't need to speak and pronounce Spanish very well for the people understand he mean, but a person than speaks naturally Spanish doesn't speak and pronounce English very well anybody will understand he mean. Similar word sounds in Spanish have similar meaning.
...As it has very primitive grammar with no genders or cases. Yeah, 16 or so different types of tenses can be a pain in the ass but, on the whole, it is very easy as it is quite logical, simple and elegant.
I'm a native speaker of Tatar and Russian.
English: no genders, no conjugations, no agreement of article with noun or noun with adjective, no cases.
The English verb has a maximum of 5 forms. The Italian verb has 50 form in each conjugation and there are 3 conjugations so 3x50 = 150 REGULAR verb forms. Same for Spanish and French....I am using Italian as an example since it's my native language.
Highly inflected languages such as Russian, Finnish, Croatian, etc...Are even more difficult. People who say English is difficult have never studied another language.
I'll give you this, english is definitely not on the easier side of languages to learn. With every letter combination sounding different depending on pairing, so many words having the exact same pronunciations with wildly different meanings, and a never ending list of ridiculous rules, English is hard to jump into. I still struggle from time to time. However, with only 26 letters, it pales in comparison as to something like Cantonese, or Chinese. You have to memorize specific symbols and know just the right vocal inflection to make the correct word, using high, medium, and low notes. It's ridiculous to think of the amount of memorization that goes into that kind of language. And reading it isn't simply about sounding it out, you have to know what each individual line means. English, definitely not.
What is considered difficult is very subjective. Especially when speaking about languages and learning them. I think that English is indeed a difficult language to learn. I just don't believe it is the most difficult. Millions of people speak it in America and other countries. Its much more common that certain languages that are on the brink of extinction. Those are harder languages to learn in my opinion because they are so rare.
English is really just a simpler version of west germanic. There are many more difficult languages. Only 26 letters, 4 cases, and we don't have tones or genders. Half of our language's rules have disappeared over the years because they were forgotten and made easier. There are thousands of characters in Chinese, 7 morphological cases in Latin, 6 different tones in Arabic, and 5 genders in Polish.
English can be hard, but not the hardest. Chinese, Japanese, and Russian with all of the characters and sounds... They seem more difficult to tackle. So, I'd say it's somewhat hard to learn, but hard to perfect. Some native speakers don't even know the major grammar/spelling rules. But I can see how someone who isn't a native speak get confused between "read" and "read" or "lead" and "lead."
English is a hard but not ll was same ame words are really easy to learn same time English is a crazy language
it is are easy but same people are not
like a English language
pronunciation differences can mean incredibly different things. Immersive speaking for Chinese is easier, but reading and writing, as well as learning meaning, is painful. As other posters have suggested, it takes extreme dedication to learn a language with no alphabet. When I was in China, I picked up the basics of counting, hello, goodbye, thank you, you're welcome, etc. pretty easily, but full sentences English most difficult to merely speak, but
English isn't easy and is even confusing to a writer like me, but after three weeks in China, I was still confused as to how they learned all of what they know about their language. I stared to learn I was 9 years old
english is my 3 language
I do not think the English language is the hardest to learn. Languages like Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Arabic are more complicated. This is because you have to memorize tons of symbols. Where as in English, you have to memorize the alphabet and use the letters in words. But it would be hard for someone who does not know the English language to learn it.
With my knowledge of languages, I'd say Chinese is the hardest. I'm a secondary school student in Hong Kong and everyone in my class (all native Chinese speakers) agree that Chinese much harder than English. Most people take at least one class outside school to learn Chinese, even two or three. English is difficult in comparison to languages such as Spanish, but when compared to Chinese or Japanese, it is not at all hard to learn
Chinese and Japanese would also be hard to learn because their languages are based on ideograms, meaning one character can represent an idea. Instead of the word "mountain" written out, one small complex drawing makes up the Japanes word for mountain. It takes an imagination to learn Chinese with so many characters for words.